This time last year, Nikon teased a feature that lets you change the shutter sound on your Z9. And now, it’s finally becoming available for users. At this year’s CP+ event, Nikon shared the three upcoming sounds you’ll be able to choose from, and it’s coming soon to your cameras via a software update.
According to Nikon, the available sounds will be the standard Z9 sound, the DSLR-like sound, and a film camera-like sound. Personally, I don’t like the third one, but to each their own. The video presentation was held in Japanese, but you can hear the three offered sounds in the video above:
Nikon Rumors got the translation of the video from a reader, so they shared that there’s an additional feature related to the shutter sounds. Other than changing its type, you’ll also be able to change its volume. The minimum level will be 1, and the maximum level will be 5.
I find it interesting that this feature hadn’t actually been planned for release. Nikon developers say that it was “a technical prototype for the enjoyment of CP+2022 visitors.” However, since the on-site event was canceled, they decided to introduce this function in the online event. “We received a far greater response than we had imagined,” the team notes, “so we decided to officially implement this function in Z9!” They added that the sounds have been prototyped and tested many times and that the official release is coming “a little later.”
If you remember the presentation from last year, you know that there was also a cat’s meow included in the sound selection. Unfortunately for all my fellow cat people, it won’t be included after all. At least not for now. The presenters held a poll during the live event and 93% of viewers voted “yes” on adding sounds that are non-related to traditional shutter sounds. So, who knows, maybe developers will take this into consideration for future updates, too.
[via Nikon Rumors]