Nikon has demonstrated a new camera function that when the shutter is pressed, plays unique and customized noises.
Nikon’s steadfast adherence to DSLRs has resulted in the business now attempting to catch up to Sony, Canon, and even Fujifilm in the ever-growing mirrorless camera industry. The Nikon Z9, which was released last year, wasn’t quite the runaway hit the firm wanted, but a potential new feature could shift market share tides: customized shutter button sound effects.
For the first time, Nikon’s new Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera lacks a mechanical shutter. Instead, it employs innovative electronic technology to record images at high frame rates. When shooting RAW, the Z9 can shoot at up to 20 frames per second, and its $5,500 price tag makes it a pro rather than a con.
According to Nikon Rumors, during a live-streamed presentation at the CP+ 2022 Camera & Photo Imaging Show (which was held as an online-only event), Nikon demonstrated a novel feature included in beta firmware running on a Z9, which you can hear in action at around the 1 hour and 35-second mark of the presentation, which is now available on YouTube.
When the shutter button was hit, the camera meowed instead of making a standard shutter sound, and when the shutter button was held down, the camera played a rapid succession of meow sounds as it recorded image after image. A Nikon Rumors reader translated a portion of the presentation, revealing additional optional sound effects available in the beta firmware, such as the sound of a Nikon D750 DSLR, a Nikon F4 film SLR, and even sounds recorded by the presenter.
Written By: Nancy Gasua
Source: The Nikon Z9’s Next Big Feature Might Be a Shutter Button That Meows (Gizmodo.com)