NIKON FULL-35MM MIRRORLESS… IT’S COMING!
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.