Nikon 1 V2 lens-swapping snapper shoots 15 frames per second

Nikon has unveiled the lens-swapping Nikon 1 V2, boasting super-fast 15-frames-per-second snapping but a rather small CX sensor.

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Ring the camera news bell! Nikon has unveiled a new lens-swapping camera, the Nikon 1 V2, boasting super-fast snapping but a rather small sensor.

The explosively named V2 joins the J2 in Nikon's 1 camera line-up of lens-swappers. You can switch lenses for different effects in various situations, but without having to lug around a hefty dSLR-sized body.

It's the flagship of Nikon's lens-swapping camera range, aimed at people who know what they're doing -- perhaps those of you who want a portable backup when you leave your SLR at home.

Inside is a 1-inch 14.2-megapixel CX-format sensor -- half the size of the sensors found in the rival Micro Four Thirds cameras made by Panasonic and Olympus, and much smaller than the APS-C sensors in Canon's new interchangeable lens EOS M.

The V2 boasts a new Expeed 3A processor, which can blast 15 photos per second. That's while continuously autofocusing, which is extremely impressive.

You also get hybrid autofocus and sensitivity up to ISO 6,400 for low-light shots. Video is 1080p resolution and you can snap a photo as you film without interrupting your cinematic opus.

Next to the pop-up flash at the top is a handy 1.4 million dot electronic viewfinder with 100 per cent frame coverage, which is handy if it's too sunny to see the screen. Useful, certainly, but it does add to the size of the body with a pocket-snagging bulge on the top.

The V2 hits shops on 22 November. It costs £800 for the camera and 10-30mm lens, or £970 to add a 30-100mm twin lens as well.

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