Nikon and Canon to join the party at long last
Both Nikon and Canon are set to announce their first full frame mirrorless cameras in the build up to Photokina (in late September).
Rumours suggest that Nikon may jump the gun with a possible announcement in late July. There are two models purportedly, both with a new mirrorless mount and 5-axis in-body stabilization, allowing for smaller lenses. The flagship 45MP model will be around $4000 with 24-70mm kit lens and a 25MP version will be under $3000 with kit lens. These may ship as early as 23 August 2018.
Far less has been rumoured about Canon’s entry into the fray. It is anticipated that it will release two full frame mirrorless cameras before mid-2019, with one being announced and on sale before the end of 2018. There is likely to be a 30.4MP flagship model and a 24MP secondary model. As to the camera mount, little is known besides the suggestion that there is a “sexy” solution to the EF mount problem.
Update: 31 July, 2018
Nikon’s July announcement was to confirm the development of a new system:
Development of a next-generation full-frame mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses – featuring a new mount – that pursues a new dimension in optical performance
July 25, 2018
TOKYO – 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.
Nikon now have a ‘special event’ site HERE, presumed to be associated with the launch of their new mirrorless system. The timer on the site is counting down to 0500hrs UST, 23 August.
Update: 01 August, 2018
Today’s release from Nikon focusses solely on the new lens mount. Interesting to note that all DSLR bodies featured in the teaser video are professional models…