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Nikon Teases New ‘Pure Photography’ Camera In New Video

By Anthony Thurston on October 24th 2013


We first mentioned the rumored retro FM2 styled camera Nikon is working on late last week. Since then the talk has increased and more details – including two conflicting spec reports –  have come to light, but the biggest news came out last night when Nikon released a teaser video for the new camera all but confirming the rumors.

The teaser video is just that, a major tease. Setting the perfect tone the video starts out with a man out in the wilderness – just himself, his camera, and nature. Then we hear the camera distinctly “clicking” while the photographer – we assume- changes the settings on his camera. This is followed by one of the most beautiful shutter sounds a camera can make, not the weak shutter sounds we are used to by today’s digital slr standards, and fade to black.

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Nikon then takes the tease a little further and gives us a glimpse of the front element of the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G lens, which is the lens that is rumored to be kitted out with this new camera. Check out the video below, but beware: if you are a gear nut this video is going to get you really excited.

Nikon Retro Style DSLR Rumor Update

As I mentioned above the rumor has had some more time to cook since we first reported it so here are the basics of the current rumor.

First off the rumored retro design has changed, instead of being modeled off the FM2 the camera is now believed to more closely resemble the F3. In addition to that the camera is expected to be officially announced within the next two weeks, possibly during the first week of Novemeber. Here is a listing of the current rumored specs:

  • 16.2MP 36×23,9 full frame sensor
  • SD memory card
  • 2016-pixel RGB image sensor
  • 9-cell framing grid display
  • 3D color matrix metering II
  • Native ISO range: 100-12,800 (incl. ISO 50 and ISO 108,200)
  • 5.5 fps for up to 100 shots
  • 3.2″ LCD screen
  • Battery:EN-EL14
  • It will come with a new AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens
  • Standard F-mount
  • No video recording capabilities
  • Pentaprism viewfinder (meaning the camera will not be mirrorless)
  • The camera will have physical controls and excellent build quality
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • Same sensor as in the Nikon D4

One thing that will really jump out to you is the line that says no video recording capabilities. While I personally think that this could be a big mistake on Nikon’s part, it certainly fits in with what we just saw in the above teaser video (“Pure Photography”). Seems like Nikon is hoping that there is a market out there for Photo enthusiasts that don’t want to be bothered with cameras that have video capabilities. I guess we shall see…

What are your thoughts on this rumored retro style photo-only dslr? What did you think of the teaser video? Share your thoughts in the comments 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. Sachin

    I’ve shot for almost a decade with the F3, FE and an FM3A. I love those cameras and still treasure them. This is going to be phenomenal for me to be able to shoot with something like that but in digital medium.

    Wonder how much it would cost??


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  2. John D.

    Seems to me they are trying to emulate the mirrorless retro look without going mirrorless. I’m an Olympus shooter and the newer wave of mirrorless cameras are getting much closer and popular to the big two DSLR makers. Cannon and Nikon have too much invested in their models and trying to get small by deleting features is not the answer.

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  3. Juan Manuel Bautista Hoepfner

    While recording video would be nice, if this camera is priced right, it could mean a cheap-er full-frame Nikon, that coupled with a d3200 , or 5200 (for example), you could ALMOST have the equivalent of a d600 or d800. Now probably most high-end features will be absent, so there is still the incentive to buy the big cameras, but still, for people on a budget, this two-camera combo could be the way to go…

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    Looks like Nikon is trying to piggyback the success Fuji had with a ‘retro’ camera like the x100/x100s. The magic with the X100 is the leaf shutter lens. If this doesn’t offer anything different from my dslr, I think i’ll pass on it.

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  5. Cletus Lee

    I’ve always felt that the video ‘feature’ was a marketing gimmick. Once introduced, everyone had to jump on to the band wagon or lose marketing cred. If I want video, I’d buy a dedicated video camera. I will be happy to see this feature disappear fro prosumer Interchangeable lens cameras.

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    • Zach Ashcraft

      Have to disagree that its a marketing gimmick. Myself and countless others make a living each year recording video on a DSLR. Image quality for the price is unbeatable.

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    • Anthony T.

      I have agree with zach here. It is no gimmick, many people make their livings with the help of DSLR video features, that said it is certainly a feature set not needed by everyone.

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    • Enrique Avilés

      The gimmick here is the no video.

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  6. Feroz

    I don’t think the shutter sound is something to get overly excited about. But the cam definitely is

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