Get ready: Nikon finally confirms that their next mirrorless camera system is coming?
posted Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4:32 PM EDT
It may not come as surprising news, given how dramatically the camera landscape has changed over the last few years and the numerous rumors flying about, but as you can see from the video below, Nikon has hinted at their upcoming mirrorless camera plans.
In an interview with NHK World Japan at this year's Camera & Photo Imaging Show, better known as CP+, Nikon Imaging Japan Executive Officer Kimito Uemura said in response to a question about the company's mirrorless camera plans, "Unfortunately, we weren't able to bring out a mirrorless model for this year's event. But development is underway, and we expect to bring one to market by spring next year."
You can see this interaction in the video below (timestamp at 18:30):
There is no further information or expansion from Nikon about what this mirrorless camera might be. Will it be an entirely new mirrorless system? Will it be aimed at professionals? Will it be full-frame? We can't answer this for sure, but we do now know that a new mirrorless camera is being developed and that we will likely be learning much more in the not-too-distant future. If you want additional Nikon mirrorless speculation, NikonEye, who originally reported about the interview above, predicts that the first new mirrorless camera will be an entry-level full-frame model, and it will have a new mount that will be fully compatible with existing Nikon F-mount lenses. Further, they suspect it'll have a new 30-megapixel (or more) sensor with phase-detect autofocus.
Here at Imaging Resource, we have been doing some speculation of our own, and we think it's very possible that Canon has also been hard at work along similar lines and will have something to show us perhaps this fall or early next year. We also expect big announcements from Sony and Olympus in the same timeframe. It's an exciting time for photographers, particularly those interested in the next big mirrorless camera technology.
Readers, what do you want out of a new Nikon mirrorless camera system? Let us know in the comments below!