Speaking to DPReview, Kenji Tanaka said:
One of the reasons that companies like Sigma and Tamron are creating native Sony FE lenses is that they’re looking forward to a future where full-frame mirrorless is the norm. How long will that be?
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.
The comments are part of a longer interview that DPReview says it is still finalising for publication.
But the comments seem to gel with what’s being said and reported within the industry, as well as Nikon’s own comments.
A few days ago we reported claims that Canon has a prototype full-frame mirrorless in development. Meanwhile Nikon has been telling us and others about its plans to launch a full-frame mirrorless camera.