Nikon’s President Kazuo Ushida recently in an interview with Yahoo Japan again mentioned the possibility of Nikon coming up with a “serious” mirrorless camera system. In the last few months speculations have been very high about Nikon’s motive about mirrorless systems. Ushida himself has mentioned such plans in quite some interviews now.
Every move Nikon is making now is being closely observed. Recently Nikon applied for a new patent for a 35mm, f/2 lens supposedly for a curved full frame sensor. Although it could not be conclusively proven if this was for a mirrorless camera but the technical information do suggest that it is certainly designed to work with a curved full frame sensor.
In July Ushida was quoted,
“With generations grew up on smart phones I will give out a “Nikonashii” mirrorless camera that made a difference to other companies in terms of performance. I want to overwhelm the performance of the lens by making use of industrial lens technology, but also need playfulness.”
Canon and Nikon, the predominant giants of the imaging world for the last few decades, till now have primarily focused on DSLRs as their mainstay product. Somehow both these companies have been a little reluctant to shift and develop mirrorless systems. This however have given Sony quite a jump start. Initially Sony did face quite some criticism but it has to be said that the company has not only made developments to rectify their mistakes but actually built upon it to make even better cameras. The latest Sony A9 is a living example of this.
It is just a drag race from now on. Sony, devoid of any serious competition till this point, has quite an advantage in the mirrorless game now. However it has to be taken into consideration that both Canon and Nikon have substantially large consumer base and versatile lens lineups. Something Sony is trying to catch up on.
When will Nikon or Canon bring in such cameras that could potentially compete with the likes of Sony A9s? Only time will tell. However being an ardent fan of Nikon cameras, I hope when finally they decide to, they make it worth this wait.