Nikon Confirms Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, New Lens Mount, & F-Mount Adapter Coming Soon!

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(image captured via Nikon Europe's Travel of Light teaser)

That was fast. In the wake of Nikon Europe revealing its Travel of Light teaser video over the weekend, Nikon Inc has officially confirmed "development" of a new full-frame mirrorless camera system as well as a whole new series of lenses.

JUST THE FACTS

We're still light on specifics, but here's what we know --

  • Based on the press release, it appears that Nikon will only be announcing one "next generation full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera," not multiple as some of the rumor sites have speculated.

  • However, Nikon has confirmed "multiple" NIKKOR lenses featuring a new mount are in the works.

  • An F-Mount adapter is also coming that will allow Nikon shooters to use any F-Mount NIKKOR glass on the new full-frame mirrorless (this is a big plus for Nikon, who has an extensive stable of native and third-party lens options).

  • Nikon is not dropping DSLRs anytime soon, promising "the continued development of Nikon Digital-SLR cameras as well as the impressive NIKKOR lens lineup." 
We'll have more updates for you here as they become available, but all official content will be shared over on Nikon USA's website -- http://www.nikonusa.com/mirrorlessiscoming -- so be sure to check that out too.
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MOVE OVER, FACTS, HERE COMES SPECULATION!

Everything we know we just shared; everything in this section is hopes and dreams and estimations...

The question remains, what I'm most curious to find out, who will Nikon be targeting with this first full-frame mirrorless system and are they using a sensor we already know? 

The Nikon D850 sensor is literally one of the all-time greatest 35mm sensors ever made. Full stop. And if Nikon somehow turned that DSLR into a mirrorless system with phase detection and IBIS, it would be unreal, but that's also a $3,300 body and it's so new I doubt Nikon would release a direct competitor so quickly. Also, $2,000 seems to be the magic price point for high-end mirrorless cameras that work for both enthusiasts and pros. And Nikon definitely needs to cast the widest net as possible to make this new system a hit. That leaves us with a ~24MP full-frame sensor akin to what was in the Nikon D750. Heck, Nikon needs to replace the D750 and likes to share sensors between models so it's possible this new (or old) sensor will be in the D750's replacement AND this new mirrorless system.

Also, while watching that Travel of Light teaser video, I was struck by how beefy and ergonomic this camera looks. I love the speed, features, and compact form of shooting with mirrorless systems, but I often find the camera bodies themselves to be a bit cumbersome. They're lighter than DSLRs, yes, which is a big help, but they're also often flat and harder to hold than DSLRs. Nikon's new camera in that video looks like it retains much of what we love about the DSLR form factor, albeit in an altered body.

Next, we've gotten our first look at the display, which does appear similar to what we've seen in the D850. I'm personally hoping it's also a Vari-angle touchscreen for vloggers and one-person content creators, but I wouldn't bet a lot of money on that.

I'm also hoping this camera -- which, let's just be honest, has far too many expectations to exceed at this point -- features weather sealing as good as Nikon's full-frame DSLRs. At the moment, I'd take an Olympus OM-D E-M1ii or E-M5ii out into a blizzard or thunderstorm without worry, but Sony cameras feel more delicate (even though they've improved their weather sealing). If Nikon makes a rugged, durable camera that can survive hazzardous environments, I think they'd see a lot of happy customers.

PRESS RELEASE

Here is Nikon's full press release so you can see the context yourself:

NIKON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA AND NIKKOR LENSES--FEATURING A NEW MOUNT--THAT PURSUE A NEW DIMENSION IN OPTICAL PERFORMANCE


MELVILLE, NY (JULY 25, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) - Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of a next-generation full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses featuring a new mount.


The new mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that are in development will enable a new dimension in optical performance with the adoption of a new mount. The system is the result of Nikon's unsurpassed optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through more than a century of imaging expertise. Proven reliability and trusted performance are core traits of Nikon Digital-SLRs, and decades of feedback from professional creators around the world has further contributed to the development of this system. 


Through the development of this new mirrorless camera, Nikon reaffirms our commitment to providing photographers with the ability to capture images that are richer and more vivid than ever before.


Additionally, an F-Mount adapter is being developed that will enable the use of a wide variety of F-Mount NIKKOR lenses with the new camera.

 

Nikon will continue to lead imaging innovation with the launch of the new mirrorless camera and the continued development of Nikon Digital-SLR cameras as well as the impressive NIKKOR lens lineup. Soon, Nikon users will have two industry-leading camera systems to choose from, giving consumers the choice to enjoy the unique values that each system offers.


Content relating to this product is available for viewing at the following URL: http://www.nikonusa.com/mirrorlessiscoming. Please stay tuned for more information. 


Details, including the release date and suggested retail prices, will be shared at a later date. 


About Nikon

Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo and video capture technologies; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enable visual storytelling and content creation. In 2017, Nikon celebrated a legacy of innovation with its 100-year anniversary celebration. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX┬« compact digital cameras