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Nikon Announces Development of Flagship Z9 with 8K Video Capabilities
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, March 12, 2021 @ 08:30 AM (EST)

Nikon has announced the development of the Z9, accompanied by the above image of a D6-esque camera with an integrated vertical grip. The official confirmation of the full-frame camera was expected after Keiji Oishi, Department Manager of Nikon's Imaging Business Unit, UX Planning Department, told DPReview a flagship Z-series mirrorless “can be expected within the year.”

The press release (below) confirms that the camera features a new stacked CMOS sensor and a new image processor, and will offer 8K video recording—though the frame rate hasn’t been given. There’s speculation that the Z9’s sensor could be based on the same chip found in Sony’s new 8K-capable Alpha 1, which captures 8K/30p video at 10-bit 4:2:0 quality, as well as offering 4K/60p and 4K/120p 10-bit 4:2:2 recording.

Unsurprisingly, availability and pricing have yet to be announced.



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.

For more information about current Nikon products, including the Nikon Z series camera line and NIKKOR Z lens lineup, please visit www.nikonusa.com.



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