Nikon DSLRs may be a thing of the past

Nikon D780 DSLR on black background
(Image credit: Nikon)

In news that’s somehow both shocking and unsurprising for the camera community, the Japanese camera giant Nikon is reported to be pulling out of DSLRs to focus on its growing line of professional mirrorless cameras. At least, that’s according to the Japanese newspaper, Nikkei – Nikon itself will neither confirm nor deny the rumours.

To anyone familiar with the industry, the news will hardly be a massive surprise – DSLRs, or digital single-lens reflex cameras, have been around since the 1990s, but their popularity has declined in recent years. That's partly due to the ubiquity of smartphones but also because of the technological advancements of mirrorless cameras, which are starting to make up a larger proportion of the models in our guide to the best cameras for professionals.

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting.