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Nikon Z9 full-frame flagship with 8K video in the works

Z 9 to feature 8K video and go head to head with Sony alpha 1

nikon z9 development announcement
Image by Nikon

Nikon has officially announced the company is working on a new Nikon Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera with 8K video recording

In a recent press release, Nikon announced the development of the first flagship model for Nikon Z mount amply carrying the model name Nikon Z 9.

Although details are pretty scarce at the moment, the company states their their upcoming top-end full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera will be released sometime later in 2021. No specific date has been announced, however, our guess is a Z9 official launch sometime in late Q3 or early Q4. Of course, this is just our estimate and guess, so take it with a grain of salt. 

New Flagship FX-Format Z Mount Camera

Furthermore, according to the press release, the new Z 9 “represents a significant leap in technology and performance”.

The Z 9 brings together Nikon’s ground-breaking 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.

Nikon Z9 – 8K Video in a Nikon Mirrorless Camera

Nonetheless, Nikon has decided to implement 8K video in their upcoming flagship Z 9 camera, which puts it head to hear with the Sony alpha 1. Of course, both cameras will be duking it out in all other aspects including frames per second, low-light capture, and overall image quality in both stills and video. 


And let’s not forget that Canon already implemented 8K video in their Canon EOS R5 nearly a year ago, although not without some compromises.

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Nikon also added this in their Z 9 product announcement press release:

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 fulfil 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.

nikon z 9
Images by Nikon USA

No doubt, the upcoming Z 9 will stir the pot at the high-end of mirrorless even further.  Not to mention the rumor of Canon supposedly working on a Canon EOS R1 flagship too… 2021 is shaping up to be yet another crazy year for camera releases!  

B&H has already listed the camera on their website although without pricing or other features/specs beyond what’s already been made official by Nikon.

via Nikon USA


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