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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 (opens in new tab) – 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 (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z7 II (opens in new tab) – the newly released dynamic duo that replace the original Nikon Z6 (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z7 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) – 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 (opens in new tab) – a camera that is anticipated to succeed the Nikon D850 (opens in new tab), 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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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 as diverse as 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, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.