There might not have been any mirrorless cameras shown off in the behind the scenes tour of the NPS vault at the Tokyo Olympics (Nikon has since clarified that it does contain Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II bodies), but there has been a new one spotted out shooting actual events. Photos were posted to Twitter (and then deleted) by Photolari, and judging from the design, it can’t be anything but the Nikon Z9.
Fortunately, the folks at DC-Info saved the images and shared them before the tweet was deleted. The images show only the rear of the camera, but given the layout, it’s obviously one with a built-in vertical grip. Given that Nikon has yet to release a mirrorless camera with a built-in vertical grip and it’s definitely not a Nikon D6, that really only leaves one option.