Wetpixel member Geo has kindly pointed out an interesting development from Nikon. Nikon Rumors notes that the company has just re-registered the trademark “NIKONOS.” This had expired in 2008. Of course, this may simply reflect an attempt to preserve apart of Nikon’s heritage, but equally, it may be a sign that the company is considering the underwater market in its product development plans.
The Nikon Rumors article points out that there already is a waterproof camera in the company’s line up, the AW 1. With a widely expected launch of a full frame mirrorless Nikon camera imminent, is this attempt to preserve the Nikonos brand’s integrity linked in some way? It would seem that those that know are not telling at the moment.