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Nikon D850 | Nikon 100th Anniversary Special Camera May Have A Hybrid Viewfinder.

After the recent 35mm f/2 curved full frame sensor episode, Nikon has been perpetually under the microscope. As you already know, Nikon on its 100th birthday announced the much awaited successor of the Nikon D810, the Nikon D850. (Nikon doesn’t seem to like the number ‘2’ very much).

Nikon Rumors released the first press photographs of the newly announced Nikon D850 a few days ago. Everything in the photograph looked as Nikon as anything, however there seem to be one thing that caught everyone’s eye.

The differently shaped top of the camera and an unusual switch near the diopter which suggests that there is something cooking under that hot shoe. Now no one knows this for sure, but the prevailing opinion is that the switch near the diopter is for switching between an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) and an OVF (Optical Viewfinder).

nikon d850

To add more smoke to the possible fire, there are two holes near the viewfinder eyepiece. Mirrorless cameras generally have these kinds of holes to house the eye detection sensor which triggers the EVF on and off. Are these holes on the D850 for the same reason?

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Just for your information, the Nikon D810 did not have any holes near the viewfinder. Is this what Ushida was talking about when he said “engineered with a range of new technologies.” Who could tell?


The new Nikon D850 will be now updated after nearly four years. It is not completely unrealistic to think that the camera may ultimately have a hybrid viewfinder considering that Nikon has patented a few hybrid viewfinders in the last couple of years.

hybrid autofocus


Nikon has officially not come out and shared any specifications of the camera yet. As of now it is anybody’s guess. The Nikon D2, D3 and D4 all had those distinctive screw holes near the eyepiece, so it may ultimately turn out to be nothing but there is no harm in being a little optimistic I believe.

screw holes

Feel free to use the comment section to share your own speculations.

Update (28th July):

  • The Nikon D850 has no hybrid viewfinder. It is a ‘regular’ DSLR camera.
  • Though the exact fps number is not confirmed, it would be in excess of 8fps.

Nikon Patents A 35mm, f/2 Lens For A Curved Full Frame Sensor | Is Nikon Going Mirrorless?

‘What is Nikon up to these days?’ is the question that many people in the imaging business have been speculating hard for the last few months. Well this may be a little something for all of us to speculate about.

Recently, Nikon patented a new 35mm f/2 lens for a full-frame curved sensor. A few weeks ago, Nikon president Kazuo Ushida had mildly hinted that Nikon was indeed working on a mirrorless camera in an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

There is every possibility in structural reform. On the product side, we should compete in the mid-range and high-end DSLR. We aim to be the top in a genre, and earn profits even if sales are down. For a smartphone generation, we put out a very Nikon-ish mirrorless camera which is superior to rivals in quality. Making the best use of industrial lens technology, we would like to overwhelm them in lens quality. On the other hand, we need fun.Ushida

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As Nikon Rumor points out, ‘the patent does not provide sufficient technical information to determine if this is a mirrorless or a DSLR lens,’ however it is certain that this lens is designed to work with a full frame curved sensor.

Nikon curved sensor

At this point of time, it cannot be said with certainty if this lens is indeed for a new mirrorless camera. The patent P2017-125904A  does not have enough technical details to rule out a DSLR lens either. Also, Nikon have in the past patented curved sensors.

There is nothing much for us to do other than wait and watch how this mystery shrouded story ultimately unveils. But one thing is for sure that Nikon has to come up with something in the mirrorless category and that too soon. Sony, Fuji and Canon are all lining up their products now.

What do you reckon this patent is all about? Feel free to comment below.