Nikon has released a new update in its continuing tease of the full frame mirrorless camera coming August 23. The teaser video (above) shows of Nikon’s historic lenses, opening with the legendary Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens. The video closes with a quick tease of the upcoming Nikkor Z lens.
Native lenses are an important part of any mirrorless system. While mount adapters are sure to be a part of Nikon’s new system, having native lenses for the new mirrorless mount are necessary for widespread adoption. Sony has been working overtime to build out its stable of E-mount lenses over the past several years. Let’s see if Nikon can excite its user base with some important and practical lenses out of the gate.
Rumors and signs that Nikon will bring a new mirrorless camera line to market have been swirling for a while now. Now, Nikon has gone on the record with DPReview to confirm that is the case with the following statement:
While details are confidential, we can say that we are currently developing new mirrorless products that build upon Nikon’s strengths, and offer the performance prospective customers expect, including the ultimate optics performance, image-processing technologies, strength and durability, and operation.
This was brought about in response to an interview question suggesting the same. When DPReview asked for clarification and additional info, Nikon delivered the above, more specific response.
While the Nikon 1 series has its fans, it doesn’t evoke the same kind of reverence that Nikon DSLRs do – or in the mirrorless world, Fuji, Sony and Olympus. The Nikon D500 and D810 are spectacular DSLRs. No one really says that about the Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras.
Let’s hope that Nikon (and Canon too, for that matter) will compete at the highest levels in the mirrorless market. Competition yields better products for all of us photographers to enjoy. So far though, Nikon and Canon really aren’t competing in the mirrorless market, which is unfortunate because that is where we are seeing the prosumer and pro markets grow right now.
What’s on your must-have list for a Nikon mirrorless camera?
As Nikon Rumors points out, there is a new ISO button on the top plate and the video record button has been moved to the side. Additionally, there are mic holes added above the D5 label on the left side of the lens mount instead of on the right side.
Again, we expect to see more of the Nikon D5 at or around CES 2016 early next month.
Word on the upcoming Nikon D5 has been slow ever since Nikon announced its development earlier this fall. New rumors (via Nikon Rumors), however, point to an updated AF system with 153 AF points (up from 51-points on the Nikon D4s). Additionally, the max native sensitivity is expected to get a boost to ISO 102,400 (up from 25,600 on D4s).
Prior rumored specs for the D5 included:
- New 20MP FX sensor
- 15 fps
- Body design similar to the D4s
- 4K video 60/30fps
- Full HD slow motion
As I’ve said before, I suspect that we will see/hear more around CES 2016 in early January.