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Nikon Z9 top camera, it could be more in better times
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  • There's enough material with all the teasers to make one half of a decent preview.

  • Presently leaked specs

    • The Nikon Z9 shutter will close when the camera is off to protect the sensor
    • 45 MP stacked sensor
    • 20 fps or 30fps serial shooting
    • 120 fps in DX mode with reduced resolution (11MP)
    • New AF tracking (humans, animals, birds eye AF + cars, motorcycles, and planes AF tracking)
    • No rolling shutter (better than Sony A1 and Canon R3)
    • Black-out free viewfinder in all situations (around 5MP)
    • No pixelshift feature (it could be implemented later with a firmware update)
    • There will be an 8K 60p video option with 1 hr time limit
    • Improvements in the color balance
    • The Z9 price is expected to be less than the Nikon D6 camera - around $4999
    • Weight: 300g heavier than the Canon R3 or around 1020g
  • Looks good to me! I wonder if Lumix will come out with a new FF cam.

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  • Proof that you can condense the teaser into a poster that someone can read in ten seconds.

  • @DrDave

    You can do same with 80% of videos and it'll save time and provide 5x more info.

    Issue is that most people can't read texts now in a way to understand them :-).

  • PR

    Nikon’s First Mirrorless Flagship Defies Conventional, Debuts with a Series of Industry-Firsts for Still & Video Creators

    Nikon announced the Z 9, the most advanced Z series mirrorless camera to date. Powered by a completely new, Nikon-developed 45.7 megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and next generation EXPEED 7 image processing engine, the full-frame Z 9 renders ultra-high resolution images and offers unparalleled AF performance using a revolutionary new scene detection system built on deep learning technology. Additionally, the camera is capable of sustained fast continuous shooting bursts, in-camera 8K video recordings for extended periods, truly blackout-free Real-Live visibility in the viewfinder and a sensor scan rate so fast that it completely eliminates the need for a traditional mechanical shutter.

    “The Z 9 is the complete package, offering an unprecedented balance of speed, resolution, reliability and performance that will exceed expectations for any type of shoot, including fast action sports, commercial fashion, low light, landscapes and more,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The Z 9 looks to the future, with innovations and features that give all types of imaging professionals and content creators the advantage when it matters most and the confidence to create in nearly any conditions.”

    A New Kind of Pro Mirrorless

    At the core of the Z 9 is the Nikon-developed 45.7MP BSI stacked CMOS sensor, coupled with the new EXPEED 7, Nikon's most powerful engine yet, which is approximately 10x faster than the Z 7II. This combination brings significant increases in AF speed, burst rate, buffer capacity, video resolution and so much more. The Z 9 is the camera that can be trusted on the sidelines, in the field or in the studio, with the high-speed capture capability needed for the fastest action and the immense resolution to reveal the most subtle details.

    • With the world's fastest image scan rate, the Z 9 achieves the world's smallest rolling shutter distortion, equaling that of a mechanical shutter. This means actions like a fast-moving golf swing that would typically distort the club can be captured confidently with the electronic shutter, even at 1/32,000 second. It also allows users to shoot massive quantities of silent frames without worrying about shutter wear or breakdown.
    • The Z 9 achieves fast and accurate AF calculations at up to 120 cycles per second, even between frames during continuous shooting.
    • Beyond the benefits of high-speed performance, the high resolution 45.7-megapixel sensor delivers immense resolution with exquisite colors, broad dynamic range and stellar low light performance, with a native ISO Range from 64-25,600 (Expandable from 32 to 102,400 ISO).

    Rely on the Fastest, Most Intelligent AF System Yet

    The Z 9 features Nikon's fastest, most sophisticated and reliable AF tracking performance ever, utilizing a new Subject Detection algorithm developed with deep learning technology, as well as 3D-tracking.

    • The camera's Subject Detection capability detects the world's largest rang1 of nine subject types including humans, pets, birds, airplanes, trains, cars, motorbikes and bicycles. When in Auto-Area AF, any of these subjects will automatically be detected and focused on, without the need to change settings.
    • With Eye-Detection AF, the camera can detect and focus on a subject's eye more effectively than ever, even when eyes are smaller or further away.  Additionally, a custom function will now also let users change the color of the focus point to green to confirm focus.  
    • The highly praised 3D-tracking mode from Nikon DSLRs debuts for the first time in a mirrorless camera. It is now coupled with subject detection to track fast and erratically moving subjects such as a racing car that approaches close and then moves away quickly, or a swiftly moving athlete.  
    • The Z 9 also brings more flexibility by offering three Dynamic-area AF modes with a new range of focus-area sizes (S/M/L) for capturing a wider variety of moving subjects throughout the frame.
    • The AF system is faster than ever, taking advantage of the Z mount's high-speed communication capabilities with frame-by-frame sharing of distance information. 

    Unstoppable Performance and Speed

    This is the fastest, most powerful Nikon flagship ever. Users can capture amazing images at unbelievably fast burst speeds, all with full AF/AE performance. Whether shooting full-resolution fashion or delivering a sports sequence when a split-second matters, the Z 9 is the versatile solution.    

    • For the ultimate combination of speed and intense image quality, photographers can shoot 20-fps RAW images with an unprecedented 1000+ image buffer.
    • When a balance of quality and burst rate is needed, never miss a vital moment with 30 fps full resolution JPEG capture.
    • For extreme speed, High Speed Frame Capture+4 enables up to 120 fps with full AF/AE at a very manageable file size of 11 megapixels, freezing a moment that cannot even be seen with the naked eye (higher resolution than 4K video).
    • Truly blackout-free shooting is possible thanks to Dual-Stream technology which simultaneously feeds information to the Real-Live viewfinder/LCD and memory card, resulting in reliable confirmation of a subject's movement without skipping or repeating frames in the viewfinder5.
    • The Z 9 introduces High Efficiency RAW, which retains the same level of high image quality as the conventional uncompressed RAW in an approximately 1/3 smaller6 file size, making RAW files easier to handle than ever.
    • Speeds of up to 1/32,000 are possible with the electronic shutter, expanding the opportunities to use fast lenses, letting photographers shoot wide open in brighter light, even at f/0.95.

    Nikon's Most Capable 8K UHD Video Camera

    The Z 9 offers an extensive suite of advanced video features to elevate any kind of production. Combined with the astonishing resolving power of NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses, video is rendered with absolute clarity and sharpness from edge to edge.

    • Supports a variety of frame rates and resolutions, including in-camera recording at 8K UHD 24p/30p and 4K UHD 24p/30p/60p/120p (FX-format).
    • The world's longest record time 7 at 8K UHD 30p for more than 2 hours consecutively (up to approximately 125 minutes)8.
    • For more latitude when color grading in post, tone mode profile options are available in-camera, including 10-bit N-Log and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma9), as well as the Flat color profile.
    • Supports multiple codecs including H.265 (HEVC), ProRes 422 HQ10, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC for a variety of production workflows.
    • Users can create 33MP/8MP frame grabs in camera from 8K /4K videos.
    • Full-size HDMI connection, with output latency significantly reduced.
    • High-resolution 24-bit linear PCM audio allows for cleaner sound quality with greater range.
    • A free firmware upgrade in 2022 will enable internal 8K 60p capture in the new 12-bit N-RAW high efficiency video format, 12-bit ProRes RAW and other pro level video features.

    Built for the Toughest Assignments

    The rugged body of the Z 9 is optimized for a professional workflow, thoughtfully engineered for a superb balance of reliability and usability. The body features an integrated vertical grip and controls, while the durable magnesium alloy chassis has drip and dust-resistance equivalent to the D6, yet is 20% smaller than its DSLR counterpart.

    • The new four-axis 3.2" touchscreen LCD frees the monitor to tilt both horizontally and vertically for shooting at any angle in any orientation. The interface will also adjust automatically to the appropriate orientation while shooting stills.
    • For better visibility through the viewfinder in bright sunlight, the Z 9 is equipped with the world's brightest Quad-VGA panel adjustable to 3000cd/m2 (nits)1, revealing the most subtle details in the shadows.
    • Vibration Reduction image stabilization has been enhanced with new Synchro VR to achieve up to 6 stops of compensation with compatible lenses. 11
    • For powerful dust prevention, the Z 9 includes the world's first1 dual coating on the optical filter with an electro-conductive coating and fluorine coating to repel dust in front of the sensor, in addition to a sensor shield that protects the sensor when changing lenses.
    • VR safety lock protects the sensor from the risk of damage caused by unintentional movement when the camera's power is off while in a bag or during bumpy off-road travel.
    • For work in low light, the new "starlight" mode enhances the camera's ability to focus down to a faint   -8.5 EV, while illuminated buttons help astrophotographers and event or concert photographers change settings in the dark.
    • Adjustable shutter release volume, which can be totally silent in sensitive situations or serve as an audible cue for a subject.
    • New network options are organized under a new menu tab for fast access and include; in-camera Bluetooth and WiFi (2.4/5Ghz), 1000BASE-T wired LAN connection, direct transfer to FTP without the need for a wireless accessory, multiple camera sync and built-in GNSS GPS for precise location data.

    New Nikon Software

    The Ecosystem for the Nikon Z series continues to expand. Nikon has also released two new software solutions for professional image capture and workflow.  

    NX Mobile Air

    NX Mobile Air is a smart device app for managing and transferring images when working in the field. The new app will be compatible with many of the most current Nikon cameras, and will allow users to have a wired connection to their phone or device from the camera for fast wireless image transfer to an FTP server over a 5G cellular signal. Additionally, the app will support the transmission of IPTC, voice memos and more. The app will be available either as a free version or as a subscription for $5/month with enhanced capabilities. For additional details and device compatibility please visit  

    NX Tether

    Nikon NX Tether is free software to enable tethering of Nikon cameras to instantly display captured content on a computer monitor. This software is an easy way for commercial, food or studio photographers to visualize their output for client review in real time. The software will work via USB or wirelessly, and will collaborate seamlessly with the current suite of Nikon software including NX Studio. For more information, please visit

    Pricing and Availability

    The new Nikon Z 9 full-frame mirrorless camera will be available within this year (US) for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $5499.95*. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including the new Z 9, NIKKOR Z lenses and the entire collection of Nikon Z series cameras, please visit

  • No IBIS?

  • Update: DPR answered my question--no USB recording. Bummer.
    External recording via USB drive or are we stuck with overpriced cards? Or maybe card to SSD adapter which works on Z Cam.....

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  • Has Nikon effectively exited the entry-level ILC market?

    No, Nikon has not exited the entry-level ILC market. We believe that the entry market is important in order to broaden the base of users, and we have strong product offerings for many kinds of users.

    The aim moving forward is to concentrate on mirrorless full-frame middle- to high-end models, but in order to broaden the base of users, we believe that the DX entry level model is also important. We believe in the importance of models that have strong video functions while being more affordable and we're also considering stylish and design-oriented products such as the Z fc that fit seamlessly with the customer’s lifestyle. Please look forward to our future endeavors in this area.

    As you can see from the numerous lenses we have announced recently, we are expanding the number of lenses that are compact, lightweight, easy to use and affordable. Nikon has an advantage that our full frame and APS-C lenses are interchangeable, so this includes DX-format lenses such as the versatile new DX 18-140 and even the ultra-compact primes like the 40mm lens announced earlier [this year]. You can see more on the updated roadmap.

    Are the Z9’s video features aimed at the existing sports / photojournalist users, or does Nikon hope to capture an additional audience of filmmakers?

    The Z 9 offers the most advanced video features in Nikon’s history. It’s unmatched by anything in its class, and it’s perfect for a wide range of users. With its speed, various frame-rates and resolutions and robust build, it is an attractive model not only for sports and journalist photographers, but also for filmmakers, event videography and productions of any scale. Video needs are increasing in journalism and sports. Video specs are also required in the fields of fashion and advertising, and we believe that we can reach such users through the Z 9.

    We plan to add a significant amount of functionality for video creators with firmware updates, including 12bit RAW video and 8K60p.

    It is a model that firmly responds to video needs with various and powerful specs, such as Nikon’s first 8K video recording; extended shooting time up to 125 minutes, full frame 4k 120p, plus internal recording of HLG and N-Log. It also has the world’s largest 9 types of subject detection available in stills and video, and more. Besides that, it can also appeal to video creators who want to produce the best quality videos with minimum crew.

    With a growing collection of NIKKOR Z lenses and access to more than 360 F-mount lenses with the FTZ adapter, directors are given a variety of lenses to fit a production or add a distinct look to their project. We will also plan to add a significant amount of functionality for video creators with firmware updates, including 12bit RAW video and 8K60p [which] will be added in Nikon’s new N-RAW video format. The Z 9 will continue to evolve.

  • "The world's longest record time 7 at 8K UHD 30p for more than 2 hours consecutively (up to approximately 125 minutes)8."
    This is total BS, even the Z Cam F8 records 10x longer.

  • According to Nikkei, Nikon is aiming for an initial production volume of about 35,000 units per month, which in a vacuum sounds sizeable until it is compared to the current rumored total global pre-order demand for the camera. As reported by Nikon Rumors, the Z9 is shaping up to be the best-selling digital camera for the company ever, with a current estimated pre-order volume of 400,000 units to date.

    Most fun is that BOTH numbers come from Nikon PR team and published by many friendly sites.

    Artificial cameras and lenses shortages are marketing tool that companies are using more than 2 last years.

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    The Nikkei article that reported 35,000 Z9 cameras monthly production has a typo: they added an extra zero to the original number reported by Nikon in a press release – the monthly Nikon Z9 production is actually 3,500 cameras.

    Little, small error. Even this number source is doubtful.

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  • A trusted source told me that of course The new Nikon Z9 sensor has been produced by Sony. But he also said it’s patented by Sony and is Nikon licensed to use it.