As expected, Nikon yesterday announced the Nikon Z 9 full-frame (FX if you use the Nikon naming system) mirrorless camera. Its development was announced on March 10, 2021.
The Z 9 is the first flagship model in the Z series. According to the manufacturer, it has managed to combine “the best photo and video functions in Nikon history.” The camera is based on a 45.7 megapixel multi-layer CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 7 processor, which allowed to get the highest autofocus performance among Nikon cameras. The autofocus system can detect objects in nine categories (more than any other camera in the world) in the frame: people, dogs, cats, birds, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trains and planes. This function is available for both still photography and video recording. In addition, the camera can automatically focus and maintain focus on faces or eyes.
Capable of shooting 8K UHD video at 30 fps and recording up to 125 minutes of video to a memory card without using an external recorder. You can also record 4K UHD video at 120, 60 and 30 fps. Supports 10-bit representation, N-Log and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) profiles.
In equipping the camera, the manufacturer highlights a 3.2-inch touchscreen that can be tilted vertically and horizontally around four axes, and a Real-Live View finder, which outperforms conventional optical viewfinders (OVF) and electronic viewfinders (EVF). Unlike normal shooting without fading, which displays the same frame to prevent interruption in the viewfinder image, this viewfinder continues to display the actual frame condition.
An interesting feature is the high-speed continuous shooting at 120 fps. In this case, the resolution of the images is 11 megapixels. With a resolution of 45 megapixels, you can shoot at 30 fps. In a future firmware update, it is planned to add 12-bit RAW video recording to removable media, including those with a resolution of more than 8K and a frame rate of more than 60 fps.
The camera is equipped with an image stabilization system, is protected from dust and splashes, and can operate in temperatures down to -10 ° C. It is 20% smaller than the flagship D6 mirror. The camera is compatible with CFexpress Type B memory cards. Its equipment includes a GPS receiver, wireless Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 1 and HDMI ports, microphone and headphone jacks. Power is provided by an EN-EL18d battery, which allows 740 shots to be taken on a single charge. With dimensions of 149 x 150 x 91 mm, the camera weighs 1340 g.
The Nikon Z 9 is expected to be on sale at the end of the year for $ 5500.