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New Nikon Full Frame Hybrid To Be Announced Soon? [Rumor Mill]

By Anthony Thurston on October 20th 2013

Sony made waves throughout the photographic community just a few short days ago with the announcement of the worlds first ever auto focus full frame mirrorless camera in the Sony A7 and A7R. Naturally people are wondering what the response from Nikon and Canon will be to such a game changing camera.

It appears that we may soon have our answer, from Nikon at least. The latest rumors are pointing to Nikon announcing/releasing its own full frame mirrorless camera, possibly with some sort of special hybrid viewfinder, within the next 2-3 months or as soon as PDN PhotoPlus show in New York next week.

According to the rumor, which was first reported by Nikon Rumors, this new hybrid-mirrorless Nikon camera would feature a retro FM2 style design based on a 16.2MP Sensor. Check out the full list of rumored specs below:


  • Nikon FM2 like design
  • 16,2MP 36×23,9 full frame sensor (same as in the D4?)
  • SD memory card
  • 2016-pixel RGB image sensor
  • 9-cell framing grid display
  • 3D color matrix metering II
  • Native ISO range: 100-12800 (incl. ISO 50 and ISO 108,200)
  • 5.5 fps for up to 100 shots
  • 3.2″ LCD screen
  • Battery:EN-EL14
  • Dimensions: 143,5 x 110 x 66,5mm
  • Weight: 765g
  • It will come with a new AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens

It is unknown if the camera would feature a standard Nikon F-Mount or if a new mount design would be developed for the camera. Either way the camera is pretty intriguing, and I am sure that a full-frame Nikon mirrorless camera could be a huge hit if it is released without any issues.

The key for me with any full frame mirrorless system from Nikon would be in the price. The Sony A7/A7R are priced really competitively, and any Nikon camera would have to be priced similarly to be successful in my mind.

UPDATE: New information has come to light that this new camera will in fact have a Pentaprism viewfinder, meaning it will not be mirrorless. But Nikon is referring to the camera as a “Hybrid”, what exactly they mean by that is still to be determined.  

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What are your thoughts on this latest Nikon Rumor? Would you like to see a full frame mirrorless camera from Nikon? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul

    Have dreamed long time about a digital back for my much-loved FM2. A digital FM2 would be as good. But the price and the F mount will be everything. And one hopes the camera is bug-free.

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  2. Jay

    The way I read it the lens mount/special 50mm:

    The camera with have a standard f-mount which works with all of Nikon’s F-mount glass. The camera body will ship with a special AF-S 50mm 1.8 that has the looks to match the retro design. If I were in charge of product development, that is what I would do.

    Personally, I would love to see a mirror-less full frame which uses existing glass without an adapter. Otherwise I am pretty happy with what I have already.

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  3. BoredJoe

    Are they going to make a new set of lenses too?

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    • Anthony T.

      That is still unknown. If they make its own mount then I would say probably yes, if they elect to use the Nikon standard F mount then I would not think they would need to make any glass specific to this camera.

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    • Jacob delaRosa

      That worries me as well. All of my glass are D lenses and new mount, even with an adapter, may not allow auto focus.

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