When Nikon first introduced the Z system, they put a lot of emphasis on the design enabling some pretty impressive optical performance—not just an alternative to the F mount, but potentially an improvement, thanks to the diameter and flange distance of the new mount. We’ve seen the system put to the test across a range spanning the “grab and go” Z 50 to the highly advanced Z 7II (not to mention the ultra-premium NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct) and now it seems that those claims about imaging promise have been sufficiently verified: Nikon has announced the first fully-fledged flagship camera to use the Z mount, the Z 9.
There’s not a ton of information out there yet about the Z 9. (Even the picture above is not a final design.) We do know that the Z 9 will be using a newly-developed, full-frame, stacked-CMOS sensor as well as a brand new processing engine. 8K video recording will be supported, with attention paid to compatibility with a wide variety of video workflows. Release is anticipated in 2021, but that’s as specific a date as we can ascertain.
You can bet we’ll be watching carefully for further developments, and we’d be happy to let you know when the camera is officially announced for pre-order. Just enter your email below and we’ll send a note when we know more.