Could this be my next “big” purchase?
It’s official: Nikon will soon launch a full-frame mirrorless camera system with a brand a new lens mount. In a press release, it announced that it’s developing a “next-generation full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera and Nikkor lenses, featuring a new mount,” adding that “professional creators around the world have contributed to the development.” As expected, it’s also working on an adapter that will let you use existing full-frame Nikon F-Mount DSLR lenses with the cameras.
Nikon hinted that the new mount would allow it to make the lenses and cameras slimmer and smaller. “The new mirrorless camera and Nikkor lenses that are in development will enable a new dimension in optical performance with the adoption of a new mount,” says the press release.
For the rest of the story, we’re relying on sites like Nikon Rumors, which have been pretty accurate up to this point. Nikon will supposedly release two cameras, a $4,000 48-megapixel model, and a $2,500, 25-megapixel “budget” version. Those compare roughly to Sony’s 42.4-megapixel A7R III and the 24-megapixel A7 III, though both Nikon models would be more costly and have higher resolution.
It also emphasized the “reliability and trusted performance” of its DSLR models, and said that professional creators helped contributed to the development of the new system. Canon and Nikon pros have often decried the durability and handling of Sony cameras, so if Nikon can nail that part with its own mirrorless models while offering comparable tech, it may be able to keep those valuable customers in the fold.