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Nikon’s Sony a1 Beater : 45.7MP, 8K, 20fps – Coming in Summer 2021

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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.

Nikon D880 to be Announced in Early 2021

Nikon Z6 II body: $1,996.95 at  Amazon | B&H Adorama.

Nikon Z7 II body: $2,996.95 at Amazon | B&H | Adorama.

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