Nikon Z9 Mirrorless Camera: Unstoppable
The Nikon Z9 is a professional-grade camera with a newly developed sensor, advanced AF performance, and high-resolution 8K video recording. It is fast, takes good pictures, and is easy to connect to other devices. The Z9 is their first mirrorless top-of-the-line camera, and it stands out as a camera that photographers and filmmakers can use for a wide range of tasks.
Stacked Sensor and Powerful Processing Engine 45.7MP Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
The new FX-format 45.7MP stacked CMOS sensor is at the heart of the Z9. Its stacked design allows for fast readout speeds and helps to reduce rolling shutter, and the BSI design makes it possible to work at higher sensitivities with great clarity and little noise. It is also a high-resolution chip with 45.7MP, which is good for landscapes, portraits, and other genres that focus on details. It can also record video at resolutions up to 8K. The full-frame BSI design is also known for its beautiful colour and detail rendering. This sensor has a native ISO range of 64-25600 that can be expanded to 32-102400.
EXPEED 7 Image Processor
The sensor is paired with an advanced processing engine called EXPEED 7, which is about 10 times faster than a Z 7II. The stacked sensor design and this engine work together to make AF speeds, burst shooting speeds, a high buffer capacity, smooth video performance, and quick handling all around.
- 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
The Z9 doesn't have a mechanical shutter. Instead, it relies on the speed and stacked design of the sensor and only uses an electronic shutter for all capture modes. The speed of the sensor lets it record at up to 1/32,000 sec, and the stacked structure reduces motion distortion so that golf clubs, baseball bats, and cars, which move quickly, are shown accurately. Also, there is no mechanical shutter, but flash sync up to 1/200 sec and high speed sync functions are still available.
By getting rid of the mechanical shutter, the Z9 can also work completely silently, and you don't have to worry about it wearing out or breaking. You can add a shutter release sound to let you know when a picture is being taken, and you can change the volume to fit different situations.
Fast and Intelligent AF
493-Point Phase-Detection AF
The Z9 has a 493-point phase-detection AF system that covers the whole sensor and lets it focus quickly and accurately. The high-speed communication of the Z interface and the speed of the sensor, which lets AF readings happen at up to 120 fps, are both good for this system. This focusing system also works well in low-light situations. It has a Starlight mode that lets you focus down to -8.5 EV, which is great for astrophotography, concerts, and other types of nighttime shooting.
Subject Detection with Deep Learning Technology
Using a new algorithm and a technology called "deep learning," automatic Subject Detection can now recognise nine different types of subjects, including people, animals, aeroplanes, and bicycles. When Auto-Area AF is turned on, these subjects will be automatically found, focused on, and tracked to keep them in sharp focus even if they move across the frame. Eye-Detection AF, in particular, has been tweaked to be more accurate and better able to recognise eyes in the scene, no matter how big or small they are in the frame.
The Z9 is also the first Nikon mirrorless camera to have a 3D Tracking mode. This popular focusing mode on Nikon DSLRs works with subject detection to lock onto fast, erratic-moving subjects that move parallel to and perpendicular to the camera. There are also three Dynamic-Area AF modes with different-sized focus areas that can be used to capture a wide range of moving subjects.
Firmware 2.0 also adds 20 kinds of custom Wide-Area AF selection patterns, of which 12 can be used while recording video. This makes AF and subject detection more accurate in a certain area of the frame.
8K and 4K Video Recording
The Z9 is Nikon's most powerful video camera, with resolutions and frame rates up to 8K that are on par with its high-end photo features. Full-pixel readout lets you record UHD 8K 30p video, and you can keep shooting for about 2 hours and 5 minutes.
There is also the option to record in full-frame 4K at up to 120p for slow-motion playback. Using an 8K area, oversampled UHD 4K recording can be done at up to 60p for more detail and sharpness. Also, 8K and 4K videos can record high-resolution frame grabs that can be used to make 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 is possible in ProRes 422 HQ and H.265 codecs with 10-bit colour and 4:2:2 sampling. H.264 and 4:2:0 colour can also be used, depending on the needs of the workflow. There is also a Flat colour profile and a 10-bit N-Log setting that give you more freedom when adjusting colours in post-production. Also, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) can be used to make content that is ready for HDR right out of the camera.
Professional Body Design: Real-Live Viewfinder
Real-Live Viewfinder is an advanced EVF that uses an OLED panel with 3.69 million dots and a luminance that can be adjusted up to 3000 cd/m2 for clear visibility even in bright light. This EVF also works with dual-stream technology to make sure that there are no blackouts when shooting continuously. Firmware 2.0 has made the finder even better by adding a high fps function that raises the EVF's refresh rate to 120 fps, making it even smoother and more lifelike to look at.
Four-Axis Tilting LCD
Nikon has never made a camera with a touchscreen LCD that tilts on four axes like the Z9 does. This makes it easier to work from high and low angles, whether you're shooting horizontally or vertically. The four-way tilting design of this screen makes it easier to see from different angles, and the user interface will also change 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.
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