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Nikon Z9 Mirrorless Camera

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Nikon Z9 Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
  • 8.3K 60p N-RAW, 4.1K 60p ProRes RAW
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
Delivering speed, image quality, and connectivity, the Nikon Z9 is a professional-grade camera characterized by its newly developed sensor, advanced AF performance, and high-resolution 8K video recording. Their first mirrorless flagship camera, the Z9 stands out as a camera that appeals to photographers and filmmakers working across a wide variety of applications.
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Nikon Z9 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Stacked Sensor and Powerful Processing Engine
  • 4Fast and Intelligent AF
  • 58K and 4K Video Recording
  • 6Professional Body Design
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Nikon Z9: Unstoppable

Delivering speed, image quality, and connectivity, the Nikon Z9 is a professional-grade camera characterized by its newly developed sensor, advanced AF performance, and high-resolution 8K video recording. Their first mirrorless flagship camera, the Z9 stands out as a camera that appeals to photographers and filmmakers working across a wide variety of applications.

Stacked Sensor and Powerful Processing Engine

45.7MP Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor

The core of the Z9 is the newly developed FX-format 45.7MP BSI stacked CMOS sensor. Its stacked design offers fast readout speeds and helps to reduce rolling shutter, and the BSI design contributes to impressive clarity and minimal noise when working at higher sensitivities. At 45.7MP, it's also a high-resolution chip that benefits landscape, portraiture, and other detail-oriented genres, as well as enables recording video at resolutions up to 8K. The full-frame BSI design is known for exquisite color and detail rendering, too, and this sensor offers a native ISO 64-25600 range, that can be expanded to ISO 32-102400.

EXPEED 7 Image Processor

Complementing the sensor is an advanced processing engine, the EXPEED 7, which offers speeds approximately 10x faster than a Z 7II. This engine works in conjunction with the stacked sensor design to realize impressively fast AF speeds, burst shooting rates, a high buffer capacity, fluid video performance, and quick all-around handling.

  • Top continuous shooting speeds of 20 fps when shooting in raw, 30 fps when shooting in JPEG, and an impressive 120 fps shooting rate when recording 11MP stills, with all rates supporting full AF/AE performance.
  • Able to buffer over 1000 raw images in a burst, meaning raw image sequences can be recorded for approximately 50 seconds continuously. Also, during playback, you can skip to the first shot of a given burst to expedite the on-camera review process.
  • Pre-Release Capture helps make decisive moment shots easier by recording frames in a burst for up a second prior to actually releasing the shutter. When this feature is activated, burst shooting will commence when the shutter is half-pressed and the buffer will retain up to a second's worth of frames prior to fully pressing the shutter.
  • Electronic shutter affords a top shutter speed of 1/32,000 sec for working in the brightest conditions with wider apertures.
  • Stacked sensor design reduces rolling shutter distortion so fast-moving subjects, like a golf club, tennis racket, or baseball bat, do not appear distorted when working with shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec.
  • AF calculations are done at a 120 fps rate to keep up with fast continuous shooting speeds.
  • New High Efficiency RAW file format maintains image quality akin to uncompressed raw files but with file sizes approximately 30% smaller for faster reading/writing to the memory card.
  • Motion Blend Retouch feature can be used to produce an in-camera composite that depicts a series of subject movements within a single frame.
  • Added with Firmware 2.0, an enhanced Long Exposure display includes a live exposure timer on the rear LCD, along with the ability to dim the viewfinder to better preserve your night-adjusted vision.

Electronic Shutter-Only Design

Relying on the speed and stacked design of the sensor, the Z9 completely forgoes a mechanical shutter and uses just an electronic shutter for all capture modes. The speed of the sensor enables recording at up to 1/32,000 sec and the stacked structure reduces motion distortion for accurate depiction of fast-moving subjects, like golf clubs, baseball bats, and automobiles. Also, despite the absence of a mechanical shutter, flash sync up to 1/200 sec. is still supported as well as high speed sync functions.

By removing the mechanical shutter, the Z9 can also operate completely silently and there is no worry over mechanical shutter wear or breakdown. A shutter release sound can be added for awareness when a photo is being taken, and the volume can be adjusted to suit different working scenarios.

Fast and Intelligent AF

493-Point Phase-Detection AF

Covering the full sensor area, the Z9 uses a 493-point phase-detection AF system to realize fast and accurate focusing performance. This system is benefitted by the high-speed communication of the Z interface along with the speed of the sensor that enables AF readings to occur at up to 120 fps. This focusing system also supports working in low-light conditions with a Starlight mode that permits focusing down to -8.5 EV to greatly benefit astrophotography, concert, and other nighttime shooting applications.

Subject Detection with Deep Learning Technology

Utilizing a new algorithm and deep learning technology, automatic Subject Detection can now recognize nine distinct subject types, ranging from humans to animals to airplanes to bicycles. When working in Auto-Area AF, these subjects will automatically be detected, focused on, and tracked to ensure sharp focus when the subject is moving across the frame. Eye-Detection AF, specifically, has been tuned for improved accuracy and refined recognition of eyes in the scene regardless of how small or large they are within the image frame.
The Z9 also sees the debut of the 3D Tracking mode in a Nikon mirrorless camera. This popular focusing mode from Nikon's DSLRs pairs with subject detection to lock onto fast, erratically moving subjects that move parallel and perpendicular to the camera. Additionally, there are three Dynamic-Area AF modes, with a range of focus area sizes, for capturing a broad variety of moving subject types.

Firmware 2.0 has also introduced 20 types of custom Wide-Area AF selection patterns, 12 of which are supported during video recording, for more precise AF and subject detection within a given area of the frame.

8K and 4K Video Recording

Up to 8K Recording Supported

Matching the high-end photo attributes, the Z9 is Nikon's most capable video camera as well, with a variety of resolutions and frame rates available up to 8K. Using full pixel readout, UHD 8K 30p video can be recorded with continuous shooting possible for approximately 2 hours 5 minutes.

Full-frame 4K recording is available, too, up to 120p for slow-motion playback. Using an 8K area, oversampled UHD 4K recording is possible at up to 60p for increased sharpness and detail. Also, high-resolution frame grabs can be recorded in camera from 8K and 4K videos, for producing 33MP or 11MP stills, respectively.

Internal N-RAW and ProRes RAW Video

Added with Firmware 2.0, the Z9 is capable of internal 12-bit raw recording at up to 8.3K 60p in the N-RAW format, as well as support for ProRes RAW recording. Raw recording offers greater tonal and color latitude and can improve dynamic range, benefitting color grading needs and post-production flexibility.
  • N-RAW is Nikon's own raw recording format that offers impressively small file sizes compared to other raw formats as well as the ability to create MP4 proxies for more efficient previewing or transferring.
  • N-RAW recording is available at up to 8.3K at 60p or 24p; 4.1K at up to 120p; 5.3K at up to 60p with a 1.5x crop; and 3.8K at 120p with a 2.3x crop.
  • ProRes RAW recording is also available at up to 4.1K and 60p.

ProRes and H.265 10-Bit Internal Recording

Internal recording with 10-bit color and 4:2:2 sampling is possible in the ProRes 422 HQ and H.265 codecs, and H.264 and 4:2:0 color can be used depending on workflow needs. For more latitude when color grading in post, there is also a 10-bit N-Log setting as well as a Flat color profile. Additionally, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) can be used for creating HDR-ready content straight from the camera.

Firmware 2.0 Video Upgrades

Elevating the cinema capabilities of the Z9, Firmware 2.0 introduced a series of production-related updates for the camera:
  • Red REC frame indicator on EVF and LCD during recording to easily recognize when recording is being captured.
  • Waveform monitor for realtime exposure analysis.
  • Dedicated video info display indicates various recording settings, such as frame size, frame rate, audio settings, codec, bit depth, and HDMI output settings. Some of these settings will also be visible on the camera's top control panel.
  • Fine ISO control in Manual mode for adjusting exposure in 1/6-stop increments.
  • Fast AF-ON function can be assigned to Fn buttons; it is now possible to assign two different AF speeds to different buttons.
  • Slow shutter speed video is supported, slower than 1/frame rate, for working in extreme low-light conditions or for creating intentionally blurred effects.

Professional Body Design

Real-Live Viewfinder

  • Real-Live Viewfinder is a an advanced EVF utilizing a 3.69m-dot OLED panel with adjustable luminance up to 3000 cd/m2 for clear visibility in bright conditions. This EVF also works in conjunction with dual-stream technology for blackout-free viewing when shooting continuously. Firmware 2.0 has further improved the finder's performance with a high fps function, which ups the EVF's refresh rate to 120 fps for even smoother, lifelike viewing.

Four-Axis Tilting LCD

  • A first for Nikon, the Z9 incorporates a 3.2" 2.1m-dot four-axis tilting touchscreen LCD that better supports working from high and low angles, regardless if shooting in the horizontal or vertical orientation. This screen's four-way tilting design allows for easier viewing from a variety of positions and the user interface orientation will also shift depending on how the camera is held.

Tough, Durable Construction

  • Dual CFexpress Type B memory card slots allow for flexible file saving and promote high-speed reading and writing to keep up with the fast continuous shooting and high-resolution 8K video recording. Both slots are also compatible with XQD memory cards.
  • Optimized for a professional workflow, the Z9 is characterized by its ergonomic form factor and inclusion of a vertical grip for easy switching between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations.
  • Built to the same dust and moisture resistance standards as the D6, the Z9 has a highly durable and rigid magnesium alloy chassis that manages to be 20% smaller than the former flagship DSLR body.
  • Included EN-EL18d battery offers approximately 700 frames per charge. The Z9 is also compatible with other EN-EL18-series batteries.
  • In-body Vibration Reduction now supports Synchro VR to achieve up to 6 stops of camera shake compensation when used with select Z lenses.
  • VR safety lock secures the sensor and VR mechanism in place to prevent damage caused by movement while traveling.
  • Helping to cut down on dust reaching the sensor, the Z9 incorporates a sensor shield that protects the sensor surface when changing lenses. For additional dust prevention, there is also a dual electro-conductive and fluorine coating on the optical filter covering the sensor.
  • Kensington security slot helps protect against theft when the camera is left unattended.
  • Backlit buttons offer easier navigation and button recognition when working in low-light conditions.
  • Voice memo function for recording short spoken notes while shooting.

Versatile Connectivity

Matching the professional build quality, the Z9 is fitted with a variety of connectivity options to suit various workflow needs:
  • Full-size HDMI port for outputting video to an external recorder or monitor
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port supports tethering, data transfer, and in-camera battery charging
  • Ethernet port supports 1000BASE-T wired LAN connection for transferring files over FTP
  • 10-pin port offers wide accessories and remote connectivity
  • PC sync port for flash sync
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) permit wireless transferring of files, remote camera control via a mobile device, and works in conjunction with the NX Mobile Air app for file management
  • GNSS for in-camera geotagging and recording of location info while shooting

Nikon Z9 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountNikon Z
Sensor ResolutionActual: 52.37 Megapixel
Effective: 45.7 Megapixel (8256 x 5504)
Sensor Type35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Shutter
1/32000 to 30 Seconds
0 to 900 Seconds in Manual Mode
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto/Video
64 to 25,600 (Extended: 32 to 102,400)
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 17 EV
White Balance2500 to 10,000K
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingElectronic Shutter
Up to 20 fps at 45.7 MP for up to 1000 Frames (Raw)
Up to 30 fps at 45.7 MP
Up to 120 fps at 11 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2
8256 x 5504
6192 x 4128
4128 x 2752
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Raw RecordingRaw 12-Bit
7680 x 4320 at 60 fps
Recording ModesH.265 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
ProRes 422 HQ 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
H.265 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
Sensor Crop ModesSuper35 / APS-C
4K (3840 x 2160)
1080p (1920 x 1080)
Gamma CurveHDR-HLG
Recording LimitUp to 125 Minutes for UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 29.97p (4:2:2 10-Bit)
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel LPCM Audio
2-Channel AAC Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording ModesHDMI
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) up to 29.97p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 119.88p
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFexpress Type B / XQD
Video I/O1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input/Output
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C Data Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x RJ45
1 x Nikon 10-Pin Control Input
1 x PC Sync Socket Output
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)GPS, GLONASS, QZSS
Monitor
Size3.2"
Resolution2,100,000 Dot
Display Type4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Size0.5"
Resolution3,690,000 Dot
Eye Point21 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.8x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 493
Autofocus Sensitivity-8.5 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
General
Battery Type1 x EN-EL18d Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 10.8 VDC, 3300 mAh (Approx. 700 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.9 x 5.9 x 3.6" / 149 x 149.5 x 90.5 mm
Weight2.9 lb / 1340 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
2.6 lb / 1160 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.255 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13 x 7.7 x 5.8"

Nikon Z9 Reviews

Great camera

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-11

After years using DSLR's this camera meets all those needs and more. For the first time mirroless feels like a step up from my DSLR's (D850's, 780's, D5 ...). Legacy glass (trilogy and 500pf - still have to test the rest) works as good or better on the Z9. Still working on exact combination of focusing techniques but results so far are excellent. Native glass is yet another level (14-120 F4, 100-400, and 105 macro) quick focus and acquisition and excellent acuity. Very pleased

Complex camera, but awesome

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-07

It will take months to learn this camera and maximize it's capabilities for birding, birds in flight, and astrophotography but it will be well worth the effort as I can see after less than 1,000 shots taken so far.

Hmm

By Noah
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-06

Not sure what to make of this..waited for 7 months for this and now getting this warning. This battery is unable to provide data to the camera and cannot be used.

Nikon Z9

By Mr.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-02

Great camera! Very versatile. Nikon is expanding the Z lens offerings as well. The price is the price - no complaints there. The only disappointment was waiting 8 months to get it!!

Nikon knocked it out of the park

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-02

I've been shooting Nikon gear for decades, but this is the first time that I've sprung for a flagship model. This camera is great. All of the controls are where you expect them to be (except maybe the Playback button which is different than any other Nikon digital camera that I've used). The menus are complex but completely familiar and most items are where you would expect them to be. Shooting is a dream, and the high speed shutter release is amazingly fast. This is the most expensive piece of photography equipment that I have ever purchased, but you definitely get what you pay for with this camera.

Love it but not used much in 24 hours since receiving it

By Warren
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

Go on accolades others before me shared. And don't forget to read about what those who found things not to their liking say for a better assessment of your needs. I've only had the camera some 25 hours now. One thing I am aware of is I should use the Nikon Z6 for astrophotography. Nikon Z9 is said to be noisier at higher ISO settings. My main like is the ability to stay focused on the eyes of birds. I've yet to test it on Hummingbirds photographed at 4-5 feet away. It'll be helpful also capturing images of Table Tennis (ping pong) players in action.

Great bang for the buck

By William
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-09

I've spent more money on older bodies which didn't include all these features (ie a new D3x back in the day)... Nikon really kept the price at a reasonable range for this release. As for free-lance sports professionals which consistently seek the latest and greatest, this is an easy justification in the budget. Although I, personally, don't care for Hight MP cameras due to the impacts to IQ, I can over look that in exchange for all the benefits this camera brings to my bag. I now have so many shooting options that I can literally adapt to any event on the fly.... IF I want high quality images for HIGH paying clients, I can shoot NEF files at 20fps... if I'm shooting events for parents which aren't as picky when it comes to final IQ, I can totally WOW them with JPGs shot at 120fps. College sports, I can still shoot a higher quality JPG at 30fps which is a nice balance between the two other options I just mentioned and cuts out the need to process raw files yet still allows rapid posting of files. The build quality of this camera is just as good as every other pro D and F body I have ever owned. The return of the 10pin connecter is also a welcome addition to my mirrorless world and the fact that I can tether via USB C to upload via FTP while at events (from my phone) is a huge game changer for my workflow!... If this camera is in your budget and you're even considering it, don't delay, it will impress you from day one. Most notable from my previous bodies would be the blistering speed and AF accuracy... this camera is only going to get better. Great tool - so good in fact, I might need to have two of these in my lineup.

best performance

By Jun
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

focus so quickly and catch all what you want and also sharp

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