Nikon Announces the Nikon V2, Speedlight SB-N7 and Three 1-series Lenses

Nikon 1 V2 with 10-30mm kit lens

Ah, now I know why there’s a sudden price drop of the Nikon 1 V1 cameras. It’s because Nikon now has the Nikon 1 V2, announced today. The camera is an upgrade to the V1, sporting a 14 megapixel CX-sized sensor, built-in flash, a mode dial (finally), a customisable function button (finally) and a built-in hand grip.

YS: Ye gods, is that hump on top ugly or what? In fact, I can see the flash panel exposed in the image – This reminds me of Transformers toys with inelegant kibble bits stuck behind the robot, except this time it is hanging off on the front.

CK: Indeed it is ugly, no where as ugly as the Hasselblad-made NEX 7 recently announced but still ugly. A dpreview user was right to say that it shouts, “Don’t buy me!!!”

YS: To clarify on another point, there has always been a mode dial for the 1 cameras, just that this time the traditional PASM modes are there as well. However, there is still no button dedicated to the ISO setting, which means the customisable function button is not going to be so customisable after all, since most photographers will set it to ISO. Still, having a proper command dial is a good thing. Oh, and get ready for a new battery – the V2 uses the new EN-EL21.

CK: Nikon has also added a a Live View Control – giving a preview of exposure effects on the LCD and EVF prior to shooting.There’s also a “Slow View” mode which buffers 40 frames over 1.33s when you half-press the shutter button, then replays them at 1/5th speed, letting you choose your own decisive moment. A little gimmicky, in my opinion.

The camera will retail at the V1’s original list price of US$899 with the 10-30mm kit zoom in late November.

YS: This camera really needs to be S$899, not US$899. Plus, I am sure many early adopters are going to remember the V1’s incredible price drop (more than 50% over one year), and will tell their friends about it. Customers will remember when they’ve been burnt. Not Nikon’s best moment, really.

Nikon SB-N7 Speedlight

CK: Along with the camera, Nikon has also released a new 1-series Speedlight, the SB-N7. Like the SB-N5, this also features a tilting head which lets you bounce the flash the ceiling or walls to give you a softer lighting effect.

The SB-N7 is also a more powerful flash, with a guide number of 18m at ISO 100, compared to the SB-N5’s measly 8.5m at ISO 100. All these power probably comes from powering it from AAA batteries, rather than drawing the power from the camera itself.

The flash will be available at US$159.95 from January 2013.

1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2, 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10-100mm f/4-5.6

Finally, to complete the line up, Nikon announced 3 new lenses for the 1-series as well. They are:

  • 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 – Giving a 35mm equivalent of 86.4mm at a lovingly-wide f/1.2 aperture. This will be very useful for portraiture lovers.
  • 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 – Giving a 35mm equivalent of 18-35mm. Ultra-wide-angle finally comes to the Nikon 1 series!
  • 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 – A superzoom covering 27-270mm, ideal for travelling.

Unfortunately, no pricing information of the lenses is available at this point of time.

YS: Somehow, I am just not very thrilled with the lenses. Maybe the 32/1.2 might be interesting, but I just cannot like lenses that are natively f/5.6. Especially with the ultrawides and wides.

CK: Somehow it appears that all the 1-series lenses have a maximum aperture of a mere f/5.6 at the long end, which is kind of a bummer. Not sure if it’s a technical limitation is Nikon doing this on purpose. I’ll see how much these retails for before deciding if I want to get a couple myself.

Nikon 1 V2 & SB-N7 Flash Press Release 
New Nikon 1 Lenses Press Release

(Images Credit: Nikon Press Images)

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