2020 wasn’t the best year for camera companies (or for anyone else for that matter). But still, some new gear was introduced and millions of cameras were produced after all. So, there are some numbers to compare, and Sony seems to be winning the numbers game. According to a recent report, it beat both Canon and Nikon when it comes to mirrorless cameras produced last year.
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.
Well, it was only a few days ago that Nikon confirmed that a Z mirrorless flagship would be on the way at some point during 2021. Now, it seems that we might get at least a development announcement way sooner than anybody expected. Tomorrow, in fact, according to a report on Nikon Rumors.
To be clear, it’s just the development of the camera that’s expected to be officially announced tomorrow, not the camera itself. It’s unlikely we’ll get any solid specs beyond those that have been suggested so far in the recent DPReview interview, but at least this would confirm for sure that Nikon isn’t getting out of the business.
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.
The Nikon Z5 is an interesting little camera. A full-frame Nikon mirrorless camera, with a relatively low price tag that seems to tick most of the boxes, even for working photographers (including dual card slots). Body only, it can be had for under $1,400. A significant difference over the $2,000 Nikon Z6 II. But is the Z5 worth getting at that price? Or are you better paying the extra to go for the Z6 II?
That’s the question that photographer Matt Irwin explores in this pretty in-depth and almost-27-minute long video. He takes a look at the autofocus, low light performance, image quality, and a bunch of other factors in a variety of scenarios in order to try to answer the question and I think he puts forward some good cases for when you might or might not want to use the Z5.
Nikon has just updated its Z-mount lens roadmap and added three new lenses. Silhouettes of three new primes have been added, and they are 400mm, 600mm, and the “Micro 50mm.”
Nikon has now officially announced their new Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II mirrorless cameras. Marking what is essentially the second generation of Nikon’s adventure into mirrorless cameras, they update the Nikon Z6 & Z7 cameras with a few highly demanded features – although they’re still largely incremental rather than revolutionary updates.
Like their predecessors, the Z6 II and Z7 II contain the same 24.5-megapixel and 45.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensors of the Z6 and Z7 respectively, although the new cameras come with Nikon’s new Dual Expeed 6 processing engine – offering more speed, better autofocus and buffer performance. The new cameras also get dual card slots as well.
We haven’t heard anything about replacement models for the two-year-old Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras in a couple of months, but now there’s been an update to the rumoured specs for upcoming Nikon Z6s and Z7s models.
By all reports so far, the Z6s and Z7s will only be incremental updates over the Z6 and Z7, just as the D4s was over the D4 and the D300s was over the D300, but they will offer a few significant upgrades for professional users.