A film maker has discovered that, in special circumstances, the Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera supports 4k video recording.
The Nikon 1 V1 is one of the two original mirrorless cameras released by the Japanese manufacturer. The shooter was introduced on the market in September 2011 and it was replaced by the 1 V2 in October 2012.
The camera can still be found at some retailers for a very small price, as the body costs around $200. A lens kit would be a little more expensive than that, but it should costs a lot less than $1,000, depending on the lens type.
Nikon 1 V1 takes everyone by surprise, as it can shoot 4k at 60fps for 0.5 seconds
Spanish film maker, Javier Sobremazas, discovered that the Nikon 1 V1 can capture 4k videos. The camera can shoot 4k RAW at 60 frames per second for half a second or 30 frames per second for one second.
As one would image, this does not necessarily mean that the camera is capable of recording 4k videos, but using good video-editing skills, one could achieve such an impressive feat.
The camera can exert this accomplishment with the help of the mighty Aptina sensor, which has the uncanny ability of using an electronic shutter during continuous shooting mode.
The Aptina image sensor can shoot 4k at 60fps imagery for a short period of time. Film makers can usually edit the resulting images to look like a video.
Spanish film maker uploaded proof-of-concept videos to demonstrate the ability of the mirrorless camera
Javier Sobremazas uploaded a video on Vimeo, demoing the capabilities of this tiny camera
The Spanish film-maker’s video is called “Nikon v1 raw test” and the video is taken at a decent resolution of 2.4k. Other experienced photographers could choose to use the mirrorless camera to its full power and compile 4k footage.
However, not anybody can perform this, as the technique requires a little bit of editing skill among other abilities.
There are some difficulties that need to be overcome, but the Nikon 1 V1 could challenge the creative capabilities of professional movie makers.