Nikon and Canon to Stop Making DSLRs

An un-bylined report from Nikkei:

Japanese camera maker Nikon will withdraw from the single-lens reflex camera business and shift toward digital offerings amid intensifying competition from smartphone cameras, Nikkei has learned.


Since June 2020, when Nikon launched its flagship D6 SLR, no new SLR models have been released. The company has already stopped development of compact digital cameras.


Rival Canon also plans to follow Nikon and stop producing SLRs within a few years.

Nikon hinted at this months ago.

It is hard to believe we are entering an era where a pro photography studio can be silent. It is probably the case at many places — I am out of touch — but the studio in my mind’s experiences has always sounded like energetic music punctuated by camera flashes and the sound of a swinging mirror shutter.

I suppose this is inevitable. There are clearly myriad reasons why mirrorless systems have basically taken over, with battery life remaining one of few significant DSLR advantages. Still, it is hard to shake the part of me that associates professional photography with an SLR-style camera.