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Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
51
Imaging
82
Features
90
Overall
85
Nikon Z9 front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 Key Specs

Nikon Z9
(Full Review)
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Expand to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 1340g - 149 x 150 x 91mm
  • Revealed October 2021
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Push to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Launched March 2023
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Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Nikon Z9 and Sony ZV-E1, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by competitors Nikon and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap among the image resolutions of the Z9 (46MP) and ZV-E1 (12MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The Z9 was announced 17 months earlier than the ZV-E1 making them a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Nikon Z9 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony ZV-E1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a full comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the Z9 grades against the ZV-E1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z9 over the Sony ZV-E1

 Z9 ZV-E1 
Display dimensions3.2"3.00"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2089k1037kSharper display (+1052k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Nikon Z9

 ZV-E1 Z9 
LaunchedMarch 2023October 2021Newer by 17 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon Z9 and Sony ZV-E1

 Z9 ZV-E1 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Touch display Easily navigate

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon Z9 has got outside dimensions of 149mm x 150mm x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") along with a weight of 1340 grams (2.95 lbs) whilst the Sony ZV-E1 has measurements of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") having a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the Z9 versus the ZV-E1.

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Z9 and ZV-E1 is 51 and 80 respectively.

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to envision the difference in sensor dimensions only by checking out specifications. The image here should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the Z9 and ZV-E1.

To sum up, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Nikon Z9 to provide greater detail with its extra 34 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics more aggressively. The more aged Z9 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z9 Portrait photography highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography highlights
89
manual focus
fantastic megapixels (46MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
72
manual focus
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon Z9
Street photography with Sony ZV-E1
70
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
supports touch to focus
weather sealing
very good ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than average (1,340 grams)
84
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
features touch to focus
environment proof
lighter than competition (483g)
good ISO range (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z9 Sports photography info
Sony ZV-E1 Sports photography info
91
silent mode (1/32,000 seconds)
high max frames per second (30.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic megapixels (46MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery life (740 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
72
quiet shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment proof
great battery power (570 CIPA)
supports phase detect autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/ seconds)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon Z9
Travel photography with Sony ZV-E1
65
better than average battery life (740 CIPA)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
supports touch to focus
fantastic megapixels (46 megapixels)
more heavy than average (1,340g)
does not have selfie friendly screen
79
great battery power (570 CIPA)
lighter than competition (483 grams)
environment proof
has bluetooth
features touch to focus
screen is selfie friendly
low resolution (12MP)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z9 Landscape photography highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Landscape photography highlights
87
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic megapixels (46MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery life (740 CIPA)
has double storage slots
79
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3.00 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good ISO range (102,400)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
great battery power (570 CIPA)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z9 Vlogging highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging highlights
32
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect focusing
good video quality (7680 x 4320 pxls)
comes with microphone port
does not have selfie friendly screen
more heavy than average (1,340g)
85
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 1920 resolution)
comes with microphone jack
lighter than competition (483g)
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Nikon Z9 vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z9 and Sony ZV-E1
 Nikon Z9Sony ZV-E1
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon Z9 Sony ZV-E1
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2021-10-28 2023-03-29
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type Stacked CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 46MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 8256 x 5504 4240 x 2832
Highest native ISO 25600 102400
Highest boosted ISO 102400 409600
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW data
Minimum boosted ISO 32 40
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 493 759
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon Z Sony E
Available lenses 29 195
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Tilting Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3.2 inches 3.00 inches
Resolution of display 2,089 thousand dot 1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 3,686 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 900 secs 30 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/32000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 30.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Front-curtain sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Off no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 7680 x 4320 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, L 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 7680x4320 3840x1920
Video file format H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1340 grams (2.95 lbs) 483 grams (1.06 lbs)
Physical dimensions 149 x 150 x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 740 photos 570 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL18d NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage media Dual CFexpress Type B slots SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Dual One
Retail cost $5,500 $2,198