Nikon at CES: Are there any surprise announcements in store?

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While Canon, Sony and Panasonic all hosted presentations to kick off this year's CES, Nikon is instead holding court on its virtual showcase stand. 

So what will Nikon have on show at CES 2021 – and can we expect any surprise announcements to shake up the imaging world? 

It seems that the manufacturer is mostly building its CES presence around its two latest mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II – the newly released dynamic duo that replace the original Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 released back in 2018, which kicked off the full-frame mirrorless revolution (well, at least as far as Canon and Nikon are concerned).

We fully expect Nikon to use the event to spotlight its two new bodies, and drive home the benefits of the latest iteration of Z-mount technology – such as the much improved autofocus (particularly Animal AF and Eye AF), increased processing power and far greater shooting speeds and buffer depth. 

Still, despite the many improvements making the Z6 II and Z7 II much more at home when shooting even fast action, they're still not quite a match for the company's flagship sports DSLR: the Nikon D6, revealed a year ago in line with what was scheduled to be an Olympic year. 

Of course, the D6 reminds us that while Nikon doesn't always present its new cameras at CES, it sometimes surprises us with a development announcement. And with 2021 now being an Olympic year, Nikon could well surprise us again with a development announcement for the Nikon Z9 – expected to be the professional mirrorless equivalent of the D6. 

It's also possible, if not that probable, that Nikon may also reveal the Nikon Z8 – a camera that is anticipated to succeed the Nikon D850, and feature Sony's 60MP image sensor to deliver seriously high resolution imaging (and potentially, with that many pixels, even 8K video). 

With its rivals revealing some seriously impressive tech this week, we're very eager to see what Nikon has up its sleeve…

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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.