Nikon Z9
The first professional Nikon Z

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Presented at the end of October 2021, the Nikon Z9 is the new one, and for Nikon the first, professional mirrorless body ".
It supplants the Nikon D6 and as Mr. Naoyuki Murakamio Executive Fellow and Sector Manager of the development sector Nikon indicates to DP review that "the development of digital SLR products will be determined based on future market trends", it is probable that Nikon D6 will be the Nikon's latest pro digital SLR camera, like the F6 was Nikon's last professional film SLR.

Nikon is hoping that the new Z9 will have the same impact on the mirrorless Z range that the Nikon D3 had in its day for its digital SLRs.
In 2007, Nikon's traditional dominance in the high-end camera market had gradually eroded, with the biggest threat coming from Canon renowned for its technical innovation and rapidly updated range. Nikon was seen as a brand that was once known in professional photography but had become obsolete and unable to satisfy the new generation of more demanding photographers, tempted by new technologies offered elsewhere.
But Nikon released the Nikon D3, its first full-frame digital SLR but also a new benchmark for photo market in the high sensitivity and reliability. The Nikon D3 restored the company’s reputation as a manufacturer of world-class professional cameras.

Nikon hopes the Z9 will be a new “D3 moment”. Nikon entered the mirrorless market late in 2018 and had to catch up with its competitors Sony and Canon. Sony, present since 2013, is a leader in this market and has been able to build up an extensive range of optics.
Even though Nikon was initially able to rely on its extended range of F lenses, it forcedly built a new Z lens range.
The Nikon which outclasses the D6 but also its competitors Sony A1 and Canon R3 is offered at an attractive price for a professional camera. Its fast frame rate, its viewfinder without blackout its 8K video received a record reception that can be measured by the very large number of pre-orders. The Nikon Z9 may well be the expected “D3 moment” and set the Z9 back as the new benchmark for professional cameras and put again Nikon as a maker of world-class professional cameras.

Nikon Z9

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The Nikon Z9 system

The Nikon Z9 system

On technical aspects, the Nikon Z9 is a fully tropicalized monobloc body, like the D6, which no longer has a mechanical shutter but an electronic shutter. This allows exposure times of 30 s to 1/32,000 s without "rolling shutter". A sensor shield is placed in front of the sensor when the device is switched off. It has a rate of 30 fps in jpg or 20 fps in RAW at 45.7 Mpx or up to 120 fps in burst (at 11 Mpx) without blackout. Its Expeed 7 image processor, ten times more powerful than the Expeed 6, can offer 9 specific AF tracking of people, animals or various vehicles. Its main characteristics are:
  • 45.7MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 7 processor
  • Nikon Z mount
  • Electronic viewfinder: 3.69 million dot OLED viewfinder, 100% field of view, 0.8x magnification.
  • 5-axis sensor stabilization (6 stops)
  • Tilting 3.2 "TFT LCD touchscreen (but not in selfie mode
  • Autofocus 493 points, 405 auto focus points
  • Sensitivity ISO 64 - 25 600
  • Burst up to 20 fps (with tracking) and 120 fps with AF/AE tracking in JPEG
  • Shutter speed from 30 s to 1/32,000 s
  • Video: 8K UHD 30/25/24p, 4K UHD 120/100/60/50/30/25/24p, Full HD up to 120 fps
  • Storage: double CF Express
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth
  • USB-C, HDMI Type A, 3.5mm headphone, 3.5mm mic
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Battery: EN-EL18
  • Photo autonomy: up to 770 images and approximately 170 min
  • Charging via USB-C port
  • Dimensions: 149 x 149.5 x 90.5 mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 1160 g (body only)

  • The Nikon Z9 is available for $ 5,500 (December 2021), $ 1,000 less than the Sony A1, its main competitor.

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