To be perfectly honest, I have no shame in speaking out loud about my frustration with Nikon (and Canon) for not doing what the industry trend is telling them to do. At this point in time, I believe they’re caring too much about their pockets and not enough about their customers, and the industry.

So much of the photography industry is moving towards mirrorless cameras. The popular cameras are Micro 4/3, cropped sensor and thanks to Sony, full frame sensor mirrorless cameras. More so, many photographers going from DSLR to mirrorless are switching from Nikon and Canon to the likes of Sony, Fuji, Panasonic and Olympus. Yes it’s true, the majority of photographers still use DSLR cameras, but that’s slowly changing. So why shouldn’t the “big boys” get ahead of the curve?



I have been very open about my thoughts for what Nikon should do for a full frame mirrorless.  But unfortunately, nothing has happened. So I’m writing this here to get a feel for what you think in both comment form and in a simple poll to see if I’m the only one feeling like this.

Imagine if Nikon and Canon had a full frame mirrorless camera offering that resembled most or all of the following specifications:

  • Size of the Nikon DF (maybe a hair smaller), where the prism block contains GPS/Wifi sensors and the EVF system.
  • Somewhere between 16 and 24 megapixels
  • Full frame CMOS sensor
  • OIS sensor (not super important, but would be nice)
  • FX or DX format (full frame and cropped)
  • Ability to accept non-ai lenses (older Nikon lenses)
  • SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Electronic Viewfinder as large or larger than Fuji XT1
  • Tilty, swivly LCD screen
  • Live View
  • Video
  • GPS (not super important, but would be nice)
  • Wifi (not super important, but would be nice)
  • Dials for any options instead of needing the menu (like the DF)
  • 6–10 FPS
  • Phase detection
  • Contrast detection
  • Focus peaking
  • Large ISO range like the D810
  • Large shutter speed range like the D810
  • Hot shoe
  • Flash compensation
  • Weather-Resistant
  • Auto bracket with up to 9 brackets at 1–3 full stops
  • Priced around the Sony A7II range: $1,698.00

What do you think? Is a camera like that attractive to you? It’s not super tiny (or it could be), but it’s lighter than a clunky DSLR and doesn’t lose the function, quality and speed that you’re used to.


Please comment to share your thoughts on this below, or share your thoughts on your perfect full frame mirrorless camera from Nikon or Canon. 

About the Guest Contributor

Scott Wyden Kivowitz is a photographer, blogger, author and educator.  He is also the Community & Blog Wrangler at Photocrati, a WordPress development company creating products for photographers.