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THE BIG QUES­TION is… when? Nikon has all but con­firmed it will launch a new mir­ror­less cam­era sys­tem and it’s al­most cer­tainly go­ing to be based on a full-35mm for­mat sen­sor. So far, most of what’s known – which ac­tu­ally isn’t very much – has been re­leased in­di­rectly, but there’s now enough in­for­ma­tion to sug­gest the project is real and it will be here soon­ish. The most re­cent re­port quotes a se­nior Nikon en­gi­neer sug­gest­ing the cam­era will be full-35mm… which was never re­ally in any doubt. In fact, he starts the quote with, “If Nikon will go mir­ror­less…”, but this seems to be typ­i­cal Ja­panese coy­ness about an unan­nounced prod­uct.

Our sniff­ing of the wind sug­gests that the new sys­tem is largely ready and may well be launched at the 2018 CES in Las Ve­gas which is give the global stage such a mo­men­tous new prod­uct needs. It will be full-35mm for­mat with a new sys­tem of lenses and an adap­tor for the cur­rent FX for­mat D-SLR lenses. There may well be some retro el­e­ments to the ex­ter­nal de­sign – echo­ing the Nikon S se­ries 35mm rangefinder her­itage – but the main de­sign em­pha­sis will be to “… build upon Nikon’s strengths, and of­fer the per­for­mance prospec­tive cus­tomers ex­pect, in­clud­ing the ul­ti­mate op­tics per­for­mance, im­age-pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies, strength and dura­bil­ity, and op­er­a­tion”.

Ex­pect a Sony A9-like pack­age of fea­tures and spec­i­fi­ca­tions – the em­pha­sis will be on speed – with the lat­est EVF tech and aut­o­fo­cus­ing per­for­mance. It’d be tempt­ing to think that Nikon will opt to use the D850’s ul­tra-high res 47.5 MP sen­sor, but that would likely com­pro­mise shoot­ing speed so it’s prob­a­bly that a new ver­sion of the D810’s 36.3 MP im­ager will be used. Watch this space.

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