Reports that Nikon has patented two ultra-fast mirrorless lenses has certainly lended credence to their claim that they are working on a “serious” mirrorless camera system.
The Nikon 1 series of mirrorless camera was first announced in September of 2011, and it would appear that Nikon is signalling that it’s the end of the line for their current plans around mirrorless cameras using the so-called 1″-type CX sensor.
Ever since Nikon announced a “serious” mirrorless camera system was in production to be slotted in a market segment above the current Nikon 1 lineup, there has been a good deal of speculation as to the sensor size that will be used. Many believed that Nikon would opt to standardize on either an APS-C or full-frame sensor size for their new cameras.
While Nikon has had a mirrorless offering for several years now, most photography professionals have shied away from the system due to its small sensor size (and corresponding limitations), as well as incompatibility with their current lens lineup from the DSLR side.