Mirrorless 5100 FX
What are the possibilities of producing a small Nikon FullFrame DSLR with articulating LCD?
Removing the mirror box should free up more than enough room for a larger sensor and plenty of electronics.
Perhaps an EVF would also help in producing an even smaller and lighter camera?
Excellent HD 1080P Video at 60fps would certainly be possible.
So would a still shooting rate of 30fps.
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blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 20-Apr-12 10:05 AM | edited Fri 20-Apr-12 10:06 AM by blw
My opinion is that small and FX are mutually exclusive. And you basically cannot remove the mirror box. Sure you can remove the mirror, but if you retain the F mount, you have to stick with the 42mm register distance, which was built around the need to have a mirror. Essentially this means that sticking with F mount means that the thickness of the camera can't be much less than what we have today. A Nikon 1 seems to disprove this, but look what happens to it when you put the F adapter on it. Demanding an articulating LCD also helps ensure that the body won't get any thinner. You could make it thinner by eliminating the LCD entirelly and going with an EVF, but clearly you don't want that design.
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David D Busch Nikonian since 07th Nov 2011Tue 24-Apr-12 04:29 AM
Like he says, the flange-to-sensor distance seems to preclude a Nikon camera much smaller than what we've got today. Sony has the best shot at something like this; their upcoming SLT-A99 full-frame probably won't be exceptionally small, but they produced an A77/NEX-7 pair in which the mirrorless version has the same sensor (and EVF) but in a much more compact package. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony comes out with an NEX-9 to go with the A99, and it's not a whole lot larger than the NEX-7.