Nikon mirrorless camera rumors: THE BIG RECAP






Here is the big recap on the new Nikon mirrorless camera (just a friendly reminder that these are just rumors - the real specs could obviously be different):



General information

  • The names of the two new Nikon full-frame cameras will be:
    • Nikon Z6: high speed, low light model (24MP)
    • Nikon Z7: high-resolution model (45MP)
  • Nikon is rumored to target/compete directly with the Sony A7/A7r line of cameras.
  • Similar body size to the Sony a7 camera but with better ergonomics and a better grip (we already know that from the leaked pictures).
  • Battery life is said to be worse than current Nikon DSLR cameras.
  • There is a chance that the new Nikon mirrorless cameras may use existing DSLR batteries.
  • My understanding is that there is only one selection wheel on top of the camera.
  • Most likely no built-in flash.
  • The promo materials should include dancers/singers.
  • Potential names: Z300 and Z500 (not confirmed at all, could just be a guess).
  • The new Nikon mirrorless camera will have features/functions never introduced beforehand (not sure if this applies to Nikon, to mirrorless cameras, or to the industry in general).
  • There is a second LCD screen on the top of the camera (see leaked pictures).
  • The camera's "prism" with the EVF is a bit less angular/smoother when compared to the Sony a7 (also confirmed by leaked pictures and teaser video).
  • There is no word on a Nikon APS-C based mirrorless camera. In fact, the rumors I have been receiving in the past 9+ months have only been for a full frame solution.
  • The Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 have exactly the same body and use the same battery
  • The EVF is fixed
  • There are no scene modes
  • There is a green AUTO mode as well as PSAM and 3 user settings

Nikon mirrorless camera dimensions © Michna
Nikon mirrorless camera dimensions © L Johnson
Nikon mirrorless camera dimensions by © Gosh1

Nikon mirrorless camera technical specifications

  • Two Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras expected: one with 24-25MP and one with 45MP (48MP is also a possibility, previously reported in October last year).
  • BSI sensors (supposed to be new gen/tech with advanced AF).
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • 9fps
  • Memory cards: XQD and CF Express (ProGrade is coming with a CF Express card).
  • EVF resolution: 3.6MP (I am not sure if this is MP or million dots).
  • Very good video AF features.
  • Video AF could be different for the two mirrorless models (the cheaper version may have less AF goodies).
  • AF tracking ability of the 45MP version on par or better compared to the current Sony A7 models.
  • Over 400 AF points, not sure about the exact number, it should be somewhere between 430-450. The AF is supposed to be very fast.
  • The rear LCD screen is tiltable just like the Nikon D850.
  • I see 8K listed in the technical specifications, but it is hard for me to get the translation right - I don't think it's for video, maybe it is for 8K time-lapse just like the D850?
  • 4K video.

 
 

Nikon mirrorless camera price

1st set of pricing received:

  • Nikon 45MP full frame mirrorless camera: $4,000/€4,000 in a kit with the 24-70mm lens
  • Nikon 24MP full frame mirrorless camera: under $3,000/€3,000 (also including a lens)

2nd set of pricing received from Europe:

  • Nikon 45MP full frame mirrorless camera: €4,000 (around $4,670, 20% VAT included in price)
  • Nikon 24MP full frame mirrorless camera: €2,500 (around $2,900, 20% VAT included in price)

3rd set of pricing received from the UK:

  • Nikon 45MP full frame mirrorless camera (body only): around £2,400
  • Nikon 24MP full frame mirrorless camera (body only): around £1,700

4th set of pricing from Nikkei (Japan):

  • Reported pricing between ¥200,000 - ¥300,000 ($1,800 - $2,700)

Here is the current Sony pricing for comparison:

  • The Sony a7r3 with 24-70mm f/4 lens is now $3,896 (currently $500 off).
  • The Sony a7m3 with 24-70mm f/4 lens is now $2,896 (currently $300 off).





New Nikon mirrorless (Z?) mount

  • New Nikon mirrorless Z-mount - confirmed by multiple sources and Nikon (could still be called something else).
  • New mirrorless mount size: 55mm. The dimensions I reported a few months ago were 49mm for the actual opening and 65.4mm for the entire mount diameter - we could be talking about different ways of measuring the same mirrorless mount and all three numbers could be correct.
  • The new mirrorless mount will allow for f/0.95 lenses - check the NOCT trademark and f/0.9 lens patents?
  • I have no confirmation on whether the new mirrorless mount can cover medium format.
  • The new Nikon mirrorless lenses could be called Z-Nikkor.
  • The new Z-mount is almost as large as medium format mount for some 6x6 SLR cameras.





Nikon mirrorless lenses

  • Three lenses are rumored to be initially announced:
    • 24-70mm f/4 (you can see the 24mm mark on the lens)
    • 35mm and 50mm prime lenses (I think the 35mm and 50mm will be f/1.4 but I am not sure).
    • There is also talk about a 24mm lens, but it may come later.
  • Sophisticated new F-mount adapter - also confirmed by multiple sources and Nikon.
  • F-mount adapter can be used with "any" or "many" Nikkor lens (previously reported here). The Nikon Z-to-F lens adapter will be equipped with its own nonrotatable tripod socket (similar to the Nikon 1 FT1 lens adapter) and electro-motor in order to mechanically operate aperture lever via CPU signals.
  • Two electric AF motors (not confirmed yet).
  • I was told that Nikon is currently developing a large number of new mirrorless lenses and this is a priority.
  • At least one new mirrorless zoom lens will have power zoom for video recording - I think this is even visible in one of the leaked pictures (unconfirmed, could be announced later).
  • The new mirrorless mount will allow for f/0.95 lenses (see the NOCT trademark and f/0.9 lens patents)
  • Update: there will be a Nikon Z-Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/0.95 lens. This will be the fourth Z-mount lens and it will be announced after August 23rd (I have no exact date yet).


Nikon mirrorless camera official announcement date

  • The official announcement is rumored for August 23rd (see also this post and this post).
  • Nikon UK is doing some press briefings first week of August, with an NDA to be signed on the day.
  • Nikon is purchasing advertising in magazines that are supposed to start in mid-August.
  • The biggest problem could be that Nikon may not be able to meet demand as production facilities are not yet ramped up after the restructuring (just like the D850)
  • One possible (rumored) scenario is that 45MP Nikon mirrorless full-frame camera will be announced first, while the second 24MP Nikon mirrorless full-frame camera could come later.
  • Shiping is expected to start in September.
  • The upcoming mirrorless full-frame camera is rumored to be the most expensive Nikon marketing campaign ever with blogger meetups in exotic locations and maybe even some celebrity involvement.
  • The new Nikon mirrorless camera will definitely be on display at Photokina in September (see thisthis and this previous reports).
  • Nikon will concentrate on high-end prime lenses for their new mirrorless system.
  • Update: on August 23rd we will get both the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 mirrorless cameras together with the 24-70mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8 and one more wide angle lens (24mm f/1.8 or 28mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/1.8). The Nikon Z-Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/0.95 lens will be announed later.

Nikon Z mirrorless camera rumored roadmap:

2018:

  • 2 cameras and 4 lenses: Nikon Z6 +  Z7 with the 24-70mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8 and one more wide angle lens (24mm f/1.8 or 28mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/1.8). The Z-Noct-Nikkor will be announced later - maybe at Photokina.

2019:

  • Nikon Z Speedlight
  • Nikon Z booster/grip (not sure if Nikon will announce a "regular" battery grip next week)
  • Four or five new Nikkor-Z lenses - one or two will be zooms
  • So far there are no plans for a third Nikon Z mirrorless camera (full frame or APS-C)

Nikon mirrorless camera size comparisons



Nikon mirrorless camera compared © Mat


Nikon mirrorless camera compared with the Leica SL © Issy Nomura.jpg Nikon mirrorless camera compared with Fuji GFX © Drororomon
Nikon mirrorless camera compared with Sony a9 © Drororomon Nikon mirrorless camera compared with Panasonic G9 © Drororomon

Official Nikon mirrorless camera video teasers

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