Nikon Imaging manager, Keiji Oishi has confirmed in an interview with DPReview that they are working on a new Z mount mirrorless flagship camera. Its goal is to beat the Nikon D6, it’s going to have a new high resolution stacked CMOS sensor and it’s going to be announced in 2021.
Mr Oishi says that the new camera will be “a major technological leap for stills photographers”, although they’re not neglecting video and are considering powerful video features like 8K resolution footage in order to meet the demands of today’s market who are constantly demanding more, bigger, better, faster.
It will respond to the advanced needs of professionals. The upcoming model will debut a newly developed high-resolution stacked CMOS sensor.
While this camera will be a major technological leap for still photographers of a wide variety of genres, our engineers are considering powerful video features such as 8K that respond to the needs of all kinds of content creators and professionals.
– Keiji Oishi, Department Manager, UX Plannign Department, Nikon Imaging Business Unit
Nikon finally seems to understand the needs of video content creators. Or at least, they seem to be able to talk the talk now and act like they do. Whether or not they’ll be able to walk the walk when a camera is finally released remains to be seen. But they say that they understand the need for higher resolutions for 8K and how they can be beneficial to filmmakers and content creators, even if they’re putting out 4K or 1080p projects.
Exactly when this new camera might appear is unknown, except that a new Nikon Z-series mirrorless flagship “can be expected within the year”. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
It’s going to have to be something special for Nikon to dig themselves out of that hole they seem to have created for themselves over the last few years, especially when a flagship body on the level of the single-digit D bodies is such a relatively small sampling of Nikon’s customer base.