Nikon India accidentally leaks Nikon Z9 promo video – confirms 8K at 60fps and raw stills at 20fps

Oct 25, 2021

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Nikon India accidentally leaks Nikon Z9 promo video – confirms 8K at 60fps and raw stills at 20fps

Oct 25, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Nikon Z9 is expected to be announced this week and we all suspected that there would probably be at least a couple of leaks leading up to the official announcement. What probably none of us expected is that it would be Nikon themselves who leaked it. But that appears to be exactly what’s happened.

Nikon India accidentally posted the Z9 promo video a little early. It’s since been removed, although it’s been downloaded and reposted in a bunch of locations and it confirms some of the specs for the upcoming camera.

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It seems like the video was an internal edit that should have never been turned loose on the public, as the music still has the “Audio Jungle” voice overlay throughout it. Even if Nikon was using Audio Jungle music they would have licensed the unhindered piece for the final release of the video. But it confirms a few details about the new camera.

For a start, it confirms that the Nikon Z9 is capable of shooting 8K video at up to 60 frames per second, although there does appear to be at least a couple of caveats to that. Exactly what those caveats may be is unknown, but I would expect that one of them might be the bit depth and the other is possibly the bit rate/codec available for this format.

It has a “double coat” on the optical low pass filter – IR and AR? – on the sensor. And it’s a sensor that Nikon says provides the world’s fastest (this, too, comes with a caveat) scan rate and is capable of 120fps continuous shooting. I suspect that this rate won’t be using every pixel of the entire sensor.

When it comes to continuous raw stills shooting, it provides up to 20fps, which is significantly faster than the 14fps found on the Nikon D6 – as also suggested by Nikon’s third teaser, released last week. There doesn’t appear to be any caveats with this one, so, it may actually be 20fps with the mechanical shutter. Nikon has posted two other teasers. Here’s the first and here’s the second.

Right now, the official announcement is rumoured for October 28th and none of the rumours currently suggest a price for the upcoming camera (yet). But we don’t have long to wait now to find out all the details.

Update: I didn’t spot this, but Nikon Rumors did. This video also gives us our first real look at the upcoming Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 S lens.

[via CanonWatch]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “Nikon India accidentally leaks Nikon Z9 promo video – confirms 8K at 60fps and raw stills at 20fps”

  1. John Lambiase Avatar
    John Lambiase

    I recorded the sound from the latest video and slowed it down. If the sound during the shutter acuations was real, I came up with 24-25 frames per second.

  2. slc320 Avatar
    slc320

    Why is there a low pass filter?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      You’d have to ask Nikon, although I expect they won’t even respond until after the camera’s officially announced. The usual answer is “to help reduce moiré”, although it does seem odd these days.

      1. slc320 Avatar
        slc320

        Thanks, Kaouthia. Yes, I assume it is for the usual reason. But do they really need to? The D850 didn’t have one. Anyway, you’re right: we’ll just have to wait and see. I just think it is so weird that they would do this.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          I completely agree. I’m curious to see what the raw files from it look like side-by-side vs the D850 and Z7 II as they’re all going to be around the same resolution.