Nikon’s press statement says, “The mirrorless camera and Nikkor lenses that are in development have enabled the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, with the adoption of a new mount. The mirrorless camera is the result of Nikon’s advanced optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through over a century of heritage, as well as superior image processing technology. The expertise built up through the development of Nikon’s digital-SLR cameras has also critically contributed to this development”.
A mount adaptor will be available for fitting F mount D-SLR lenses and Nikon says it remains committed to “…the continued development of Nikon digital-SLR cameras, providing consumers with the choices to enjoy the unique values of either system”.
There’s no indication of a launch date and, in the past, Nikon has been known to make these announcements up to six months ahead or even longer, but also to unveil a finished product almost immediately afterwards. We think the former is more likely to be the case here (but perhaps not as long as six months), with this announcement undoubtedly having the immediate effect of stopping brand loyalists jumping ship no matter how many tasty new mirrorless attractions from other camera makers may soon be revealed.
Nikon has also released a teaser video which appears to show an SLR-style mirrorless camera similar to Sony’s A7/A9 models, but little else. We’ve grabbed a couple of frames from the video and brightened them for reproduction here, but obviously Nikon is giving nothing away. Visit https://events.imaging.nikon.com