Nikon Z9 flagship mirrorless camera not expected to ship until October 2022

Dec 28, 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.

Nikon Z9 flagship mirrorless camera not expected to ship until October 2022

Dec 28, 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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The global silicon shortage has hit all industries hard, and the camera industry is now feeling it pretty hard. New cameras and lenses have often had delays, historically, but usually not more than a couple of weeks. Then the Pocket 4K came, which had a 3-6 month waiting list for the first 18 months of its release. It was the exception, though, and not the rule. Now with the silicone shortage, it’s the other way around.

And now Japanese camera retail giant Yodobashi says that the Nikon Z9 isn’t going to start shipping out again now until October 2022. Now, we all know Nikon’s struggling generally in the camera market, but this isn’t a problem for just Nikon. Both Canon and Sony have had to massively cut down on production with newly announced items seeing delays of unknown duration.

As far as the American retailers, B&H has the Nikon Z9 available as a “New Item – Coming Soon” and you can go ahead and order one but there’s no indication as to when it might ship. With as big a retailer as Yodobashi is and especially being in Nikon’s home turf of Japan, I’m not so confident we can expect a shipment elsewhere in the world any sooner. Amazon doesn’t even list a price or give an option to buy or pre-order. They just say that they’re “temporarily out of stock” and “we’re working on it!”.

Gear announcements are going to be both exciting and disappointing this year. Exciting because we’ll likely see the same flurry of new and unusual tech that we see announced every other year, except that now it’ll potentially be a year before you actually get to play with one in your hands, which is a bit of an anti-climax. And by the time that year’s rolled around, somebody else has announced something better. What to do?

Like I said, exciting and disappointing. But also interesting. I hope the silicon markets can recover sooner rather than later – and not just for the sake of cameras – but I expect that things will get worse before they get better.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

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9 responses to “Nikon Z9 flagship mirrorless camera not expected to ship until October 2022”

  1. Hans J. Nielsen Avatar
    Hans J. Nielsen

    Funny how the internet is filled with people saying that they got the camera, as Nikon as we speak, is delivering the camera to the first adopters. Sure, if you order one now, it might take til October for you to get on as Nikon orderbook is full many many months into to 2022, and they are only making so many a month.
    Not sure it has anything to do with chip shortage as we would have heard it from the manufacture if they had to cancel the production of any model.

    1. disruptor24 Avatar
      disruptor24

      This is just one small camera shop in japan. Every other major distributor will have their allocation in time

  2. Mark Avatar
    Mark

    What happened to all the comments about this being an article spreading false information ?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I haven’t seen any of those here.

      1. Mark Avatar
        Mark

        Well they have been deleted ! I concur this is a very poor clickbait article

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          You concur with yourself? How is it clickbait? Please, present some proof of your argument or you just look like another troll.

          1. Mark Avatar
            Mark

            Apologies I mixed this article up with the one that had as the title that the Z9 would be a flop LOL – which is also why I didn’t see loads of other comments. This said, I know from speaking with my dealer which is one of the larger ones in France they are expecting more Z9s soon – so from a journalistic point of view, I still would wait until I had the same info from several, reliable sources (and not just a rumors website) to share information as real information – so you could say this is still clickbait :)

          2. Reggie Avatar
            Reggie

            Nikon alerted NPS members on December 20th that they would all receive their Z9, as in every single NPS order up to that point in time, by their second shipment, which is coming mid-January.

            This article, and the identical ones at every site except Nikon Rumors which has cited the actual NPS email, is using a random retailer’s order page estimate as the “source.”

  3. disruptor24 Avatar
    disruptor24

    this is from one small camera shop in Japan. lol