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Japan’s company Nikon to stop developing SLR cameras


TOKYO, JAPAN—Nikon, the Japanese camera manufacturer, will exit the single-lens reflex (SLR) camera market and focus on digital goods in the face of increased competition from smartphone cameras.

For more than 60 years, professional photographers have relied on the business’s SLR cameras, which have become synonymous with the Japanese brand.

Nikkei Asia reports that the company now intends to concentrate its efforts on mirrorless cameras, which have grown popular due to more powerful digital technology.

The chances for resuming SLR development remain bleak for the Japanese precision equipment manufacturer. Nikon’s sales of all cameras have been falling since the arrival of smartphones with advanced imaging capabilities, per the report by NHK-World Japan.

SLR sales are further hampered by rising demand for tiny, lightweight mirrorless cameras. Nikon’s progress halted after 60 years due to a combination of forces. However, the business has said it would continue to manufacture and sell its existing SLR models.

Nikon began marketing cameras using the technology in 1959. The company was well-known for its ability to shoot high-quality photographs. Nikon and rival Canon captured a sizable part of the global SLR market.

Nikon is the second largest SLR maker after Canon. An SLR camera uses a mirror to reflect an image the photographer sees through the viewfinder.

Nikon mirrorless cameras employ image sensors that transform light into electrical impulses and feature a distinct viewing system. They, like SLRs, may accommodate interchangeable lenses, which provide a wider range than the fixed focal lengths found in most smartphone cameras.

The Nikon F-mount, established in 1959, has been a feature of Nikon cameras, allowing photographers to utilize a wide range of classic lenses on modern SLRs.

Mirrorless cameras have impressive capabilities. Facial and pupil recognition are provided by artificial intelligence. They can also recognize animals, cars, and things.

Nikkei also reports that rival Canon also plans to follow Nikon and stop producing flagship SLR models within a few years.

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