Nikon’s first mirrorless flagship, the Z 9, delivers speed, resolution, and connectivity in a professional-grade body. Fast, intelligent AF and subject tacking use deep-learning technology to ensure sharpness when photographing at up to 30 fps or recording 8K video. Fast processing speeds and a new 45.7MP stacked sensor design also enable a blackout-free viewfinder experience and the body features an integrated vertical grip, four-axis tilting touchscreen LCD, and reliable weather sealing.
- 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 7 Image Processor
- 493-Point Phase-Detection AF with Intelligent Subject Detection
- 20 fps Shooting in Raw, 30 fps Shooting in JPEG, 120 fps Shooting at 11MP
- Up to 8K30p and 4K120p Video Recording
- Internal 10-Bit Recording, ProRes 422 HQ and H.265 Support
- New High-Efficiency Raw File Format
- Blackout-Free EVF and Four-Axis Tilting LCD Touchscreen
- Integrated Vertical Grip, Dual CFexpress Type B Card Slots
- Built-In 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS
Newly developed 45.7MP FX-format sensor features a stacked structure that promotes fast readout speeds and helps greatly to reduce rolling shutter distortion. The high-resolution sensor is also back-illuminated, which helps to reduce noise and contributes to smooth, rich tones for photo and video applications.
Complementing the sensor is a new EXPEED 7 processor that provides the speedy foundation of the Z 9. Quick processing ensures fast top continuous shooting speeds of 20 fps for raw images, 30 fps for JPEGs, and an impressive 120 fps for 11MP stills, with full-time AF and AE. EXPEED 7 processing also enables dual-stream technology, which provides true blackout-free viewfinder performance for more accurate capture of fast-moving action.
The on-chip phase-detection autofocus system employs 493 points for full-frame coverage and subject tracking. Using the power of deep-learning AI, intelligent automatic subject detection and tracking is possible, helping to keep up with the fastest-moving subjects, including nine distinct subject types ranging from people to animals to vehicles in still and video modes.
More than just top stills performance, the Z 9’s video performance is similarly class leading with support for recording UHD 8K at 30p video with full pixel readout and continuous recording times more than two hours. 4K 30p recording is possible using an oversampled 8K area for improved sharpness and full frame 4K up to 120p can also be used for slow-motion playback. Additionally, the Z 9 supports 10-bit internal recording as ProRes 422 HQ or H.265 files.
A flagship requires top-tier design, and the Z 9 delivers with professional-grade durable and weather-sealed construction with numerous high-end details.
Magnesium-alloy chassis and fully weather sealed, just like the D6 and former flagship DSLRs, for assured use in inclement conditions.
Professional image makers rely on the ability to deliver photos and videos quickly and easily, and the Z 9 is Nikon’s most connected camera to date. Physical connectivity is possible via full-size HDMI, USB Type-C. Ethernet ports and wireless connectivity are available using Bluetooth and 5 GHz Wi-Fi. The Z 9 features the classic 10-pin port for wide accessory compatibility as well as PC sync for flash triggering. GNSS is also integrated for in-camera geotagging.
Expanding the Z System ecosystem even further, Nikon is also launching a pair of software solutions to benefit capture and workflow ends of the shooting process.
NX Mobile Air is an app for mobile devices that helps manage and transfer images when working on location. This app supports a wired connection between the camera and mobile device and enables transferring of imagery, IPTC data, voice memos, and more.
NX Tether is a free application that enables tethering with Nikon cameras, and supports displaying captured images on a computer monitor when connected via USB or wireless.
Super-telephoto reach in a compact, portable form factor, this S-Line lens delivers a versatile focal length range perfect for sports, wildlife, and travel. Vibration Reduction limits camera shake while a new Inner Balance technology keeps the lens stable when shooting fast-paced action using a gimbal head.
The advanced 24-120mm everyday zoom range covers wide angle to short telephoto to act as a one-lens solution for everything, from landscapes to portraiture. As an S-Line lens, it features advanced optics and sophisticated stepping AF motors for speedy and smooth performance.
Featuring a revised and streamlined form factor that’s better suited for cameras with a battery grip, the FTZ II is the bridge between hundreds of legendary F-mount lenses and the mirrorless Z system. This adapter maintains full optical quality, AF performance, and weather sealing for a seamless shooting experience.
Nikon is announcing the development of a future super-telephoto prime—the first for the Z system—with the upcoming NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 lens, which will feature a built-in teleconverter for even greater reach and flexibility. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
A huge firmware update is already scheduled for the Z 9, in 2022, bringing a wealth of improved capabilities to the video system of the camera. This free update will allow the Z 9 to record at resolutions greater than 8K and greater than 4K and will add 12-bit raw recording in Nikon’s own N-RAW format, as well as ProRes RAW HQ. N-RAW will support recording at up to 8K 60p using full pixel readout and ProRes RAW will support recording at up to 4K 60p.