Meet the powerhouse of optical engineering.
Introducing the FX-format (full-frame) Z 9, our flagship Z series mirrorless camera. A true pioneer, this camera comes with multiple first time features never before seen in a Nikon or even in this category. Experience breakthrough technology with up to 9 types of simultaneous subject detection in both stills and videos, a real-life viewfinder with no blackout period, and stunning 8K UHD/30p in-camera recording that can capture up to approximately 125 minutes. Its robust design marries form and function to bring you the best overall shooting experience, including a newly designed flexible 4-axis vertical and horizontal tilting monitor and an integrated vertical grip. Discover the unstoppable power and precision of the Z 9.
See more, capture more. Detect multiple subjects in every frame and easily find your focus with the Z 9. Experience the world’s largest1 variety of simultaneous subject detection2 thanks to an algorithm developed using deep learning technology, so whether you’re looking to capture people, cats, dogs, birds, cars, motorbikes, bicycles, planes, trains, or similar subjects, the Z 9 can identify up to 9 types of these subjects at the same time, even when shooting stills or videos.
Enjoy extra peace of mind knowing that your subjects will stay sharp, thanks to the advanced auto-area AF with 405 focus points and 3D-tracking in stills – delivering a new level of focusing precision. Dynamic AF is available to help photographers track multiple subjects in a frame, perfect for team sports.
For those looking to capture unpredictable moments in the heat of the action, such as wildlife in flight or a sporting event, a split second could make all the difference. With the Z 9, capture those shots without missing a beat with the world’s fastest1 frame rate of up to maximum 120 fps3 with High-Speed Frame Capture+ that is realised with the new EXPEED 7 image-processing engine, along with continuous shooting at 20 fps that allows continuous shooting of 1000 frames and more in JPEG or RAW4 format.
Feel closer to your craft with the Z 9. Allowing photographers to shoot their subjects more comfortably and more accurately, this camera will feel like an extension of yourself. Whether you’re at a live event or documenting key moments, capture any split-second action in real time with the new Real-Live Viewfinder with zero blackout period – made possible by the new 45.7MP stacked CMOS sensor with Dual-Stream technology and high performance EXPEED 7 image-processing engine.
See every scene clearly through your lens, even in challenging lighting conditions mid-day or in the evening with the new Quad-VGA panel which holds the title of the world’s brightest5 at 3000cd/m2. Achieve more, with the Nikon’s first 4-axis vertical and horizontal 8cm touch-sensitive tilting monitor that provides a comfortable and easy shooting experience for photographers in both portrait and landscape formats, and even helps with reading settings, no matter the orientation. Additionally, enjoy the ergonomic integrated vertical grip that facilitates easier and more comfortable handling when shooting in portrait or landscape.
Other than being able to shoot stills in high-resolution 45.7MP, the Z 9 is the first Nikon to record high-resolution 8K UHD/30p video directly in-camera utilising full-sensor with full-pixel read-out up to approximately 125 minutes.
Another first for a Nikon is the ability to record in 4K UHD/120p in full frame without cropping the scene, giving videographers the added versatility to create dramatic slow-motion scenes, revealing precise details with a wide range of frame rate from 24p to 120p. Featuring advanced time-lapse functions, the Z 9 is also capable of producing 8K in-camera timelapses, while allowing the option to save high-resolution stills from the video footage for expanded possibilities.
Support for diverse codecs give professionals more options with modern H.265 (HEVC), which has higher compression efficiency and is available with various mode including 8K30p/4K120p or the industry standard, Apple ProRes 422 HQ for intermediate file editing.
Take control of all photographic situations. The Z 9 is Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera with no mechanical shutter. Perfect when capturing moments that are sound sensitive, such as weddings or theatrical performances, the non-mechanical shutter design removes any concern around creating unwanted disturbances, along with mechanical shutter wear and tear. Likewise, when crucial shots hang on a single moment, such as the swing of a golf club or a helicopter coming into land, you can rely on the world’s lowest rolling shutter distortion and the fastest scan rate6 to minimise distortion when capturing high-speed action shots.
Make sure every shot is sharp, even in highly challenging situations such as shooting handheld using slower shutter speed, with Synchro VR (Vibration Reduction)7 – which combines in-camera 5-axis VR, with compatible NIKKOR VR-equipped lenses to effectively minimise image blur.
Built to enhance your overall experience, the Z 9 has a number of features that make shooting with it an absolute dream. When shooting in dark environments, quickly and easily locate essential buttons with illuminated icons. Capture as much and as fast as you can with dual card slots that are compatible with CFexpress Type B – which support the fastest writing speed available in memory cards preventing lag-time in critical moments, especially shooting 8K videos or 45MP stills.
For those seeking adventure, or for those who work in the field, the camera’s highly robust body is more than capable to handle general wear and tear with its magnesium alloy structure, while withstanding extreme environment condition of up to -10°C. When the weather turns at a moment’s notice, the effective exterior sealing prevents the elements from entering the camera with its dust and drip-resistant performance.
A first for digital cameras – enjoy added protection on the go with dual coating on the image sensor surface that repels dust to keep the image sensor in pristine condition. A newly introduced sensor shield further prevents dust or accidental fingerprints from getting onto the sensor when lenses are being changed.
Be more connected than ever. With the Z 9’s in-camera Wi-Fi, enjoy image transfers straight from the camera to FTP servers along with useful automated functions, such as interval timer and focus shift shooting, without any additional accessories. Transfer quickly and efficiently while out in the field by assigning multiple frequently-used commands such as “select to send”, “protect”, and “rating” and executing them with one button.
With NX MobileAir smart device app8, seamlessly transfer images in mere moments from camera to smart devices and onto an FTP server – bypassing the need for personal computers (PC) to send the latest images from the field to a news desk in the shortest time. For studio and artistic shoots in a controlled setting, such as fashion or commercial photography, the NX Tether software with a user-friendly interface, allows tethering direct from camera to a PC, so you can control, shoot and see your shots on a larger screen in all their glory.
See how you can achieve peak photography performance with the magnificent design and engineering of the Z 9.
1. Tenacious AF that confidently nails critical moments in action
In order to achieve reliable AF for a variety of subjects, the Z 9 employs an advanced algorithm developed using deep-learning technology and detects the world’s largest range of 9 subject types*1. With human subjects, the camera can detect and focus on a person’s eye even if it is small in the frame, which helps when cropping the image. It can even focus on the eye through goggles or sunglasses, or if upside down. In a dynamic situation such as where a gymnast performs a somersault during a floor exercise and the AF loses the face, detection will automatically shift to the head or upper body, maintaining focus on the subject. For wildlife photographers and photo enthusiasts, it also detects birds, motorcycles, bicycles, cars and airplanes, as well as cats and dogs, allowing you to leave focusing to the camera while you concentrate on your image composition. Moreover, the “auto” subject detection option automatically*2 detects and focuses on any of these subject types, which lets you, for example, shoot a car and then spontaneously capture the driver leaving the vehicle without the need to change settings. Combining this with the auto-area AF helps securely capture fast-moving subjects.
* As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research. *1 Subject detection works in wide-area AF (S) and (L), auto-area AF, 3D-tracking and subject-tracking AF modes. Animal detection also works for animals similar to dogs, cats and birds, for example, a cheetah, that resembles a cat. *2 If the focus point selects an unintended subject among multiple kinds of subjects in the frame, you can select the main subject with the multi selector.
3D-tracking has long been praised for its tracking performance with Nikon D-SLRs, and the Z 9 brings this feature to the Z series for the first time. Coupled with subject detection developed using deep learning, it continues tracking a subject such as a racing car that approaches close and then moves away quickly, or a swiftly moving athlete.
Many professional sports photographers decide exactly where in the frame they want to achieve focus before going into a scene and maintain it on a subject with dynamic-area AF. Taking advantage of the vast AF coverage, the Z 9 brings new advances by offering three dynamic-area AF modes: (S) with a focusing area equivalent to that of the D6, (M) with an area as big as that of the Z 7II, and (L) with an even larger focusing area. Effective use of these depending on the situation helps nail decisive moments in scenes such as soccer and basketball.
The Z 9’s powerful AF is the result of three technologies: an unprecedented AF calculation speed of 120 cycles per second, intelligent subject detection developed using deep learning, and rapid, constant communication of AF information between the lens and camera body via the Z mount. These technologies combine to perform a higher level of AF tracking performance for erratically moving subjects, even during high-speed continuous shooting. The AF algorithm is also tuned to nail moving subjects with confidence in low-light situations. Furthermore, the Z 9’s AF being controlled independently from live-view exposure enables powerful AF even in backlit situations.
When you want to capture the exact moment such as a high diver’s fingertips hitting the water or a tennis ball momentarily deformed by the impact of the racket, the Z 9 offers new High-Speed Frame Capture+* with AF/AE tracking. Rotating the release mode dial to the quick release-mode selection and selecting C120, you can take approx. 11-megapixel still images at 120 fps. This helps press coverage by revealing amazing, previously invisible moments that would otherwise be lost between the frames. With C30, you can shoot approx. 45-megapixel images at 30 fps. Compatibility with a large variety of lenses — all NIKKOR Z and 94 NIKKOR F lenses — supports your creative vision in a greater range of scenarios.
*JPEG normal image quality only. The number of frames that can be shot is less than that of high-speed continuous shooting. Use of a recommended card is advised.
To capture the decisive moment, sometimes you need the whole story. Thanks to CFexpress Type B’s fast writing speed, the Z 9 allows you to keep shooting more than 1000 frames at approx. 20 fps in JPEG (L) fine and High Efficiency RAW. With remarkable AF performance, you can continue shooting figure skaters or rhythmic gymnasts from beginning to end, ensuring you capture all the decisive moments. The Z 9 achieves 20 fps with all NIKKOR Z and 94 NIKKOR F lenses.
*When using ProGrade Digital COBALT 1700R 325GB cards. Up to 3 seconds of 20-fps high-speed continuous shooting is possible in RAW + JPEG or JPEG + JPEG.
2. See every decisive moment smoothly
In the world of sports photography, decisive moments are often hidden within the tiniest fraction of a second. To capture these moments, photographers follow each movement through the viewfinder with continuous shooting, but there has always been a split-second image that they couldn’t see — whether with mirrorless or D-SLR cameras. The Z 9 is the first camera*1 with a viewfinder which reveals every single moment*2 — including those previously blocked by conventional electronic viewfinder systems and loss of view caused by the mirror-up of D-SLRs. This enables you to smoothly confirm every single movement of athletes and find the very best moments.
*1 As of October 28, 2021, among digital cameras, based on Nikon research. *2 Smoothness of the viewfinder image will differ depending on settings such as shutter, etc.
Nikon’s dual-stream technology, enabled by the new stacked CMOS sensor and EXPEED 7 engine, separately processes live-view images (including EVF view) and still images to be recorded. This dedicated live-view image processing realizes the Real-Live Viewfinder, delivering a smooth view that reveals every single moment.
The Z 9 incorporates Nikon’s unique stacked CMOS sensor featuring 45.7 effective megapixels, which enables approx. 12× faster readout compared to the Z 7II. The world’s fastest* scanning speed makes it possible to minimize rolling-shutter distortion. It realizes a design without need for a mechanical shutter, enabling silent*1 release at any time and for a vast number of shots without worrying about shutter wear.
* As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras incorporating an image sensor with 30 megapixels or larger, based on Nikon research. *1 A simulated shutter sound and release timing indicator can be set as necessary.
The core of a mirrorless camera’s performance is its image-processing engine. The new EXPEED 7 is Nikon’s most powerful yet, taking full advantage of the stacked CMOS sensor’s potential and approx. 10× faster processing speed compared to the Z 7II to raise performance to a whole new level across the board. What is unique about this engine is that by processing dual-streamed data from the image sensor separately, it realizes the Real-Live Viewfinder, while also achieving high-performance AF, 120 fps of High-Speed Frame Capture+, 8K in-camera video recording, 4K 120p and more advanced features. Furthermore, its new algorithm for powerful subject detection not only hugely enhances AF, but also improves white balance and i-TTL balanced fill flash performance. The EXPEED 7 also helps deliver more impressive image quality at high ISO settings by retaining subjects’ sharpness and saturation while reducing background noise. The Z 9 will continue boosting its performance and expanding features through firmware updates to cater to future needs.
Photographers need to shoot even in very bright conditions and sometimes face difficulties in confirming the subject through electronic viewfinders. That’s why the Z 9 incorporates a new Quad-VGA panel, in which brightness can be manually raised up to 3000cd/m2. This allows you to see your subjects through the viewfinder more clearly, even if you are shooting on a beach in summer or snow field in winter. What’s more, the Z 9’s EVF offers a smaller display size option for those wearing glasses to be able to view the whole frame.
*As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research.
For smooth operation in dark environments, essential buttons for camera settings and image playback can be illuminated. The Z 9 newly incorporates starlight view, which makes the EVF display and LCD monitor brighter to help you see subjects more clearly in dark situations. This mode also expands the lowest AF detection range down to -8.5 EV*, facilitating autofocusing in dark scenes. In addition, warm display color options are available, shifting displays of shooting, menu and playback to warmer colors that are easy on the eyes.
*Using AF-S and an f/1.2 lens, ISO 100 and 20°C/68°F with the center focus point selected in single-point AF.
3. Excellent video quality and performance for practical applications
The growing demand for 8K video is making it essential for professional shoots with mirrorless cameras. The Z 9 was developed to meet such needs by providing truly practical 8K video recording. It efficiently dissipates heat, letting you continue recording 8K UHD/30p video*1 in-camera for as long as 125 minutes*2.
With the astonishing resolving power of NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses and full pixel readout, 8K UHD/30p video reveals amazingly sharp detail from edge to edge.
Now, you can record H.265 (HEVC) 10-bit and 8-bit, and select the color gamma from SDR, N-Log and HLG*3 according to your needs. For users like photojournalists who need to send their footage right away, Picture Control Auto optimized for video provides an instant natural look and colors.
The camera detects 9 kinds of subject even with video AF. Select the “auto” subject detection option to have the camera automatically detect any of these subjects without changing settings — convenient when you need to suddenly switch subjects. Not only that, but the algorithm for AF speed [-5] and [+5] settings has also been improved to address filmmakers’ needs. It now lets you track a variety of subjects ranging from those moving extremely slowly to rapid action. What’s more, “AF drive for when subject is not detected” can be set to “off”, enabling you to maintain the focus position in scenes where the subject is temporarily obscured.
8K UHD files provide multiple usage, such as saving a frame as an approx. 33-megapixel still image for a large print, and converting it into 4K or Full HD video with panning and zooming effects. These options open up new possibilities for a variety of needs.
8K time-lapse video recording is also available and the Z 9’s video features will continue to be updated to fulfill users’ requirements.
* As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research. *1 In FX-based video format only. *2 At a temperature of 23°C/73.4°F. With an EN-EL18d Rechargeable Li-ion Battery in use. When video recording starts immediately after powering on. CFexpress Type B cards with fast writing speed are recommended for video recording. *3 Can be selected when the video file type is set to H.265 10 bit.
In-camera video recording for the maximum 125 minutes is also possible with 4K UHD/120p. You can create dramatic slow motion in full frame without any crop. A 2.3× crop format is also available in 120p, which allows you to come closer to your subject without changing lenses. Furthermore, in-camera recording is possible in H.265 10-bit and 8-bit at any frame rate, allowing you to choose the format best suited for your postproduction needs.
For video recording, the Z 9 features a leap forward in electronic VR*1, available in addition to in-camera VR and Synchro VR. Thanks to EXPEED 7, image blur caused by camera shake in handheld shooting is more powerfully compensated*2 than before, facilitating recording while walking. It can also correct the trapezoid distortion*2 common with wide-angle lenses.
*1 With electronic VR, the angle of view becomes equivalent to 1.25× the focal length of the lens in use. Not compatible with 120p/100p and 8K UHD. *2 Available when paired with NIKKOR Z lenses.
The Z 9 offers various functions to help filmmakers’ workflow progress smoothly and without error. Tack-sharp focus is critical in 8K and 4K video. For the first time in the world*1 the Z 9 makes zooming available during movie playback pause to check focus in-camera and on-site. Manual focusing with the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S*2 can be controlled similarly to cine lenses as the focus shifts precisely according to the rotation angle. To make finding your desired moment easier during playback, the camera lets you customize how far you want to skip — either by seconds or by frames — using the main/sub-command dial. Meanwhile, the zebra pattern can also indicate “mid-tone range” — convenient for checking brightness on human subjects. HDMI output*3 display latency is reduced than with conventional models, which helps when shooting video with external monitors. Furthermore, 24-bit Linear PCM audio recording is now possible, contributing to higher production values.
*1 As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research. *2 Requires firmware update. *3 Not compatible with RAW video output to external recorders.
The Z 9’s performance and features will continue to be enhanced. RAW video in-camera recording up to 8K/60p and more features are scheduled to be added. Improvements will continually meet further needs.
⦁ In-camera 12-bit RAW video (over 8K/60p) recording.
⦁ Slow shutter speed in video M mode.
⦁ ISO sensitivity setting in 1/6 EV in video M mode.
⦁ Consolidated video info display.
⦁ Waveform monitor display.
⦁ Display of red REC frame during video recording.
⦁ Switching magnification rate during video recording.
4. Next-level confidence in diverse scenarios
Nikon’s flagship cameras have always been designed with thorough consideration for vertical shooting as well as horizontal. The Z 9’s 4-axis tilting mechanism lets photographers tilt the display 90 degrees upward and 43 degrees downward in the horizontal position, as well as 90 degrees upward and 23 degrees downward in vertical. What’s more, when shooting stills in vertical orientation, icons and information are displayed vertically both in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor, so you can easily check settings. This flexibility greatly expands the choice of angles and opens up a vast range of creative possibilities.
The Z 9 achieves D6-equivalent superior robustness, including dust- and drip-resistant performance even when the tilting monitor is pulled out — but it also goes a step further. The front and rear covers, incorporating magnesium alloy, are integrated with the bottom for even greater heat dissipation efficiency. In addition, a VR lock protects the sensor from the risk of losing accuracy, for example by swaying during bumpy off-road travel during wildlife shoots. Moreover, the camera design without need for a mechanical shutter frees you from worry about shutter wear or breakdown, enabling you to comfortably shoot vast numbers of images. This has also eliminated dust caused by friction from the moving shutter blades. The highly durable body can now function down to -10°C/14°F thanks to meticulous reexamination of all body parts by engineers.
In order to minimize the risk of dust on the image sensor, the Z 9 newly adopts two measures on top of conventional image sensor cleaning. The optical filter covering the image sensor features the world’s first* dual coating — electro-conductive coating and fluorine coating. These repel dust and allow for removal of persistent dust. What’s more, the newly installed sensor shield prevents dust collecting on the sensor and accidental touching when lenses are changed, offering greater confidence in the field.
*As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research.
Featuring a body design eliminating the need for a mechanical shutter, the Z 9 lets you release the shutter without a click sound*. For occasions when you wish to be even quieter, the silent mode also turns off the VR lock as well as menu operation sounds, while minimizing lens drive noise. This is invaluable when shooting golf and tennis, or capturing still images on a film set while cameras are rolling. You can also minimize flicker during silent mode, making it possible to shoot indoor events such as theatrical plays and press conferences reliably and worry-free.
*A simulated shutter sound and release timing indicator can be set as necessary.
When shooting fashion and portraits, it’s important to let the model know the shutter release timing to draw out the best expression. The Z 9 offers an optional, simulated shutter release sound in 2 selectable pitches according to your needs and shooting scenarios.
For professionals, it’s essential that their camera has a well-thought-out button and dial layout that works to minimize operational errors, and a number of buttons customizable according to each need. With that in mind, the Z 9 is designed to fulfill those demands, while also achieving a body 20% smaller than the D6. The dedicated AF mode button allows you to change AF modes and AF area modes without removing your eye from the viewfinder. Buttons related to playback are located for fast access with your right thumb in either orientation. In addition, the three function buttons on the front are positioned with enough space to prevent mis-operation. Those seeking operational continuity from the D6 can assign the playback function to the Z 9’s protect button at the top left of the rear side.
Customizable settings are not limited to buttons and dials: display elements on the camera monitor and EVF can also be customized to ideally suit your shooting needs. You can also opt against showing setting information at all, letting you view the entire frame cleanly from edge to edge.
Everything about the Z 9 is designed with professional workflow speed in mind. A faster start-up time of approx. 0.4 sec.* ensures you are ready to respond instantly to shooting chances. Quick playback and seamless scrolling are possible even in thumbnail display, allowing you to choose and send the images you want with greater speed.
*Under Nikon’s own test conditions with NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S in use.
High-resolution files tend to be heavy, especially when using RAW, and require additional hard drive space or a high-spec computer to store and edit them. For RAW users, the Z 9 introduces High Efficiency RAW which retains the same level of high image quality as the conventional uncompressed RAW in an approx. 1/3 smaller* file size — making RAW files easier to handle than ever.
*In High Efficiency RAW. In High Efficiency RAW★, the file size is approx. 1/2 of the conventional uncompressed RAW.
To handle the large files of 8K UHD and 4K UHD/120p, CFexpress Type B is the best partner, offering two times faster write speed than CFexpress Type A. This high-capacity fast write speed also helps you get the most out of high-speed continuous shooting at 45 megapixels.
The Z 9’s EN-EL18d Rechargeable Li-ion Battery can handle shooting of up to approx. 700 still images*1 and approx. 5310*2 in continuous shooting mode, as well as approx. 170 minutes*3 of video recording. USB power delivery during shooting is also possible from a mobile battery*4 or computer via the optional UC-E25 USB Cable. This can be invaluable for outdoor time-lapse shooting or video recording, letting you continue shooting for even longer periods of time.
*1 Based on CIPA Standards. In “viewfinder only” mode with “power-saving” mode turned off. *2 Under Nikon’s own test conditions. *3 Based on CIPA Standards. In “monitor only” mode. *4 Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W is the recommended portable charger. Use a USB cable with two Type-C connectors supplied with the portable charger. For more information about this product, please visit the manufacturer’s website. Note: The above values are achievable when using Sony CFexpress CEB-G128 memory cards.
The camera can be connected with a Kensington lock to prevent theft, for example during unattended remote shooting.
5. Enhance total workflow with versatility and speed
The Z 9’s built-in Wi-Fi offers fast communication without the need for additional accessories. You can wirelessly transfer images directly from the camera to an FTP, as well as synchronizing shutter releases among the master and remote cameras. The Wi-Fi frequency is selectable between 2.4GHz or 5GHz*, and access points indication shows SSID frequency. Reliable 1000BASE-T wired LAN image transfer is also faster than with the D6, giving professionals an extra edge in the race to deliver important images ahead of competitors. To further help your connectivity setup go smoothly, the network menu tab is newly added to the camera menu.
*Not available in certain regions.
Photographers on-site need to tell their editor the priority of images when transmitting them manually. In order to make that workflow simpler and more efficient, the Z 9 now allows the assigning of several upload settings to each function button. For instance, by assigning “priority upload” and “5-star rating” to the Fn1 button, you can easily do two things — transfer an image and convey its importance — with one simple action. In addition, the i menu allows for filtered playback based on chosen criteria, during which you can also set those images to send in one batch. You can also prioritize certain images to be transferred ahead of others, just as with the D6.
The built-in location data system* is compatible with signals emitted from GPS satellites, GLONASS satellites, and Quasi-Zenith satellites. This enables accurate confirmation of captured images’ locations with GPS maps, and helps place images from photographers working at the same locations in chronological order.
*GPS is not available in certain countries.
Nikon has boosted not only the camera and lens lineup but also the range of original software that supports professional workflow. For photojournalists, the NX MobileAir*1, a smartphone application that enables fast image transfer via the devices, is newly available in addition to the Wireless Transmitter Utility*2 for Wi-Fi transfer. The NX Tether*2 (free) and Camera Control Pro 2*2 (optional with charge), both of which can be used in combination with NX Studio*2 , support fashion and commercial shoots in the studio.
*1 Can be downloaded from the application store of each smart device. *2 Can be downloaded from the Nikon website.
Nikon’s NX MobileAir*1 offers a convenient solution for image transfer in venues where bringing in a computer is not allowed or when you want to reduce baggage. Reliable image transmission from the Z 9 to a smartphone (Android/iOS*2) with the NX MobileAir installed is ensured via a USB cable, and from there you can send images at high speed via 5G smartphone using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) communication. You can also easily add IPTC information, or edit images (trim, rotate and adjust inclination) on the smartphone, using its familiar interface.
*1 The number of albums and saved images becomes unlimited when you register for a paid plan. Available languages are English, Japanese and simplified Chinese. Available regions are limited to the US, Japan and China. *2 A dedicated cable is required to connect with an iOS smartphone.
Tethered shooting is essential for fashion, commercial and other studio shoots. With the NX Tether, this becomes a smooth process via its simple, intuitive interface and great compatibility with a diverse range of editing software. It also helps increase shooting efficiency as it notifies you of transfer errors with alert sounds. Using NX Studio helps streamline the image review and editing process immediately after the shoot.
Compatibility with accessories is important in broadening creativity. Nikon collaborates with lighting accessory brands such as Nissin Digital and Profoto, as well as essential video accessory brands such as camera cage brand SmallRig, gimbal brands DJI* and ZHIYUN*, audio equipment brands Deity, RODE and Sennheiser, and external recorder brands ATOMOS and Blackmagic Design. The TASCAM XLR microphone adapter is newly compatible with the Z 9 for recording professional-quality sound. The Z 9 offers reliable shooting with accessories produced by these brands.
*Will be compatible soon.
6. Outstanding image quality for any creative vision
The Z 9 delivers advanced vibration reduction (VR) with Synchro VR*1 where 5-axis in-body VR and 2-axis lens VR work together, achieving an effect equivalent to a shutter speed up to approx. 6.0 stops*2 faster. This helps handheld still photography at longer shutter speeds or with telephoto lenses, in which camera shake easily causes image blur. It also effectively compensates for vibration during video recording.
*1 Compatible with the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S and NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S. The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S requires firmware update. *2 Based on CIPA Standards. When using the telephoto end of the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S with NORMAL mode.
One of NIKKOR Z’s most attractive points for image-makers is its beautiful bokeh without aberration even with the aperture wide open. The Z 9 opens up the usage still further for commercial and fashion photographers. Combined with its ISO 64 capability and 1/32000 sec. shutter speed, it allows use of the maximum aperture of fast NIKKOR Z lenses such as the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S and f/1.8 S prime lens series even in bright locations like the beach or snowscapes. Now you can explore exciting new realms of expression.
In order to render the red tones of sunsets more dramatically, natural light auto white balance is enhanced with the Z 9, thanks to an algorithm that utilizes deep learning to intelligently detect sunsets. Sunsets with an impressive warm hue are delivered in both stills and video.
Making full use of the Z mount’s largest*, 55-mm diameter, NIKKOR Z lenses offer outstanding rendering performance. In addition to sharpness beyond that of NIKKOR F lenses, excellent point light reproduction, and natural, beautiful bokeh, they have also achieved minimum aberration. This allows you to leverage maximum aperture proactively and expands the range of image expressions available. Every S-Line lens is also optimally designed for video recording, minimizing operational noise and focus breathing while offering a control ring where aperture, exposure or ISO is assignable for smooth operation. All NIKKOR Z lenses produce coherent white tones together with the Z 9 for seamless postproduction workflow. The NIKKOR Z lens lineup will provide you with ever-expanding image-making possibilities.
*As of October 28, 2021, among full-frame mirrorless cameras. Based on Nikon research.
This lens offers excellent sharpness and clarity with minimum aberration even at the maximum aperture, throughout the zoom range. Its new zoom ring with 80-degree rotation angle and reduction in weight shift caused by zooming allow you to switch from wide-angle to telephoto quickly without adjusting your hold on the lens, while the most lightweight* body results in excellent operability and handling.
*Among interchangeable zoom lenses for full-frame (Nikon FX-format) digital cameras with maximum apertures of f/4.5-5.6 and focal length range covering 100-400mm available as of October 28, 2021. Based on Nikon research.
Overwhelmingly beautiful, creamy bokeh and extremely high resolution can both be found at the f/1.2 open aperture. Take advantage of the truly three-dimensional effect in a variety of images including portraits and video recording. The multi-focusing system achieves tack-sharp focus even at its shallowest depth of field. Operational noise and focus breathing are both minimized, effective for video recording.
Beautiful bokeh, free from color aberrations, even at maximum aperture, and outstanding resolution enable impressive visual expression in a diversity of scenes, from macro photography, product shots to portraits. Compatible with the Z 9’s Synchro VR, it offers an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 5.5 stops* faster, widely broadening creative possibilities.
*Based on CIPA Standards. With NORMAL mode.
Employing a double-sided aspherical lens element, this lens achieves the world’s shortest* and lightest* 650-g body, while delivering extraordinary rendering. Near-perfect point-image reproduction elevates the depiction of astrophotography and night cityscapes. Flare and ghost are well controlled by ARNEO Coat and Nano Crystal Coat even under harsh lighting such as backlit scenes, maintaining image sharpness and clarity.
*Among interchangeable zoom lenses for full-frame (Nikon FX-format) digital cameras with a focal range beginning at 14 mm or lower and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, available as of October 28, 2021. Based on Nikon research.
Outstanding optical performance delivers extremely high resolution at the edges of the frame as well as at the center, even with the maximum aperture of f/2.8, while producing natural, beautiful bokeh. The multi-focusing system realizes precise AF at any focal length. This top-quality standard zoom lens offers the superb image quality you expect from NIKKOR Z.
A highly acclaimed telephoto zoom incorporating a variety of lens elements — SR lens, ED glass, aspherical lens and fluorite lens — for great optical performance. It is indispensable for sports, fashion and so much more. Synchro VR*1 with an effect equivalent to 6.0 stops*2 faster shutter speed provides more stable images during handheld shooting.
*1 Synchro VR is available via firmware update. *2 Based on CIPA Standards. At the telephoto end, with NORMAL mode.
Tripod socket of the Mount Adapter FTZ is removed so that it doesn’t interfere with your fingers, making it easier to hold in vertical grip. Enables continued use of your NIKKOR F lenses thanks to compatibility with approx. 360 lenses.
7. System Chart and Nomenclature
|1||Shutter-release button||18||Sub-selector||35||Voice memo button||52||Exposure compensation button||69||Battery chamber cover|
|2||Power switch||19||Main command dial||36||Network indicator||53||Eyelet for camera strap||70||Flash sync terminal|
|3||AF-assist illuminator/Red-eye reduction lamp/Self-timer lamp||20||i button||37||Monitor||54||Focal plane mark||71||Ten-pin remote terminal|
|4||Lens mounting mark||21||OK button||38||Speaker||55||Control panel||72||Ethernet connector|
|5||CPU contacts||22||Multi selector||39||Eyepiece release||56||GNSS antenna||73||Connector for external microphone|
|6||Lens release button||23||Playback zoom in button||40||Delete button/Formatting memory cards button||57||Accessory shoe (for optional flash unit)||74||Headphone connector|
|7||Lens mount||24||Menu button||41||Protection button/Fn4 button||58||Exposure mode button||75||HDMI connector|
|8||Image sensor||25||Playback button||42||Release mode dial||59||Release mode button/Two-button reset button||76||USB connector|
|9||Fn3 button||26||Thumbnail button/ Playback zoom out button/Help button||43||Rubber eyecup||60||Tripod socket||77||Memory card slot cover|
|10||Sub-command dial for vertical shooting||27||AF-ON button for vertical shooting||44||Viewfinder||61||Monitor mode button||78||Memory card slot cover latch|
|11||Fn2 button||28||Main command dial for vertical shooting||45||Eye sensor||62||Flash sync terminal cover||79||Shutter-release button for vertical shooting|
|12||Fn1 button||29||Multi selector for vertical shooting||46||Release mode dial lock release||63||Ten-pin remote terminal cover||80||ISO button for vertical shooting|
|13||Sub-command dial||30||Memory card access lamp||47||Bracketing button||64||Charge lamp||81||Security slot (for anti-theft cable)|
|14||Diopter adjustment control||31||i button for vertical shooting||48||Flash mode button||65||Cover for microphone, headphone, and Ethernet connectors||82||Fn button for vertical shooting|
|15||DISP button||32||Microphone||49||Stereo microphone||66||Cover for USB and HDMI connectors||83||Shutter-release button lock for vertical shooting|
|16||Photo/video selector||33||WB button||50||Video-record button||67||Focus-mode button|
|17||AF-ON button||34||QAUL button||51||ISO button/Formatting memory cards button||68||Battery chamber cover latch|
Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Nikon Z mount
Image sensor format
Image sensor type
35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)
Image size (pixels)
[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area: (L) 8256 x 5504 ( 45.4 million) (M) 6192 x 4128 ( 25.6 million) (S) 4128 x 2752 ( 11.4 million) [DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area: (L) 5392 x 3592 ( 19.4 million) (M) 4032 x 2688 ( 10.8 million) (S) 2688 x 1792 ( 4.8 million) [1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area: (L) 5504 x 5504 ( 30.3 million) (M) 4128 x 4128 ( 17.0 million) (S) 2752 x 2752 ( 7.6 million) [16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area: (L) 8256 x 4640 ( 38.3 million) (M) 6192 x 3480 ( 21.5 million) (S) 4128 x 2320 ( 9.6 million)
File format (image quality)
NEF (RAW): 14 bit; choose from lossless compression, high efficiency (high), and high efficiency options JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system
Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Dual card slots
2 CFexpress cards or XQD cards The card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage, for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG pictures, or for storage of duplicate JPEG pictures at different sizes and image qualities; pictures can be copied between cards.
DCF 2.0, Exif 2.32
1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 16-level manual brightness controls
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m(*1))
23 mm (-1.0 m(*1); from rearmost surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-4 - +3 m(*1)
Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
Z mount NIKKOR lenses F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)
Electronic shutter with shutter sound and sensor shield
1/32000 to 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV, extendable to 900 s in mode M), bulb, time
Flash sync speed
Flash synchronizes with shutter at speeds of 1/250 or 1/200 s or slower (but note that the guide number drops at speeds of 1/200 to 1/250 s); sync speeds as fast as 1/8000 s are supported with auto FP high-speed sync
S (single frame), CL (continuous low-speed), CH (continuous high-speed), High-speed frame capture, Self-timer
Approximate frame advance rate
Up to 120 fps Continuous low-speed: Approx. 1 to 10 fps Continuous high-speed: Approx. 10 to 20 fps High-speed frame capture (C30): Approx. 30 fps High-speed frame capture (C120): Approx. 120 fps * Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
TTL metering using camera image sensor
Matrix metering Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 or 8 mm circle in center of frame or weighting can be based on average of entire frame Spot metering: Meters circle with a diameter of approximately 4mm centered on selected focus point Highlight-weighted metering
-3 to +17 EV * Figures are for ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20 °C/68 °F
P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual
-5 to +5 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV)
Luminosity locked at detected value
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 and 1 EV can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Auto, Extra high 2, Extra high 1, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Add, average, lighten, darken
HDR overlay, photo mode flicker reduction
Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
-6.5 to +19 EV (-8.5 to +19 EV with starlight view) * Measured in photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F using single-servo AF (AF-S) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2
Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), full-time AF (AF-F; available only in video mode) ; predictive focus tracking Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
493 * Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and FX selected for image area
Pinpoint (available in photo mode only), single-point, dynamic-area (S, M, and L; available in photo mode only), wide-area (S and L), and auto-area AF; 3D-tracking (available in photo mode only); subject-tracking AF (available in video mode only)
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF-S) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Camera on-board VR
5-axis image sensor shift
Lens on-board VR
Lens shift (available with VR lenses)
TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off
-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning
Exposure and/or flash, white balance, ADL
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor TTL metering using camera image sensor
Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
7680 x 4320 (8K UHD): 30p (progressive)/25p/24p 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 120p/100p/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p 1920 x 1080: 120p/100p/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p * Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Apple ProRes 422 HQ (10 bit) , H.265/HEVC (8 bit/10 bit) , H.264/AVC (8 bit)
Audio recording format
Linear PCM (for videos recorded in MOV format), AAC (for videos recorded in MP4 format)
Audio recording device
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
-3 to +3 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV)
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Mode M: Manual selection (ISO 64 to 25600; choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1 EV); with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2.0) available with selectable upper limit Modes P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2.0) with selectable upper limit
Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Time-lapse video recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, N-Log and HDR (HLG) video
8 -cm ( 3.2 –in.) diagonal
vertically and horizontally tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls
Approx. 2100 k-dot
Full-frame and thumbnail (up to 4, 9, or 72 pictures) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, video playback, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto picture rotation, picture rating, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display
Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB) ; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output connector
Type A HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal
Built-in (can be used with MC-30A/MC-36A remote cords and other optional accessories)
RJ-45 connector Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX), IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T) Data rates*: 1000/100/10 Mbps with auto detect Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTO-MDIX) * Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ.
Wi-Fi for Africa, Asia (except China, Japan, Korea), Middle East & Oceania
IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) 2.4 GHz band: 8.4 dBm Open system, WPA2-PSK, WPA3-SAE
Bluetooth Specification version 5.0 Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth: 2.9 dBm Bluetooth Low Energy: 1.4 dBm
Range (line of sight)
Approximately 10 m (32 ft)*. *Without interference. Range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles.
Supported GNS systems
GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), QZSS (Japan)
Latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)
Camera clock can be set to time acquired via GNSS
15 s, 30 s, 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.
Maximum log recording time
6, 12, or 24 hours
One EN-EL18d rechargeable Li-ion battery* EN-EL18c, EN-EL18b, EN-EL18a, and EN-EL18 batteries can also be used. Note, however, that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge than with the EN-EL18d. The EH-7P charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL18d, EN-EL18c, and EN-EL18b batteries only.
Charging AC adapter
EH-7P charging AC adapter
EH-6d; requires EP-6a power connector (available separately)
0.635 cm (1/4 in., ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W × H × D)
Approx. 149 x 149.5 x 90.5 mm ( 5.9 x 5.9 x 3.6 in.)
Approx. 1340 g ( 2 lb. 15.3 oz. ) with battery and memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1160 g/2 lb. 9 oz. (camera body only)
Temperature: -10 °C to 40 °C (+14 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
BF-N1 Body Cap, EN-EL18d Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with Terminal Cover, (supplied with a plug adapter attached in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), HDMI/USB Cable Clip, AN-DC24 Strap, UC-E24 USB Cable, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover (comes attached to camera)
1. Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines. All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery. The sample images displayed on the camera and the images and illustrations in these specifications are for expository purposes only. Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in this document at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that these specifications may contain.
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