Nikon mirrorless camera specs recap

This is a recap on the upcoming Nikon mirrorless cameras. The previous post got a lot of comments and it is hard to navigate, so this will be another place to discuss the upcoming announcement.

Keep in mind that the leaked specifications could be slightly different for the two different models. The translation could also be off since the original set of specifications came from Asia (pictured above is a Nikon mirrorless camera concept created by a reader).

Here we go:

Technical specifications

  • Two different mirrorless full frame cameras
  • Resolution: 24-25MP and 45-48MP
  • Similar body size to the Sony a7 camera
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • 9fps
  • 4k video
  • Memory cards: XQD and CF Express
  • EVF resolution: 3.6 million dots
  • Nikon is putting a lot of emphasis and effort into the shooting experience of the new mirrorless camera. The camera was designed with ergonomics in mind.

The new Nikon mirrorless full frame lenses

  • Initially, three lenses will be announced: 24-70mm f/4, 35mm and 50mm (I think the 35 and 50mm will be f/1.4). There is also talk about a 24mm, but it may come later.
  • At least one new mirrorless zoom lens will have power zoom for video recording (unconfirmed, could be announced later).
  • Two electric AF motors (not confirmed).
  • Very sophisticated new F-mount adapter (confirmed by multiple sources).
  • I was told that Nikon is currently developing a large number of new mirrorless lenses and this is a top priority.
  • The new mirrorless mount will allow for f/0.95 lenses (see the NOCT trademark and f/0.9 lens patents)

The price

Here is a comparison of the pricing of the rumored Nikon mirrorless cameras with the current Sony a7 offerings:

  • The 45MP Nikon mirrorless camera with 24-70mm f/4 lens will be priced around $4,000/€4,000. The Sony a7r3 with 24-70mm f/4 lens is now $3,896 (currently $500 off).
  • The 25MP Nikon mirrorless camera with 24-70mm f/4 will be priced around $2,900/€2,900. The Sony a7m3 with 24-70mm f/4 lens is now $2,896 (currently $300 off).

The announcement date

The official announcement is rumored for the end of July (on or around July 23rd) and shipping shortly after (August 23rd).

About that release date again – I am doubtful that Nikon will release the camera that early. Maybe July 23rd is the date for the internal presentation in Asia where the specifications leaked from or maybe this is the date when they will drop the teaser or the development announcement. The new Nikon mirrorless camera will definitely be on display at Photokina in September (see thisthis and this previous reports).

But: Nikon turns 101 on July 25th. I can almost see their press release saying: “for the next 100 years we have a new mirrorless mount” (Nikon is now closing their 100th-anniversary website).

The new Nikon mirrorless mount

A new mirrorless mount – that’s for sure. About the different Nikon mirrorless mount dimensions – we could be talking about different ways of measuring the same mirrorless mount: one of the numbers I was given was 55mm. The Z-mount dimensions I reported a few months ago were 49mm for the actual opening and 65.4mm for the entire mount diameter. All three number could be correct.

There is no word on a Nikon APS-C based mirrorless camera. In fact, the rumors I have been receiving in the past 6+ months have only been for a full frame solution.

Update – additional specifications can be found here:

Additional Nikon mirrorless full frame camera specifications (AF and more)

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

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