Nikon officially announced the development of the Nikon Z9 flagship full-frame mirrorless camera. While this is only a “development” announcement, Nikon has already given us a glimpse of what we can expect from this beast.
The Z9 will be Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera to record 8K video. It will be a pro-grade mirrorless camera with an integrated vertical grip. The camera will have a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and a new image-processing engine.
- Newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor
- New image-processing engine
- 8K video recording
- Various other video specifications
- Significant leap in technology and performance
- To be released in 2021
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? Along with these official details we also have updated Nikon Z9 specifications which you can see below. This will definitely be an exciting camera with these specs and the grip.
Updated Rumored Nikon Z9 Specifications
- 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: probably 5.76 MP or maybe even 9k MP viewfinder, 120 Hz refresh rate (the resolution can be reduced to increase the refresh rate)
- 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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