What to expect next from Nikon

Nikon Rumors
Time for another “what to expect” post:

→ Nikon Coolpix camera with a large sensor:

  • Nikon is working on new Coolpix cameras with a large sensor. Most likely there will be two different models.
  • On several occasions in the past Nikon’s reps mentioned that they are still committed to their mirrorless and Coolpix product lines and they still see potential future in 4K video and advanced compact cameras.
  • I am still not sure of the size of the sensor – I am receiving rumors for everything between 1″ to APS-C and full frame. Most likely there will be one model with 1″ sensor and another with a DX sensor (replacement for the Coolpix A, which is already listed as discontinued). In a recent interview, Nikon’s executive confirmed that a new compact camera with 1″ sensor is coming in the future:

Q: Any new Coolpix A? Any plans to respond to Canon and Sony’s 1-inch sensor fixed-lens compact cameras?
A: Sony’s 1-inch CSC is definitely very successful. We will have a competing product in the future.

→ Nikon D5: the D5 is rumored to have 15 fps continuous shooting rate. The official announcement will most likely be at the next CES show in January 2016.

→ New Nikon 1 lenses – all but one of the 1 Nikkor prototype lenses shown back in 2011 were already announced (the picture shows a prototype of the not-yet-announced 1 Nikkor macro lens).

→ I expect also a new Nikon 1 V4 mirrorless camera to be announced by the end of 2015 or in early 2016.

Nikon 28-80mm f:3.5-5.6 VR lens patent
→ Full frame Nikon mirrorless camera – there is already a patent for a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens.

→ New camera system with lens and sensor in one unit – something similar to Sony’s lens camera modules (I think Nikon will release something that connects to your smartphone). See also this post: Nikon working on a new “secret” product.

→ New Nikkor telephoto lenses with fluorite (FL) element – this is more of a long term goal and it will take few years until they replace all mentioned lenses.

→ New Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 VR lens (see patent) – the price is rumored to be $500 more than the current version ($1,886.95). Other rumored lenses: 200mm f/4, 16mm f/2.8, fast DX zoom and Nikon 24mm f/1.8.

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