What is Motion Snapshot (MSS) in Nikon 1 Cameras?

September 21, 2011

Both Nikon 1 V1 and J1 mirrorless cameras features the Motion Snapshot (MSS) feature. This is a brand new feature that introduced by Nikon to allow photographers to capture unique a moment with an emotional impact. What the cameras does is capturing a few seconds of video in slow-motion and combines it with a still image with built-in audio soundtrack.

Motion Snapshot actually combines the strong emotional impact that we get when we watch a video in slow motion and the impact of a still image. By viewing the video in slow motion you have the ability to capture every piece of detail and get more connected with the memories in a very unique way and enhanced viewing experience for the people who view it.

How to Activate Motion Snapshot with my Nikon 1 J1 or V1 camera?

The Motion Snapshot feature can be activated via the Motion Snapshot icon from the Mode Dial at the back of the camera (right side). After you’ve set the mode dial you simply need to press the shutter-release button. After that, the camera records a still image and a movie footage at the beginning before the shutter-release button is pressed (when just touched) and after the button is released. The video is shown at slow-motion, actually 0.4x playback speed.

Watch 0:47 min. to see how Motion Snapshot works..


Of course words are just ain’t enough, so let’s view a Motion Snapshot video and continue to discuss about this option from there.

For some of you it might look a bit trivial and you can easily do that with a video editing software. True, if you know how to use video editing software, but for many people. this is the easiest way to produce this results with just a few clicks. It’s also worth mentioning that Motion Snapshots

Short Movie Creator Software

If you want to take your videos to a new level, you can use Nikon’s Short Movie Creator software in order to create a video with a combination of photos, video clips and even use your Motion Snapshots that were made with your Nikon 1 mirrorless camera.

You can also can upload your Nikon 1 camera’s Motion Snapshot files to my PictureTown. Using My PictureTown you can view and share your Motion Snapshot videos with other people online, family and friends.

If you buy the Nikon 1 J1 or V1 mirrorless camera, don’t forget to check out this cool feature.

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