The whispers about Nikon producing a mirrorless full-frame camera at an entry-level price are growing louder. So much louder that the new camera, which will be the latest addition to their Z series, has already been given a name: the Nikon Z5.
The Z5 is likely to be a "lite" version of the current Z6, so we might see a shift from the Z6's XQD card to a SD card slot. With the cost of XQD cards and the extensive use of SD cards, it seems likely this will happen.
The all-important sensor is something else to keep an eye on. There are some suggestions the Z5 will include the same high-quality sensor as the Z6. However, with the cost-cutting required to bring the Z5 to market at an affordable price, some in the camera industry are wondering if the sensor from the D750 might be used instead. This will obviously keep the Z6 at another level from the new Z5, which is an important selling point, but the thought of the two stablemates sharing the same sensor is an enticing one.
Lenses are another important component of course, and the feeling is that non-premium Z lenses will be used to keep the Z5 at an entry level price. While non-premium lenses on a Nikon camera still promise to deliver excellent results, they may lack top-end features such as weather sealing. An announcement on the Z5 is imminent, so all rumours and speculation will soon be replaced by concrete details. We'll keep you posted!