It’s been only a day since Nikon published a teaser video for the new full frame mirrorless camera, and now there’s something more to build up the excitement. Four photos of the upcoming camera have leaked, as well as the announcement date.
It looks like one chapter for Nikon mirrorless cameras has ended, and the other is about to begin. Nikon 1, the first line of mirrorless cameras from the company, has just been discontinued.
It seems like Nikon might actually be making an effort with their new mirrorless offering, after all. A derivative of Nox, Latin for “night”, NOCT is Nikon’s latest trademark. And while the registration doesn’t specifically state that it is for a mirrorless system, its uses include cameras, lenses and “mount adapters for lenses”.
Filed on May 18th, the trademark application is currently under examination. As well as the nocturnal nature of the new trademark, you might remember that Nikon filed patents for 52mm f/0.9 and 36mm f/1.2 full frame mirrorless lenses last year. And the last time the “Noct” name was used was for Nikon’s Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S.
The word from CES 2018 is that Nikon’s upcoming mirrorless will have an entirely new lens mount. At least according to Nikon Rumors. Despite simply being a rumour, I can’t believe that this isn’t true. At least the technical specifications, if not the name, which NR suggest may simply be a working title for the new system. It just makes no sense for Nikon to keep the current F-mount system in a new mirrorless design, even if it is the same full frame as their DSLRs.
It’s not much of a surprise that the compact camera market is getting a little more “compact”. It’s been coming for years. Global compact camera sales are down to less than a tenth of their peak. And it’s all thanks to smartphones. The cameras we carry with us all day, every day.
While smartphones aren’t killing DSLR sales, the opposite, in fact, they are destroying compacts. The Nikkei reports that Nikon are now closing one of their factories in China. A factory which primarily manufactures their entry level compacts and SLR lenses.