Leaked photo shows upcoming entry-level Nikon Z1 mirrorless camera – and it might be APS-C

Mar 12, 2019

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Leaked photo shows upcoming entry-level Nikon Z1 mirrorless camera – and it might be APS-C

Mar 12, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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While Nikon’s lens roadmap is pretty clear, their intentions for future bodies isn’t, really. But Nikon has suggested that a lower entry level full frame mirrorless camera to compete with Canon’s recently announced EOS RP would be on the way. Now it looks like we might have the first leaked photo of that body, and it appears to have a name. The Nikon Z1.

While it’s entirely possible that this is fake, I don’t think it is. Normally, with fake body photos, it’s simply an existing body that’s had a bit of liquify and cloning, but this doesn’t look like either the Nikon Z6 or Z7 bodies. For a start, the top LCD has disappeared, being replaced by a mode dial. And the front of the body has a somewhat different shape by the grip.

Here’s the Z6, for comparison.

You can see that it has a very different contour along the front, and the top is very different. It also, obviously, doesn’t look like any of the other Nikon bodies, or any bodies from any manufacturer. The photo itself looks too “real” to be a Photoshop job, to me, especially at that angle. If somebody were to fake images of a Z1, then it would be easier to Photoshop the existing Nikon Z6 and Z7 images, then just post them out as “leaked promotional photos”.

If it’s not a real camera that people Nikon is expecting to announce, then it’s at least a pre-production prototype. Although, it would be strange that it bears a model number if this were the case. Typically, they don’t have any markings other than the manufacturer logo at that sort of stage.

One thing that is interesting to note, is that there appears to be some kind of inner ring inside the lens mount itself that isn’t present on the Z6 or Z7. This smaller opening might suggest that the Nikon Z1 could, despite saying “FX” around the mount, actually be a 1.5x crop camera that uses the large Z mount.

I doubt it’s being announced anytime soon, but we’ll be at The Photography Show starting this weekend, so we’ll keep an eye out on the Nikon stand.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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8 responses to “Leaked photo shows upcoming entry-level Nikon Z1 mirrorless camera – and it might be APS-C”

  1. Alvaro Sasaki Avatar
    Alvaro Sasaki

    The aps-c thing is kind of confusing considering the “fx” around the mount. Maybe maybe… It’s the REAL z1 before the z6 and z7. Now they need to leak images of the other 4 models between. :P

    1. Drew Rick Avatar
      Drew Rick

      Well the mount is one thing, the sensor another.

      1. Yakinabe Avatar
        Yakinabe

        Nikon terminology is DX = APS-C, FX = full frame. These are sensor size designations, not type of mount.

        1. Drew Rick Avatar
          Drew Rick

          Exactly what I’m saying. The markings in the image refer to a type of mount.

  2. Yakinabe Avatar
    Yakinabe

    I thought it’s been established that this is an early prototype of the Z6/Z7? Though that doesn’t preclude the possibility of a Z1 based on this prototype.

  3. Oliver Foxley Avatar
    Oliver Foxley

    I think it’s the original prototype for the Z cameras. The Z logo on this and other fonts are not in the same style as the Z6 and Z7, they look less refined too which would be a bit hard to believe for a newer product. This just looks old and why would the prototype for a DX body be labelled FX? Why would the mount be labelled at all when it’s not on the current Z bodies, classic initial design phase stuff this IMO before they simplified and stylised. Also Z1 would be a logical starting point in the early stages.

  4. Rob Grayson Avatar
    Rob Grayson

    “While Nikon’s lens roadmap is pretty clear, although their intentions for future bodies haven’t, really.”

    For pity’s sake, if you can’t write grammatical English yourself, get a copy editor.

  5. Jose Luis Pelaez Avatar
    Jose Luis Pelaez

    I can´t understand a compact mirrorless APS-C camera with a mount as big as the actual Z and lens system.