The Unstoppable Nikon Z9 is Here!

  By Ryley Smith

 

The wait is over, the new Nikon Z9 is here! And holy, it is packed to the nines! Powered by a completely new, Nikon developed 45.7 megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and the next-generation EXPEED 7 image-processing engine, the Nikon Z9 is the most advanced Z series mirrorless camera to date! With ultra-high resolution images, unparalleled AF performance, 8K video recordings, truly blackout-free Real-Live visibility in the viewfinder and more, the Nikon Z9 is revolutionizing the world of mirrorless cameras! Get ready to be unstoppable with the Nikon Z9!

At the core of the Nikon Z9 is the Nikon developed 45.7MP BSI stacked CMOS sensor. This high-resolution 45.7-megapixel sensor delivers immense resolution with exquisite colours, broad dynamic range and stellar low light performance, with a native ISO Range from 64-25,600 (Expandable from 32 to 102,400 ISO). Joining the sensor is Nikon’s most powerful engine yet, the new EXPEED 7, which is approximately 10x faster than the Z 7II. This outstanding combination allows for significant increases in AF speed, burst rate, buffer capacity, video resolution and so much more! With the world’s fastest image scan rate, the Z9 achieves the world’s smallest rolling shutter distortion, equaling that of a mechanical shutter. This means actions like a fast-moving golf swing that would typically distort the club can be captured confidently with the electronic shutter, even at 1/32,000 of a second. The Z9 also achieves fast and accurate AF calculations at up to 120 cycles per second, even between frames during continuous shooting.

The Z9 features Nikon’s fastest, most sophisticated and reliable AF tracking performance ever with a new Subject Detection algorithm. This algorithm was developed with deep learning technology and 3D-tracking which allows the Z9 to detect the world’s largest range of nine subject types including humans, pets, birds, airplanes, trains, cars, motorbikes and bicycles! When in Auto-Area AF, any of these subjects will automatically be detected and focused on, without the need to change settings. The Eye-Detection AF is more effective than ever and can detect and focus on a subject’s eye even when eyes are smaller or further away. Additionally, a custom function will now also let users change the colour of the focus point to green to confirm focus.

For the first time in a mirrorless camera, the Z9 boasts the highly praised 3D-tracking mode from Nikon DSLRs. It is now coupled with subject detection to track fast and erratically moving subjects such as super fast-moving racecars or swiftly moving athletes. The Z9 also brings more flexibility by offering three Dynamic-area AF modes with a new range of focus-area sizes (S/M/L) for capturing a wider variety of moving subjects throughout the frame. 

Without a doubt, the Nikon Z9 is the fastest, most powerful Nikon flagship ever! Users can capture amazing images at unbelievably fast burst speeds, all with full AF/AE performance. Whether shooting full-resolution fashion or taking split-second photos at a sporting event, the Z 9 is the versatile solution. For the ultimate combination of speed and intense image quality, photographers can shoot 20-fps RAW images with an unprecedented 1000+ image buffer. Users will never miss the perfect moment with 30 fps full-resolution JPEG capture and for those who want extreme speed, High Speed Frame Capture+ enables up to 120 fps with full AF/AE at a very manageable file size of 11 megapixels, freezing a moment that cannot even be seen with the naked eye!

Truly blackout-free shooting is possible thanks to the Z9’s Dual-Stream technology which simultaneously feeds information to the Real-Live viewfinder/LCD and memory card. The Z9 also introduces High Efficiency RAW which retains the same level of high image quality as the conventional uncompressed RAW in an approximately 1/3 smaller file size, making RAW files easier to handle than ever. Speeds of up to 1/32,000 are possible with the electronic shutter, expanding the opportunities to use fast lenses, letting photographers shoot wide open in brighter light, even at f/0.95. 

With an extensive suite of advanced video features, the Z9 offers outstanding video capabilities rendered with absolute clarity and sharpness from edge to edge. The Z9 supports a variety of frame rates and resolutions, including in-camera recording at 8K UHD 24p/30p and 4K UHD 24p/30p/60p/120p (FX-format). The Z9 currently boasts the world’s longest record time at 8K UHD 30p for more than 2 hours consecutively (up to approximately 125 minutes)! For more freedom when colour grading in post, tone mode profile options are available in-camera, including 10-bit N-Log and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), as well as the Flat colour profile. It also supports multiple codecs including H.265 (HEVC), ProRes 422 HQ10, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC for a variety of production workflows. 

Built to withstand the toughest assignments, the rugged body of the Z 9 is optimized for a professional workflow, thoughtfully engineered for a superb balance of reliability and usability. The body features an integrated vertical grip and controls, while the durable magnesium alloy chassis has drip and dust resistance equivalent to the D6, yet is 20% smaller than its DSLR counterpart. The new four-axis 3.2” touchscreen LCD frees the monitor to tilt both horizontally and vertically for shooting at any angle in any orientation. The interface will also adjust automatically to the appropriate orientation while shooting stills. For better visibility through the viewfinder in bright sunlight, the Z 9 is equipped with the world’s brightest Quad-VGA panel adjustable to 3000cd/m2 (nits), revealing the most subtle details in the shadows. And finally, for powerful dust prevention, the Z 9 includes the world’s first dual coating on the optical filter with an electro-conductive coating and fluorine coating to repel dust in front of the sensor, in addition to a sensor shield that protects the sensor when changing lenses.

For more information and to pre-order the Nikon Z9, click here!

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Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.