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Nikon confirms new mirrorless camera will be added to its lineup in 2019

Nikon mirrorless camera

Rumors of a new Nikon mirrorless system have been hotting up lately, but now we’ve got confirmation that the latest camera to join the Japanese company’s lineup will arrive around March or April 2019.

Nikon Imaging Japan executive Kimito Uemura spilled the beans at this year's Camera & Photo Imaging Show (better known as CP+) during a televised interview aired on Japan’s NKH network. 

When asked about the company’s plans on launching a new mirrorless camera, he said, “Unfortunately, we weren't able to bring out a mirrorless model for this year's event. But development is underway, and we expect to bring one to market by spring next year.”

A time for reflection

While this news is exciting, it is as yet unclear what kind of mirrorless system Nikon will reveal next year. 

There is no indication whether the camera will be aimed at professionals or will be an entry-level offering. 

Nikoneye, the first to report on the announcement, speculates that the camera could be an entry-level full-frame mirrorless featuring a new mount compatible with existing F-mount lenses. Predictions also point to a 30MP sensor with phase-detection autofocus.

Only time will tell what exactly Nikon is up to, but there’s a strong possibility that we’ll also find out more about mirrorless cameras from Canon, Sony and Olympus around the same time.

Sharmishta Sarkar

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (yes, she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing cameras and lenses, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She also contributes to Digital Camera World and T3, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines in Australia.