Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: Everything you need to know
Nikon has finally announced what everyone in camera-land has been whispering about for years – it’s working on a full-frame mirrorless camera that will be based on a brand new lens mount.
While official details are otherwise scarce, we now know for sure that Nikon is making a “full-frame, Nikon FX-format, mirrorless camera and Nikkor lenses that features a new mount”, according to its short press release.
In good news for anyone who’s already got a stash of full-frame Nikon lenses, the company confirmed that it’s also developing a new mount adaptor that will work with F-Mount DSLR lenses.
This doesn’t spell the end for its extensive range of DSLRs – Nikon says it’s committed to the “continued development of Nikon digital-SLR cameras”, which makes sense as its new full-frame cameras and lenses will be high-end affairs aimed more at pros than casual photographers.
But it does show that Nikon is now fully embracing mirrorless camera tech, after the demise of its now discontinued Nikon 1 Series from 2011. While DSLRs still have their benefits, the fully electronic composition offered by mirrorless cameras brings many boons, such as autofocus across the whole frame and exciting new lens designs.
This is what makes Sony’s A7-series so appealing to pros and enthusiasts, and it’s those mirrorless pioneers that Nikon is targeting here.
But how exactly will it go about it? Here’s everything we know so far.
Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Design: What will it look like?
Nikon’s teaser video, published on July 24 2018, shows some early glimpses of its new mirrorless full-frame camera.
The video is short on details, but a shadowy render towards the end provides a few hints of what we can expect. The overall shape looks similar to Sony’s A7 Series, with the electronic viewfinder mounted centrally rather than in the left-hand corner, like on some rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras.
Unlike Sony’s A7 cameras, though, the teaser suggests this camera will have a much chunkier grip, which would go down well with photographers who are used to the feel and heft of Nikon’s DSLRs. There also appears to be a thumb-stick on the back for easily choosing focus points.
Another notable feature in the teaser is the size of the screen, which looks well over 3-inches and takes up most of the rear of the camera. One issue with mirrorless cameras that Sony has only recently overcome is battery life, so it will be interesting to see how Nikon’s new model deals with this, if the render turns out to be accurate.
Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Features: What specs can we expect?
Nikon’s official announcement of its new mirrorless camera and lenses didn’t contain any specs, so all we have to go on right now is speculation from the likes of NikonRumours.
In early July 2018, the site suggested that there would in fact be two mirrorless full-frame cameras – one with a 24-megapixel sensor and another with 45-megapixel resolution.
NikonRumours’ rumoured specs for both cameras include 5-axis image stabilisation, 9fps continuous shooting and a 3.6-megapixel electronic viewfinder, which would put it on a par with the likes of Sony’s A7R III.
While this all seems feasible given the design shown in Nikon’s teaser video and the competition, nothing official is yet known about the camera – we’ll update this page as soon as we hear anything directly from Nikon.
Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Lenses: Which lens mount will it use?
The large mount in Nikon’s teaser video hinted as much, and on July 25, Nikon confirmed it is indeed developing a new lens mount for its full-frame mirrorless camera.
This new mount will help keep the size of the lenses and camera down, and potentially allow Nikon to develop some exciting new wide-angle lenses and super-bright primes for its new system.
We don’t yet know how many or what kind of lenses will launch with the camera. In early July 2018 NikonRumours suggested three new lenses (a 24-70mm, 35mm and 50mm) would arrive with the new camera, but we haven’t heard anything from Nikon about this yet.
Nikon has confirmed that it is developing a lens mount that will allow existing F-Mount DSLR lenses to work with the new camera. Whether this mount will allow features like autofocus to work with older lenses is unclear, though – we’ll update this when we hear anything official.
Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Price and Release Date: When does it come out, and how much will it cost?
Nikon’s official release for its full-frame mirrorless camera says that “details, including the release date and suggested retail price, will be shared at a later date”.
Japanese site Nokishita Camera, though, thinks that page code on Nikon’s teaser site points to an official announcement on August 23 2018. And NikonRumourshas suggested that the 45-megapixel version of Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless camera will cost €4,000 (around £3550/$4650) with a 24-70mm lens, with the 25-megapixel version going for around €3,000 (around £2660/$3485) with a lens.
Again, these are just rumours right now, and we haven’t heard anything from Nikon about these details. We’ll report back and update this page as soon as we do.