Nikon and Canon joining the Professional Mirrorless Movement

Word on the street is that Nikon is developing a full frame mirrorless camera, and that, to us, is pretty darn cool.

Haven’t we all wondered, once or twice (or a hundred times), if Canon and/or Nikon would get off their duffs and bring to market a professional full-frame mirrorless camera?

Apparently Nikon will be doing so by this time next year!

In a recent interview by DPReview, Sony Camera General Manager, Kenji Tanaka predicts that full-frame Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras would be a go, maybe even by next year.

“This is just my personal opinion, but I think that maybe by next year’s CP+ you’ll see full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon. I think [by then] they will be participating in this market.”

Hooray for mirrorless, am I right?

Hold your horses, DSLR folks, this post is not intended to be a continuation of the seemingly unsolvable “mirrorless vs. DSLR debate.” We don’t mind at all what your preference may be, or which you choose to bring on your next Backcountry Journeys tour. Heck, you might decide that perhaps having one of each style of camera body fits your needs and choose to go with whichever is right for your current photographic situation. Recall that one of mirrorless’ advantages are that they tend to be smaller and lighter, which can be desirable for folks like us – hiking photographers who are packing an assortment of gear and trekking into the backcountry in search of photographic subjects, be it wildlife or landscapes. If you join us on a tour we’ll help you make your best images, regardless.

We’ve touched on this topic before so won’t go into too much more on the this vs. that conversation here.

We’re just really excited to see that Nikon loyalists will apparently soon have good options for mirrorless. And that the two camera giants are hopping on board the mirrorless train.

Canon and Nikon historically have done their best to ignore mirrorless, as well as their competitors driving the movement of that technology.

It’s not as if Canon hasn’t done anything in the mirrorless category, they do have their M Series mirrorless bodies, introduced several years ago with the release of the EOS M. And look for a new entry-level mirrorless release from them very soon, maybe even this month.

The news here is that Nikon and Canon seem to be closing in on professional, full frame models, which to us indicates a willingness to get into it full-force now, as opposed to just dabbling.

It’s simply exciting for us to see both companies developing full-frame, professional, mirrorless cameras. Regardless of where you side on things, it is simply great to see technology rolling and more and more options for all of us photographers, pro and amateur alike.

We hope that no matter which style you choose, that we’ll see you out in the field on one of our award winning tours, soon.

Kenton Krueger







Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

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1 reply
  1. Bob Panick
    Bob Panick says:

    The jury is still out on will Canon and Nikon make a competent mirrorless camera, lets face it they haven’t covered themselves with glory yet. The other big item of interest to existing CaNikon users is will it use the old mount or require a new mount. If they use the old mount, existing lenses will work just fine, but the body will be bigger since the mirror mechanism isn’t required. A new mount will require an adapter to use old lenses, which isn’t the end of the world, but it is a bit of a hassle. There are some advantages to using a new mount, particularly with wide angle and having the opportunity in Nikon’s case to remove a lot of old interfaces in the F-mount.

    The bigger question is will they come out with Pro level bodies, or aim for the consumer level. Will they come out with cameras that have all the technology that you find in Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji and Sony? Will they continue the excellent ergonomics or go with what Sony did and start with a body with horrible ergonomics like Sony did with the A7?

    One thing is for sure, I would hold off until the announcements get made if you can. Lots of things may finally be changing.


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