The First Nikon 4K Camera Rumored To Be Coming

Feb 17, 2015

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The First Nikon 4K Camera Rumored To Be Coming

Feb 17, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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According to the latest rumors, Nikon’s next mirrorless camera will include 4K video.

The Nikon 1 J5 is expected to be announced in the next few weeks, and if this rumor is true it will be Nikon’s first camera with 4K video recording capabilities.

While Nikon DSLR users will not be getting 4K just yet, this could be good news for them as well.

Will this put pressure on Canon to Release another 4K DSLR?

Just over three years ago, in an interview with DPReview, Nikon’s General Manager of its Imaging Division’s Development Headquarters said that the J1 and V1 sensor is capable of 2K and 4K video and that Nikon “hope to incorporate” them in the future.

While that speaks mainly to Nikon’s theoretical ability to include 4K video, a 2014 interview with a European product manager expressed Nikon’s desire to provide this feature to its users:

“We are aware of the need for, and request for, 4K video recording. It is a bit tricky, it’s not something that we are purposefully excluding from our cameras; however we need to approach it carefully.

There are high-end cameras that produce this but it just puts such a load on the equipment.

For us, because consumers are demanding it we are aware of this and will be looking into it for the future”.

The Nikon 1 J5 will join other 4K mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4 and Samsung’s NX1 and NX500.

While this rumor does not mention Nikon DSLRs, it is possible that if Nikon have solved the “tricky” element in 4K video for mirrorless cameras, they have also solved it for DSLRs.

Furthermore, Nikon has been known to implement certain features in cheaper cameras before incorporating them in its higher-end models. The 1 J5 could be a test run for Nikon’s 4K video, lowering the chances of a disappointing launch when 4K video does eventually make it to the DSLR line.

Currently the only DSLR capable of shooting 4K video (straight out of the factory) is Canon’s EOS 1D C, but at $8,000 it is not accessible to most users.

I can’t help but suspect that Canon hasn’t released a reasonably priced 4K-capable DSLR just because it has no reason to do so at the moment. Hopefully Canon will soon see Nikon closing the gap and make 4K a mainstream feature in mid to high-end DSLRs.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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5 responses to “The First Nikon 4K Camera Rumored To Be Coming”

  1. AtlantaTerry Avatar
    AtlantaTerry

    I have been a photographer since 1955. I am also a Director of Photography for TV shows and indie films. With that background may I suggest if Nikon is going to bring out a 4K camera that it NOT be a DSLR format. Make it a camera that first and foremost is designed to create videos, not stills.

    Otherwise Black Magic, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, RED and others will eat their 4K lunch.

    Terry Thomas
    Atlanta, Georgia USA
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1669504/board/thread/100119963

    1. Dan Speegle Avatar
      Dan Speegle

      I am looking for an entry level video camera for my daughter, who currently uses a D3000 to some effect, but needs video. Is 4k the standard? I am a newbie to this stuff, yet am asked to begin graphic capture for a new national pet rescue NPO.

      We will not quickly be in real TV production, but we do and will increasingly do music and short video production for Web views. Can you point me in the right direction?

      Thanks!

      1. Gomtesh Upadhye Avatar
        Gomtesh Upadhye

        Nope. A full HD camera is good enough right now. Go for the Nikon D750.

  2. Marc Goldstein Avatar
    Marc Goldstein

    Nikon, let us use our beloved Nikon glass, on a camera ergonomically designed for video capture. Enough already with the robocop rigs.

  3. karl Ferron Avatar
    karl Ferron

    I’d love to see Nikon return to the removable optical prism. Can an electronic video prism be an option, so that the camera viewfinder can be used rather than using a tiny back screen? I love keeping the camera to my eye, not having to add external loupes.