By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
When Sony Camera General Manager Kenji Tanaka predicted that both Nikon and Canon would turn their attention towards full frame mirrorless cameras by year’s end, the industry took notice. Now we’re starting to get details of what a full frame mirrorless camera will look like, and it looks like there’s going to be more than one for both.
By the summer of 2019, Canon Rumors is reporting that Canon will release two full frame mirrorless contenders with the flagship model of the line (currently dubbed the EOS M1) deploying a 30.4 mp image sensor that could be based on the same sensor used in the Canon 5D Mk. IV. The second, and lesser model, will be in the mid range prosumer category, and will sport a 24mp sensor that may be a modified version of the one used in the EOS 6D Mk.II.
Both cameras will shoot 4K, with the higher end model having advanced video features aimed squarely at content creators who make a living with the moving image. As for lens mounts, I’m still of the mind that since the sensors are full frame, that we’ll be getting a standard EF mount, but a so-called “trusted court” says that the mount will have a “sexy solution.” I’m not sure what that means except it would have to be an adapter included so that standard Canon users will be able to use their DSLR lenses.
The only other tidbit is that the mirrorless cameras may offer an accessory removable electronic viewfinder, which would mount to the top of the camera.
Meanwhile, Nikon is developing a pair of mirrorless cameras as well, with one offering a 45mp or better image sensor, and another with a mid-range 24mp imager.
The design will have a similar body size as the Sony a7. That will make it about 2/3s the size of the Nikon D850, and will offer five axis in body image stabilization, a new mirrorless Z-mount lens and will support both CF Express, and XQD media cards.
Both will record in 4K, have a 3.6 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder, and is designed to be very comfortable in hand with improved ergonomic design as its chief feature. “The camera was designed with ergonomics in mind,” writes Nikon Rumors, “Nikon is currently developing a large number of new mirrorless lenses and this is a top priority.”
The lenses being developed include a 35mm, a 50mm f1.4, and a standard 24-70 f4 “kit lens.” There will also be a 24mm prime lens coming later in the year. The new Z-mount will also allow for super fast lenses as low as f/.95. Could that be the 24mm? Additionally, dimensions of the mount are pretty large, at 65.4mm, with an opening of 49mm.
While there is no mention of pricing on the Canon M1 or it’s lower priced little brother, the MSRP for the Nikon full frame mirrorless cameras is believed to be around $4,000/€4,000 for the 45MP model, in a kit with the 24-70mm lens, while the 25mp model will be $1,000 less.
Nikon is expected to announce later this month, and ship in late August. But I’ll believe it when I see it. We’ll know more when Photokina starts.