Nikon expected to announce Z6s and Z7s cameras this year with dual card slots and 4K60 video

Jul 7, 2020

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Nikon expected to announce Z6s and Z7s cameras this year with dual card slots and 4K60 video

Jul 7, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, it looks like Nikon has been doing at least a little work behind the scenes when it comes to their cameras. As well as the anticipated Nikon Z5 announcement at some point soon, it appears they’ve also been working on the second generation Z6s and Z7s cameras, too according to a report from Nikon Rumors.

They’ve even released a few specs for the new cameras and it looks like Nikon might have actually listened to the feedback from Nikon Z6 and Z7 owners. While the cameras will mainly be incremental updates keeping the same sensors, they’re expected to get at least a couple of significant upgrades.

According to Nikon Rumors, the Nikon Z6s and Z7s will take the existing line from single to dual card slots, which will be a welcome addition for many working photographers. Whether this will be like the D300 jump to the D300s where they went from a single type of card slot to dual card slots of different types is unknown. We may be looking at dual CFexpress, but it might also be CFexpress+UHS-II SD.

There’ll also be a video upgrade, with the addition of 4K 60fps, and we’ll be able to power them externally directly from USB, too.

  • Incremental update to the current Z6/Z7 models
  • Same sensor as in the Z6/Z7
  • Dual EXPEED processor
  • Nikon EN-EL15c battery (already registered online)
  • USB power
  • Dual memory card slots
  • 4K 60 video
  • Vertical grip with buttons/controls (available as an optional accessory)
  • Expected announcement: later this year (around October) of course everything can be further delayed

No word yet on whether or not these will come with the RAW over HDMI update as standard or whether that’ll still be a paid upgrade like the Z6. But the release of an official Nikon vertical grip will definitely be appreciated by many portrait photographers.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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5 responses to “Nikon expected to announce Z6s and Z7s cameras this year with dual card slots and 4K60 video”

  1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    If you held off getting the Z6 or Z7 you were probably right.

    1. Hans J Avatar
      Hans J

      It depends on what you do with your camera. I got the Z6 and used it for work and travel photography for the past two years. I’ve made tons of money on my photos from it. So if I kept holding out, I would have lost all that money and time and experience of using a great system. I will gladly now update this new one once it comes out and continue gaining money off my gear.

  2. StrayCat53 Avatar
    StrayCat53

    The 7s will hit the niche I’ve been waiting for. I almost bought the 7 as issued two years ago… but something inside me said, “wait.” The Z8 will be too much for me. I just don’t need 61+ MP and managing those files would be a bear. The Z7 sensor is just about right. If those dual Expeed processors can help out in high ISO ranges of about 6400, the Z7s will be just about perfect, all round, for me.

    I expect the body to be around $3,500 US. That’s just my guess.

  3. Mason Romero Avatar
    Mason Romero

    Three things that I struggle with right now with the current Z6/Z7 are these:

    1. Single card slot.
    2. 4k up to 30fps (as in, it does not support 60fps in 4k)
    3. Their “Z-Log” being available only with an external recording monitor.

    Two of these will be addressed it seems, which is great. But honestly, the third is what I care about the most. It seems Nikon is interested in getting into the video/filmmaking market but won’t commit. Canon and Sony both tower over Nikon when it comes to filmmaking, and the Z6 was promising but having a LOG format to shoot in is not only preferred but necessary. In addition, I don’t have almost a grand to spend on an Atomos Ninja V just so I have the ability to shoot LOG.

    I believe the issue comes down to the support for 10-bit when using an external recorder, thus being the reason you can’t get Z-Log when exclusively using the Z6, but things like this are what makes it harder and harder to continue being a Nikon shooter in a multi-media driven world.

  4. Alyosha Karamazov Avatar
    Alyosha Karamazov

    I have a very low serial number Z7 and it has been the best camera I have owned in 40 years of photography. I’m not excited about a second card slot, as with my D800 series cameras I only ever used the second slot for jpegs that I could send over to customers by e-mail to make sure the composition is what they expect, and with the Z7 the jpegs go directly to my phone, so there is no need for the second card. I don’t shoot video.
    That said, if there is any money in the company after 6 to 8 months of the ‘rona when the new Z7s come out, I’ll probably order one.