What to expect from Nikon at Photokina

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The new Nikon Photokina booth

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You can still spot Nikon 1 cameras on the inside walls

Unless I am missing something, it seems that Nikon has nothing major to announce at Photokina this year. The big wild card of course is the new Nikon mirrorless camera with a "large" sensor:

The case of the elusive Nikon mirrorless camera

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I used to receive a steady amount of rumors about the new Nikon mirrorless camera and then everything stopped a few months ago when Nikon started delaying the launch of their latest products. I see a few possibilities here:

  • Nikon delayed the launch of their new mirrorless system (the most likely scenario, given all other recent delays)
  • Nikon managed to keep their mirrorless cameras secret - this pretty much means that nobody outside of Nikon Japan knows anything about it (unlikely, but possible)
  • Nikon will show the new system under glass without a release date just to keep everyone interested (unlikely, but Nikon did similar introduction with the KeyMission and few other products in the past)

Obviously Canon has not yet given up on mirrorless and will soon announce a new EOS M5 camera. I still believe that Nikon is working on a new mirrorless solution, but for now I have more questions than answers.

Nikon KeyMission cameras

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The three Keymission cameras will officially be launched on September 19th. Shipping is expected to start in October and Nikon is planning to release many different accessories for the KeyMission line.

Nikon D620, D760 or D820

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Nikon booth at the 2014 Photokina show (credit: Photokina)

I do not expect a D610, D750 or D810 replacement to be announced at Photokina. In fact, I have received zero tips on a new DSLR camera (with the exception of the D3400). So yes, it is possible but I seriously doubt it. As usual, I prefer to be conservative and accurate in what I am reporting instead of being sensational and wrong (a few days ago a few crappy websites published a fake picture of the D760 with some made up stories that the camera is coming for Photokina).

There have been two new Nikon cameras registered at the Indonesian Communications Agency, but this could very well be for the two new KeyMission models.

New Df-like camera is rumored for Nikon’s 100th anniversary in 2017.

Nikkor lenses

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Nikkor PC-E 19mm f/4 tilt shift lens patent

Here is the list of rumored/expected lenses (I do not expect all of them to be announced at Photokina, the 19mm tilt shift is probably one of the lenses that will be introduced):

Nikon press conference on September 19th

Nikon has a press conference scheduled for Monday, September 19th at 4pm (CET) but the official announcement can happen before the actual press event (this has been the case in previous Photokina shows):

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In their official Photokina press release Nikon mentioned upcoming "exciting announcements", so we should see:

"Visitors can expect to be the first to hear exciting announcements, and will be given hands-on access to the latest products at the booth in Halle 2.2 at the Koelnmesse."

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