New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Perspectives

As most readers are now aware, Nikon has officially confirmed that it is developing a new mirrorless camera. I thought it would be interesting to give readers the chance to share their new Nikon mirrorless camera perspectives.

Much has already been written on the internet about this possibility so I will not add my 2 cents to what has already been written.

Many pundits have offered their take on what various interviews with Nikon executives mean. Again, rather than add my interpretation, I thought it would be more instructive to provide links to readers. That way you can read the interviews with Nikon executives and related commentary for yourselves, mull all of that over, then share your thoughts.

Here is a link to some information on Nikon Rumors.
Here is a link to an article on PetaPixel.
Here is a link to an article on DPReview.
Here is a link to an article on Digital Trends.

And, here is a link to the Japanese website version of the original interview with Kazuo Ushida. You can look online for other translation options.

So, let us know what you think Nikon will be doing with its new mirrorless camera.

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20 thoughts on “New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Perspectives”

  1. Hi Tom,

    I recently did a size comparison of the Nikon F6, D750 and Sony A7S II, each with 50mm lens mounted. Surprisingly, there is little overall difference in dimensions. This is partly because the Sony has the sensor quite a long way forward of the back of the camera, whereas both the F6 and D750 have the sensor just a few mm from the back.

    For professional users, a mirrorless camera that took existing FX mount lenses with no concerns about adaptor tolerances etc could be an advantage.

    However, for the majority of users, they would probably like to be able to take advantage of the smaller bodies and lenses that a cropped sensor could provide, with a mount with shorter flange focal length. The 1 inch sensor is a bit on the small side to keep ahead of smartphone cameras… But the CX mount is attractive otherwise.

    So I think Nikon will introduce two ranges:

    A full-frame mirrorless range that continues the existing FX mount, and is able to make use of existing lenses plus new ones with e.g. AF-P stepper motors

    A 1.8 crop frame mirrorless range that uses the CX mount, with a sensor nearly as big as DX, with the option of using an adaptor to utilise FX (and DX mount) lenses.

    A range of new lenses would need to be introduced to use the 1.8 crop. However, existing CX lenses would still be usable on these 1.8 crop bodies, but with a further crop to bring it into line with 2.7 crop used on 1 inch sensors.

    Just my thoughts.

    1. Hi Dave,
      Thanks for adding to the discussion! A while back there was some speculation about a CX mount with a larger sensor. If current Nikon 1 owners could use their existing lenses that type of product may resonate with them, as would a Nikon full frame mirrorless that could still use existing Nikkor glass. We’ll all find out Nikon’s plans at some point!

      1. BTW it does seem to me that if Nikon did introduce a 1.8 crop CX mount body, then they would almost certainly see the benefit of also introducing essentially the same body with a 1″ sensor, to fully utilise the existing Nikon 1 lenses.

        This would be similar to what Nikon has done in the past with FX/DX bodies such as D5/D500, D750/D7200, and D3/D300.

  2. Hi Tom,

    Though most people are expecting larger format mirrorless, I would love to see most is a refined 1 series. If Nikon can find a good 1 inch CMOS provider and tweak them to be on par with APS-C regarding ISO ability while keeping its agility, 1 series would be more attractive. Then a few more nice fast lens would be great! Also I really want to see more AW products coming.

    I don’t think Nikon would let 1 series to go, at least for a few more years. It just not a Nikon way to call off a current product line suddenly.

    1. Hi Peter,

      I’m on the fence whether the forthcoming new Nikon mirrorless camera will actually have a larger sensor in it or not. I’ve re-read the comments from Nikon’s Kazuo Ushida a number of times and I just don’t see where they indicate that a larger sensor mirrorless camera is being developed. He mentions a “Nikonashii” mirrorless camera. Various translations indicate that “Nikonashii” means something that only Nikon can do. This could point towards some enhanced Nikon 1 bodies on the way, since using an APS-C or full frame sensor would put Nikon in a ‘me too’ situation. Of course if Nikon can do something truly revolutionary with an APS-C or full frame mirrorless, it could still be viewed as “Nikonashii”. Ushida also mentions the need for ‘playfulness’, which one could also interpret as meaning small and simple. He also states “I want to overwhelm with the performance of the lens by using the industrial lens technology”. Could this mean some fast zooms, originally designed for the DL Series, will be re-designed for Nikon 1?


      1. Hi Tom,

        Indeed, Ushida uses the phrase “Nikon-rashii”, meaning “with the spirit and character of Nikon”. In my opinion, every Nikon product is actually “Nikon-rashii”. Why would Nikon approve a product without Nikon spirit and character?

        A Nikon-rashii mirrorless is not necessary with a larger format CMOS. With my experience using a J5, I believe Nikon 1 is totally a ” Nikon-rashii” product. I am amazed with the speed and agility, handling it is just like a compact Nikon DSLR.

        Ushida’s statement never mention that the new mirrorless would use larger format, and “Nikon-rashii” is never defined with the size of CMOS. That’s why I would love to see Nikon put more effort on refining Nikon 1 and release its potential.

        1. A Nikon-rashii mirrorless is not necessary with a larger format CMOS.
          Well, perhaps Nikon would like to cash on the memory of glorious Nikon S rangefinder line. There`s only Leica M on market and if Nikon dropped the optical viewfinder, cut the costs down ( comparing to Leica), put EVF with manual focus confirmation and of course couple of fast compact wide to normal AF lenses ( tells are domaine of DSLR, no gain in physical size here) , many Nikon reporters would love it as a compact, back up/second body alternative.

  3. The new mirrorless certainly has to be a Nikon 1 with CX sensor! Never understood why good cameras have to be large, heavy and need theses large battery-consuming sensors. I love my v1 with its magic small lenses and I’m eagerly waiting for an improved high-end body. Won’t mind if this costs something.

    1. Hi Juergen,
      I share your enthusiasm for Nikon 1! It will be interesting to see if Nikon comes out with updated Nikon 1 bodies, or launches a larger sensor mirrorless camera.

  4. Nikon seem to be ignoring their current mirrorless range quite well. Yet we are all getting excited about them releasing more mirrorless cameras. Wil they change the body style over the first three models like they did with the V series?

    I think the more important question is what will they do about lenses? Keep the F-mount or introduce a new range / mount to take full advantage of going mirrorless? If its a new mount could we guarantee a decent adapter and not another expensive crippled one like the FT-1?

    1. Hi Mark
      May I add my perspective with regard to adapters? I have FT-1 und yes, it is a crutch only. For my purposes (owning the Holy Trinity according to Tom), I do not more reach any more. I have used it before for stars from tripod and it was rather complicated and in the end I took the plunge and bought said Nikon 1 lenses. I cannot imagine to use it for travels.
      Moreover, even with perfect comunication between lens and body I would be afraid that the precision would be negatively impeded. Thickness of the flanges; every additional part having additional manufacturing deviation etc.
      But you gave me another idea which has to be tested; tilt/shift and Nikon1. Have to try it. Should look ugly enough πŸ˜‰
      Take care, Robert

    2. Hi Mark,
      Your concern about potential lens compatibility is a very good point, and one that is shared by many current Nikon DSLR owners…thanks for adding to the discussion!

  5. Hi Tom
    Good question. Until very recently my take was, that Nikon would concentrate on high quality market with high margins. This was their strategy up to approximately end of seventies and they were very succesful with that strategy. (I was young then and worked long to be able to afford an F2. Canon, Minolta, Pentax were only also-runners, nothing was as good as Nikon, whose cameras were used by NASA and professionals. With a Nikon F2 on your neck, you were a “made man”.)
    Now, with the Asian market being more important than before, growing and leaning towards mirrorless, things are changing. How can Nikon succesfuly follow the goal to become high margings, smaller company in a growing mass market in Asia (I do not know Asian market, so maybe my presumpion it beiing a mass market is wrong.) and not hurt its base in Europe and in North America? (I have no idea, what is going on in South America)
    Ha! There is only one answer! πŸ˜‰ Make a camera essentially same as current DSLR, just take the mirror out of it. Seriously: I think of FF- ish body of highest quality with hopefully F- mount. It doesn’t have to be small, it has to be as good as current DSLR bodies.
    I would keep Nikon 1 series, as the light and small alternative. Certainly not as many models as before, but of high quality and IQ.
    No, I don’t know. But it is an entertaining exercise. I find it always astonishing, how much qualitative clues can be won from clever statistics and quantitative methods. On the other hand, there is something like “a hunch”. One is not able (At least I am not) to reason on a perfectly logical level, but sometimes something strikes you and you know. Decades ago, I wrote my finishing paper at my university about Nikon probably entering mass market with small, compact film cameras. I made my grade, was the lucky one at the university, but sadly did not receive a call from Nikon to join them and lead them to a better future. They just did it without me. πŸ˜‚
    Again, I do not know. The difficulty is, that I have everything I need right now. Therefore, I do not wish anything. More time and self-discipline perhaps. Nikon can only surprise me with something I am not prepared for. Then maybe everything would change. I have to stop now, it is long enough, sorry.
    Have a nice waiting time😎 and please excuse my english…

    1. Hi Robert,

      Thanks for adding to the discussion and sharing your perspectives! I can still remember buying my first SLR, a Nikkormat, back in 1974. The primary reason for me doing that was noted in your comment: Nikon’s reputation. Like you, I also believe that the Nikon 1 system can remain in Nikon’s product line up as a light, small alternative.

      There’s never a need to apologize for the length of a comment on my blog…I appreciate the time you took to share your perspectives!


      1. Hi Tom
        You asked for it: I am sitting in our garden, weather is fine: Mine Nikkormat FT3 ‘came to me’ 1976 as an exchange for my old russian Zenit. Zenit was built to drive nails into wood, the lens (I have had only one, 50mm) was rather sad – not very sharp, something like Nikkor DC stuck halfway to unsharp πŸ˜‰. Soon after that I changed Nikkormat to FM, which I kept until today. Years ago I wandere with three bodies, each with B&W film, for normal, short and long development. Since then, every time I had a GAS- attack and was able to withstand and not buy another body, I bought a lens knowing that a lens is forever…
        But what I want to add to the reputation you mentioned: Nikon and Canon were then are now the only companies with fairly complete systems. Macro, flash, whatever project one should start in future, it was and is here. Today people get easily excited when a new camera is being introduced, maybe a couple of lenses are being promised. What happens should I need extension rings or dedicated flash? Certainly, 3d parties are here too, but… Long live Nikon 1, Nikon please add extension rings, bellows, etc…
        Have a nice time!
        Regards Robert

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