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IT’S vEry lIkEly that by the time this mag­a­zine hits the news­stands, Nikon will have taken the wraps off its much-an­tic­i­pated full-35mm for­mat mirrorless cam­era sys­tem. The company con­firmed its ex­is­tence in mid-July and, since then, has re­leased a num­ber of ‘teaser’ videos which have a re­vealed a few – but not many – vis­ual de­tails. A launch is slated for late Au­gust.

Our sum­ma­tion is that the main model – there’s some con­jec­ture that two will be an­nounced – will be higher-end and es­sen­tially more-or-less a mirrorless D850… which means it’s about the same size as the com­pact D750 D-SLR.

One video re­veals an SLR-style body shape with a pro­nounced EVF hous­ing and a lar­gish hand­grip. The lens mount – which is ob­vi­ously all-new – ap­pears to be a four-claw bay­o­net fit­ting in­cor­po­rat­ing 11 con­tacts. The cur­rent F-mount on Nikon’s D-SLRs is a three-claw bay­o­net with up to ten con­tacts. A head­line reads, “We are pre­par­ing for the next 100 years by leap­ing into a new di­men­sion”.

Nikon’s ini­tial press state­ment said, “The mirrorless cam­era and Nikkor lenses that are in de­vel­op­ment have en­abled the pur­suit of a new di­men­sion in op­ti­cal per­for­mance, with the adop­tion of a new mount. The mirrorless cam­era is the re­sult of Nikon’s ad­vanced op­ti­cal and man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties gained through over a cen­tury of her­itage, as well as su­pe­rior im­age pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy. The ex­per­tise built up through the de­vel­op­ment of Nikon’s dig­i­tal-SLR cam­eras has also crit­i­cally con­trib­uted to this de­vel­op­ment”.

A mount adap­tor will be avail­able for fit­ting F mount D-SLR lenses and Nikon says it re­mains com­mit­ted to “…the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of Nikon dig­i­tal-SLR cam­eras, pro­vid­ing con­sumers with the choices to en­joy the unique val­ues of either sys­tem”.

Head to­era­m­ for all the lat­est de­tails.

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