Nikon’s Retro Full Frame Camera Looks Like the Nikon F3 and is Due Early November

Nikon F3

A little more detail is shaking out on the Nikon retro full frame camera that was first rumored a couple days ago. The most interesting thing is that it will look more like the Nikon F3 than the FM2 and it will only be a still image camera – no video features. So, for all of you who have been clamoring for a stills-only camera, here you go.

I will remain surprised if the rumors of the release date hold true; however, the camera should launch the first week of November. If that turns out to be true, I think Nikon is still missing out on a golden opportunity to launch the camera at PhotoPlus this week.

Nikon Retro Full Frame Camera Rumored Specs

  • Nikon F3 like design
  • Nikon F-mount
  • 16.2MP 36×23,9 full frame sensor (same as Nikon D4)
  • No video capture
  • Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • SD card slot
  • 2016-pixel RGB image sensor
  • 9-cell framing grid display
  • 3D color matrix metering II
  • Native ISO range: 100-12800 (incl. ISO 50 and ISO 108,200)
  • 5.5 fps for up to 100 shots
  • 3.2″ LCD screen
  • Battery:EN-EL14
  • Dimensions: 143,5 x 110 x 66,5mm
  • Weight: 765g
  • Includes special edition AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens that matches design of new camera
  • Meters with non-AI lenses down to full aperture
  • Physical controls and excellent build quality

Still no word on price though. If you have any info on this camera that you can share, please contact me here.

[via Nikon Rumors]



  1. iMike says

    I hope the sync speed is faster than 1/80 and hope it has a real hot-shoe not the funky F3 one. I think I still have my SB-16B?

  2. says

    Many years ago photoenthusiasts waited for at camera with an interchangeable back, one for film and one for digital.
    Leica did it, R9, Hasselblad did it with the “H” series, Mamiya nd a few others in the midformats but what about Nikon? You can change backs och both F3 and FM2!
    Coukld something like this be onm its way, they talk about hybrid!!!!!

  3. Jyoti says

    My first Nikon F3 was purchased in 1988 and the second body following year, 1989. I still use one and love it. I never serviced it or calibrated it these years. Recently, I sent the body to Nikon Service Department. The verdict I received that it still does not need any major service or calibration.
    I will love to buy a digital version of F3, when it will be introduced by Nikon in the market, maybe my sentiment. I am not crazy about heavy megapix body. 16mp will do fine for me. I have sync remote cable for flash and SB-16B.