Nikon Z9

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    Highlights

    • 45.7 MP Full Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 64 - 25,600 Native ISO
    • 493 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.2" 2,100k dot Tilting Screen
    • 0.5" 3,690k dot Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder
    • 30.0 fps Electronic Continuous Shooting
    • 7680 x 4320 Video Shooting
    • 2 h 5 min Video Recording Limit
    • HDR-HLG
    • Built-in GPS
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Nikon Z9 was announced in 2021 and is a Full Frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) Mirrorless camera with 45.7 Megapixel Stacked CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 64 to 25,600 and expands to 32 - 102,400 in boosted mode. The camera has a Tilting 3.2" screen with 2,100k dot resolution and built-in 0.5" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 3,690k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Nikon Z9 can capture video up to 7680 x 4320 resolution.


    Here is the Nikon Z series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Nikon Z series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z f September
    2023
    24.4 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 64,000 Articulated 3.2"
    2,089k dots
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z8 May
    2023
    45.7 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z30 June
    2022
    20.9 MP
    APS-C
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z9 October
    2021
    45.7 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z fc June
    2021
    20.9 MP
    APS-C
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z6 II October
    2020
    24.5 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z7 II October
    2020
    45.7 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z5 July
    2020
    24.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Tilting 3.2"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z50 October
    2019
    20.9 MP
    APS-C
    100 - 51,200 Tilting 3.2"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z6 August
    2018
    24.5 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon Z7 August
    2018
    45.7 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Nikon Z f vs Z8 vs Z30 vs Z9 vs Z fc vs Z6 II.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Nikon Z9.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Stacked CMOS Sensor
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 45.7 Megapixel
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   -8.5 EV Min AF Detection
    •   493 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   Large Viewfinder - 0.5"
    •   No Blackout Viewfinder
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 98
    •   High Video Resolution - 7680 x 4320
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor
    •   Illuminated Buttons

    CONS

    •   Expensive
    •   Heavy - 1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz)

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,690k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/200 sec
    •   Battery Life - 740 shots

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Tilting Touchscreen

    Nikon Z9 has a 3.2" Tilting touchscreen with 2,100k dot resolution which is quite high by today's standards. Tilting screen makes this camera very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting.

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    Nikon Z9 with Tilting screen


    Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in 0.5" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 3,690k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.80x magnification.

    Sensor

    Stacked CMOS Sensor

    Nikon Z9 features a 45.7 megapixel Full Frame Stacked CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.9 x 23.9 mm and a total area of 858 mm2. Its native ISO range is 64 - 25,600 and expands to 32 - 102,400 in boosted mode.

    The camera has Stacked CMOS sensor. The key feature of such sensor is its three-dimensional structure, which consists of multiple layers of semiconductor material and circuitry stacked on top of each other. This allows the sensor to have dedicated layers for image capture and signal processing. This separation allows for faster data readout, reducing rolling shutter effects and enabling high-speed shooting and video recording. It is also more power-efficient.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Nikon Z9's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.9 x 23.9 mm858 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with EXPEED 7 processor and can take pictures up to 8256 x 5504 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Nikon Z9 has Nikon Z lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 6 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Nikon Z9.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in GPS

    Nikon Z9 has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) technology which allows you to automatically tag the location where you took your photos. You can later categorize, organize, and search for photos based on location. This is very useful for travel and outdoor photographers for documenting the locations where images were captured.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in GPS.


    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Nikon Z9 has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Full Size HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Nikon Z9 comes with EN-EL18d battery pack with battery life of 740 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has Dual CFexpress Type B / XQD card slots.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Nikon Z9 has Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/32000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 30.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Nikon Z9 has Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF system with 493 focusing points and from -8.5 to +20 EV detection range. The ability to focus at as low as -8.5 EV is a feature exclusive to top-tier professional cameras. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces and additional eye detection further locks the focus on one of the eyes and tracks it down during the motion.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from -3 to +17 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Nikon Z9 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/200 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +1 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Nikon Z9 has dimensions of 149 x 150 x 91 mm (5.87 x 5.91 x 3.58"). It weighs 1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz), so it is a heavy camera.

    149 mm (5.87")

    150 mm (5.91")

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    Nikon Z9 dimensions

    Nikon Z9 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Nikon Z9 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    94

    Nikon Z9 gets a score of 94 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Nikon Z9 gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   493 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,690k dot
    •   No Blackout Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Battery Life - 740 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    83

    Nikon Z9 gets a score of 83 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   493 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,690k dot
    •   No Blackout Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Battery Life - 740 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Nikon Z9 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   493 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/200 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Nikon Z9 gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   493 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Heavy - 1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    79

    Nikon Z9 gets a score of 79 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 7680 x 4320
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Heavy - 1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 740 shots

    Nikon Z9 Evaluation

    We evaluate Nikon Z9 and give score of 88 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    88

    Sensor

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Nikon Z9 a score of 87 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Stacked CMOS Sensor
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 45.7 Megapixel
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 98

    Photo

    GOOD
    84

    We give Nikon Z9 a score of 84 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/200 sec

    Video

    EXCELLENT
    89

    We give Nikon Z9 a score of 89 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 7680 x 4320
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    94

    We give Nikon Z9 a score of 94 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -8.5 EV Min AF Detection
    •   493 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    86

    We give Nikon Z9 a score of 86 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,100k dot
    •   Large Viewfinder - 0.5"
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,690k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    98

    We give Nikon Z9 a score of 98 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    70

    We give Nikon Z9 a score of 70 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Heavy - 1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 740 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


    For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

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