During this CP+ Show in Japan, dpreview had a chance to interview with Kenji Tanaka, Sony Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group. According to Sony Executive Kenji Tanaka, he predicts that both Nikon and Canon will go full frame mirrorless cameras before CP+ Show 2019. Below is what Kenji Tanaka said:
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.
Just look at our technologies, like eye focus. All of that data comes from the imaging sensor. In DSLRs, the data comes from separate sensors. The main imaging sensor is blanked out, 90% of the time by the mirror. The sensor is turned off. But the imaging sensor is very important. So if cameras are going to develop, and be more able to capture the moment, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies. So within one year, I think.
According to latest rumors, Nikon is likely to announce their first full frame mirrorless camera in next several months, maybe at NAB Show next month, or around Photokina 2018 in September. Stay tuned for more info.