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Nikon Manager In Japan Says Nikon Mirrorless Camera Arriving Spring 2019

A Nikon manager has confirmed that a new mirrorless camera will arrive from the photography giant early next year.

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Nikon Manager In Japan Says Nikon Mirrorless Camera Arriving Spring 2019: Nikon 1


The eagle-eyed NikonEye has found footage of a Nikon manager in Japan confirming that a new mirrorless camera will be released in Spring 2019.

The Nikon manager confirmed the details in an interview with a Japanese TV network called NHK. No spec details were discussed, just the fact that 'development is underway' and that Nikon expects to bring a new mirrorless camera to market next year. 

Rumours of what to expect from Nikon's new mirrorless camera have been circulating for a while now with a Nikon Japan Executive saying early last year that new product announcements were around the corner which included more mirrorless cameras. 

It won't be the first mirrorless camera we've seen from Nikon as they did release the 1 Series but it didn't grab the attention of photographers quite as well some of the other photography brands have.

So... what specs and features do you think will appear on the new Nikon Mirrorless camera? Thoughts welcomed below. 

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JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
1 May 2018 9:32AM
The initial question for me will be sensor size, then it performance. I'd assume its got to be FF to capture the serious interest, and then also be followed by APS-c models for more cost effective cameras.
Will Nikon develop their own Sensors or re-use Sony's, probably the latter.

What will a new lens mount be like, if users need to change lenses will they just buy Sony mirrorless camera's. What will be Nikons USP if users need to fully update systems?

SandyW7 Avatar
2 May 2018 9:25AM
Nikon will be hard pressed to compete successfully with Sony. Quite apart from camera specs, I can imagine that lenses are going to be an issue. It won't be possible to simply plug on an existing SLR lens.
bellebailey Avatar
2 May 2018 11:24AM
SandyW7 - some of my friends have Sony camera bodies, but use Canon lenses via an adapter. So I don't quite understand why a Nikon mirrorless couldn't use current Nikon lenses. I reckon it will, I can't see the need for a massive change. My current D850 with Nikon lenses is fantastic if heavy. For me to change to a mirrorless it would have to be a lot lighter and use the current lenses, otherwise why bother? I do have two 1 series cameras, not really good for much but a day trip to town, with the exception of the waterproof which is exactly that.
SandyW7 Avatar
2 May 2018 11:46AM
bellybaby - I use Konica Hexanon legacy lenses on my A7ii with amazing results. So yes, an adapter could work on Nikon mirrorless. But what I meant was that current Nikon lenses could not be simply plugged on without an adapter. There is no adapter for Nikon lenses on Sony which allows successful autofocus/exposure, only manual focus and aperture priority. That would be unlikely to satisfy die-hard Nikonians.
Sonnar Avatar
Sonnar 11 2 United Kingdom
2 May 2018 1:35PM
I think that Nikon lenses are harder to adapt to other makes and have infinity focus due to the flange to film distance but I am not sure of the technicalities.
I also have the Nikon 1 (V3 and J5) and think that it is brilliant. I discovered it late in its life but I hope that Nikon will revive it. OK, a 1" sensor but it can produce excellent results and it is small, light and handy with a range of good lenses.
ElSid Avatar
ElSid 15 11 United Kingdom
3 May 2018 4:46PM
Quote:There is no adapter for Nikon lenses on Sony which allows successful autofocus/exposure, only manual focus and aperture priority. That would be unlikely to satisfy die-hard Nikonians.

They're not real Nikonians if they can't cope with a few incompatibility issues...Grin

The difficulty with most Nikon lenses is their highly mechanical nature... Making an adapter for Canon EF lenses is relatively simple as they no mechanical connections, as long as you can properly program the adapter to translate Sony commands into Canon it should work. Nikon unfortunately still use a mechanical aperture control with all but the latest E-type lenses meaning any adaptor would still need a manual aperture control. This can be done, I have an F to m4/3 adaptor with such a device but it isn't anything like ideal. Presumably Nikon will make more lenses with the electronically controlled diaphragm mechanism which one would hope to be compatible with any mirrorless introduction...

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