Nikon Z 9 Evaluate: Palms on


  • UKRRP: £5299
  • USARRP: $5499
  • EuropeRRP: €5999

Key Options

  • New sensor The Z 9 encompasses a stacked 45.7-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and EXPEED 7 processor

  • Massive and strong constructThe digicam options grips alongside two sides so you may transfer comfortably between orientations and weighs 1340g

  • Quick speeds The Z 9 is able to capturing RAW photographs at 20fps and customary JPEGs at as much as 120fps

  • Superior autofocus systemThe digicam encompasses a 493-point AF system with animal, hen, car and eye monitoring and 3D monitoring


Nikon unveiled the Z 9 towards the tip of 2021, naming the mirrorless shooter its most superior flagship digicam ever and “a big step ahead for each Nikon {and professional} imaging”. 

Wildlife photographers, sports activities photographers, photojournalists, vogue and industrial professionals and video creators are only a few of the areas Nikon is concentrating on with this launch. 

I bought the chance to check out the Z 9 in individual at Nikon’s Expertise Day this month. Learn on to be taught extra about my expertise with the digicam. 

Whereas the digicam was initially set to be launched in December, the launch was topic to delays, which means you’ll want to enroll to a pre-order listing or Nikon’s personal ready listing if you wish to get your fingers on the digicam any time quickly.

Design and show 

  • The Z 9 is giant and heavy
  • Grips alongside two sides so you may shoot horizontally and vertically
  • Digital viewfinder and tilting monitor

The Nikon Z 9 is an imposing digicam with a big, nearly square-shaped construct and 1340g weight. The heaviness had me additional nervous about dropping the £5000 digicam – particularly because the heft of it started to weigh on my arms all through the shoot – however the magnesium alloy design and agency grips helped the digicam really feel a bit safer and rugged.

Taking a picture with the Nikon Z 9

The Z 9 can be 20% smaller and 110g lighter than the Nikon D6, making the mirrorless digicam nonetheless a extra light-weight choice than Nikon’s flagship DSLR. 

The digicam options grips on two of its lengths, together with two shutter-release buttons, making it potential to get a strong maintain on the digicam when taking pictures each portrait and panorama. As soon as I bought used to transferring between the 2 grips, It was snug to leap between the 2 orientations.

The top portion of the Nikon Z 9
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There’s a 3000-nit digital viewfinder providing a vibrant, real-time view of your topic with no threat of EVF blackout, together with a 4-axis vertical and horizontal tilting monitor. I discovered this addition particularly helpful when taking pictures from very excessive and low angles, the place my view of the monitor would in any other case be impaired with out straining my neck.

The Nikon Z 9's monitor and button layout
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Efficiency and options 

  • There’s a forty five.7-megapixel full-frame sensor and EXPEED 7 processor
  • The digicam can seize RAW photographs at 20fps and JPEGs at 120fps
  • There’s additionally a complicated autofocus system with 3D monitoring

The Nikon Z 9 makes use of a stacked 45.7-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 7 processor to supply top quality photographs. Although, the superior autofocus system and blazingly quick speeds are the standout options right here. 

The Z 9 can seize greater than 1000 full-resolution RAW frames at 20fps in a single burst, or 11-megapixel JPEGs at as much as 120fps.

The digicam’s speedy sensor-scan charges and shutter speeds reduce down on rolling-shutter distortion to stop photographs from changing into warped, and the digicam is able to reaching shutter speeds of 1/32000 whereas the ISO ranges from 64 to 25600, and is expandable to 32 to 102400. 

Nikon Z 9 sample photo
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Transferring on to autofocus, Nikon says the Z 9 packs its most refined AF system to this point. The 493-point AF system contains 405 auto-area AF factors (5 occasions greater than the Z 7II), topic monitoring throughout the body and 10 AF-area modes for higher optimisation. 

The digicam is able to locking onto individuals, animals, birds, automobiles and eyes, and 3D monitoring is on the market for the primary time on a mirrorless Nikon, permitting the digicam to react to adjustments in topic place, orientation and velocity. 

Nikon Z 9 sample photo
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I principally caught to taking pictures in Programmed Auto mode throughout my time with the digicam, permitting me to focus totally on the excessive Burst mode setting at 20fps. I additionally moved between focusing manually and experimenting with the continual AF on the cyclists, dancers and BMX riders within the venue to check how rapidly the AF was in a position to latch onto fast-moving topics.

The Burst mode did a wonderful job of capturing each second of the motion, and slower actions had been no match for the AF which tracked eyes and faces with unimaginable precision. 

Nikon Z 9 sample photo including bikes
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I did discover that the AF wasn’t all the time able to maintaining with quicker topics in the event that they weren’t within the body for an extended sufficient time period. A lot of my photographs got here out blurry or unusable when cyclists raced by, notably when their faces had been turned away or had been hid by hair or helmets.

Usually, I discovered I had essentially the most success when faces had been clearly seen within the body and I allowed the AF a short second to trace the topic earlier than taking my picture. Although at occasions, even the blurry photographs did a pleasant job of capturing the movement in a picture.

Nikon Z 9 sample photo portrait
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So far as its video recording capabilities go, the Nikon Z 9 helps full-frame 8K video recording in as much as 60p and 4K in as much as 120p. There’s ProRes 422 HQ recording compatibility and AF/AE and Eye-Detection AF is supported whereas filming, although I didn’t get an opportunity to check this out throughout my quick time with the digicam.

Early Verdict

Within the transient time I spent with the Nikon Z 9, I discovered it to be a big and succesful digicam with quick shutter speeds and a exact autofocus system.

Nikon Z 9 specs





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