Is this the teaser for Nikon’s upcoming full frame mirrorless camera?

Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Europe posted a short video that has all the characteristics of a teaser video.

The video “Travel of Light” (below) shows a highlighted camera mount, and hints to what appears to be a new camera to be launched soon. The caption states:

Countless rays of light come together, forming an image at the end of their long journey. Nikon’s ongoing mission heading into the future: to guide light into forming superb pictures.

Along with the video, Nikon activated a new microsite which points to a “Nikon Special Event 2018”.

Doesn’t the camera in the video look a bit too bulky for a MILC? Looks like a medium format camera to me.

However, if Nikon is set to announce their first full frame mirrorless camera, then Canon will follow very soon.

Currently, the whole “Canon full frame mirrorless camera rumor mill” is a big mess with lots of talking and very little solid information. All Canon full frame mirrorless camera rumors are listed here.

What do you think, is the video about Nikon’s full frame mirrorless camera? Sound off in the comment section.

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BCN Ranking shows Canon leads market in Japan, Nikon does well, Sony doesn’t count

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BCN Retail published market figures for interchangeable lens cameras in Japan for the period January to June 2018.

Canon clearly leads the market and ranks best for MILCs, Nikon is present (Nikon D5300 ranks first), Sony appears to have no importance.

Among the first 10 placed, Canon hits 7 times, Nikon 3 times. Sony’s best placement is rank 15.

Canon is also leader in the mirrorless market, with the EOS M50 being the most sold mirrorless camera in Japan.

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The Nikon Coolpix P1000 125x zoom is just C.R.A.Z.Y

Nikon Coolpix P1000

Nikon Coolpix P1000 at a glance:

  • NIKKOR 24-3000mm Lens (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-8
  • 16MP BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.2″ 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • 4K UHD Video Recording
  • SnapBridge via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Auto, Aperture, Shutter, Manual Modes

A few days ago Nikon announced the Nikon Coolpix P1000, a compact camera with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, which translates to a 125x zoom.

125x zoom, you read right. If you want to learn what a 125x zoom, or a 24-3000mm (35mm-)equivalent lens means, then have a look at the videos below. Spoiler: it’s just C.R.A.Z.Y.

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 goes for $999, and can be pre-ordered at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.



Just for the fun to compare, this is what the Nikon P900 was able to do.

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Did You Know Nikon Designs its own Sensors?

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I didn’t.

Imaging Resource’s Dave Etchells had the rare chance to visit Nikon’s super-secret sensor design laboratory. But, wait, didn’t Sony manufacture the sensors in Nikon cameras?

So what is Nikon exactly doing? Say’s Etchells:

Companies designing chips of whatever sort generally rely on standard processes established by the “foundry” company that does the actual manufacturing. In these cases, the design process is “just” a matter of defining the layout of the devices on the chip. I say “just” though, because it’s far from a routine process to do this. The size and shape of transistors, photodiodes, resistors and capacitors determines their electrical characteristics, and there are loads of tradeoffs involved in balancing light-gathering efficiency, noise levels, readout speeds, on and on. A big trick is designing the pixels and readout circuitry so there’s as little “dead” (non-light-sensitive) area as possible, while maintaining readout speeds and minimizing power consumption.

Nikon designs its sensors and Sony manufactures them. The surprising thing here is how deep into details Nikon’s sensor design goes, let alone all the simulations and the testing. The reason Nikon is doing this, has to do

with being able to optimize the camera system as a whole, in ways that you can’t if you’re just using off-the shelf parts

In other words: Nikon wants their sensors to be optimised for their lenses and to work at best with Nikon’s also in-house designed EXPEED image processing engine. The sensors featured in the Nikon D850 and Nikon D5 are an example of Nikon’s testing, simulation and overall sensor design.

To learn more about imaging sensors in general and about Nikon’s super-secret sensor design laboratory head over to Imaging Resource.

Nikon set to announce their full frame mirrorless camera within a week…not?

Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Nikon Rumors

It seems it wasn’t that sure Nikon would announce their first full frame mirrorless camera in a few days.

Nikon Rumors clarified that

[…] the July 23rd date is just one of the rumored details I have reported about the upcoming Nikon mirrorless camera […] I have not seen the usual signs that precede a typical Nikon announcement and I am not sure if the official announcement will take place next week.

At the end, it’s likely we have to wait some more time. However, some specifications attributed to Nikon’s full frame mirrorless camera have already leaked,

To see all rumors about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera click here.

Nikon working on finger sensor able to understand photographer’s emotions, patent suggests

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Nikon patent application 2017-143581 describes a camera with a finger sensor that can understand basic emotions of the photographer.

The sensors are built into the sides of lenses and on the front and back of a DSLR. The sensor can detect biometric information like the heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, perspiration, and also the pressure you put on the grip. From this data, a simple neuronal network (read basic AI) can get a hint about the photographer’s emotion and act accordingly.

Excerpt from the patent literature:

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To solve the problem in which, while a viewer who views a photographed image can enjoy the photographed image more deeply if a photographer’s emotion at a time of photographing can be understood, how to enjoy such images cannot be realized with the conventional apparatus.
SOLUTION: The display device includes: an input unit for inputting biometric information of a photographer at a time of photographing an image; a display unit for displaying the image; and a processing unit for estimating an emotion at the time of photographing from the biological information of the photographer and processing an image to be displayed on the display unit on the basis of the estimated emotion.

Canon are you listening?

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