Nikon demonstrates Motion Snapshot feature

Nikon has recreated a famous "movement" photograph using a rugby player

Nikon has recreated the classic photograph by Eadweard Muybridge which depicts movement, to showcase the Nikon 1 system's unique Motion Snapshot feature.

Working with a historian from the Royal Photographic Society, Nikon has created an infographic which charts the most important moments in the evolution of camera tech, which includes the world's first ever photograph (1836), the first successful photos of the sun (1845) and the introduction of the first mass produced camera in 1900.

The original sequence of movement photos were taken by Eadweard Muybridge in order to settle a bet about whether a horse's legs leave the ground when galloping. In the new recreation of the photo, rugby player Gareth Thomas is shown in the various stages of scoring a try.


Motion Snapshot was introduced on the Nikon 1 system cameras allowing photographers to capture a second of movie footage along with a still image each time the shutter is pressed. The resulting video is then played back in slow motion ending with the still image.

Music themes can also be added to the files, which can be played back on the camera, or by using the Short Movie Creator software that is included with Nikon 1 cameras.

Nikon has also set up a new website to display the infographic called Nikon Milestones. It also includes a video of Gareth Thomas spinning a rugby ball to demonstrate how the Motion Snapshot technology works.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.