Nikon Z9 Overview

Announced Oct 28, 2021 •
46 megapixels | 3.2 screen | Full frame sensor
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Announced Oct 28, 2021

The Nikon Z9 is one of the most powerful cameras on the market, capable of up to 30 fps shooting in JPEG or 20 with Raw capture, and able to record 8K/30 video, with the promise of 12-bit Raw 8K/60 capture in a future firmware update. It's also one of relatively few cameras on the market to completely forego a mechanical shutter, a design decision made possible by the impressively fast read-out speed of the new sensor.

The Z9 becomes the first Nikon mirrorless camera to offer the company's 3D Tracking AF system, which can be combined with the camera's machine-learning trained subject recognition system. The autofocus system has been trained to recognize three sets of subjects, covering people, animals and vehicles. In 'Auto' mode the Z9 analyzes the scene to detect subjects automatically, without you having to specify.

The Z9 adopts the dual-grip form factor of a D6-level DSLR but shares the slightly more angular look of the existing Z-series cameras. Fully loaded with cards and batteries, the Z9 is around 8% lighter than Nikon's existing D6, and it is around 20% smaller in volume. It has a pull-out 2.1M-dot touchscreen that hinges both vertically and horizontally, for portrait or landscape orientation shooting.

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Video review, Apr 23, 2022
Review, Apr 14, 2022
Video review, Oct 28, 2021
Video review, Oct 28, 2021
Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 8256 x 5504
Effective pixels 46 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type Stacked CMOS
Lens mount Nikon Z
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 2,088,960
Max shutter speed 1/32000 sec
Format H.264, H.265
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz)
Dimensions 149 x 150 x 91 mm (5.87 x 5.91 x 3.58)
GPS Built-in

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Our review

The Nikon Z9 is perhaps the most complete camera we've ever tested. It shoots excellent 45MP images at up to 30fps (20 with Raw), it captures 8K video in everything from 8-bit MP4s to 12-bit N-Raw. Its autofocus system is both powerful and easy to use and works well for both stills and video. It's larger and heavier than some of its rivals, which make it less well suited to some applications, but overall it combines the best of a DSLR and a video camera in a single body.

Good for: Sports, photojournalism, wedding and events, video

Not so good for: Travel photography where size and weight are critical.

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