Nikon is working on a mirrorless APS-C camera system

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Nikon is working on a mirrorless APS-C camera system
Jan 7, 2013

Nikon has filed a patent for a 18-55mm f/4-5.6 lens a mirrorless APS-C camera. It appears that Nikon is working on a mirrorless APS-C camera system.

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/01/01/nikon-patents-a-lens-for-mirrorless-aps-c-camera.aspx/

Thom Hogan noted in the comment section

"The question I have for these DX-sized mirrorless patents we're seeing out of Nikon (this isn't the first) is where they're really targeted. It seems that there are three primary possibilities:

1. A DX mirrorless camera system. Why? Both Canon and Sony have APS (DX) sized mirrorless systems. Those are Nikon's two most feared competitors. Better be ready to compete in case those take off. 2. DX DSLRs migrate towards mirrorless. Why? It's inevitable. You have to drive costs out of the low-end consumer DSLRs, and losing the complexities of the mirror system is one way of doing it. So you move the AF sensor to the image sensor (ala Nikon 1), you lose the optical finder (ala Sony SLT bodies), and maybe you move the mount position (to make for smaller product, ala m4/3, NEX, EOS M). If you do it right, you have a transition position, much like Canon does with EOS M (it can use regular EOS lenses with an adapter that basically is about the same size as the moved mount position). 3. Nikon introduces video cameras. Why? DX is very, very close to Super35mm, the Hollywood standard for so many years, especially when you consider 16:9 aspect ratios. You really want your video equipment to be in the same mount family/size as your still cameras (ala Sony and the E-mount). From Sony's position, it allowed still cameras first (NEX) with lots of video options following (VG, F, etc.). From Nikon's position it would allow video cameras first (the C1), with transition to #1 or #2 later as necessary.

Bottom line: we're going to see lots of energy on Nikon's part to make sure that they have all bases covered. Best case: Nikon 1 manages to gain traction, DX holds serve, FX continues to do well, and Nikon figures out a video camera option that fits in that line. Worst case: Nikon 1 has to transition to Nikon 1DX, DX slowly dies, FX continues to do okay, and they forget to do a video camera."

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