Nikon is Disappointed With Its Mirrorless Camera Sales, While the Rest of Us are Disappointed with Nikon Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon 1 J1

In Nikon’s latest financial results, the company revealed that its Nikon 1 series mirrorless camera sales have been less than expected in the US and Europe.

Nikon Imaging president Yasuyuki Okamoto beats around the bush about why the Nikon 1 series isn’t catching on, stating “In Europe and the U.S. the ratio of mirrorless to SLRs hasn’t grown at all, unlike in Asia, where it’s quite popular with women because it’s light. We had higher expectations for other regions. But people who like cameras tend to just go for SLRs, even though they’re very heavy.” (emphasis added).

Or maybe, just maybe . . . people who like and know cameras want a mirrorless camera that offers competing image quality with a SLR. The Nikon 1 series of cameras does not. This is apparently obvious to everyone but Nikon Imaging’s president. [Read more...]

More Canon Big Megapixel DSLR Rumors

Canon 1 Series Rumors

Rumors for Canon’s upcoming high MP DSLR suggest that it will essentially be on the same level as a Canon 1-Series DSLR according to the latest tips coming in at Northlight Images.  However, there is still no solid info on whether the camera would carry a 1-Series designation alongside the 1D X and 1D C.

Recall that earlier rumors pointed to a 46MP full frame DSLR to be unveiled at PhotoPlus in October 2012 and it was previously rumored to be dubbed the 3D; however, that naming designation no longer seems to hold water. [Read more...]

Nikon 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens for Mirrorless System Announced

1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8

Along with the new Nikon D600 DSLR, Nikon unveiled a new 18.5mm f/1.8 lens for its 1 Series mirrorless cameras.

The 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 offers a full frame effective focal length of 50mm.  Essentially, the new lens becomes a “fast fifty” when used with the Nikon J1, J2 and V1 cameras.

The new 18.5mm f/1.8 lens should be available in November for $189.95.  It will be available in black, white and silver.  You can order the lens here at B&H Photo.

Nikon 1 Series J2 Mirrorless Camera Coming This Month… Along with New Accessories?

Nikon 1 Series Concepts

Nikon Rumors is reporting that Nikon will be dropping a new J2 mirrorless camera later in August as a replacement for the Nikon 1 Series J1 model.  Additionally, Nikon is expected to release several new mirrorless accessories, including an underwater housing.

This is just one of the many rumored announcements due for Photokina 2012.