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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 DPReview.com 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