What if the Nikon D3400 gets replaced by a mirrorless APS-C camera with F-mount?


I have now received tips from two different sources about a potential Nikon D3400 camera replacement coming soon. Here is the previous D3xxx refresh timeline:

  • The Nikon D3400 was announced in August 2016
  • The Nikon D3300 was announced in January 2014
  • The Nikon D3200 was announced in April 2012

We already have a new Nikon camera registered under the code name N1718 that is expected to have the same radio part as the D3400 with only Bluetooth (no Wi-Fi).

This is where it gets interesting - one tipster suggested that the new Nikon D3500 (D3600?) will be announced around Photokina and it will have a grip similar to the D5500/D5600. Another tipster told me today that the Nikon D3400 will be replaced by a mirrorless camera with F-mount - something like the Pentax K-01 from 2012 (see pictures above). There could be several benefits for Nikon if that last rumor about a cheap mirrorless camera with F-mount is true:

  • They can claim to have a DX mirrorless camera and join the mirrorless hype without much effort.
  • No need to develop new lenses (the new DX AF-P lenses have stepping motors in them). A new pancake would still be nice.
  • Cheaper to produce (are we actually sure that an EVF is cheaper than the floppy mirror and the pentaprism? Has anyone seen any cost comparisons?)
  • Nikon could make the camera even smaller - take a look at the Pentax K-10 from 2012 compared to the Sony a6500 - one of the smaller APS-C mirrorless camera available today (via camersize.com):


And another one - Pentax K-01 vs. Fuji X-T100:


For now, I cannot confirm any of the above rumors and I am posting this more as a reference since many readers have asked me about a potential Nikon mirrorless APS-C camera. I just don't see how Nikon can put the enormous Z-mount on a small APS-C mirrorless camera.


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