Nikon officially announces development of the Z9 full-frame flagship mirrorless camera

Mar 10, 2021

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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.

Nikon officially announces development of the Z9 full-frame flagship mirrorless camera

Mar 10, 2021

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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Nikon has officially announced the development of a new Nikon Z9 full-frame flagship mirrorless camera. This would be the first flagship mirrorless camera from Nikon, set to replace the Nikon D6. Nikon say it represents a “significant leap” in performance & tech and is scheduled for release during 2021.

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the development of the first flagship model for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted: The Nikon Z 9. The full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera is scheduled for release in 2021, and represents a significant leap in technology and performance.

The Z 9 brings together Nikon’s groundbreaking technologies to deliver the best still and video performance in Nikon history, meeting the advanced needs of professionals across a wide range of genres. It utilizes a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and new image-processing engine. In response to the growing needs of professionals, advanced enthusiasts and cinematographers, it includes support for 8K video recording as well as various other video specifications that fulfill diverse needs and workflows. The Z 9 embodies ultimate usability as a tool offering users an unprecedented imaging experience, from capture to workflow, exceeding that of previous digital-SLR and mirrorless cameras.

*Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.

So, Nikon hasn’t really released any specs, but they have confirmed a few things…

  • It will have a newly developed full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
  • New image processing engine
  • It will definitely shoot 8K video (to some degree of usefulness)
  • It’s definitely coming in 2021

As for more… Well, we’re going to have to wait until an unspecified “later date” for that. Now we just need to wait for Canon to announce their EOS 1DX Mark III replacement and the race is finally on.

Update: There’s a page on the Nikon USA website about the Z9 now, with a mailing list to sign up for more info on the new camera as it’s released.

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John Aldred

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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