Nikon will allegedly announce a new high-end 8K camera later this year. Nikon will launch a counterattack with its own 8K camera (Nikon Z9?) to compete against the Sony a1 and the possible Canon EOS R1. The rumored Nikon Z1 / Z9 model (name is not confirmed yet) likely to have a 45.7MP sensor with the same pixel count as the Z7 II. The official announcement will be around Spring / Summer 2021.
So you probably asking what will be the impact of the new $6,500 Sony a1 camera on Nikon? According to the recent reports, 8K Nikon camera will arrive this Spring/Summer, with advanced core specifications. Accordingly, it is among the leaked rumors that the mirrorless camera will have a 46MP sensor. It is expected to have a new EXPEED processor that can shoot up to 20fps at full speed and can shoot 8K / 30p video. The camera will also feature advanced subject-detection AF, high-resolution non-dimming EVF, dual XQD / CFExpress card slots.
The body of the Nikon Z1 / Z9 will look like a camera comprised of a Nikon D6-style body (possibly with a built-in handle), Canon EOS R5-level imaging capabilities, and Sony a9II-level autofocus. This will make it a direct competitor to the Sony Alpha A1. So below are the rumored Nikon Z1 / Z9 specifications – a possible Sony a1 beater.
Nikon Z1 / Z9 Rumored Specifications:
- 45.7MP sensor (the same pixel count as the Nikon Z7 II)
- 20 fps
- 8k30p, 4k120/60/30p
- New EXPEED processor designed for 8k
- Improved AF (Object detection AF)
- Two XQD/CFX type B memory card slots
- ISO 64 – 25,600, Hi1, Hi2
- High resolution, blackout-free EVF
- New user interface (no second LCD screen on the back like the D6)
- New battery: Nikon EN-EL18x
- Gbit LAN, USB-C, WiFi, GPS
- Price: $6,000 – $7,000
- Prototype Z9 cameras may be tested at the Tokyo Olympics next year
- New Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 mirrorless lens is also rumored for the Olympics
- Nikon Z9 is described as a D6 body combined with EOS R5 imaging, a9 II AF, and blackout-free EVF
- Announcement in Spring / Summer 2021
In addition, Nikon will release 11 Z-mount full-frame mirrorless lenses before the end of 2022.
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