Nikon to launch a $900 Canon EOS-RP competitor in 2019!

The reliable news site Nikkei reports that Nikon is ready to launch a sub $1,000 mirrorless camera in 2019! This is the google translated text:

Nikon will introduce a new mid-price mirrorless camera product in fiscal 2019. The same interchangeable lens can be used in the product that corresponds to a sister model such as the high-end model “Z7” launched by the company in the autumn of 2006. It is expected that the price will be in the 100,000 yen range, which is easier for the general consumer to pick up than the leading 200,000 to 400,000 yen model. The aim is to develop the demand of users other than existing enthusiasts.

Seem like we will get an Canon RP competitor…

Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 image leaked

Above you see the first leaked image of the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 F-mount lens. Specs:

 Lens constitution: 11 groups 14 pieces
Minimum shooting distance: 1.0 m
Maximum shooting magnification: 1: 8.6
Filter diameter: 86 mm
Maximum diameter: 100.7 mm
Focus ring diameter: 90.0 mm
Total length (including the lens cap): ZE: 152.3 mm ZF. 2: 150.1 mm
Total length (excluding the lens cap): ZE: 128.8 mm ZF. 2: 126.5 mm
Weight: ZE: 1405g ZF. 2: 1336g

via Nokishita

Nikon says yes to APS-C mirrorless but doesn’t disclose if it will use Z-mount or not…

Dpreview interviewed two Nikon managers. They made quite a cryptic statement about possible APS-C mirrorless cameras:

I cannot disclose our plans but for today I can say that since we launched the Z series, our DX format DSLR users have been asking us to apply mirrorless technology to the DX format as well. If we employ APS-C sensors [in mirrorless] maybe the system can be made even smaller. So as we go along, we’ll listen to the voices of our customers.

Sounds like they might use a new mount for APS-C mirrorless?