Nikon Z9 overview
Nikon Z9 is Nikon's Pro Mirrorless camera first introduced on October of 2021. The camera features a 46MP, Stacked CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 8256 x 5504.
The Z9 comes in at #9 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all-around #9 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personalized requirements.
The following is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon Z9 family
The Nikon Z9 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can find all earlier and most recent models along with important specs.
Nikon Z9 Gallery
You can check the Z9 from various angles in the gallery here.
Nikon Z9 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Nikon Z9 based on criterias which are often seen as useful in a camera.
Nikon Z9 Sensor specifications
The sensor measurement on the Nikon Z9 is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor can resolve 8256 x 5504 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.Scarlett Johansson Stakes Legal Claim Over Her Digital Avatar
The Stacked CMOS sensor has 46MP and includes a native ISO range of 64 to 25600. This ISO can be extended electronically to 32 to 102400. RAW files are supported therefore you have wider margin for error.
The picture underneath illustrates the Z9's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The Z9 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is displayed in green.Picsart Introduces AI-Powered Tools to Challenge Canva's Dominance
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon Z9 dimensions
Nikon Z9 weighs about 2.95 lb (1,340g or 47.27 oz) & has external proportions of 149mm x 150mm x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g and the Nikon Z9 is heavier in comparison with various competitors.Australia's Largest Photography Festival to Feature AI-Generated Images for the First Time
Down below is a shot of the Nikon Z9 alongside a softdrink to help you to get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will highlight the button arrangement on the Z9.
Nikon Z9 Lens specifications
The Z9 uses the Nikon Z mount and has 31 lenses to select from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the Z9.
Nikon Z9 Connectivity
The Z9 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Nikon Z9 Video specifications
The highest video quality on the Nikon Z9 is 7680 x 4320 and you can shoot in H.264 and H.265 format. 4320p gives a great quality for video recording. You can crop to Full HD to get clearer results. Be wary of the substantial file sizes and make sure you have got decent SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does include both headphone and mic socket making it very useful while recording audio.
Nikon Z9 Weather Sealing
Nikon Z9 has environment sealing which makes it a good candidate for use in rough environments. This can be especially handy when you are uncertain about the conditions you might encounter in outdoor photography.
Nikon Z9 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon Z9 features a 3.2" tilting display supporting a resolution of 2,089k dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you can set focus points plus adjust settings with your finger. The Z9 also has a builtin Top display so its possible to quickly checkout the camera's settings.NASA photographer chronicles decades-long effort constructing James Webb Space Telescope
The ViewFinder specs for Nikon Z9 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 3,686k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.8x
Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Nikon Z9 Shutter specifications
Nikon Z9 can shoot continuously at 30.0 fps. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter can result in "rolling shutter" in certain situations.
Nikon Z9 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Nikon Z9 features external flash ability but is without inbuilt flash. The max flash sync is 1/200 seconds.
Nikon Z9 Autofocusing specifications
Nikon Z9 features both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be helpful for taking photos of people.
It features 493 focus points to select from. Nikon Z9 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Nikon Z9 has the ability to use manual focus if required in low light conditions or you need more precise focus control.
Nikon Z9 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL18d) in the Nikon Z9 is fashioned to last for 740 photographs as per the CIPA standards making it higher than standard in comparison to its class. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has the highest (870) battery life in this class of cameras.
Following is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras which have the highest battery life:
Nikon Z9 for varying kinds of photography
The following illustration gives a summation of the Nikon Z9 for varying kinds of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon Z9 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon Z9 gets a score of 89 which is very high, and means the camera is a superb pick for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files along with the flexibility to work with off-camera flash.
Nikon Z9 Street photography highlights
Having a very good points total of 70, the Nikon Z9 is a very decent choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Nikon Z9 Sports photography features
A tremendous sports photography points tally of 91 means the Nikon Z9 is a brilliant fit for taking photos of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon Z9 Travel photography highlights
Weight is extremely critical in getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon Z9 gets a above average 65 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable pick to take on your travels.
Nikon Z9 Landscape photography factors
If you find yourself planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Nikon Z9 with it's tremendous grade of 87 as a landscape camera is a wonderful choice in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Nikon Z9
A camera for vlogging should come with a moving screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Nikon Z9 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful rating of 32.
Nikon Z9 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the Z9, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Pro Mirrorless.
The line graph listed below offers you a summary of the Z9 vs it's top scoring rivals listed above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.