eXtensions - Wednesday 25 July 2018


Nikon Confirms Development of Full-frame Mirrorless Camera and Lenses (Updated)

By Graham K. Rogers


Full-frame mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses

While the Nikon D850 is still out of stock in the USA (plenty are on sale in Thailand where it is made), a press release - see below - from Nikon has confirmed that it is developing a full-frame, Nikon FX-format, mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses featuring a new mount. The release date for the camera will be announced later. That "later" is now said to be 23 August (Dunja Djudjic, DIY Photography). There are some leaked pictures on that site.

Those who are currently using Nikon F-mount DSLR cameras will be able to use these with the new mirrorless camera as a new mount adapter is being developed for the F-mount lenses. This is a useful development as many users have held off making such a switch precisely because of the investment in lenses: this circumvents that problem.

So far there is only a teaser video online with more images anticipated.

Nikon Mirrorless

Full Press release from Nikon:

Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the development of a full-frame, Nikon FX-format, mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses featuring a new mount.

The mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that are in development have enabled the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, with the adoption of a new mount. The mirrorless camera is the result of Nikon's advanced optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through over a century of heritage, as well as superior image-processing technology. The expertise built up through the development of Nikon's digital SLR cameras has also critically contributed to this development.

With this new mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses, we are committed to providing photographers with the ability to capture images that are richer and more vivid than ever before.

Additionally, a new mount adapter is being developed for the new mirrorless camera. This will work with the NIKKOR F mount lenses that are part of the Nikon digital SLR system, adding to the variety of choices for photographers. Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture with the launch of this new mirrorless camera, as well as with the continued development of Nikon digital SLR cameras, providing consumers with the choice of enjoying the unique values of either system.

Special imaging content relating to this product is available for viewing at the URL below. Stay tuned for more content to come.

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)



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