What to expect from Nikon in March

Nikon Rumors
This is what I expect Nikon to announce in the next few weeks:

→ Nikon D7200 camera.
→ Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera.
→ Nikon Coolpix camera with large sensor:

  • I have been reporting for months that Nikon is working on a new Coolpix camera with a large sensor. 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, but the most likely scenario is a camera with a new 1″ sensor, EVF and price under $1,000 (maybe even under $800).
  • The new compact camera will most likely be announced together with the D7200 and J5 in the next 2-3 weeks. All three cameras are expected to start shipping before the end of March in order to boost Nikon’s Q4 sales (their financial year ends on March 31).
  • On several occasions in the past Nikon’s reps mentioned that they are still committed to their mirrorless and Coolpix cameras and they still see future potential in 4K video and advanced compact cameras. There were also reports that Aptina is developing new full frame CMOS sensor for Nikon.
  • A reader translated a portion of the Nikon interview I posted online few days ago – the company’s representative also 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.

Rumors for later (2015/2016) Nikon announcements:

→ Nikon D5 – the D5 may have 15 fps continuous shooting rate (rumor)

→ New Nikon 1 lenses – all but one of the 1 Nikkor prototype lenses were already announced (the missing lens is the macro 1 Nikkor). Nikon has not announced new 1 Nikkor lenses in a long time.

→ I have no idea what is going on with the advanced Nikon DSLR firmware updates program.

Nikon 28-80mm f:3.5-5.6 VR lens patent
→ Full frame Nikon mirrorless camera (no concrete rumors, only based on a patent). Nikon is also rumored to be working on a smaller Df-based camera – possible announcement at the end of 2015.

→ 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 “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, Nikon 24mm f/1.8 lens

If you have any additional information on the upcoming Nikon announcements, you can contact me anonymously here.

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