Nikon Announces Development Of Z 9

A new flagship mirrorless camera is coming from Nikon in 2021. The Nikon Z 9 will be the company’s most advanced FX (full-frame) model in the Z line, with an all-new sensor, image processor and 8K video recording.

Image of the Nikon Z 9

Nikon Z 9

From the product photo released by Nikon, it appears that the camera will have an integrated vertical battery grip similar to the company’s flagship DSLR, the D6.

That’s it for the official details at this point, but Nikon states in its press release that the Z 9 will offer “the best still and video performance in Nikon history” so we can also reasonably expect a high-resolution sensor and faster continuous shooting speeds for still photography than what’s currently possible with the system. For reference, the 24.5-megapixel Z 6II can shoot at up to 14 fps while the 45.7-megapixel Z 7II can capture 10 fps.

Full specifications, availability and pricing will be announced at a later date. The official press release is below.



MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the first flagship model for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted: The Nikon Z 9. The full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera is scheduled for release in 2021, and represents a significant leap in technology and performance.

The Z 9 brings together Nikon’s groundbreaking technologies to deliver the best still and video performance in Nikon history, meeting the advanced needs of professionals in a wide range of genres. It utilizes a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and new image-processing engine. In response to the growing needs of professionals, advanced enthusiasts and cinematographers, it includes support for 8K video recording as well as various other video specifications that fulfill diverse needs and workflows. The Z 9 embodies ultimate usability as a tool, offering users an unprecedented imaging experience from capture to workflow exceeding that of previous digital-SLR and mirrorless cameras.

Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.

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