The first rumors are currently doing the rounds on the net that Nikon would be adding a global shutter alternative to its flagship DSLM Nikon Z9 - specially tailored to sports photographers - for the 2024 Summer Olympics. In other words, a Nikon Z9 H.
In fact, Nikon can look back on a certain tradition of H-series (high-speed) cameras; after all, there was also a D1H, D2H and D2HS, among others. The question with a global shutter camera, however, is where the sensor should come from in order to meet the needs of professional sports photographers.
At the moment, we can only think of the sensor of the Sony Apha 9 III recently presented here. And here the question is whether Sony is already making its new sensor jewel available to other manufacturers.
It would not be inconceivable - after all, Sony sensors seem to be used in all Nikon Z-series cameras and the current Nikon Z8/Z9 show quite well how differently they are used for video, for example.
Here, a stacked Sony IMX609AQJ sensor seems to be doing its job and Nikon uses it to provide quite impressive internal RAW recording functions (not found on Sony DSLMs to date).
Sony A1, Canon EOS R3
On the subject of imaging tools for the Olympic Games, we can also think of another vacant position - at Canon: specifically the upcoming Canon R1. After Sony has presented the A9 III, Canon could be the next candidate to present its new flagship for the summer in Paris.
In any case, 2024 promises to be an exciting year for sports/action-centric flagship cameras - more on this soon on slashCAM ...