Bloomberg is reporting that Nikon President, Makoto Kimura, has confirmed that Nikon will introduce a new interchangeable lens camera (ILC) soon, which could come prior to the end of Nikon’s current fiscal year (i.e., before April 2011). Kimura also revealed that the new Nikon ILC “will probably have an enhanced function for video recording.”
While this news isn’t quite earth shattering (I previously suggested that Nikon, Canon, or both could announce a new ILC model in time for Photokina 2010), it gives us confirmation that Nikon is on the ball with a real product in the works.
I suppose the more interesting sub-plot here is that Nikon actually let the cat slip out of the bag early. In recent history, Nikon has been quite hush-hush when it comes to products in development. Of course, rumors and leaks have surfaced with regard to upcoming products, but official channels have been very quiet, and required non-disclosure agreements for any unannounced product discussions.
The growth of the ILC is inevitable. Of course, what we’re all dying to know is whether the new Nikon ILC will be based on the F-mount, or a new mount like Olympus and Sony have adapted, which requires a converter for legacy lenses to fit.
Any way you slice it, expect Ashton Kutcher to have a new camera soon.