The Nikon Z9 prototype was recently spotted at the Tokyo Olympics, and some specs have already leaked. But now there’s more information about the upcoming flagship mirrorless camera from Nikon. New specs have leaked, showing us what we can expect from the Z9 when it’s announced. And judging from them, we’re about to get a mirrorless successor to the D850 and D6.
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.
First spotted back in early March after registration in Russia, and then in Indonesia in July, the unreleased Nikon camera, “N2014” (which Nikon Rumors believes may be the upcoming Nikon Z9 flagship) now has some interesting new news. It looks like it’ll ditch the more traditional GPS system in favour of GNSS according to the latest registration.
The news comes via Nokishita and says that as well as featuring the standard WiFi and Bluetooth, the N2014 camera will also utilise the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), which should offer more accurate positioning data. If true, this would mark the first consumer camera to include GNSS support.
Well, it looks like Canon’s going to beat Nikon to the punch when it comes to a mirrorless flagship camera. Canon Rumors and Nikon Rumors are reporting that the upcoming Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9 mirrorless cameras are going to be officially announced in September and December respectively.
There’s no word on exactly when in September and December the cameras will be announced, but the earlier date for the Canon EOS R3 makes sense as I’ve already seen at least one Olympics photographer posting that they have one to take with them.
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.
It looks like Nikon might be preparing to announce a new flagship mirrorless camera sooner than expected. And, no, it’s not coming in next week’s announcement. Nikon Rumors is reporting that they’ve received a set of specs for a Nikon Z9 camera from a reliable source, to be announced in autumn 2021.
It would essentially be the mirrorless follow-up to the Nikon D6 released earlier this year. It might seem odd to replace it so soon, but with no other company really having a mirrorless camera at that level yet, the race is most definitely on.
The lockdowns in place around the planet have all got us trying to figure out different ways to spend our time. For BuildYourCamera, though, it’s business as usual, making cameras from cardboard and paper. This time, though, he’s not making a camera that already exists, but spent his imagination figuring out what Nikon might have in store for us with a flagship Z9 mirrorless body.
A series of images of the “camera” was posted to Instagram, and like Nikon themselves, the series begins with a teaser.