Camera rumors in 2023: what cameras are coming, officially and otherwise!

Nikon rumors 2023

Nikon Z30

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The Nikon rumors, understandably, revolve around the future of its mirrorless Z system, now that its DSLR development has been largely iced. 

It is doing a commendable job of filling out the range, with the mighty Nikon Z9 at the top of the tree and last year's Nikon Z30 at the entry level position – even though the latter felt like a bit of a muddled prospect, as manufacturers struggle to understand what a "vlogging camera" really entails. 

It is also taking a page out of the playbook of Pentax cameras, releasing what are effectively special edition bodies – the Nikon Z fc and last year's Nikon Z fc Black Edition, which are basically prestige versions of the Nikon Z50, and have been extremely well received. 

So, what are the latest Nikon rumors as 2023 gets going? 

Nikon Z8

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While it was long rumored that the Nikon Z8 would feature the same 61MP sensor as the Sony A7R IV (after it was reported that Nikon signed up to purchase the Exmor R sensor), it turns out that it will actually have more in common with the mighty Z9. 

Indeed, the latest Nikon Z8 specs have led to it being called a "baby Z9", thanks to things like its 8K 60p video and an electronic-only shutter. The 45.7MP stacked sensor will apparently be capable of 20fps RAW or 120fps JPEG shooting, and will be supported by up to 6 stops of in-body image stabilization. 

It is said to possess the same weather sealing as the Nikon D850, and like its opposite number the Canon EOS R5 will feature a CFexpress and a standard SD card slot. According to rumblings, launch activity is starting imminently…

No more DSLRs or compacts

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Big N is said to have abandoned development of both digital SLRs and compact cameras. 

The manufacturer's last DSLR was the flagship Nikon D6 in 2020 (now replaced by the mirrorless flagship Nikon Z9), and a report by Nikkei revealed that it will no longer develop DSLRs (though Nikon was quick to point out that production would continue).

With the compact and point-and-shoot camera market being ever more eroded by the best camera phones, Nikon's withdrawal in this sector comes as no surprise.

Nikon Z4

Nikon Z4

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Take plenty of salt with this one, as advised by Nikon Rumors. The site reports that this is an EVF-free camera along the lines of the Sony A7C – "think Z50 but with an FX-format sensor". It is said to be smaller (63 x 129 x 96mm) and lighter (565g) than the Nikon Z5, and may even be an "iCamera" with all-new interface and potentially apps. However, as Nikon's recent re-strategizing has seen the company move away from entry level mirrorless, this one might be a relic of past concepts.

Nikon Z70

Even Nikon Rumors calls these "another guess with a set of made-up specs", but nonetheless it's a story doing the rounds. According to the report, this would feature a new stacked DX sensor paired with an Expeed 7 processor, burst shooting at 11fps mechanical or 20fps electronic shutter, in-body image stabilization and AI-based subject detection and tracking. 

Nikon 1000fps 4K camera


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Frames per second hadn't been Nikon's forte up until the release of the Z9, but the change looks set to continue with the advent of an astonishing new 4K sensor that can capture up to 1000fps – all while delivering what Nikon calls "the world's highest levels of sensor performance".

"This new stacked CMOS image sensor uses a fine-pitch wafer level wire connection technology consistent with the 2.7 um pixel size," Nikon told us. "Also, it has a total pixel count of approximately 17.8 megapixels that realizes 4K × 4K high-resolution imaging of 1,000 frames per second and 110-dB high dynamic range (HDR) characteristics. This is one of the widest dynamic ranges in the industry."

The caveats are that this is a one-inch sensor, and is likely to be intended for industry rather than consumer use. However, with Nikon working on such bleeding-edge technology, it could open some very interesting doors for its consumer cameras going forward…

Nikon's mysterious testing models

Nikon is currently testing a lot of different Z-mount camera models, and there's been some speculation as to what exactly is what. It seems a given that one is going to be the new flagship Z9, and another is possibly also the Z8 that'll sit below it in a similar manner to the Z6 (more on this below). So what else is on the cards is an interesting question.

We know that three of the models being tested have the following specs:

Model #1: 60 MP, 16 bit A/D model with a 5,76 MP viewfinder, 120 Hz refresh rate.

Model #2: Fewer megapixels, a camera designed for sport, same 5.76 MP 120 Hz viewfinder, very high frame rate (at least 20 fps) and stunning AF tracking (better than the D6).

Model #3: A 46 MP sensor, 20 fps, the viewfinder is also 5.76 MP with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

It's been rumored that one of these models could be a Z-mount replacement for the much-loved D850. A sign perhaps that Nikon is moving away from DSLRs, despite the impressive D780? It could be so.

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 Nikon Z6 II, Nikon Z7 II and of course the Z9 – along with new, smaller optics like the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and the Nikon pancake primes to suit the new wave of APS-C cameras. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.