Nikon: we don't need mirrorless cameras

Nikon P7100
According to Nikon, the P7100 already offers something for DSLR users looking for a backup camera

Yesterday, Nikon announced a slew of compact cameras but conspicuous in its absence was the much anticipated and heavily rumoured compact system, or mirrorless, camera.

Nikon is yet to enter the mirrorless market, with many of its biggest competitors, including Sony, Panasonic and Olympus, performing well in the market with their respective compact systems.

Disappointing the rumour mill by refraining from launching its own model, we spoke to Nikon UK's James Loader, Product Manager for Consumer Products about the reasons why Nikon isn't currently in the market, and whether or not we may see something from the company in the coming months.

"We're watching the market, much the same as everyone else is, we'd be foolish to ignore what's happening," he said. "However, I would say that the Coolpix P7100 meets the needs of SLR users that want something more compact, or for those users that want to step up."

Market domination

Talking about the reasons why Nikon is currently absent from the CSC market, Loader said, "With our DSLRs we are already close to number one in the market, we have been attacking Canon really hard lately. Neither us or Canon are in the CSC market, but we still dominate the industry. I believe we have something for everyone at the moment."

Of course, there have also been numerous rumours that Canon would be unveiling its own mirrorless model at some point, with Masaya Maeda, Canon's camera division head, confirming to Reuters back in July that the company are considering the technical aspects.

If arch-rival Canon was to launch something in this market, it would be easy to assume that Nikon would be keen to follow suit. "We wouldn't have a knee jerk reaction like that if Canon was to do it," Loader explained. "We have to be very careful about making our own decisions, and consider what would be best for our customers."

Although the press and rumour sites undeniably like to speculate about the possibility of a Nikon mirrorless, according to Loader, customers aren't really asking for it. "When we were at Focus [an imaging trade show held annually at the NEC] last year, it didn't get asked for. It's really only the press that constantly want to know," he said.

The current line-up of compact models in Nikon's range, will be the complete line-up until at least Christmas, if not February, says Loader. However, it's not clear whether or not a CSC would sit somewhere else in their range, perhaps more likely to be alligned with the DSLR line-up.

Keep following TechRadar for more on any upcoming Nikon mirrorless models.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.