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Nikon Z9 Release Date, Price, Specs

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Thanks to a recent development announcement, the Nikon Z9 is now officially flagship full-frame mirrorless camera. So what is known about the Nikon Z9 release date, price and specifications? Here are the details.

While we officially have very few specifications at hand, some recent rumors have potentially filled the draft Nikon promised to ‘surpass’ its current DSLR, the Nikon D6. While this makes the Nikon Z9 a landmark for cameras – as the successor to the Nikon D6; it also marks the end of an era when DSLRs were the choice of professional sports flagships.

Nikon’s top-of-the-line flagship mirrorless camera is now listed on B&HPhoto. Here is what we know so far from the official Nikon Z9 official development announcement:

  • 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 Z9 Release Date and Price

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 Nikon Z9 is expected to debut towards the end of the year, and current Nikon rumors claim it will be in the “autumn of 2021”. In other words, we can expect the Nikon Z9 release date between September and November.

Currently, the latest speculation is that the Nikon Z9 will cost anywhere from $6,000 to $7,000. Although these are at an estimate level, the price tag will naturally put it in a similar territory to the $6,500 Sony A1.

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
  • Release date scheduled for fall of 2021
  • No official plans for a Nikon Z8 camera yet
  • 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
  • Multishot-mode
  • 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

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