It’s no secret that Nikon has been struggling, but that doesn’t stop the company from doing its best for him. next Z9, which has now been officially announced to arrive sometime before the end of 2021.
Placed on the Z6 II and Z7 II, the Z9 will be Nikon’s new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera with a new FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and a new image processing engine. As the Canon EOS R5 and the Sony Alpha 1, The Z9 is said to support 8K video capture while meeting the needs of professional photographers and high-end enthusiasts.
In short, Nikon says the Z9 “will deliver the best video and still image performance in Nikon’s history.”
That’s a bold claim, but three years after the launch of its first full-frame mirrorless cameras on the Z6 and Z7, it looks like Nikon may finally be catching up, and it couldn’t come at a more critical time.
Last fall, Nikon was said to be in “a desperate situation” after suffering one of the worst sales declines in recent history (due in large part to the pandemic), with Nikon’s relatively late entry into high-end mirrorless cameras, allowing Sony to step in and become the dominant player in the segment.
Unfortunately, because the Z9 was revealed as part of a development announcement (which camera manufacturers use to briefly describe upcoming products), other specifics are relatively scarce. Judging from the only official image, it looks like the Z9 will feature an integrated vertical grip and room for additional batteries, but that’s all we know for sure at this point.
However, following a recent interview in which a Nikon executive sat down with DP Review, it seems the Z9 is shaping up to be a pro-level workhorse designed to completely replace the D6, while also offering the best durability and as Nikon describes in their development announcement: “maximum usability “.
The tricky part is that since the Canon EOS R5 has been available since last summer and the Sony Alpha is expected to go on sale sometime this month, Nikon may once again be forced to catch up when the Z9 will officially launch later this year. So since Nikon is expected to reveal more details as we get closer to fall, stay tuned for updates.