Nikon Might Have A Z Series Mirrorless Camera with APS-C Sensor Up Their Sleeve, Patent


It seems Nikon is working on a Z series mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor.

That’s what a Nikon patent application suggests. Patent application  2018-15571 discusses such a camera. The camera depicted in the patent literature seems to have no EVF (Electronic View Finder).

We are a bit puzzled. After the release of the Canon EOS R, there have been some weird rumors Canon could release an EOS R model with an APS-C sensor, which we deem to be utterly unlikely. However, if Nikon is set to release a Z series mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor we can’t exclude Canon will do the same. There is however one big difference between the two manufacturer: Canon has a very successful APS-C mirrorless camera lineup with the EOS M, Nikon does not.

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Canon Working On Lighter and Smaller APS-C Kit Lenses, Canon Patent

Canon Patent

Canon patent application 2019-109266 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for an 18-55mm and a 15-45mm lens for APS-C DSLRs.

  • Focal length 18.55 34.00 53.35 
  • F number 3.55 4.60 5.85 field 
  • Angle 36.36 21.89 14.36 
  • Image height 13.66 13.66 13.66 
  • Lens total length 97.50 113.37 129.36 
  • BF 35.49 47.49 61.37 
  • Focal length 15.45 33.30 43.65 
  • F-number 3.55 5.24 5.85 17.38 
  • Image height 13.66 13.66 13.66 
  • Lens total length 93.50 114.50 131.22 
  • BF 35.50 55.37 61.61 

The patent application also describes ways and methods to make those lenses smaller and lighter. For sure a welcome feature.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon Not Raising Resolution On Future APS-C Cameras, Keeping 24MP?

Canon Eos M5 Mark II

A new rumor from the series of tubes says that the next Canon APS-C cameras will feature an image sensor with the same resolution as currently the latest APS-C Canon cameras have, i.e. 24MP.

The 24MP sensor is said to be “all-new” but there are no specifications so far. The “all-new” sensor is supposed to be featured in the upcoming replacements for the EOS 80D, 7D Mark II, and the EOS M series.

What “all-new” means is unclear. Although we spotted some patents referring to Quad Pixel AF and stacked sensor technology, it’s unlikely Canon will feature it in upcoming cameras.

Stay tuned.

Source: Canon Rumors