Nikon Z9 Specifications

The Z9 is Nikon's top pro camera.

  • Sensor: 45.7mp full frame effective (52.37mp total)
    • 35.9 x 23.9mm (FX)
    • BSI (backside illumination) stacked CMOS sensor (Tower Semi?)
    • no AA filter
    • 5-axis VR image stabilization (6 stops CIPA); VR locks on transport
  • ISP: EXPEED 7
  • Mount: Nikon Z
    • F-mount lens usage via optional FTZ adapter
  • Images: 
    • Maximum size: 8256 x 5504 JPEG (3 sizes)
    • 14-bit NEF raw (3 sizes)
    • Aspect ratios: 3:2, 1:1, 5:4, 16:9
    • DX crop (1.5x) will produce 19mp images
    • Maximum 20 fps continuous at full frame, no restrictions
    • Maximum 30 fps, 45mp JPEG Normal
    • Maximum 120 fps High Speed Frame Capture+ mode produces 11mp JPEG files (full frame, no crop)
    • 1000 shot buffer
  • Video:  
    • 8K/30/25/24 (? Mbps), 8K/30 for up to 125 minutes, oversampled 
    • 4K/120/100/60/50/30/25/24P (UHD, 144 Mbps) in full frame, or Super 35 crop (both sub-sampled), 2.3x crop full pixel readout mode available
    • 1080P/120/100/60/50/25/24 in full frame
    • Internal N-Log saved as 10-bit ProRes 422 HQ
    • HLG support
    • Apple Prores 422 HQ (10-bit), H.265 (10-bit), H.264 (8-bit) with Linear PCM (up to 24-bit) or AAC stereo audio, MP4 or MOV container
    • HDMI clean output via connector at 10-bit 4.2.2 format for both HD and 4K, N-Log and HDR (HLG) support
    • On camera stereo mic, microphone jack, headphone jack
    • waveform monitor display
    • 8K/60P 120bit N-Raw, ProRes RAW HQ (for up to an hour) internal raw video in 2022 firmware update
  • Shutter: 
    • no mechanical shutter
    • electronic shutter 900 sec to 1/32000 sec 
    • bulb, time 
    • silent mode (reduces all noise, including VR)
    • mechanical curtain close on lens removal
  • Exposure: 
    • matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, highlight-weighted metering
    • -5 to +5EV exposure compensation
    • 9 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), 2500-10,000K
    • ISO 64-25600 (plus Auto, 32, 51200 and 102400 boosts)
  • Focus: 
    • 493-point phase detect (covers 90% of the frame) (-6.5EV to EV19 sensitivity, -8.5 with starlight view; f/1.2 lens)
    • Are modes: pinpoint, single point, dynamic (small, medium, large), wide area (small, large), 3D-tracking, automatic (face/eye/cat/dog/bird/bicycle/car/motorcycle/train/plane detect), subject tracking)
    • manual focus override, focus positioning thumb stick (or Direction pad), touch focus
    • Focus mode button
  • Rear Display: 3.2” touch LCD
    • 2.1m dot
    • articulating and tilting
  • Viewfinder
    • 3.69m dot OLED EVF
    • 0.8x magnification
    • -4 to +3m diopter adjustment
    • 23mm eye point
    • Live (genlock?) and blackout free
    • highest brightness of any EVF at launch (3000 nits)
    • 60Hz refresh
  • Flash: 
    • no built-in flash
    • hot shoe, supports Nikon CLS (i-TTL)
    • 1/200 flash sync
    • red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync flash options, Auto FP 
  • Remote: 
    • optional MC-DC2 wired
    • optional WR-R11 wireless
    • SnapBridge app
  • Other Notable Features: 
    • WiFi 802.11ac (SnapBridge or Nikon Wireless Transmitter Utility) (some regions may vary)
    • Bluetooth 5.0 (SnapBridge)
    • 1000Base-T Ethernet 
    • antiflicker reduction
    • USB 3.1 (C connector)
    • GPS/GLONASS/QZSS built in
    • Kensington lock position
    • IPTC data annotation
    • Dust-proof, drip-proof build, operations to -10°C
  • Cards: 
    • two CFExpress Type B slots
    • XQD or CFe compatible
    • JPEG Slot 1 + JPEG Slot 2 supported
  • Battery: EN-EL18D
    • 740 shots CIPA LCD, 700 EVF (up to 5310 when taking bursts)
    • optional USB charging
    • camera can be powered by USB (USB Power Delivery)
  • Size and Weight: 
    • 5.9" (149mm) wide
    • 5.9" (149.5mm) tall
    • 3.6” (90.5mm) deep
    • 47.3 ounces (1340g) with battery card
  • Colors: Black
  • Price: (MSRP on launch; current price may vary)
    • US$5599 body only
  • Current Firmware: version 1.00
  • Announced: Announced October 28, 2021
  • Nikon's Marketing Slogan: Unstoppable
  • Nikon lenses for the Z9
  • Nikon's Web page for the Nikon Z9
  • Thom's Review of the Nikon Z9 (coming)
  • Thom's Book for the Nikon Z9 (coming)

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