Rumors are suggesting that Nikon has filed a patent in Japan for a mirrorless, APS-C camera that does not feature a viewfinder. Speculation has been mounting over the last few months and the design may have just taken a dramatic step closer.
As outlined in this article in June, this would be a bold step from Nikon for two huge reasons: firstly, ditching the EVF would be a significant move, not just for Nikon, but for this style of camera more broadly across the industry. Secondly, if true, this would be the first mirrorless camera from either Canon or Nikon that features an APS-C sensor designed to work with the new lines of mirrorless lenses. Although many rumor sites are reporting APS-C, it’s not entirely clear that this is the case. Furthermore, it’s possible that the camera will have a pop-up EVF.
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If an APS-C Z-series camera emerges, Nikon will be creating four separate lines of lenses: APS-C and full-frame for DSLR, and APS-C and full-frame for mirrorless. Is Nikon about to start producing cropped sensor Z-series glass?
Given Nikon’s recent progress with video specifications, this may emerge as a camera that is created with filmmakers in mind, giving a lot of flexibility for the money through what could be regarded as a modular design. Not so long ago, the thought of such a camera felt bizarre but given the announcement of the full-frame Sigma fp last month, it seems that we might have several versions arriving in the near future.
What are your thoughts? How should it be priced and what specifications will it need to make an impact? The Z 6 and Z 7 were the first to offer 10-bit full-frame 4K 30p, so expectations should be high. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.