Nikon Z9 to be the next camera on the moon?

Moon Camera on test in Lanzarote
Moon Camera being tested for future lunar landing is clearly a Nikon mirrorless, looking at the lens markings (Image credit: ESA / A.Romeo)

Will the Nikon Z9 be the next mirrorless camera on the moon? Judging from pictures released by the European Space Agency this week, we think it may well be.

The images show the Handheld Univeral Lunar Camera (HULC) being put through its paces, ahead of it being used on the Artemis III mission which is due to land on the south pole of the Moon in 2025.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.

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