The Nikon Z9 has arrived. Make way for the king

Posted on 2021-10-29 , by News Service

Oh yes! the KING is back. Nikon finally unveiled the Nikon Z9 specs and all the details are out there . The camera was handed to users for evaluation as a pre-production model  but it looks like this is going to be a popular one of the lot 

Now not only does the camera feature with added bulk but the features are more in line to the professional D6 series of Full Frame DSLRs . Oh did you hear that there is no mechanical shutter in the camera ? Yes you heard that right the camera only features an electronic shutter. 

Has 8K support and it does not over heat. Cool! All pro video features are packed in the camera. With more that 45 MP it is bound to satisfy photogs and video bloggers or video professionals alike. 

The Z9 will be priced at around $5500


How it compares

  Nikon Z9 Sony a1 Canon EOS R3 Nikon D6 Nikon Z7 II
MSRP at launch $5500 $6500 $6000 $6500 $3000
Sensor type Stacked CMOS Stacked CMOS Stacked CMOS FSI CMOS BSI CMOS
Pixel count 45.7MP 50.1MP 24MP 21MP 45.7MP

Maximum frame rate
(Full res)

30 fps (JPEG)
20 fps
(Raw + JPEG)
30 fps (lossy Raw)
20 fps (lossless Raw)
30 fps (e-shutter)
12 fps (mech)
14 fps (viewfinder) 10 fps
E-shutter rate 1/270 s 1/260 s 1/200 s N/A ~1/16 s
Image stabilization In body
(lens IS takes over pitch/yaw)1
In body
(lens IS takes over pitch/yaw)
In body (lens IS combines for pitch/yaw) In lens only In body
(lens IS takes over pitch/yaw)
AF sensitivity2 -5.0EV (-7.0 in Starlight AF mode) -4 EV -4.5 EV -4.5 EV (center) -3.0EV
HDR image format 10-bit HLG HEIF 10-bit PQ HEIF
Viewfinder 3.68M-dot
Viewfinder refresh rate 60 fps up to 240 fps3 up to 120 fps N/A 60 fps
Video 8K/30p
(8K/60 via f/w)
4K/120p (1.12x crop)
DCI 4K/120p
(6K/60p Raw)
4K/30p 4K/60p
(1.08x crop)
Bit depth 10-bit internal
(12-bit Raw internal via f/w)
10-bit internal
16-bit Raw over HDMI
10-bit internal
(12-bit internal Raw)
8-bit internal 8-bit internal
10-bit over HDMI
Rear screen 3.2" 2.1M dot-dual tilt touchscreen 3.0" 1.44M- dot tilting touchscreen 3.2" 4.2M-dot fully articulated touchscreen 3.2" 2.36M-dot fixed touchscreen 3.0" 2.1M-dot tilting touchscreen
Media formats 2x CFe Type B / XQD 2x Dual CFe Type A / UHS-II SD 1x CFe Type B
2x CFe Type B / XQD 1x CFe Type B / XQD
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and MIMO 5GHz 2.4GHz4 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz
GPS/ Glonass Yes No Yes No No
Ethernet Yes 1000Base-T Yes 1000 Base-T Yes 1000 Base-T Yes 1000 Base-T No
Battery life (CIPA) LCD/VF5 740 / 700 530 / 430 760 / 440 – / 3850 420 / 360
Weight 1340g 737g 1015g 1450g 675g
Dimensions 149 x 150 x 91mm 129 x 97 x 81mm 150 x 142 x 87mm 160 x 163 x 92mm 129 x 96 x 76mm


Technical specifications

Here are the technical specifications from nikons website


  1. Type

    Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
  2. Lens Mount

    Nikon Z mount


  1. Effective Pixels

    45.7 million
  2. Sensor Size

    35.9 mm
     x  23.9 mm
  3. Image Sensor Format

  4. Image Sensor Type

    Stacked CMOS sensor
  5. Total Pixels

    52.37 million
  6. Dust-Reduction System

    Image Dust Off reference data (NX Studio software required)
  7. Image Area (pixels)

    (L) 8,256 x 5,504

    (M) 6,192 x 4,128

    (S) 4,128 x 2,752
    (L) 5,408 x 3,600

    (M) 4,048 x 2,696

    (S) 2,704 x 1,800
    1:1 (24 x 24)
    (L) 5,504 x 5,504

    (M) 4,128 x 4,128

    (S) 2,752 x 2,752
    16:9 (36 x 20)
    (L) 8,256 x 4,640

    (M) 6,192 x 3,480

    (S) 4,128 x 2,320


  1. File Format Still Images

    JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available
    NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
    NEF (RAW): 14 bit with lossless, high-efficiency*, or high-efficiency compression
  2. Storage Media

    CFexpress (Type B)
    XQD Type Memory
  3. File System

    DCF 2.0
    Exif 2.32


  1. Viewfinder

    1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 16- level manual brightness controls
  2. Viewfinder Frame Coverage

    Approx. 100% horizontal
    100% vertical
  3. Viewfinder Magnification

    Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m -1)
  4. Viewfinder Eyepoint

    21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from rearmost surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
  5. Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment

    −4 – +3 m−1
  6. Eye Sensor

    Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays


  1. Shutter Type

    Electronic shutter with shutter sound and sensor shield
  2. Shutter Speed

    1/32000 to 30 sec. (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV, extendable to 900 sec. in mode M), bulb, time, X200
  3. Flash Sync Speed

    Up to:  X=1/200 sec. to 1/250 sec.; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 sec. or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
  4. Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution

    20 frames per second


  1. Exposure Metering System

    TTL metering using camera image sensor
  2. Metering Range

    -3 to +17 EV
    (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
  3. Exposure Compensation

    -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A, and M
  4. Exposure Lock

    Luminosity locked at detected value
  5. Picture Control

    Creative Picture Controls: (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon)
    Selected Picture Control can be modified
    Storage for custom Picture Controls
  6. Multiple Exposure



  1. ISO Sensitivity

    ISO 64–25600 in step sizes of 1/3 and 1 EV
    can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
  2. Active D-Lighting

    Can be selected from: 
    Extra high 2
    Extra high 1
  3. Active D-Lighting Bracketing



  1. Autofocus System

    Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
  2. Detection Range

    -6.5 to +19 EV (-8.5 to +19 EV with starlight view (Measured in photo mode at ISO 100, f/1.2 lens, at a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F)
  3. Lens Servo

    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking
    Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  4. Focus Point

    493 (single-point AF)
  5. AF-Area Mode

    Wide-area AF (S)
    Wide-area AF (L)
    Dynamic-area (S)
    Dynamic-area (M)
    Dynamic-area (L)
    Subject-tracking AF
    Pinpoint and Dynamic-area AF (S, M, L), 3D-tracking available in photo mode only
    3D-tracking available in video mode only
  6. Focus Lock

    Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing center of sub-selector
  7. Vibration Reduction

    5-axis image sensor shift


  1. Flash Control

    TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering
  2. Flash Sync Modes

    Front-curtain sync
    Rear-curtain sync
    Red-eye reduction
    Red-eye reduction with slow sync
    Slow sync
  3. Flash Compensation

    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A, and M
  4. Flash-ready Indicator

    Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
  5. Accessory Shoe

    ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
  6. Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

    i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
  7. Flash Sync Terminal



  1. White Balance

    Auto (3 types)
    Choose color temperature (2,500 K–10,000 K)
    Direct sunlight
    Fluorescent (3 types)
    Natural light auto
    Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning
  2. White Balance Bracketing



  1. Movie Metering

    TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
  2. Movie Maximum Recording Time

    2 hours 5 minutes
  3. Movie File Format

  4. Movie Video Compression

    Apple ProRes 422 HQ (10 bit), H.265/HEVC (8 bit/10 bit), H.264/AVC (8 bit)
  5. Movie Audio Recording Format

    Linear PCM
  6. Movie

    8K UHD 7,680×4,320 / 30p (progressive)
    8K UHD 7,680×4,320 / 25p
    8K UHD 7,680×4,320 / 24p
    4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 60 fps
    4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 50 fps
    4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps
    4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps
    4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps
    Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 120 fps
    Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 100 fps
    Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
    Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
    Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
    Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
    Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
    Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
  7. Movie Audio

    Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity can be adjusted
  8. Movie ISO

    Mode M: Manual selection (ISO 64 to 25600; choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1 EV); with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600
    Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2.0) available with selectable upper limit
    Modes P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2.0) with selectable upper limit
  9. Movie Active D-Lighting

    Can be selected from:
    Extra High
  10. Time Code

  11. Movie Log Gamma Output

    Logarithmic (N-Log) and HDR (HLG) movie output with View Assist (HDMI output only)
  12. Movie e-VR

  13. Movie HDMI Output

  14. Movie Focus Peaking

  15. Movie Highlight Display (Zebras)

  16. Time-Lapse Movie

  17. AF for Movie

    AF Speed and AF Tracking Sensitivity can be adjusted


  1. Monitor Size

    3.2 in. diagonal
  2. Monitor Resolution

    2100 k dots
  3. Monitor Type

    Vertically and horizontally tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD


  1. Playback Functions

    Auto Image Rotation
    Full-frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
    Histogram Display
    Location Data Display
    Movie Playback
    Photo Information
    Picture Rating
    Playback with Playback Zoom
    Playback Zoom Cropping
    Voice memo input and playback
    IPTC information embedding and display
  2. Voice Memo Function



  1. Interface

    USB: Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
    Audio Input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
    Audio Output: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
    Type A HDMI connector
    10 pin remote terminal: Built-in
  2. Ethernet

    RJ-45 connector
    Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX), IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T)
    Data rates *: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect
    Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
    (AUTOMDIX) * Maximum logical data rates according to IEEEstandard; actual rates may differ
  3. Wi-Fi Functionality

    Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Africa, Asia, Bolivia, and Oceania)
    Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac (Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)
    Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a (other countries in the Americas)
    Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11; Africa, Asia, Bolivia, and Oceania)
    Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5805 MHz (other countries in the Americas)
    Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5825 MHz (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)
    Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5745–5805 MHz (Georgia)
    Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5320 MHz (other European countries)
    Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 8.4 dBm
    Maximum output power (EIRP): 5 GHz band 6.0 dBm (Georgia)
    Maximum output power (EIRP): 5 GHz band: 9.0 dBm (other countries)
    Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK, WPA3-SAE
  4. Smart Device App Connectivity

  5. Bluetooth

    Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification
    Version 5.0
    Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz
    Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz
    Maximum output power (EIRP)
    Bluetooth: 2.9 dBm
    Bluetooth Low Energy: 1.4 dBm
  6. GPS

    Via the SnapBridge app
  7. Supported GNS Systems

    GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), QZSS (Japan)
  8. Data Acquired

    Latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)
  9. Clock Synchronization

    Camera clock can be set to time acquired via GNSS
  10. Track Logs

  11. Log Interval

    15 s, 30 s, 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.
  12. Maximum Log Recording Time

    6, 12, or 24 hours
  13. Log Deletion



  1. Supported Languages



  1. Battery / Batteries

    EN-EL18d rechargeable Li-ion battery
    EN-EL18c, EN-EL18b, EN-EL18a,and EN-EL18 batteries can also be used. Note, however, that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge than with the EN-EL18d.
  2. Battery Life (shots per charge)

    [Viewfinder only] selected for monitor mode with: [ON] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 740 shots
    [Viewfinder only] selected for monitor mode with: [OFF] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 700 shots
    [Monitor only] selected for monitor mode with: [ON] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 770 shots
    [Monitor only] selected for monitor mode with: [OFF] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 740 shots
    Photo Mode (Burst Photography): Number of Shots: Approx. 5310 shots

    Movies: [Viewfinder only] selected for monitor mode: Approx. 170 minutes
    [Monitor only] selected for monitor mode: Approx. 170 minutes
  3. AC Adapter

    EH-7P Charging AC Adapter
    EH-7P charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL18d, EN-EL18c and EN-EL18b batteries only.
  4. Battery Charger

    MH-33 Battery Charger


  1. Tripod Socket

    1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
  2. Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)

    5.9 in.
    (149 mm)
     x  5.9 in.
    (149.5 mm)
     x  3.6 in.
    (90.5 mm)
  3. Approx. Weight

    47.3 oz.
    (1340 g)

    Approx. 1340 g (2 lb. 15.3 oz.) with battery and memorycard but without body cap and accessory shoe cover;approx. 1160 g/2 lb. 9 oz. (camera body only)

  4. Operating Environment

    Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
    Temperature: −10 °C–40 °C (+14 °F–104 °F) 


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