Nikon Might Be Planning Upgraded Versions of the Z 6 and Z 7 in the Next Four Months

Nikon Might Be Planning Upgraded Versions of the Z 6 and Z 7 in the Next Four Months

It’s being reported that Nikon is planning to release updated versions of its two mirrorless full-frame cameras later this year, offering small but welcome improvements such as a better battery and dual card slots.

Nikon Rumors reports that Nikon will be announcing the Z 6S and Z 7S sometime in the next fourth months, though with COVID-19, it’s worth remembering that this may get pushed back.

It’s thought that the two new cameras will feature the same sensors as those found in the Z 6 and Z 7, but will be fitted with dual EXPEED 6 image processors — possibly one of the reasons that it’s anticipated that both cameras will shoot 4K 60 video. The current models max out at 4K 30.

A new battery — the EN-EL15C — has already been registered, and there’s also talk of a vertical grip with buttons that will be announced at the same time. It’s not clear whether this will be backwards compatible with the existing Z 6 and Z 7 cameras.

While these will all be welcome improvements to two solid offerings from Nikon, fans will be wondering how the company will compete with the forthcoming R5 and R6 that are about to announced by Canon, and the mooted Sony A7S III that is expected to emerge in the very near future.

Are you excited to see Nikon update the Z 6 and Z 7? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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11 Comments

Fraser Pitkethly's picture

ooh im excited. do we think that'll drop the price of the Z6/Z7 a bit or what?

J Cortes's picture

I’m excited to get the Z7s . I have the Z6 and love using it . Looking to get the Z7s to replace my D810 for portrait and landscape work . I’m perfectly happy with 4K , so I don’t need 8K .

Stuart Carver's picture

Nikon Trolls are now frantically scouring spec sheets to find something new they can complain about.

Felix C's picture

They will complain that it has only two slots instead of three! Most likely a SD slot for the second one. Only the D5/D6 have dual XQD slots.

Stuart Carver's picture

The real problem is, half this crap gets back to the camera companies and you end up with situations like the X-T4 that’s lost it’s identity trying to please every man and his dog who claim to shoot video.

David Vivian's picture

Everyone immediately fell in love with the XT-4 spec sheet has now left it for dead on the road.

Stuart Carver's picture

Yeah if you have a half decent memory and frequent Fujirumors it’s alarming the amount of bell ends on there who scream from the rooftops for a certain feature then do nothing but berate it when it’s installed. Or what I like to call the chain reaction of negativity where each time the thing they complained about gets fixed they find something even more obscure to complain about, which is basically what my OP related to.

Spy Black's picture

If Nikon reverts to two SD cards on these bodies (a la Z5), people's heads are gonna explode.

They'll probably borrow from the D850's parts bin tho. However I was thinking that, with two processors, they could have two busses, which would make real effective use of a CFe/SD combo, because you wouldn't suffer a speed penalty hit.

Whether they did something like that, we'll simply have to wait and see.

David Love's picture

Translated as "Nikon is in panic to remind people they exist in the dust of Canon and Sony."

Neville OReilly's picture

I think the dual processors may make a big difference in improving the Z cameras focusing lockon and tracking for action photography - if you believe that lack of processing power is currently a major source of these problems.

David Vivian's picture

I'm holding off purchase of a new system, hoping the updated Z6 is announced with 4K/60. If soon I may wait.