A proper Nikon mirrorless camera has been in the rumor mill and wish lists since the Nikon 1 series was first announced. While no hard specs are being tossed around, the chatter about a large sensor Nikon mirrorless camera has increased in recent weeks.
Recent rumors have pointed to a possibility of a release at Photokina in September 2016 but no specifics have been rumored or leaked to date. However, Nikon would certainly stir the pot if it dropped a mirrorless bombshell this fall.
Nikon Rumors points out that a new Nikon camera was just registered with the Indonesian communications agency. Of course, that could be another camera as well but it does add another thread to the narrative.
How many Nikon shooters are interested in a full frame mirrorless camera? What are your must-haves or wish list items for such a camera?
Charlie Tamondong says
There already is a full frame Nikon mirrorless camera. It’s called the Sony A7R. Besides, all existing F-mount lens would not work on mirrorless without some type of adapter. The way Nikon’s finances are at the moment, and the recent Kumamoto earthquake, it’s entirely implausible that Nikon will be investing in making a new line of lenses just to use on their mirrorless camera.
David Backeberg says
The only thing a lens adapter does optically, is move the optics to the correct distance from the sensor. If a new mirrorless camera was designed to use F-mount lenses then no adapter would be necessary.
Let’s hope Nikon builds a fully featured camera, not a design study in miniaturization.
Hans Ernst says
I don’t think that Sony will supply them the sensors for a mirrorless camera system, i wouldn’t .
Billy Ray says
Sony can and will. They make plenty of money from Nikon, Canon and other customers. It costs billions of dollars to build a semiconductor fabrication facility and it has to keep running in order to return on the investment. Sony makes a ton of money on the RX-100 series, but they sell the sensor to Canon for their 1″ models. It’s all about money.
So why can’t Nikon provide a free adaptor to use FF Nikkor lenses with the mirrorless body? If they transferred all electronic and focusing couplings then it would be pretty awesome. Down the road they could release dedicated shorter throw mirrorless lenses.
They could really upset the Sony and Fuji apple cart!
Well, if they want to use existing lenses they need a sensor with phase detect AF points
(that’s why live view on Nikon DSLR’s is more or less unusable).
bob cooley says
Doubtful that they would upset Fuji’s apple cart. Fuji has a very different strategy and target audience.
I’m a 30 year Nikon pro, and I still love my Fujis for walkaround/personal work. They are so much lighter, smaller lenses (because of the DX sensor), and much better customer care than any of the larger brands. – horrible battery life, but carrying a couple spares is a minor issue.
I’d love to see Nikon come out with a mirrorless FF F-mount body, but I’d still use my fujs on a regular basis.
Another Nikon-Sony combination venture. I wouldn’t be surprised if this camera is Nikon’s more expensive version of the Sony A7RII
ELLEN WYATT says
I would love to see a lightweight Nikon full frame camera that fx/dx lens could be used!
Hev in Losty says
I agree with Ellen. I would love a new full frame camera to have an F mount. The current adapter is heavy and cumbersome on a small. light weight camera. Plus you only have the option of one focus point for it and it is very expensive for what it is.
I would like a view finder and hot shoe as well ……….
J C says
I would love a full frame mirrorless Nikon , but I would hope that it would at least be the size of a D750. Would love to have it in addition to my D810 . It would be great to be able to use FX and DX too.
Mark Allan says
I use the Fufi XFsystem (XT-1 & 6 lenses with XT-2 on order) as Nikon don’t have a silent (mirror less, electronic shutter) full frame alternative. Camera sound is an issue for classical music, opera, film, tv , radio recordings, some sporting events, conferences , meetings as well as in services for wedding photographers. As soon as Nikon do I will get one to shoot with when camera sounds are an issue.
The Fuji is great except for fast moving subjects and it is annoying to have to carry and buy 2 systems.
Really Nikon have the advantage to come “late” to this war, they can develop a mirrorless camera with new mount that accept other brand lens by adaptor, it will “call” other brands users. Also they can develop an own adaptor to use all F-mout lenses without restrictions (measure/focus), this will open this system to Nikon’s users as second/eventual body.