Many Canon and Nikon users have been anxiously awaiting their respective companies to offer a truly professional mirrorless solution. With the Sony a9 taking aim at the top DSLRs, that clamor has only increased in intensity. A Nikon spokesperson has recently confirmed that the company is developing a mirrorless camera that "should compete in the mid-range and high-end DSLR [market]."
In speaking to DPReview, a Nikon spokesperson confirmed that the company is indeed developing mirrorless products that "offer the performance prospective customers expect, including the ultimate optics performance, image-processing technologies, strength and durability, and operation." The spokesperson declined to elaborate on details, and it's unclear how such a camera would integrate with the current product line, in particular if it would introduce a new lens mount. Nonetheless, the spokesperson indicated that the camera would aim to compete with professional DSLRs. While details are very scant at the moment, receiving official confirmation from Nikon is a great sign for those who have been long awaiting the company to step up to challenge Sony and Fujifilm. If both Nikon and Canon step into the mirrorless market with full force, it could cause a major paradigm shift in terms of the DSLR/mirrorless landscape and will no doubt propel development forward all the more quickly.