Nikon has had a hard time breaking into the mirrorless camera space, but now the company has been rumored to have acquired Samsung’s camera technology to catapult itself into the market.
Mirrorless Cameras reports, Nikon has acquired all of Samsung’s NX mirrorless camera technology and it could make a major announcement next January at CES 2016. Supposedly some of the biggest acquisitions from the Korean imaging division included Samsung’s sensor technology, video capture and processing engine.
Samsung has shuttered it camera business in the UK due to declining demand, and it’s could be doing the same in the United States. If the rumors are true, Nikon’s purchase of the seems tie in perfectly.
Multiple sources at Samsung have said Nikon plans to become Sony’s biggest competitor. In the last few years, Sony’s full-frame A7 camera lineup have started to nip at the toes of DSLR and Nikon may be planning on introducing a mirrorless solution of its own.
Beyond full-frame cameras, the rumored purchase could help bolster or reinvent Nikon’s existing mirrorless cameras including the J, V AW and S-serieses. One thing we’re personally hoping for is Nikon will make new models with APS-C sensors without an annoying 2.7x crop factor.
It’s a change that could dramatically improve image quality and open up Nikon’s mirrorless system to many more lens choices – of which Samsung has an extensively family of glass to support its NX cameras.
We asked for a comment from both Nikon and Samsung, however, both companies declined to do so noting they “do not comment on speculation or rumors.”
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