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Nikon Z5 to launch later this year for under £750 / $1,000?

Nikon Z5 to launch later this year for under £750 / $1,000?

Nikon is poised to release its next mirrorless Z-system camera, likely to be the Nikon Z5, in the second half of the year, at a price of less than £750 / $1,000. 

Rumors have been swirling about Nikon's next move in the mirrorless space, following the release of the full-frame Nikon Z6 (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z7 (opens in new tab) last year. According to the latest reports from Japan, it looks like the Nikon Z5 will be here before the end of the year. 

"Nikon will introduce a new mid-price mirrorless camera product in fiscal 2019," wrote Nikkei (opens in new tab) (via Mirrorless Rumors (opens in new tab)). "The same interchangeable lens can be used in the product that corresponds to a sister model such as the high-end model 'Z7' launched by the company in the autumn of 2006. 

"It is expected that the price will be in the 100,000 yen range, which is easier for the general consumer to pick up than the leading 200,000 to 400,000 yen model. The aim is to develop the demand of users other than existing enthusiasts."

The Nikon Z5 will take on the Canon EOS RP

The Nikon Z5 will be gunning for the same entry level market as the Canon EOS RP 

While there have been rumblings about a camera like the Z5 being released this year for some time, the story from Nikkei puts much more weight behind the rumors – especially when it comes to the proposed price. 

At ¥100,000 (£730 / $924), the camera would clearly be positioned to challenge the Canon EOS RP – its highly impressive entry level rival that "got off to a flying start" (but saw sales take a big dive (opens in new tab) a month after launch). 

What's interesting, though, is that while the EOS RP is a full-frame camera, the Nikon Z5 looks like it might be an APS-C system. The previous rumors (opens in new tab) suggested that it would feature a crop sensor between 30 and 32 megapixels, and would feature two card slots (one XQD and one microSD).

With so much gossip going on with regard to upcoming releases, make sure to stay tuned to our camera rumors (opens in new tab) page for all the latest water cooler whispers. 

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.