Nikon released their financial report today and there is some good and bad news:
Good: Fixed cost reduction and focus on high-value-added products increased profit despite market shrinkage
Bad: Did not reach the previous forecast as compact camera sales did not achieve the volume forecast
In an interview with the Japanese TV network NHK Nikon confirmed that their new High End Mirrorless System camera(s) will hit the market in Spring 2019.
There is yet no reliable rumor about the possible specs. But our best guess is this:
1) Nikon will announce an entry level FF mirrorless first 2) It will obviously have a new mount and be fully AF compatible with existing F-mount lenses with the new Nikon adapter 3) It will have a new 30+ Megapixel sensor with PDAF
There is abrand new Nikon patent application that shows a new way of creating an in camera stabilization system.
Currently Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh and Fuji do implement mechanism to stabilize the entire sensor. In this patent Nikon has a different approch. The sensor stays fixed while the lens array on top of the pixels is moving on four axis to stabilize the image. On the images you can see the lens array marked with the number 202.
The LF camera 100 of this embodiment is endowed with a VR (Vibration Reduction) function that suppresses influence of shaking (so called “camera-shaking”) generated when image capture is performed while the camera is being held by hand.
Let’s see if this is something we are going to see implemented in a future mirrorless camera. Of course, this is only a patent for now which is no guarantee that we will ever see this tech used on any camera.
Everybody is going to mirrorless. Canon and Nikon will launch full-frame mirrorless cameras, probably in the near future. When this happens, we can easily make Canon and Nikon versions of our [native] E-mount lenses. The same design could work for [multiple mirrorless mounts].
Nikon patented a surprising new kind of camera. It’s a Smartphone-Camera hybrid. As you see from this brand new patent application image the device has typical physical camera buttons. But it also has a “send and receive button” plus LAN status LEd’s. Nikon describes this as:
A portable telephone equipped with a camera.
Just like any smartphone this Nikon camera is connected to the Internet and can send the images directly via email:
I can imagine such a camera running apps like 500px and Instagram. You could instantly share your images to the world.
Samsung and Panasonic attempted something similar in the past and they failed. Could Nikon finally succeed?
Of course, this is just a patent application and they may never release such a device after all.