After months of rumors, Nikon has officially announced the development of the Z 9 as their first top-of-the-line model for their full frame mirrorless camera Z system. The definitive announcement or the presentation of the camera should take place this year, but the Nikon Z 9 has already been listed on the Bhphotovideo.com website without any pricing and availability details.
This does not necessarily mean that the new Nikon camera will be on the market in 2021. In the “worst-case”, it could be presented at the end of the year (2021) and then delivered in 2022. The early announcement gives hope, however, that the Nikon Z 9 camera could hit the market in the coming months.
What Nikon reports in its development announcement should mean that the camera has already been developed, but is still in the final stages of testing and finalization. Once this work has been completed, production should start and the new Nikon Z camera will roll off the line or the first cameras will be delivered a few weeks later.
More and more detailed information than Nikon offers in a press release is unlikely to be available for the time being. Interested parties will have to be patient for a while unless Nikon will divulge more information in several snippets in the coming weeks and months or spread it in the rumor mill.
Nikon Z 9 press release:
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) 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 across 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.
Back in October last year, Nikon has introduced the two new full frame mirrorless camera: Nikon Z6II (24.5 Mpx) and Nikon Z7II (45.7 Mpx). The new ones largely correspond to their predecessors but offer some improvements and more performance and speed thanks to a dual processor.