Nikon’s Z9 flagship is a 45-megapixel speed demon that shoots 8K video without overheating

Oct 28, 2021

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Nikon’s Z9 flagship is a 45-megapixel speed demon that shoots 8K video without overheating

Oct 28, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The day has come: the Nikon Z9 has just been officially announced. After a few teaser videos and even a leak from no other than Nikon itself, we finally have complete information about the company’s latest flagship camera.

The Z9 is a full-frame camera with a 35.9 x 23.9 mm 45MP CMOS sensor.  The number of effective pixels is 45.71 million pixels, and the ISO ranges between 64 and 25600. The extended ISO range goes between 32 and 102400).

As mentioned in some earlier rumors, the Z9 shoots 8K at 30 frames per second. In ideal conditions (at 23°C/73.4°F), you get two hours and fine minutes straight without the risk of overheating. If you shoot at lower resolutions, you can go up to 120p, starting from 4K.

As far as continuous shooting goes, the rumors are true: the Nikon Z9 is capable of burst shooting at 20fps with the electronic shutter when shooting RAW. You can shoot up to 30 fps if you shoot JPG, and go up to 120fps in a lower resolution of 11MP.

The Z9 uses hybrid AF (phase-difference AF and contrast AF), with AF auxiliary light. Like earlier models, it comes with eye detection, detecting both human and animal eyes. There’s also brand new smart focusing: it relies on deep learning and it recognizes different kinds of subjects in your photos: humans, cats, dogs, birds, cars, and so on. The Z9 has 3D focus tracking, which is the first time for this feature to appear in a Nikon’s mirrorless model. The camera packs 5-axis in-body image stabilization using the image sensor shift method.

The latest Nikon Z flagship camera comes with a design change that we could have seen in the first teaser. It has a dual-tilting display that you can rotate in the horizontal and vertical direction. However, you can’t turn it into a front-facing LCD screen. The ergonomics have been adjusted to make vertical shooting more comfortable and convenient. Another important note about the physical traits: yes, it does have a dual card slot.

Here are the full specs and some photos:

Imaging
Lens MountNikon Z
Sensor TypeFull-Frame CMOS
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 45.7 Megapixel
Crop FactorNone
Aspect Ratio1970-01-01 03:02:00
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 64 to 25600 (Extended: 32 to 102400)
Shutter SpeedElectronic Shutter
1/32000 to 0 Second
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
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-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Video
Recording ModesH.265 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
External Recording ModesUHD 8K (7680 x 4320)
Recording LimitUp to 125 Minutes for UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 29.97p(4:2:2 10-Bit)
Video EncodingNTSC/PAL
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)
Audio File FormatLinear PCM
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 493
Autofocus Sensitivity-8.5 to +20 EV
Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Viewfinder Coverage1
Monitor
Size3.2″
Display TypeFree-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFexpress Type B / XQD
ConnectivityUSB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2), HDMI A (Full Size), RJ45, 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, PC Sync Socket, Nikon 10-Pin
WirelessBluetooth
Wi-Fi
GPSYes
Physical
Battery1 x EN-EL18d Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 10.8 VDC, 3300 mAh (Approx. 700 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Not Specified by Manufacturer
WeightNot Specified by Manufacturer

The Nikon Z9 is available for preorders at the price of $5,496.95, and it will start shipping later this year.

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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