Nikon&s new CEO Kazukazu Madate seems to have just confirmed that Nikon is working on a mirrorless full-format alternative to its flagship Nikon D5. The fact that camera manufacturers like Nikon are successively switching their entire DSLR portfolio to mirrorless cameras should not really surprise many.
The fact that next year&s Olympics in Japan will be the major media event for all camera manufacturers and that many new product launches in the pro sector are likely to be geared to this should also be sufficiently well known.
If one looks at the strengths and weaknesses in the direct comparison between the previous mirrorless vs DSLR cameras at Nikon such as the Nikon D850 vs Nikon Z7, the DSLRs for sports photography applications so far still seem to have the nose ahead. Nikon&s AF system for DSLRs, which has matured over the years, proves to be even more perfomant in some (photography) tests.
Which brings us to the question:
What could make a mirrorless Nikon D5 more interesting for sports photographers than its DSLR counterpart?
With regard to the previous Nikon portfolio, we think of video-relevant functions: We see 8K video as a kind of "must have" function for the Olympics in Japan - even though 8K50p (what it would need for sports events) is still somewhat difficult to imagine at the moment.
And then there&s ProRes Raw. No other camera manufacturer has known ProRes Raw as a high quality recording format as early as Nikon - so internal ProRes Raw recording would fit pretty well - ProRes Raw as an internal recording format shouldn&t fail because of the data rate.
So put a high-end video version of the Nikon D5 on the mirrorless side? Would at least fit into the current trend towards high-end video DSLMs with high video resolution ...
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