Nikon Rumors About Retiring SLR Production Are “Speculation”, Company Says

Nikon Z 8 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Nikon Rumors

Nikon didn’t wait much to answer to yesterday’s report that they were withdrawing from SLR production.

In a note released on their Japanese site, Nikon states (machine translated):

Today [yesterday, 7/12/2022, editor’s note] , some media outlets have reported that we have withdrawn from the development of single-lens reflex cameras, but this is speculation and not announced by us.

We continue to produce, sell, and support digital SLR cameras, and we hope that our customers will continue to use them with peace of mind.

So, do not neglect to use Nikon gear with peace of mind.

Canon Also Planing To Retire SLR Camera Production (along with Nikon)

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After yesterday’s story that Nikon is set to withdraw form SLR camera production, a new report reiterates that Canon will follow suit.

Nikkei Asia reports about Nikon retiring SLR camera production, and cites Canon too.

TOKYO — Japanese camera maker Nikon will withdraw from the single-lens reflex camera business and shift toward digital offerings amid intensifying competition from smartphone cameras, Nikkei has learned.

Nikon’s SLR cameras have been widely used by professional photographers for more than 60 years and have come to be seen as synonymous with the Japanese company.

It now plans to focus resources on mirrorless cameras, which have become mainstream products on the back of more advanced digital technologies.

[…] Rival Canon also plans to follow Nikon and stop producing SLRs within a few years. 

This doesn’t come as a breaking new to Canon fans. Reports about Canon retiring SLR production showed up some time ago (and where partly denied by another Canon exec).

The future present is mirrorless.

Is Nikon Retiring From SLR Camera Development?

Nikon Z 8 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Nikon Rumors

That’s a weird news, not even a rumor. Nikon is said to withdraw from SLR camera development.

Reported by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, here are the main points (machine translated):

  • Nikon withdraws from development of single-lens reflex camera
  • Existing models will continue to be produced and sold for the time being
  • Introducing artificial intelligence (AI) and image processing technology and concentrating on the development of mirrorless cameras that are becoming mainstream in the market
  • Canon also plans to end the development of the flagship model of SLR cameras within a few years
  • Nikon directs development resources to mirrorless cameras, which are expected to grow
  • It is easy for mirrorless cameras to be equipped with digital technology, and there is a large margin for expansion of shooting functions.
  • Mirrorless cameras are cheaper than single-lens reflex cameras, which have the same functions as the price of less than 100,000 yen.
  • By improving the performance of image sensors and processing engines, it is becoming possible to use it like a single-lens reflex camera without any discomfort.

Uh, I do not know what to think here. But given that Canon seems also set to abandon SLR development, it might be plausible that Nikon will too. Any ideas? The future present is mirrorless, I guess.

[via asobinet]

Confirmed: Nikon Z 9 Imaging Sensor Is Made By Sony

Nikon Z 9

Not that we had much doubts about it, but now it seems ascertained: the imaging sensor featured in the Nikon Z 9 is made by Sony.

Nikon Z 9 at a glance:

  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
  • 8.3K 60p N-RAW, 4.1K 60p ProRes RAW
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
  • 493-Point AF, AI-Based Subject Detection
  • Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS

The highly specialized site Tech Insights published a report about the Nikon Z 9 imaging sensor, and it turn out it is made by Sony.

This report presents a device essentials folder (DEF) of the Sony IMX609AQJ full frame 45.7 MP stacked back-illuminated CMOS image sensor from the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera.

The report was spotted by How2Fly on Twitter. Given the authority of Tech Insights, here are no doubts left about who builds the Nikon Z 9 imaging sensor.

Sony imaging sensors are very good, no discussion here, but Canon’s are also very good and I like the fact that Canon is still researching and developing their own imaging sensors.

Industry News: Nikon Z 9 Firmware Update Released, So Big It Could Have Been A New Camera

Nikon Z 9

Nikon released a Nikon Z 9 firmware update. There are so many new features that it could have made for an entirely new camera.

Nikon Z 9 at a glance:

  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
  • 493-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • AI-Based Subject Detection and Tracking
  • Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS

The Nikon Z 9 firmware update is free and will be available later this month. These are the most prominent new features:

  • RAW video internal recording in 12-bit 8.3K/60p
  • Various new video features
  • Pre-Release Capture
  • Improved AF performance, including Custom Wide-Area AF with 20 options

All new features are described in the press release below, or watch the short video. Nikon made not only a rather interesting camera with the Z 9, but also a serious competitor to the Canon EOS R3.

Nikon Z 9:

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Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

Nikon press release:

Nikon releases the upgraded firmware for its full-frame mirrorless cameras — Version 2.00 for the Nikon Z 9, and Version 1.40 for the Nikon Z 7II and Nikon Z 6II

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 2.00 for its flagship full-frame/FX-format mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9, and firmware version 1.40 for its full-frame/FX-format mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7II and Nikon Z 6II, on April 20, 2022.

Firmware version 2.00 for the Z 9 will support in-camera recording of RAW video including over 8K which was announced in the press release dated October 28, 2021. As well as 12-bit RAW 8.3K/60p in-camera recording which achieves rich tonal gradation, various video features will also be greatly evolved to meet video production needs. For still shooting, it also introduces Pre-Release Capture*1, a first*2 for full-frame mirrorless cameras. This records images for up to one second before the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down after the half press of the button. Furthermore, Custom Wide-Area AF that supports various AF-area arrangement patterns is newly adopted, enabling more reliable acquisition of main subjects according to each scene. In addition, some functions and features of D-SLRs including the Prioritize Viewfinder function have also become available so that Z 9 users switching from D-SLRs can benefit from consistent operational feel.

With firmware version 1.40 for the Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II, it is possible to prevent the focus point from unintentionally moving to the background in Auto-area AF mode, so that photographers can more easily focus on the closer subject when AF starts. This firmware update also supports the ML-L7 Remote Control, which allows you to take photos when away from the camera, facilitating the taking of selfies from a distance where you cannot reach the shutter-release button, and nightscapes which are likely to cause camera shake when the button is pressed.

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Nikon Plans To Release More Than 50 Z-Mount Lenses By 2025

Eos R3 Vs Nikon Z9

Nikon seems to have big plans with their Z full frame mirrorless system (as Canon does with their EOS R system).

News has it that Nikon will release more than 50 Z-mount lenses by 2025. As stated in Nikon’s Medium Term Management Plan, the company is set to release more than 50 Z-mount lenses before the end of 2025. Says Nikon:

[Nikon wants to] expand the possibilities for visual expression and acquire overwhelming support from all generations of fans around the world.

You can check on Nikon’s plan on their investor relations website.

[via DPReview]