Nikon Z9 is a pro-grade mirrorless camera with an integrated vertical grip. The Z9 will be Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera to record 8K video. The camera will have a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and a new image-processing engine.
We can expect the sensor is most likely based on the Sony Alpha 1 chip and image-processing engine. It’s the only known stacked CMOS sensor in the market today with those specs. The Sony a1 has 50.1MP and can record 8K 30p at 10-bit 4:2:0 from an 8.6K oversample. Its 4K tops out at 10-bit 4:2:2 at 120fps. In this case, it becomes important what Nikon will add to the Sony a1 features as video and at what price they will offer it.
- New FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
- New Image Processing Engine
- 8K Video Recording Support
Nikon will launch a counterattack with its own 8K camera Nikon Z9 to compete against the Sony a1 and the possible Canon EOS R1. So what to expect from Nikon Z9 specifications? Here are the updated Nikon Z9 features that have leaked so far.
Nikon Z9 Rumored Specs
- Newly developed high-resolution stacked FX sensor. Could use Sony a1‘s 50MP sensor with even better performance.
- Integrated vertical grip handle
- Nikon Z9 is expected to be released in the fall of 2021
- No official plans for a Nikon Z8 camera yet
- Prototype Z9 cameras will be tested at the Tokyo Olympics this Summer
- The Z9 is described as a D6 body combined with EOS R5 imaging, a9II AF, and blackout-free EVF
- Nikon confirmed that the Z9 will be better than the D6
- 20 fps
- 16-bit RAW option
- 8k30p, 4k120/60/30p
- New EXPEED processor designed for 8k (newly developed Imaging Pipeline Processor to broaden sensor readout emphasizing speed)
- Improved AF (Object detection AF)
- “Stunning” AF tracking (better than the D6)
- Two XQD/CFX type B memory card slots
- ISO 64 – 25,600, Hi1, Hi2
- Improved noise levels and specifically significantly better dynamic range
- 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
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