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Nikon Z9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (2021)

MSRP 5500 USDNeoscore 85%NEX score 82%

Product Overview

Nikon Z 9 is the flagship mirrorless camera that many have been waiting for from the storied Japanese marque. In a DSLR-like body with built-in vertical grip, the Z 9 has the highest resolution, fastest speed, and strongest AF and low-light performance of any Nikon camera to date.
The Z 9 clearly targets the niche currently occupied by Sony's A1: It has the same resolution of the Z 7II unveiled last year, but the sensor is now stacked in a similar fashion as Sony does to increase its read-out speed dramatically. Nikon boasts blackout-free viewfinder and 20fps burst rate. To process the increase in data rate, the Z 9 uses Nikon's new EXPEED 7 image processor.
With these strong points, the Z 9 also comes with some shortcomings. For example, its EVF is identical to that of the Z 7II, which fall short of Sony's more recent offerings. It is the same unit found in the Sony A7 IV, which is only an entry-level camera.
Alongside the Z 9, Nikon introduced two "S" lenses and announced the development of a third: While it is curious to release this camera after the Olympics, perhaps the Z 9 will be in the hands of some professionals just in time for the Winter Olympics in 2022.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 85% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Built-in GPS functionality
  • 6 stops of IBIS
  • Extraordinary 30.0 fps burst rate
  • High 46 MP resolution
  • Weather-sealed
Cons
  • Very heavy
  • Viewfinder with low 0.8x magnification

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Impressive image quality
  • Competitively priced
  • 4K/120p video
  • Firmware update is coming soon
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No 3D AF mode button
  • No autofocus
  • No 8K/60p video modes
  • No manual autofocus
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
2.4, 5Ghz

Construction

Form Factor
Mirrorless camera
Image Size
Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
46 MP (8256 x 5504)
Sensor | Type
Stacked CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
91 mm / 3.58 in
Size | Height
150 mm / 5.91 in
Size | Width
149 mm / 5.87 in
Weight
1340 g / 47.35 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2 inch
Display Type
Tilting
Resolution
2,088,960 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.8x
Viewfinder | Resolution
3,686,400 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

Autofocus
493 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash Sync Speed
1/200 ~ 1/250 s
GPS
Yes
Image Stabilization
Synchro VR with select lenses, 6 stops
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
64 ~ 25,600
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Processor
EXPEED 7 image processor
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
H.264, H.265
Video Recording
4K 60p, FHD 120p
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
740 shots
Battery Life | Stills
740 shots (EVF) / 770 shots (LCD)
Battery Life | Video
2 hours 5 minutes
Max Burst Rate
30.0 fps
Shutter Speed
1/32000 ~ 30 s
Storage
2x CFexpress (Type B) / XQD

Production

Battery
EN-EL18d
Debut
2021-10-28

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

dpreview[1]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The Z9 is the first mirrorless ILC to offer 8K/60p video. It may also be the first to offer internal ProRes RAW capture and 8K Raw video. The viewfinder might not have the highest resolution or refresh rate, but it felt very responsive and consistent.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive image quality
  • 4K/30p video
  • Competitively priced
Cons
  • No manual autofocus
  • No 3D AF mode button

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Nikon Z9 combines the Nikon D6 and Nikon D850 and takes them to a new mirrorless level, creating a super-powered Nikon Z7 II in the process. Some of the Z9's more exotic video modes are only going to be available via a firmware update sometime in 2022. The Z9 also shoots 4K using the full width of its sensor, and includes a 4K/120p mode for slow-mo scenes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive image quality
  • Firmware update is coming soon
  • 4K/120p video
Cons
  • No autofocus
  • No 8K/60p video modes
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon Z9 initial review: We take a detailed look at Nikon's new pro mirrorless camera. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-z9-initial-review-we-take-a-detailed-look-at-nikon-s-new-pro-mirrorless-camera. 2021-10-28. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Hands on: Nikon Z9 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/nikon-z9. 2021-10-28. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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