Respected Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via PetaPixel) reported that Nikon isn’t intending on doing any additional DSLR development ever again. It has been expected that the old F mount system would be phased out between now and 2025. No new F mount cameras have been launched in more than two years.
Previously, Nikon’s CEO indicated that the firm would continue to perhaps release come low-end models, although the 5600 and 3500 series models were since discontinued.
Nikon launched its current flagship camera, the Z9 in mirrorless Z mount months ago. The firm has been slower to iterate its mirrorless bodies and lenses versus either Sony or Canon. Canon has continued to build share at Nikon’s expense, and Sony came from a distant third in the camera market to surpass the marketshare of Nikon, pinning its growth on the mirrorless market.
Nikon responded with a non-denial statement, stating “There was a media article regarding Nikon’s withdrawal of SLR development. This media article is only speculation and Nikon has made no announcement in this regard.”