Nikon cameras make it easier than ever to express your creative vision—both with still photography and HD/Full HD video—so you can tell better stories. Whether you're using a Nikon D-SLR, the new Nikon 1 interchangeable lens cameras or COOLPIX models, there are numerous fun features and creative modes available to you, to personalize your photographs and videos.

Motion Snapshots

One of the cool features of the Nikon 1 J1 and V1 interchangeable lens digital cameras is the Motion Snapshot mode. It combines one second of video and a still image together for a unique new way to view your memories. You can even choose themed music for playback in the camera, and save the files to your computer. The video is actually recorded by the camera just before and after you "snap" the picture. To share the Motion Snapshots, you assemble the downloaded files together using Nikon View NX2 software, for sharing or posting on the web.

Slow-Motion and Time-Lapse

Certain Nikon COOLPIX digital cameras as well as the Nikon 1 incorporate a slow motion feature that allows you to capture and playback video in slow motion. By adding slow motion footage to your HD video, you can create the kind of look that was once only possible in Hollywood movies. Many Nikon D-SLRs as well as the Nikon 1 J1 and V1, and COOLPIX models also let you shoot in timed intervals. You can assemble the individual images together to create a time-lapse video. Time-Lapse videos are popular ways to showcase the movement of the stars in the sky, or the sun across the sky from sunrise to sunset. Check your camera's manual to see exactly how these features work with the camera you own.

Picture Controls

Picture Controls let you alter the way the camera perceives color. Choose from monochrome, vivid, neutral, standard, portrait and landscape. You can change these settings as often as you like—even for each individual image you create! Picture Controls work on both still images and HD video/D-movies. For example, when you're photographing flowers and want the images to be super-saturated, use the vivid setting. For portraits, use the neutral or standard for more life-like color. Monochrome can give images an old-time feel.

Picture Controls are accessible through the Picture Control menu. Within the Picture Controls; you can further adjust the Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Hue for each one. You can also create custom presets.

Special Effects

It's easier than ever to add fun special effects to your photography and HD videos with select Nikon cameras. Effects modes such as