60MP Nikon D850 replacement + four other pro Z cameras being tested

Nikon Z9 specs leak: Canon EOS R5 beater with 46MP, 8k 30p, 20 fps… for $7,000?
BuildYourCamera's brilliant 'paper prototype' of the Nikon Z9 (Image credit: BuildYourCamera)

UPDATE: Will the Nikon Z8 or Nikon Z9 be a 60MP Nikon D850 replacement? Or will one of them be a 46MP model with 20fps burst shooting, to rival the Canon EOS R5? Or perhaps a lower megapixel camera with superior autofocus? 

There's a lot of confusion over the much discussed Nikon Z8 and Nikon Z9, and that's because the manufacturer is said to be testing up to five professional Z-mount cameras – including one that could be a 60MP successor to the Nikon D850, and another (originally detailed below) that would directly challenge the Canon EOS R5

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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.