Nikon appears to have discontinued the 1 V3 mirrorless camera, which has just been released earlier this year, while the aging Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D IF-ED lens has been taken out of production, too.
At the beginning of Spring 2014, Nikon introduced a new 1-series mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The 1 V3 has become official with an 18.4-megapixel 1-inch-type sensor and WiFi among others, but without the electronic viewfinder which is present in the 1 V1 and 1 V2 cameras.
The device was released on the market towards the end of April 2014. However, potential buyers have been turned off by its price tag of $1,199.95. Although it included a number of accessories, photographers have been reluctant to pay such a big price on such a package.
By the looks of it, Nikon might have discontinued the 1 V3. Amazon UK is listing the camera as “discontinued by manufacturer”, while the US branch of the retailer says that the device is “out of stock” and does not provide an estimated delivery date.
Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera “discontinued” in the UK, “out of stock” in the US
There are a number of products listed as discontinued at the UK website of Amazon, which are not listed as such on Nikon’s official list of archived products.
It is also worth mentioning that it would be weird for such a product to be sent to the graveyard so soon after its launch.
Additionally, it would not make sense for the Japan-based company to release a replacement for the Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera. This means that there is only one reason that could trigger such action and that consists of “poor sales”.
Amazon would not list a product as discontinued unless it receives clear indication from the manufacturer that it will not supply anymore units.
The state of the 1-series cameras remains in doubt, but the good thing is that the Photokina 2014 is coming soon and we may find out their future this September.
Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D IF-ED AF lens is also discontinued and will probably be replaced soon
Another Nikon product, which appears to be discontinued, is the Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D IF-ED AF lens. This optic has been available on the market for many years and a successor is long overdue.
We can safely assume that the company is preparing a new version of this optic, which is listed as “shipping withing 2 to 4 weeks” at Amazon US. On the other hand, Amazon UK says that this lens has been “discontinued by the manufacturer”.
Whatever happens, it will occur sometime around this year’s Photokina event, so stay tuned for more information!