Here is an interesting turn of events. According to a new report over on Nikon Rumors, Nikon is currently field testing a new full frame mirrorless camera that could be released as soon as the end of this year!


But hold your horses, this isn’t the mirrorless camera of your dreams, and this rumor needs more than your usual dab of salt. According to the rumor, the new mirrorless camera would feature a Nikon F Mount (good in theory; no new lenses needed), and would be small – about the size of an Olympus OM-D EM-1.

The part that won’t amuse you, though, is that it apparently will not feature an EVF, instead only having the back LCD. It will also not be SLR-styled, but will instead feature a more common mirrorless styling (whatever that means, maybe more like Nikon’s current mirrorless offerings?).

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The part about this rumor that doesn’t sit quite right though is that somewhat recently in an interview, a Nikon rep said that they saw no need for any larger sensor mirrorless offerings other than their Nikon 1 line. So either this rumor is flat out wrong, or Nikon is playing a bit of smoke and mirrors.

Regardless, rumor or not, I can’t imagine any full frame mirrorless camera without an EVF doing very well – especially not with a full Nikon F mount. Can you imagine holding a 70-200mm attached to a body the size of an EM-1 and having to look at the back LCD to do any shooting? Hopefully, Nikon thinks that through a little more and gives the darn thing a proper EVF – because if they don’t, no pro would touch this with a ten-foot pole.

What are your thoughts on this rumor? Do you think Nikon was playing smoke and mirrors when they said they didn’t need a FF mirrorless? Will this camera do well without an EVF? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Nikon Rumors]