New Nikon mirrorless teaser suggests they may ditch DSLRs completely

Aug 2, 2018

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.

New Nikon mirrorless teaser suggests they may ditch DSLRs completely

Aug 2, 2018

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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A new teaser released by Nikon for their new mirrorless camera suggests that they might be ditching the DSLR completely. It also offers a bit better look at the body & lens mount. It also suggests that the new mirrorless camera could be aimed squarely at professional users – which would make a lot of sense.

Nikon recently celebrated their 100th birthday, and the teaser cycles through the meaningful cameras in Nikon’s history. It begins with the Nikon F, then the Nikomat, F2, and several other film bodies before reaching the D4 and D5 flagship DSLRs. It ultimately ends by showing a somewhat silhouetted version of the impending mirrorless camera. This is what leads me to believe that this is a replacement for, and not in addition to, the next generation of Nikon DSLR.

This cycle is what leads me to believe that Nikon may go 100% mirrorless in the near future. It’s entirely possible, although I think maybe unlikely, that Nikon won’t replace any of its current models with new DSLRs in the future (although I’m still holding out hope for a 4K successor to the D5600). Given the lineup of flagship models shown throughout the video, though, mirrorless certainly seems to be Nikon’s plan for the future of high end.

The shape of the body’s silhouette is quite interesting. Obviously, this isn’t a DSLR, but I would’ve expected an overall shape that resembles their current cameras somewhat. The silhouette in the video doesn’t really scream “Nikon”, to me, except for the layout around the shutter button – which reminds me a little of the old Nikon D200 with its flat looking form, but with a more updated button layout.

Left: Nikon Mirrorless / Right: Nikon D200

Maybe it’ll look a bit more like a Nikon once they shed a little more light on it. The side view shown in the countdown the other day definitely looks very much Nikon, particularly the shape of the grip with its red trim. So, we’ll see.

As far as the lens mount, there’s no pin for screw drive AF lenses, so, even with an adapter, it looks like they’ll be manual focus only. Not much of a surprise there, really, given the push towards AF-S and AF-P lenses over the last couple of decades. It also contains 11 connection pins rather than the 8 typically found on F mount bodies.

Finally, not that I ever use one, but another thing I noticed is that there doesn’t appear to be a seam on the EVF enclosure. So, it looks like there’ll be no popup flash. Hopefully, it will still be compatible with Nikon’s AWL/CLS speedlights like the SB-600/700/800/900/910, but if it is, you’ll need an SU-800 or speedlight acting as a commander in the hotshoe. If this is what happens, then it means the hotshoe pinout will likely be the same, too. So, it should still be compatible with your Godox and other Nikon-compatible flash systems. I imagine the camera will probably have native radio compatibility with the Nikon SB-5000.

I’m starting to get a little more excited over the idea of Nikon mirrorless again now that we’re starting to see and hear a little more about it. I’ll still probably stick with my DSLRs until they die and I’m forced to replace them, though.

The official announcement isn’t until August 23rd, so I guess until then they’ll just keep teasing us – especially given the number of “Coming Soon” placeholders on the website for more videos.

[via DPReview]

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16 responses to “New Nikon mirrorless teaser suggests they may ditch DSLRs completely”

  1. Adam Santino Avatar
    Adam Santino

    Yes, I’m sure Nikon is planning to ditch all of their successful DSLRs for a mirrorless camera that hasn’t been released yet. That seems like a logical thing to assume from a teaser video.

  2. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
    Roy Bridgewood

    Simples!
    Big sensor with lens closer vs image cover on full sensor
    Bigger lens Nodal point now has to be in lens to cover full sensor hence larger mount

    Nikon can no longer gamble. Their 360 almost finished them. The DSLR will stay

  3. Tim Brakemeier Avatar
    Tim Brakemeier

    No, it is not.

  4. Adrian Gordon Avatar
    Adrian Gordon

    No.

    1. David Groves Avatar
      David Groves

      Maybe, but not for some years yet.

  5. Han Grevelink Avatar
    Han Grevelink

    No.

  6. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    I don’t believe that for a moment. Perhaps they’ll drop some of their lower end DSLR models, but I can’t see them dropping their pro line.

    1. Mary Johanssen Avatar
      Mary Johanssen

      Already dumped their 1 line.

  7. Mary Johanssen Avatar
    Mary Johanssen

    I just hope it’ll be F3 sized rather than Fischer price sized like the D4

  8. pincherio Avatar
    pincherio

    Clickbait title. Nothing about the video suggests abandonment of the old mount. The author basing his opinion out of pictures of mounts and the statement that Nikon is “leaping into a new dimension” is pure conjecture at best. Nikon has already gone the mirrorless route with the Nikon 1 system and that effort was proven to be less than stellar so what would be the basis for abandoning an established system with a huge number of devoted clientele? If anything, this new system is Nikon’s attempt to dip into the big sensor mirrorless market that they’ve been losing market share to and somehow stem the tide. That is all. Rant over. Peace out.

  9. Jørgen Freim Avatar
    Jørgen Freim

    #Clickbait

  10. Erin Guest Avatar
    Erin Guest

    Clickbaity clickbait is clickbaity.

  11. Lex Avatar
    Lex

    Yeah….just because of the teaser they are ditching the whole line…

  12. Zak Neumann Avatar
    Zak Neumann

    That’s a pretty big assumption given that this teaser is just a parade of cameras.

  13. Alien Avatar
    Alien

    Uhhhhh no. Nikon has stated in the release that they are dedicated to the pro DSLR user and the parallel development of DSLR. They have new F mount lenses constantly coming. This is a misinformed headline. You will be absorbed.