Nikon will allegedly announce a new high-resolution full frame mirrorless camera sometime in 2021. According to recent reports, the name of this camera would be Nikon Z8 and feature the same 60MP sensor with the Sony a7R IV.
As you know, Nikon switched to the full-frame mirrorless series with Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras in 2018. The manufacturer continued its mirrorless walk through 2020 with the Nikon Z5 (an entry-level full-frame Z camera sitting above the Z50 and below the Nikon Z6) and also released the successors of the original Z cameras as Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II. Moreover, rumors about the Nikon Z8 and also Z9 now floating around as Canon EOS R5 and Sony A1 killer.
Of course, the flagship model Nikon Z9, which is considered to be a competitor of EOS R5 and Alpha 1 in terms of speed, seems to be different. From this point of view, the Nikon Z8 seems to be an upgrade to the company’s high resolution mirrorless models, namely the upgrade of the Z7 II and a rival to the possible EOS R5s. Let’s focus on the rumors about the Nikon Z8 and the high Sony sensor it will feature.
60MP Nikon Z8 full-frame mirrorless camera rumored to launch in 2021
Nikon has signed up to purchase the 61MP Sony Exmor R sensor to power a Z8 with dual CFexpress memory card slots, enhanced image stabilization, a new processor mode to capture 240MP images, and an ISO range of 64 to 25,600 which is expandable to 32-102,400.
Rumored Nikon Z8 Specs
61.2MP full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor
- Pixel Shift: 8-16 image pixel shift to get 200 MP+ images
5-axis in-body IS system that promises 5.5-stop stabilization
- A native ISO range of 64-25600 (expandable to 32-102400).
- 6K video, 12-bit RAW video
- Dual CFExpress card slots
- Battery Grip: Full-featured battery grip that can use EN-EL18c battery
- USB: USB 3.1 Type C
- Basic features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a built-in microphone.
Specs of Sony 60MP IMX455AQR sensor
- IMX455 (Low-Spec of IMX551 Prototype):
- Effective pixels: 9600×6400
- Recommend recording pixels: 60MP
- 11/12/14/16Bit ADC
- Full Pixel 9fps/14Bit ADC
- SLVS-EC 8Lane
- Single ADC in Video Mode
- 12-ADC in Still Picture Mode
- Native ISO 64/400
Nikon Z8 60 MP Mirrorless Camera Rumored, Along With D850 Successor
Nikon is going to release a pro-grade Z-mount mirrorless camera later this year. The upcoming Nikon D850 successor could be named Nikon D880, it may have same features and specs as Nikon Z8/Z9. Nikon D880 will be coming in 2021, after the Nikon Z8/Z9.
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