The long-rumored Nikon Z9 is finally here! The newcomer is a professional-grade camera featuring a newly developed sensor, advanced AF performance, and high-resolution 8K video recording. The Z9 has a highly durable and rigid magnesium alloy chassis that manages to be 20% smaller than the former flagship DSLR body.
The newly developed FX-format 45.7MP BSI stacked CMOS sensor inside the camera offers fast readout speeds and helps to reduce rolling shutter while providing a native ISO 64-25600 range, that can be expanded to ISO 32-102400.
The Nikon Z9 can record 8K 60p RAW internally and 8K up to 30p in ProRes 422HQ. Besides that, the camera is capable of recording 4K UHD at up to 120 with no cropping. Internal recording with 10-bit color and 4:2:2 sampling is possible in the ProRes 422 HQ and H.265 codecs, and H.264 and 4:2:0 color can be used depending on workflow needs.
Additionally, high-resolution frame grabs can be recorded in-camera from 8K and 4K videos, for producing 33MP or 11MP stills, respectively. The camera also features Nikon’s original NLog and HLG picture profiles that were both introduced with the original Z6 and Z7 cameras.
Besides that, the Z9 uses a 493-point phase-detection AF system delivering fast and accurate focusing performance. This system is benefitted from the high-speed communication of the Z interface along with the speed of the sensor that enables AF readings to occur at up to 120 fps.
You can use AF in low-light conditions with a Starlight mode that permits focusing down to -8.5 EV to greatly benefit astrophotography, concert, and other nighttime shooting applications.
The Z9 is the first Nikon camera that incorporates a 3.2″ 2.1m-dot four-axis tilting touchscreen LCD that better supports working from high and low angles. It sports Dual CFexpress Type B memory card slots which are also compatible with XQD memory cards.
The unit is powered by an EN-EL18d battery that offers approximately 700 frames per charge. The Z9 is also compatible with other EN-EL18-series batteries.
Other noteworthy features include backlit buttons for easier navigation and button recognition when working in low-light conditions, voice memo function for recording short spoken notes while shooting, full-size HDMI port, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and much more.
Nikon Z9 Highlights
- 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 7 Image Processor
- 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
- Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
- 493-Point Phase-Detection AF System
- AI-Based Subject Detection and Tracking
- Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
- 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
- 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS
The Nikon Z9 is available to order retailing for $5,496.95.
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