Nikon mirrorless camera: everything we know so far

Here is the latest recap on the upcoming Nikon mirrorless camera courtesy of NikonRumors:

Update - see this post for additional information on the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras and Z-Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/0.95 lens.

General information

  • 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.

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.

Nikon mirrorless lenses

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 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

Via NikonRumors

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