New Nikon full frame mirrorless camera on the horizon

Nikon is rumored to be currently working on a new full frame mirrorless camera. Here is what I know 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

Another hint that in a way confirms this rumor is a this recently filed Nikon patent for a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens.

In interviews with AP and dpreview last year, Nikon executives said that a new large sensor mirrorless camera is a possibility in the future.

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  • Alberto

    No EVF, regular F mount… They must have been smokin’ bad weed…

  • 247th

    I’ve been waiting for Nikon to up their game and create this already. The Sony system has been flipping me upside down and taking my lunch money. I hope they are more reasonably priced and compatible with my Nikon flashes.

  • bgbs

    about time.

  • Michael Dembinski

    S-mount or it’s not worth going for. Sure, F-mount plus adaptor/spacer, but there’s no point of going mirrorless if you can’t have smaller, lighter lenses with large aperture. Look at those wonderful Nikon RF and Contax-mount lenses out there! Update on this and Leica will be passing bricks.

    • Yeah, but they’d be gold bricks…:-)

    • Lee

      Don’t get your hopes up for old rangefinder lenses, I’m sorry to say. They were able to be so small because they were designed to direct light to the edges of the frame at angle which is too obtuse for digital sensors. Leica has (somewhat) mitigated it on their cameras with an extra-thin filter stack over the sensor. Sony has avoided it by making the FE lenses huge. And of course it’s not a problem with old DSLR lenses because they’re much farther from the sensor.

      I think Nikon could theoretically avoid the issue by creating a new mirrorless mount with a very wide diameter and designing lenses for it with large rear elements. But that still doesn’t help you with pre-existing lenses. And it doesn’t bode well that even Sony, far less afraid of trying new things than Nikon, didn’t switch mounts when they moved their mirrorless to full frame.

  • EvaK

    I dislike to photograph with streched out arms. No viewfinder, no camera!

  • Kevin8503

    No EVF, no thank you.

  • peevee

    46mm for FF is absolutely fine. If you want to design a special mirrorless lens with rear element closer to the sensor, you can always have the rear element protruding into the mount behind the mount. But for FF, it makes no sense, the light going to the corner of the sensor from such rear element brought closer will have the angle that a significant part of it will pass through, say, a red color filter and hit a green pixel, causing color shifts. Plus added vignetting. Without filterless AND back-illuminated sensors it makes no sense, you will have to add the same distance into the lens, or use much more complex, large and expensive lens designs, or suffer from optical mediocrity (see Sony FE system for examples).

    That 46mm are better used for a built-in variable ND. At least until color filters go to the dustbin of history where they belong.

  • Lee

    A non-EVF body with a discreet EVF attached is quite a big larger and heavier, with much more awkward ergonomics, than a body with an inline EVF. Therefore making the EVF discreet harms EVF users more than it helps non-EVF users. Sounds like a bad idea.

  • true

    Wont be very popular camera unless it has some VF

  • Denis Lynch

    With the flop of the N1 line they need to do something. The 1″ sensor just didn’t cut it. IQ on the V3 is pitiful unless your sitting on the Sun.

  • Kasparas Visockas

    it cant be a regular f mount unless it has an adapter. The focal distance on a mirrorless is normally much less than a dslr and especially a nikon dslr.

  • Lots of discussion about whether the f mount would make this camera bigger or equal size with a dslr. Personally I don’t think size is that important. Once you put a bright full frame lens on the front, small bodies are going to be un balanced. Wouldn’t it be better to keep the f mount and have a slightly larger pro mirror less body? This would balance well and have several advantages. If Nikon add good video codecs and raw video they would be onto a winner. Also the transition from dslr to mirrorless would be less painful for their customers.

  • davidhunternyc

    Please, Nikon, we need a built-in VF so we can use the hotshoe with Profoto strobes!!!

  • Flipper Tweenie

    Darn no EVF… that kills it.

  • f-stop

    no EVF = no interest whatsoever

  • Politics_Nerd

    F-mount, but will it mount normal “G” lenses?

  • diedisqus

    Not a big surprise. A revolutionary mirrorless with EVF and a new dedicated mount would compete too much with actual Nikon DSLRs…

  • Silvestro Crino

    Same size as the Em1 but no EVF would be a fail…. Shows they don’t get it yet if that is what they do….

  • Laurie Brett

    It has to have an EVF and a good one built in, not an attachment

  • DrunkenRant

    Every camera company that made a camera without an EVF/OVF has learned that you have to add an EVF/OVF. Hell even Leica learned that mistake.

    If Nikon make a FF mirrorless with an EVF in a Rangefinder format, I’ll be moving back to Nikon from Fuji.

  • Ashok Vashisht

    Can’t a good full frame have great ergonomics too ? And very good sculpted grips which make it easy to handhold ? Something like a scaled down D750 ?

    • Adam Brown

      Of course. You can keep the identical body as the d750.. You’re just removing the mirror box, and substituting EVF for OVF.

      In fact, if you keep the same lens mount, you can’t really scale down the camera very much. Most of the size is dictated by the mount.

  • mhammon

    It’s been a year since this rumor first emerged. Anything new?

    • I think we will have more info during the Photokina show in September.

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