Rumor: Nikon to Announce a Retro-Styled Full-Frame in the Next Three Weeks


There’s no denying that the Sony a7 and a7R made quite the splash in the photographic industry both before and after their official arrival. With full-frame sensors, a mirrorless design and price tags that make at least the a7 cheaper than even the most affordable full-frame alternatives, Sony hit the trifecta.

But a new rumor seems to indicate that Nikon, at least, wants to get in on some of the action by releasing a new retro-styled full-frame that will compete directly with Sony’s offerings.

All of the following information comes from Nikon Rumors and, before we go any further, we should mention that it doesn’t seem this camera will be mirrorless. Nikon is calling it a “hybrid camera,” and it may be Nikon’s answer to the a7’s styling (and hopefully price).

The new camera is rumored to sport the same sensor as the Nikon D4
The new camera is rumored to sport the same sensor as the Nikon D4

Specs, according to NR, are as follows: the same 16.2-megapixel full-frame sensor found in the D4, a pentaprism viewfinder (hence the assumption that this will not be a mirrorless camera), an Expeed 3 processor, a 3.2-inch LCD screen, native ISO of 100-12,800 and 5.5fps continuous shooting for up to 100 shots.

The styling is said to be similar to the old Nikon FM2 pictured at the top, and some late-breaking specs indicate that it will sport a standard F-Mount and ship with the rumored 50mm f/1.8G lens, which will match the retro styling.

For now that’s about all we know. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more info comes down the pipeline but, thankfully, we shouldn’t have to wait long for official news. According to NR, the camera could be announced as early as this coming week at the PhotoPlus Expo.