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Nikon 1 V3 Strengthens the High-End 1-Series Lineup

Nikon has just officially unveiled the Nikon 1 V3, the latest member of its high-performance compact mirrorless camera lineup.

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The V3 is all about speed: its new EXPEED 4a processor enables continuous shooting (with AF) up to 20 frames per second, as well as progressive full HD video recording at 60 frames per second. The camera has also gotten a new 18.4 megapixel sensor (1-inch CX format) and built-in Wi-Fi. It is being launched together with a cosmetically-redesigned 10-30mm F3.5-5.6 VR kit lens.

As you can see from the photos, both the V3 and the new kit lens sport an elegant design that looks more "serious" and is more meticulously-crafted than previous 1-series bodies.

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Like other V-series cameras, the V3 supports an electronic viewfinder. It also has a tilting rear LCD screen.

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The V3 is launching for $1199 in the US (with lens); the 10-30mm can also be purchased separately for $299. The V3 system can be expanded with an optional multi-function grip (pictured above) an an adapter for DSLR lenses.

In addition to these two items, Nikon also announced a new nano-coated 70-300mm 1-series lens, pictured below.

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This extreme-telephoto lens offers a field of view equivalent to 189-810mm on a FX-format DSLR. It is launching for $999 in the US.


This is pretty sad.  They continue to make a joke of the 1 system.  1199? The 70-300 is nice, but why is it 999?  The optics had best be stellar and F/4.  The V3 will be on fire sale for $300-400 and then people will buy it.  They're pretty nice cameras, overall, but there is no value.  I hope Pentax releases a similar telephoto for the Q system, at half the price.