Nikon is rumored to announce a full frame hybrid camera with F-mount support and the same image sensor as the D4.
One of the biggest names in the imaging industry, Nikon, has already unveiled two new DSLRs this fall.
The D610 has been launched to replace the D600 and it fixes its predecessor’s dust and oil accumulation issues. Additionally, the D5300 substitutes the D5200 and it comes packed with multiple new features, such as an EXPEED 4 processor, new 24-megapixel sensor without anti-aliasing filter, WiFi, and GPS.
It appears that Nikon is not done with the announcements in 2013, yet. Sources familiar with the matter are reporting that the company is preparing a hybrid camera with a full frame sensor to compete against the new Sony A7 and A7R shooters.
New Nikon full frame hybrid DSLR rumored to feature D4 sensor, optical viewfinder, and FM2-like design
At first it was believed to be a mirrorless camera, but it quickly became clear that the new Nikon full frame hybrid DSLR will feature a pentaprism viewfinder.
The design of the shooter is based on the legendary FM2 SLR. Its internals are built around the higher-end D4, including the 16.2-megapixel full frame image sensor.
Specs of the upcoming Nikon camera will include 3.2″ display and maximum 108,200 ISO sensitivity
The specs of the upcoming Nikon camera include a 2,016-pixel RBG metering sensor with 3D color matrix metering II support. The ISO will range between 100 and 12,800, though the sensitivity can be boosted down to 50 and up to 108,200, making this product a very good shooter in low-light conditions.
It appears that a 3.2-inch LCD screen will be available on the back, while only an SD memory card slot will be found on one of its sides. A 9-cell framing grid display will be there for photographers and the aforementioned pentaprism viewfinder will allow users to frame their shots.
Furthermore, the new DSLR will offer a continuous shooting mode of up to 5.5fps for a total of 100 frames. It will not feature the new EXPEED 4 processor, instead being powered by the EXPEED 3 model.
“Special edition” Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens to complement the camera’s looks
Sources are reporting that the new Nikon full frame hybrid DSLR will measure 143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm, while weighing 765 grams. It may sound like a bulky camera, but this is due to the build quality and lots of physical controls to give the impression of a professional device.
The power will be supplied by an EN-EL14 battery. It is said that the camera will support F-mount lenses and will be capable of metering with non-AI optics even down to their maximum aperture.
The design of the new Nikon camera will be completed by a new 50mm f/1.8G lens, which has been built with the so-called “hybrid” shooter in mind.
Nikon unveiling hybrid camera within the next three weeks
Internally, the camera is referred to as a “hybrid”. It is not yet clear why this name, but sources have confirmed that the announcement will occur within the next three weeks.
As the PhotoPlus Expo 2013 is opening its doors this week, maybe Nikon will take everyone by surprise and reveal this device at the New York-based event.