Speculation surfaced a few months ago that Nikon might be about to announce an APS-C Z-mount mirrorless camera with no EVF. Further details have emerged and it seems that two are in the pipeline, and one of them might be packed with pro features.
Nikon looks to be a step closer to bringing its DX line — its APS-C sensor DSLR cameras — to the world of mirrorless with not one but two different bodies. From what can be seen by the patent diagrams shown over on New Camera, it’s still not entirely clear whether the EVF is completely removed or whether it’s present as some sort of pop-up. Nikon Rumors has a few different diagrams that don’t give any further clues but does suggest that the rear display is fairly huge.
Particularly significant is that there appears to be two different designs in the works with one featuring more dials and buttons, suggesting that it will offer professional-level performance — perhaps an upgraded version of the Nikon D500 that featured 10 frames per second and 4K video. Given Nikon’s progress with video specifications, it will be interesting to find out what Nikon is planning, especially as heat dissipation and stabilization are both easier to achieve in cameras with cropped sensors. We can but hope that two card slots are included, if simply to prevent that debate from resurfacing.
So where does this leave the F-mount, and what does the future hold for Nikon DX DSLR shooters? Leave your thoughts below.
UPDATE: Nikon Rumors is reporting that Nikon is about to announce the launch of the Z50, the first of its APS-C Z-mount cameras. It seems that henceforth, Zx will be used for full-frame mirrorless Z-mount cameras, and Zxx will be used for cropped sensor bodies.