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…

Sigma is working on developing Z-mount lenses!

This is an excerpt from a Sima Q&A posted by Imaging Resource:

William Brawley: I have another question: Have there been any plans to make lenses in Canon RF or the Nikon Z-mount?

Kazuto Yamaki: We are still checking their systems, and it’s a bit too early to make comment. But right now, we’re checking the compatibility between our lenses and their mount adapter. We already know that it works almost perfectly, but in some specific settings and [for some] operations, our lens does not work perfectly [with their adapter yet], like continuous burst mode…

Dave Etchells: …and some particular focus settings, or whatever.

Kazuto Yamaki: Yeah, yeah. So our software engineer is now checking all the details, and if he finds some minor issues, we’ll solve it.

Dave Etchells: Yeah, you solve it and you do a firmware update on the lens to fix that.

Kazuto Yamaki: Right. But at the same time, we are looking at their system.

Imaging Resource Nikon interview: “will keep launching surprising and exciting products one after another”

Imaging Resource talked to a bunch of Nikon managers:

– Nikon does not expect the market to drop by 50% (like Canon predicted)
– Nikon will keep launching surprising and exciting products one after another
– Z-mount allows more symmetrical lens arrangement, so users will greatly benefit from the optical advantages.

There is also a lot of talk about the Z-mount tech but there is really nothing new there to see 🙂

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?