It’s official: Nikon has announced it is developing a new full-fame mirrorless system with its own lens mount. And yes, there will be an adapter for your SLR lenses.
Hot on the heels of Nikon’s European arm releasing a teaser video for its upcoming full-frame mirrorless camera system, the US branch has released an official development announcement. This will be the company’s second attempt at a mirrorless system after Nikon recently discontinued the Nikon 1 series (pictured above) about six and a half years after its debut.
Nikon confirmed in a press release that a new camera is under development along with lenses to go with it. The lens mount will be different, but Nikon promises to deliver an adapter so that existing F-mount SLR can be used.
Details are frustratingly scant at this time. We can see from the teaser video, embedded above, that the lens mount has a large diameter design. This is in line with rumors that point to support for autofocus lenses with f/0.95 apertures. The current F-mount system is limited to f/1.4 glass with autofocus, and f/1.2 without.
Of course, that’s based on rumor and speculation. We don’t actually know much at this point. So why is Nikon making any sort of announcement? In the past, the company has made development announcements of upcoming products ahead of early units going out into the wild for testing.
We expect to see more news from Nikon in the coming months. It would be shocking to have the company announce development of a camera in July and not have it on display at the large European Photokina trade show, scheduled to kick off in Cologne, Germany in late September.