Nikon 1 S2 Mirrorless Camera Officially Announced for $450
Nikon has recently announced the Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera with 14.2 MP sensor, full HD 1080p video and 20 FPS. The compact and lightweight camera offers a number of upgrades compared to its predecessors, most notably the increased ISO light sensitivity range for low-light photography.
The Nikon 1 S2 comes with easy-to-use advanced features and creative modes to shoot sharp, breathtaking photos and videos that you can share instantly using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. It also offers you rapidly analyse 4 photos and ability to combine them into one to minimize image noise.
The S3 is equipped with a continuous shooting frame rate at 60 fps fixed focus and 20 fps full autofocus. The extra burst speed (20fps versus 15fps for the J3) allows to capture photos at 20 frames per second, which matches the speed offered by Nikon’s lineup of Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras, the Nikon 1 V3 and the Nikon 1 J4.
Nikon claims it to be the fastest shooting speed for such cameras. What might also come handy is that they achieve this speed requiring measuring exposure and focus just once, at the first shot, rather than setting for each of the 20 photos individually.
The camera offers a variety of enhanced movie options, including full-HD and slow-motion video recording, reduced electronic vibration interruption, and the ability to shoot stills and video simultaneously. Other movie enhancements like, Jump Cut and Fast motion have also been added for the sake of more crisp.
Now, you can make your photos unique, and even give them a personal touch using creative modes. Your average looking photos can stand out with effects like Selective Color, Cross Process, Toy Camera and more. The creative effects are shown in the live preview before you capture the photo.
Further, you can also share these creative images with your friends and family even when you’re away from home. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter allows you to upload your photos to a compatible smart device, and then share them in real-time from anywhere. However, this wireless adapter may cost you about $50.
Nikon also lets you take your photography craze in deep waters. The new underwater housing for the S2, the WP-N3 is rated to a depth of 45m (about 147 feet) and accommodates the S2 with the 11-27.5mm lens.
Nikon also introduced a new amphibious SB-N10 Speedlight flash, which is known to be compatible with the WP-N3 Waterproof Case. The prices for both the SB-N10 and the WP-N3 haven’t been announced yet.
In the bottom line, the Nikon 1 S2 offers some superb features including, the full 1080p HD Video, the hybrid autofocus system, motion snapshot, creative modes, and electronic image stabilization. With these specs, the S2 does have a performance advantage compared to other devices of its class, but it still has a couple of downsides.
The battery life of the S3 is almost 270 shots, which can be considered comparitively bad. Then, it lacks built-in wireless adapter, which may be a bit disappointing for some photographers.
The Nikon 1 S2 is slated to ship in June for $446.95 with a 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens.
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