What’s coming next: an updated list of expected/rumored Nikon Z mirrorless cameras and lenses


Canon will have a major mirrorless RF announcement in a few days and it seems that Nikon is also planning a big announcement at the end of July (July 21st?). I am still not sure exactly what products will be announced later this month. The most likely scenario will be the Nikon Z5 with one, two, or three Z lenses. If the Z6s and Z7s cameras are announced, it will only be a development release.

Here is an updated list of expected/rumored Nikon Z mirrorless cameras and lenses:

New Nikkor Z lenses (new info added)

  • Previously reported here
  • Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3: this will probably be the new kit lens for the upcoming Nikon Z5 camera – it will be a small, light, compact (almost like a pancake), cheap plastic lens with a collapsible design similar to the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm. The new lens may even have a plastic bayonet (not sure).
  • Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens: a massive, solid lens with a lot of glass elements inside – similar in size to the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S. The 50mm f/1.2 lens may also have the Noct nomenclature (Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S Noct lens).
  • Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens: smaller and lighter than the F mount version, the lens can take screw-in filters. New info: 105mm filter thread. Not confirmed for July 21 release.

Nikon Z teleconverters

  • New info: Nikkor Z 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters are also coming (apparently Nikon was not only “thinking about it“)
  • I was told that the new Nikon Z teleconverters will be released (or announced?) together with the already delayed Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens.

Nikon Z30

  • No new information since my last report: the Nikon Z30 is rumored to be a new entry-level APS-C model that will be positioned under the current Nikon Z50.

Nikon Z5

  • Previously reported here
  • The Z5 will have the same EVF as the Z6
  • No top panel LCD
  • Dual SD UHS-II memory card slots
  • 24MP full-frame sensor (not sure BSI or not)
  • IBIS
  • Magnesium alloy camera body
  • 1m dots LCD screen resolution
  • New battery: Nikon EN-EL15c (already registered online)
  • USB-C camera powering, not just charging
  • Same AF system as in the Z6
  • 1.7x video crop in 4k, no SloMo option
  • 6fps burst
  • Official announcement expected in the second half of July (I have conflicting reports on the exact date)
  • The camera will start shipping later this year
  • Slightly smaller than the Z6
  • The modes dial is moved to where the top LCD screen is on the Z6/Z7
  • The price is not confirmed yet, but it should be between the Z50 ($856.95) and the Z6 ($1,796.95) – my guess is around $1,400 with the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 kit lens.

Nikon Z6s/Z7s

  • Previously reported here
  • Incremental update to the current Z6/Z7 models
  • Same sensor as in the Z6/Z7
  • Dual EXPEED processor
  • Nikon EN-EL15c battery (already registered online)
  • USB power
  • Dual memory card slots (I assume dual CFexpress, but I am not sure)
  • 4K 60 video
  • Vertical grip with buttons/controls (available as an optional accessory)
  • Expected announcement: later this year (around October) of course everything can be further delayed

Nikon Z8/Z9

  • The Nikon Z8/NikonZ9 (it could be just one camera) is rumored to be a new 60MP mirrorless camera that will be able to shoot full-resolution images at 14fps (mechanical shutter) with AE/AF.
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