Nikon Z 9
Image courtesy: Nikon

Nikon has released a teaser video for their new Z 9 full-frame mirrorless camera. The video was posted on the Nikon USA website with the banner headline “Get Ready. Experience image-making like never before.” The webpage title describes the Z 9 as their flagship 8K full-frame mirrorless camera. It also allows you to sign up for updates on the Z 9 from Nikon.

You can watch the teaser here:

Tilting screen tease

The 31-second advert only has a few brief glimpses of the camera in use by a still photographer. It doesn’t list any features. However, it clearly shows the rear screen tilting up and down when shooting landscape images. It also shows the screen tilting up when held in a portrait position. This is an exciting development and would be a great benefit to filmmakers.

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New CMOS sensor

The only details we know so far come from a press release Nikon put out in March earlier this year. From that press release, we know the camera will use the Nikon Z mount. The Z 9 will also utilize a newly developed full-frame FX-format stacked CMOS sensor. In addition, the camera benefits from a new image-processing engine. As a result, the Z 9 supports up to 8K video recording and various other video specifications.

In the press release, Nikon boldly claimed, “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. 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.”

So, while we know very little about the camera, Nikon’s promising the Z 9 will be a camera for various professionals working in many fields.

2021 release date

Online searches show that camera dealers are still listing the camera for a 2021 release. Hopefully, this means it won’t be long before we can put those claims to the test.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.