Nikon camera rumors 2019
Interestingly, Nikon had already announced the end of its 1 series of APS-C mirrorless models earlier ahead of the Z system's announcement. While that seemed to be the end of the crop sensor mirrorless conversation for Nikon, since then it has released the Nikon Z50 – a new, compact APS-C mirrorless camera that uses the Z mount.
It should come as no surprise, then, that it will now be concentrating on developing the Nikon Z lens roadmap to increase the range of primes and zooms for the new mirrorless mount, and it certainly looks like an increasingly mirror-free future for the manufacturer…
The Z50 won't be the most junior member of the Z family, however; there is talk that in 2020 we will also see the release of an entry level Nikon Z3 or Z30.
According to rumors emanating from Japan, this could be a super-small DX camera with no electronic viewfinder, a fixed LCD screen, a single microSD card slot and a 24 or 26MP sensor.
Recently leaked designs appear to confirm these rumors, as they show an APS-C size sensor in a camera body with a Z-mount. In addition, there's no electronic viewfinder to be seen, suggesting that this release will compete with other entry-level cameras such as the Fujifilm X-A5 and the Panasonic Lumix GX80.
Sony dropped a bombshell by announcing the 61MP Sony A7R IV, but it appears that Nikon is preparing a 61MP warhead of its own – and the Nikon Z8 will apparently feature the very same sensor that's inside the A7R IV.
Nikon has apparently signed up to purchase the 61MP Sony Exmor R sensor, which will power a Z8 featuring dual CF Express memory card slots, improved image stabilization, a new resolution shift mode to capture 240MP images, and an ISO range of 64 to 25,600 (expandable to 32-102,400).
What seems to be the design of the Z8 has recently been leaked by a Nikon patent registration, depicting a significantly more sizable body than the existing Z6 or Z7 – presumably to accommodate the increased heat dissipation from the larger image sensor, and potentially from shooting 6K video as well…
We didn't expect Nikon to announce professional models in the Z range quite so quickly, but recent reports suggest that the company might make a development announcement of a pro Nikon Z9 body over the summer.
This may well be a model to rival the Nikon D5, with a big battery built-in, a high-speed shooting capacity of perhaps 20fps and dual memory card slots. Nikon would surely love to have camera that would challenge Sony's A9, now that it has models to rival the Sony A7 series.
If a new top-of-the-range professional sports camera were in the works, Nikon would want its photographers to be fully familiar with it before the next Olympics, which is being held in Nikon's home city of Tokyo in 2020…
Nikon's hottest model of 2017 was the Nikon's D850, and demand for the high-resolution high-speed camera has remained high every since. It is too soon for this to be updated yet. So what will we see from Nikon in the DSLR front?
We have already seen the update of the budget-priced D3400 in the shape of the Nikon D3500 – which brings significant changes to this popular model and was announced just days after the Z7 and Z6.
But what else might we shortly see?
Nikon D760 / D780
Nikon's D750 has been a well-loved member of Nikon's full-frame portfolio, and the fact that it's one of the cheapest full-frame cameras around has only broadened its appeal further. It has, however, recently celebrated its third birthday, and has been overshadowed somewhat by the likes of the newer D850 and DX-format D500.
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Intriguingly, according to the latest reports, the successor to the D750 will also merge the D700 and D800 lines, with rumors that it could be called the D770 or D790 – though if the merger of the latter two lines is true, then we think Nikon D780 is a much more fitting name.
Whatever it's called, the camera will reputedly have a 24MP BSI improved sensor, an articulated 3.2-inch, 2.1 million-dot LCD tilting touchscreen, a significantly improved processor and faster frame-rates for RAW shooting.
There's definitely no confusion over the name of this one, though – the Nikon D6 has been officially announced by Nikon, and again should arrive in time for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
However, while Nikon confirmed that the camera is on its way, the manufacturer told us literally nothing else. Fortunately, we do have a few rumors and leaked details to go off.
For one, it is said that the D6 will feature dual CFExpress slots – adopting the superfast storage format in the same way Canon has for its own flagship camera (and which, interestingly, Sony chose against using for the direct rival Sony A9 II).
It will, again like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, boast some “mirrorless features”. In this case, these apparently relate to improved video as well as in-body image stabilization, along with a .76-78x 100% viewfinder and new dual Expeed processors, which should boost the improved autofocus. Nikon has also reportedly included built-in Wi-Fi as well as a 3.2 million-dot touch screen.
While that all sounds great, we'd love to see Nikon increase the motordrive frame-rate from 12fps to around 14fps as well. Let's see what 2020 brings…
The Nikon verdict
What we think: We expect Nikon to keep building on the Z system for the foreseeable future, adding more full-frame mirrorless lenses to complement the Z6 and Z7 – along with new, smaller optics like the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR pancake lens to suit the APS-C Nikon Z50.