Nikon Z9

In General Stuff, Standard by Patrick

The rumored Nikon Z9 camera is supposedly going to be announced in October of 2021. The wait will be long according to Nikon Rumors secondary to part shortages and labor issues. It has been common knowledge that the Nikon Z9 was being used at the Olympics and all the EXIF data was removed so as not to draw questions. Here are the specifications that have been confirmed by photographers using the pre-production models.

  • 8256 x 5504px resolution that confirms a 45MP stacked sensor (it is interesting to note that Canon decided to go with a 24MP sensor for their R3 camera).
  • The Z9 will be capable of up to 120 fps in a lower res file size (6Mb I think). Some reports even indicated 160 fps!
  • Built-in GPS – probably GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System).
  • The Z9 will use the same battery as D6. There will be also a new 18-type battery (EN-EL18x) that can be charged by the camera’s USB-C.
  • The sensor has multi leaf blade protective shutter that auto covers sensor when switched off/changing lens to stop dust and dirt on naked sensor.
  • The Z9 will have car autofocus in addition to animal and people AF as well as low light -7 EV.
  • Improved 3D tracking.
  • Improved articulated screen that even works in portrait mode – it is a completely new design.
  • New style locking flap for the two CFExpress memory cards.
  • Third joystick/selector added to use whilst camera close face and shooting.
  • New menu features to tweak and match your shooting style.
  • The shutter release sound level can be adjusted from silent to loud so you can still get that D6 machine gun sound.

As with any new release, things are subject to change but I it sounds like these specs are going to hold fast and the Nikon Z9 will be a hybrid between the Nikon D6 and the Nikon D850. We will see once the announcement is made.

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