Nikon Could Have Leaked Plans for a brand new Z Sequence Mirrorless Digicam

Nikon China could have inadvertently leaked pictures from a brand new Z sequence mirrorless digicam.

Posting to their firm Weibo account, Nikon China included a picture of bottlecaps and a fidget toy which have a local file dimension of 5.9MB on disk, hinting it was shot with a Nikon digicam that had a 67 MP picture sensor.

Picture Credit score – Nikon China on Weibo

The picture was a part of a sequence of pictures selling Nikon China’s Create Camp Stay Class. Eagle-eyed Nikon watchers dug deep into the picture metadata and located that one of many pictures had a decision of 6670×10000 or 67megapixels.

The publish is in Chinese language, however an English translation talks about how recording magnificence is instinctual, particularly by Pictures. Then it talks about Nikon Artistic Camp coming from September 10 to the twenty fourth.

Picture Credit score – Nikon China

However the actual attention-grabbing factor is the photographs that Nikon used as samples to focus on that “magnificence.” One being the bottlecap picture that DPReview speculates could have been taken with a brand new Nikon prototype mirrorless digicam.

Nevertheless, since each the Nikon Z7II and Z9 every use a forty five.7MP picture sensor, there’s an issue. The picture was taken with a 66MP sensor.

Nikon Z8 is principally a Z9 with out the vertical grip,with the identical 45.71 MP stacked sensor and EXPEED 7 processor inside. I’m not allowed to share the excessive res image YET,so…

And one different rumor watcher on Twitter claims {that a} Z8 may have the identical sensor because the Z9. Both manner, it’s unattainable for the present cameras in Nikon’s mirrorless lineup to have taken the picture. This leaves solely two different potentialities … it might have been upscaled in software program, however that isn’t probably since saving the picture might overwrite the metadata. The one different possibility is that it was shot with a Sony A7RIV, which has a 61MP picture sensor.

Unlikely that Nikon would use a competitor and get egg on their face, so the sensible cash is on a Nikon prototype that’s testing a brand new sensor. Digicam corporations develop prototypes on a regular basis, that by no means see the shop cabinets for a number of causes. So, it’s probably that the picture was taken with one such digicam and that Nikon China didn’t verify the metadata earlier than deciding on the picture.

Nikon Rumors speculates {that a} Nikon Z8 mirrorless digicam with a 60mp Exmor picture sensor has been in growth since 2019. The location maintains, nonetheless, that the digicam isn’t coming any time quickly resulting from provide chain points. “My place on the Nikon Z8 has not modified – if such a digicam exists, it isn’t coming anytime quickly,” writes Nikon Rumors’ Admin.

“Nikon nonetheless can not fulfill their present Z9 orders and they won’t announce a brand new digicam that may doubtlessly compete and promote even higher than the Z9. Not occurring. As soon as the Z9 is sitting on retailer cabinets we are able to begin speaking a few potential Nikon Z8 growth announcement.”

DPReview even went as far as to double-check a reverse search of pictures to make sure that Nikon wasn’t utilizing a inventory picture to hype the camp. “The picture in query, which showcases a fidget toy from Extra Than A Knuckle (MTAK) surrounded by bottle caps, hasn’t proven any matches in any reverse picture search software we’ve put it by,” DPReview’s Gannon Burgett writes, “which suggests it’s unlikely Nikon is utilizing any type of inventory picture.”

So, no matter digicam the picture was taken with, it’s acquired individuals speaking a few Nikon Z8 digicam and never Nikon China’s Create Camp Stay class. Nonetheless, the hype is hype, and solely time will inform if it yields the fruit individuals hope it is going to.

[source: DPReview/Nikon Rumors]

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