The new model is ex­pected to ar­rive within the year

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The lat­est prod­uct an­nounce­ments and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Nikon has con­firmed that it ex­pects its forth­com­ing mir­ror­less sys­tem to be an­nounced within the next year.

Speaking to Japanese tele­vi­sion chan­nel NHK at this year’s Cam­era & Photo Imag­ing Show, Nikon ex­ec­u­tive Kim­ito Ue­mura con­firmed that the ar­rival of the new sys­tem wasn’t far away.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we weren’t able to bring out a mir­ror­less model for this year’s event,” Ue­mura ex­plained. “But de­vel­op­ment is un­der­way, and we ex­pect to bring one to mar­ket by spring next year.”

Nikon has pre­vi­ously stated that it’s de­vel­op­ing a new mir­ror­less sys­tem, al­though it has not dis­closed any de­tails as to spe­cific prod­ucts, which has only in­ten­si­fied spec­u­la­tion. It has, how­ever, men­tioned that any new mir­ror­less sys­tem would need to be based around a full-frame sen­sor, which points to a line of cam­eras that would com­pete against Sony’s a7 and a9 se­ries.

Nikon’s first mir­ror­less sys­tem, the Nikon 1 se­ries, was in­tro­duced in 2011, and has pro­duced 11 mod­els to date. While a num­ber of its cam­eras were noted for fea­tures unique to mir­ror­less sys­tems at the time, and have in­cluded the only wa­ter­proof in­ter­change­able lens cam­era cur­rently on the mar­ket, the 1 AW1, they have failed to make the same im­pres­sion on pho­tog­ra­phers as ri­val sys­tems from the likes of Fu­ji­film, Sony and Pana­sonic.

The last model in the se­ries, the 1 J5, was an­nounced in April 2015, and no fur­ther na­tive lenses have joined the sta­ble since then. While there has been no of­fi­cial state­ment from Nikon as to its fu­ture, the lack of ac­tiv­ity, to­gether with a hand­ful of com­ments from Nikon and re­tail­ers, have led many to believe that the se­ries may have come to an end.

The news comes just weeks af­ter Sony’s Se­nior Gen­eral Man­ager of the Dig­i­tal Imag­ing Busi­ness Group, Kenji Tanaka, men­tioned in an in­ter­view with DPRe­ that he also ex­pects full-frame mir­ror­less cam­eras from both Nikon and Canon “maybe by next year’s CP+”, which will take place over Fe­bru­ary and March.

Nikon’s last sig­nif­i­cant re­lease was the D850 full-frame DSLR, which has proved ex­cep­tion­ally pop­u­lar in the face of strong com­pe­ti­tion from the likes of Canon and Sony.

LeftNEW FROM NIKON The full-frame D850 was Nikon’s most re­cent re­lease

Below MIR­ROR­LESS Nikon’s 1 range has the 1 V3 as its flag­ship of­fer­ing

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