Nikon Z8 / Z9
We think we could see at flagship Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera in 2020?
Predicted specs: 61MP sensor | Z mount | 6K video recording | 5.76 million-dot viewfinder | Twin card slots
If we look at Sony's A7R IV and A9 models, for example, and Panasonic's video-centric S1H, we can see it's not quite at the top of the tree for pixel count, video specs or burst shooting. And rumors of a more pro-end Z series model, possibly called the Z9 or Z8, have been steadily building as soon as the initial excitement of the Z6 and Z7 had died down a little.
But will it be a sports-focused camera with a more modest sensor resolution or a megapixel beast? Our money is on the latter for two reasons. First, releasing a camera with an autofocus system that's on a par with Sony's Real Time Tracking technology – ie, a camera totally at home shooting action – is going to take some work. Sony is, after all, on its fourth generation of mirrorless camera, while Nikon's Z system has only just celebrated its first birthday.
Some may suspect Nikon will have a suitable sports-focused mirrorless camera in time for the 2020 Olympic Games, but it's unlikely to have a native lens selection to match before then. Particularly because Nikon has confirmed it's working on a DSLR update to the D5.
Second, with the arrival of the A7R IV, we know a modern 61MP full-frame sensor exists. It's quite possible that such a model would use a variation of this sensor, given that we know Sony supplies sensors to countless other manufacturers for their own products.
We reckon a high-resolution Z9 camera would arrive with stronger video specs than the Z6 and Z7, potentially even matching the Panasonic S1H in being capable of shooting 6K footage, although this would also require beefier processing power and better heat dissipation among other things. We'd also love to see the same kind of 5.76 million-dot electronic viewfinder as we have inside the likes of the Panasonic S1 and S1R, as this is a noticeable step up on the (still very good) 3.69 million-dot finders Nikon fitted its Z6 and Z7.
New Nikon Z-series lenses
Lots of new lenses for the Z-series cameras are due this year
What we know: At least three new lenses are due in 2020.
Nikon's new Z series camera system is now firmly established, with the Nikon Z6 riding high at the number one position in our best cameras list. The challenge now is to flesh that system out with exciting native lenses – and that's its plan for 2020.
Next on the list for 2020 are four new lenses, starting with the Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S, which will be available from March. Perhaps even more exciting than that are the two incoming primes, the Nikon Z 20mm f/1.8 S and Z 50mm f/1.2 S, which will be great for street snappers who mainly shoot in light.
The final new lens for 2020 will be a pro wide-angle zoom in the form of the Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S. And there's a lot more planned for 2021 too, with another nine lenses including everything fro a 28mm compact prime to a 200-600mm full-frame super-telephoto zoom.