Nikon Rumored to Be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Apr 21, 2015

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Nikon Rumored to Be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Apr 21, 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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The Nikon 1 mirrorless system has the advantage of being a small camera with a huge X2.7 crop factor. While this is especially useful to some, there seem to be many Nikonists who will happily give up the crop factor in exchange for a full frame mirrorless camera and all the accompnying benefits.

Based on the latest rumor, the camera is on its way and is already being field tested. That being said, the expected lack of an electronic viewfinder could lead to another disappointment.

There is not a whole lot of info going around at the moment, but this is what Nikon Rumors has received so far:

  • full frame camera
  • mirrorless / mirrorless-styled
  • the camera will be small (about the same size as the Olympus E-M1)
  • no EVF
  • regular F mount
  • currently being field tested
  • the official announcement is expected in late 2015 or early 2016

Keep in mind that even if the camera rumor is true, the details could be way off due to the release date still being rather distant.

Further supporting this rumor are a patent Nikon filed for a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens and an interview from September 2014 where the Nikon 1 designing department manager said the following:

“We know that there is a certain body of demand for larger sensors in mirrorless products. Although we already have the 1 inch sensor in the 1 System, we don’t want to deny the possibility of future large-sensor mirrorless cameras. So maybe if there is enough demand we may be able to provide another type of mirrorless camera with larger sensors. This is one of the solutions.”

Add to that the recent interview with a Nikon product manager who discussed the chances of patents becoming real products and things seem to be looking up for Nikon mirrorless users.

28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens patent
28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens patent

On the other hand, in an interview posted just ten days ago on DPReview a Nikon engineer had the following to say about the possible room for a bigger sensor mirrorless camera in the company’s line-up:

“As for the possibility of larger sensor mirrorless – since competitors have already done this, technically speaking it’s possible. However, we want to highlight the advantage of the Nikon 1 system: it’s very small, including its lenses. For example, last year, we launched the V3, and photographers, especially those specializing in aviation industry and birds, highly appreciated the Nikon 1 series’ benefits: portability and small size. We still believe that Nikon 1 has room for further evolution. This is the area we want to put effort in to, rather than making bigger sensor mirrorless cameras”.

I guess time will tell if this rumor is more wishful thinking than truth, or if the Nikon rep who spoke with DPR didn’t get the latest memo.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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9 responses to “Nikon Rumored to Be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera”

  1. Federico Ciapi Avatar
    Federico Ciapi

    at last

  2. pincherio Avatar
    pincherio

    I own both a Nikon 1 AW1 and a Sony A6000. The size difference doesn’t bother me as much as the sensor size difference. I don’t know what sales are like but as far as headlines go, Sony is doing much better than Nikon in the mirrorless game for a reason. I, for one, hope that this is not another vaporware pipe dream and would love to see a Nikon mirrorless with a sensor larger than their current one and having it in F mount may be what gets me on board.

  3. Babok Song Avatar
    Babok Song

    And canon is lagging behind

  4. Edouard_Bo Avatar
    Edouard_Bo

    It can not be an F mount because of its big flange distance. Too important for a small mirrorless camera. A new shorter mount compatible with F mount would be great.

  5. blue Avatar
    blue

    Compact, Full frame, mirrorless, Fmount. I’m buying one.

  6. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    I have been hoping that Nikon might finally add a full frame mirrorless. The tiny sensor that they have been stuck on is a non-starter for me for wide angle and DOF considerations. Frankly without an EVF I won’t consider this one at all either. There are certainly times when I don’t use EVF on my Sony mirrorless but the vast majority of the time I do. It’s a shame considering how long I have been using Nikon SLRs and DSLRs. Do they really think they can compete in with Fuji, Sony and Olympus in this space?

  7. Paul Menard Avatar
    Paul Menard

    if its going to take normal f mount lenses then it wont be much smaller than the dslrs, i guess you would lose the viewfinder bit but….
    i guess they could do a couple of special f mount lenses with short flange optics, and then do a macro tube style adapter for the dslr lenses

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      My guess is it would take an F mount lens via an adapter that makes up for the change in backfocus, just like Sony does with A-Mount -> EF Mount and Olympus does with 4/3s -> m4/3s.

      But, you are right, in order for this system to be useful, there would have to be new lenses made for mirrorless.

      1. mike Avatar
        mike

        Oops, meant to say “A-Mount -> E-Mount”.

        Sony’s insistence on calling “Full Frame E-Mount FE-Mount” always trips me up.