March 13, 2014

New Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Camera Capable of 120FPS & 1080P 60FPS

Nikon chose a very different route with its interchangeable lens mirrorless offering, picking a sensor smaller than Micro 4/3 but slightly bigger than Super 16mm. While they have been slowly building up a line of new lenses, using lenses made for larger sensors means a significant crop factor, something that has likely hindered its acceptance (unless the crop factor is a benefit to you -- like if you're trying to shoot sports). The new V3 adds 120fps at 720p and 60fps at 1080p, but unfortunately it looks like there will still not be any 24fps. You may, however, be able to get some interesting clips using the 5K burst mode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAe_6Bv1QIk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y_9B878Fws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY8KCnRGwzc

The specs:

  • 18.4MP 5232 x 3488 CMOS Sensor (2.7x crop)
  • 3.0" 1,037k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
  • 1280 x 720: 120 fps, 60 fps, 30 fps
  • 768 x 288: 400 fps
  • 416 x 144: 1200 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Hybrid AF System
  • ISO 12800 and Movie e-VR Stabilization
  • 20 fps RAW Shooting with Full AF, Up to 60fps JPEG with Fixed Focus
  • Availability: April 2014
  • Price: $1,200 with Viewfinder and 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Lens

So if the camera still can't do 24fps, why is it even a topic of conversation? Well, besides the impressive slow motion capabilities, some folks took an earlier version of the camera, the V1, that featured many less megapixels, and used the burst mode to essentially shoot 4K videos:

https://vimeo.com/67656132

https://vimeo.com/61774105

This new V3 can only do 20fps burst in RAW at the full 5K, but it can do 5K 60fps in JPEG mode, which would yield similar results to the videos above. How long you'll be able to shoot this for is unclear, but if you were buying this to mess around with the slow motion (including the crazy 1200fps), there is also the super high resolution burst mode to experiment with.

For $1,200 I think there are some other options that are more interesting (the 4K GH4 is only a few hundred dollars more), especially since this model lacks 24fps. It would seem like an easy feature to add since the camera can do such high frame rates, but since the other versions of the camera also lacked 24p, I don't see it coming in a firmware update.

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I will not consider this camera on my future camera upgrade. But, it does offer interesting features, and it does send a gesture of innovation (that Canon is still avoiding).

March 13, 2014 at 11:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Matías Goinheix

The big feature here, IMO, is their auto focus system. It's very similar to A6000 in speed and accuracy. Nikon really isn't getting a lot of traction with their mirrorless but the fast AF concept is becoming a major trend with 70D, GH4, OMD1, etc. Canon did (offer to) upgrade their C100/300 units with the dual pixel system. And 1V3 should be a good fit with the RC's due to its weight and size as well.

March 14, 2014 at 12:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

At $300, it would be ok for some. At $1200, I can't see who would pick one of these.

March 14, 2014 at 5:16AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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There will be a bunch of interesting 4K cam coming out at NAB 2014, stay tuned guys, and start saving now :P

March 14, 2014 at 6:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ash

Cool video features for photographers who would like some additional functionality.

March 14, 2014 at 11:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marc B

Interesting set of features. Not worth $1200 though. I can wait till it drops ~ $400

March 14, 2014 at 2:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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No 24FPS? Weird. Is it possible for those small EVFs to jam into your eye if pushed from behind when operating? I hope camera companies will design those EVFs with larger eyecups about the size of our eyesocket so they will be safer to use in crowded situations. Maybe an aftermarket attachment is needed. The Lumix GX7 seems to have a similar form factor ( and same 4K sensor as GH4 but lesser codec), and a built in EVF that also seems too small and could jam into your eyeballs by accident.

March 14, 2014 at 5:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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rob

I was hoping for it to have have more than 40 frames max for burst mode, but the increase of MP will help twixtor in slowing down the 60p bursts. Also for the 20fps continuous AF burst mode, it's probably possible to turn those 40 frames into 2 seconds of usable 24p 6k video using twixtor.

March 14, 2014 at 8:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dane

Those burst videos were making me pine for a Nikon 4K camera with unlimited 4K recording time, not just bursts. Those colors are wonderful, and the picture so easy on the eye. Seems like it's not a huge technological jump from what they have now to make such a camera.

March 15, 2014 at 12:35AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gene

Some more details about the V3 from Tony Northrup, and his preliminary thoughts about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ5HBLlZ9MM

March 15, 2014 at 12:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gene

Samsung is coming out (according to rumors) with a new camera oriented smartphone that will have a 19MP camera. a zoom lens and a six-core processor. Full HD video too.
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http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57620365-251/samsung-galaxy-s5-zoom...

March 15, 2014 at 2:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

Couldn't I just export the video in post production to get 24fps? Anyway, the 120 Fps sounds great for slo mo shots.

March 23, 2014 at 2:10AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gerard