- Worlds best AF scene detection system1.
- Best-in-class 8K video resolution and internal recording1.
- Worlds fastest still image frame rate of 120 fps1.
- Worlds fastest scanning speed2.
- Worlds first truly blackout free electronic viewfinder1.
- First Nikon camera with 4-axis vertical and horizontal tilting monitor.
Watch the video and see what makes the
Z 9 the most powerful Nikon ever.
See it. Believe it.
The Z 9s ability to track in fast action sports is amazing.
Rod Mar, Award Winning Sports Photographer and Nikon Ambassador
Subject detection from deep learning. Automatic. Simultaneous.
A breakthrough algorithm developed using deep learning enables the Z 9 to automatically detect and track the worlds largest range of subjects3people, dogs, cats, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trains and planesin stills and video with no menu changes.
Keeps up with the smallest, fastest subjects.
AF and AE calculations are made at 120 cycles per second with rapid, constant communication between the lens and the camera through the Z mount. Even small, erratic subjects like birds in flight are tracked with ease.
Enhanced Eye AF for people, pets and birds.
Eye Detection AF automatically tracks the eyes of people, dogs, cats and birds (and similar creatures) even when theyre small in the frame, covered by hair, glasses or goggles, right-side up or upside down.
There's a confidence that I have that just allows me to think about the photograph.
Cliff Mautner, Professional Wedding Photographer and Nikon Ambassador
3D Tracking + Subject Detection. A new dimension of AF.
The power of Nikons acclaimed 3D Tracking is now available with deep learning subject detection. Effortlessly lock onto fast-moving subjects and track them moving toward you, away from you and everywhere in between.
Create your own
Sometimes, you need precise control of where your Z 9 should focus. With 20* custom Wide-Area AF (C1/C2) options, you can define the shape of your focus area. Your custom focus area will even work simultaneously with Subject Detection and Eye-Detect AF.
*12 new Wide-Area AF C1/C2 options in video mode.
Focus in the dark.
Go down to -8.5 EV.
Subject detection and AF works all the way down to -6.5 EV. Activate Starlight Mode, and focus all the way down to -8.5 EV. And since youll be spending more time in the dark, the Z 9s buttons are illuminated.
A groundbreaking new processing engine.
Expeed 7. The most powerful Nikon processing engine ever. 10x faster than previous generations. Handles complex AF and AE calculations at 120 cycles per second. Separately processes dual-streamed data from the stacked image sensor. Enables next-generation features like 120 fps still shooting, 8K video recording, a blackout-free viewing experience and more.
Blazing fast 120 fps stills.
For a sports photographer to have this many things to choose from is unheard of.
Andrew Hancock, Award Winning Sports Photographer, and Nikon Ambassador
Go from zero to 120 fps in the press of a shutter.
To capture moments you may never have seen before, the Z 9 captures 45.7-megapixel stills at an action-freezing 30 fps and press-ready 11-megapixel stills at an insanely fast 120 fpsall with full AF and AE performance and no blackout.
Keep your finger down. 1,000-image buffer capacity.
With a seemingly bottomless buffer, the Z 9 shoots continuously for more than 1,000 frames at 20 fps* as full resolution High-Efficiency RAW or JPEG (L) fine files.
*When using the recommended memory card: ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type B 2.0 Cobalt 1700R.
45.7-megapixel stills RAW + JPEG
45.7-megapixel stills JPEG
11-megapixel stills JPEG
Up to 120 Pre-Release Capture shots.
Nail the shot you missed.
When shooting fast action, Pre-Release Capture* records the instant right before you take your shot, capturing a moment that might otherwise have been missed. Give your reaction time a boost.
*Available in C30 and C120 modes.
The fastest write speeds. Dual CFexpress Type B.
Under a newly designed latching door are two matched slots optimized for high-performance CFexpress Type B cards. The slots are independent from each other, so you can load cards with different write speedsincluding XQD cards.
Finally, an electronic shutter you can trust.
The electronic shutter in the Z 9 achieves the worlds most minimal rolling-shutter distortion2, eliminating the need for a mechanical shutter. Shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 second in complete silence, with no shutter vibration and no concerns about shutter wear.
When you need to be invisible, Silent Mode turns off menu sounds and VR Lock and minimizes lens drive noises. And since the Z 9 does not have a mechanical shutter, you can shoot without a shutter clickor plug in headphones so only you can hear the simulated shutter sound.*
*A simulated shutter sound and release timing indicator can be set as desired.
The combination of the Z 9 and Z range of lenses, I wasnt even aware that this kind of clarity and sharpness was achievable.
Shannon Wild, Award Winning Photographer and Filmmaker
8K/30p. In-camera. No overheating.
With an innovative body design that efficiently dissipates heat, the Z 9 records lush 10-bit 8K UHD video at 24, 25 or 30 fps internally for over 2 hours straight*with no risk of overheating. Need stills from your shoot? Save 33-megapixel frame grabs right from your footage.
*At a temperature of 23°C/73.4°F
Record dense 10-bit 4K UHD footage in-camera with full pixel readout from the Z 9s outstanding sensor at 24, 25, 30p as ProRes 422 HQ or H.265 video. Or create dramatic 4K UHD slow motion sequences up to 120p. A 2.3x crop format with full pixel readout is available for getting closer to your subject without changing lenses.
Lenses that shine in any light.
Take advantage of fast aperture NIKKOR Z lenses and the Z 9’s dynamic range to capture beautiful, sharp low light footage. Add drama and depth to any production.
12-bit RAW video.
Record pristine 12-bit ProRes RAW HQ or new N-RAW video straight to the Z 9s memory cardsno external device required. To speed up in-camera playback and edits, a smaller Full HD companion file is created, too.Watch Sole Dance by Anthony ArendtWatch Behind the Scenes of Sole Dance
Selectable tone mode for your preferred grading process.
Use the internal stereo mic or an external stereo mic.
Capture 10-bit 4:2:2 video up to 4K UHD/30p in-camera.
Z 9, 8K/30p
Steady handheld shooting. Enhanced electronic VR.
The intelligence and processing power within Expeed 7 improves electronic VR for video recording, correcting trapezoid distortion from wide angle lenses and allowing you to create smooth handheld walking shots.
Stunning 45.7-megapixel image quality.
Im getting shots that Ive never gotten before because I can totally trust in this new technology.
Jerry Ghionis, Fashion, Portrait and Commercial Photographer, Filmmaker and Nikon Ambassador
Stacked CMOS sensor. 45.7-megapixels. Full frame.
Designed by Nikon specifically to bring ultra-high-resolution image quality to high-speed shooting applications. Achieves the worlds fastest scanning speed2, 12x faster data readout than the acclaimed Z 7II and absolutely spectacular image quality in stills and 8K videos.
Worlds most minimal rolling-shutter distortion2.
The extreme scanning speed of the Z 9 suppresses rolling-shutter distortion. Capture natural-looking images of extremely fast moving subjects like golf and baseball swings, and vehicles.
Sharper handheld shooting. Up to 6.0-stops of compensation.
The Z 9 delivers advanced Vibration Reduction (VR) with Synchro VR 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 faster with compatible lenses.
Wide open in any light. 1/32,000 second shutter speed.
Turn your shutter speed all the way up to 1/32,000 second and shoot wide open in harsh light. Enjoy the beautiful bokeh of Nikkor Z lenses in more situations than ever.
High-Efficiency RAW. 1/3 smaller.
New RAW format retains the same high image quality, dynamic range and flexibility as conventional RAW files with approximately 1/3 smaller file size. Speed up your workflow.
Blackout-free Real-Live Viewfinder.
Viewfinder simulation for presentation only; not actual recording of Real-Live Viewfinder.
Worlds first truly
Until now, achieving a blackout-free view meant repeating certain frames within the viewfinder. The Z 9 is the first camera with a viewfinder that reveals every single moment1including those previously blocked by conventional EVF or DSLR systems. Smoothly follow every movement of your subject, even when capturing at 120 fps.
Worlds brightest; adjustableto 3000cd/m2.
Choose what settings andinformation appear in the EVF.
Reduces display size so thewhole frame is visible.
The Z 9 outputs two data streams from the stacked CMOS sensor: one for writing to the memory card and one for viewing. The viewing stream is unaffected by any capture processing, leaving a pristine, lag-free, uninterrupted view with absolutely no blackout.Watch the video
4-axis horizontal and vertical tilting touchscreen.
It goes up. It goes down. It goes left. It goes right. Shoot from nearly any angle—high, low or sidewaysand maintain a clear, bright view of the frame. When you rotate the Z 9 for vertical shooting, the user interfaces within the monitor and the Real-Live Viewfinder also rotate to a vertical orientation*.
*When using the camera in photo mode.
3.2 inches (diagonal), brightand beautiful.
Tap, swipe and flick and pinch.
Ready to shoot in an instant.
Go from off to shooting in less than half a second.
Four function buttons.
Customizable and placed to prevent misoperation.
Integrated vertical grip.
Because the world doesnt fit in just one orientation.
Dual card slots.
High-speed CFexpress Type B for maximum capacity and write speed.
Kensington security slot.
Theft prevention when you need to leave your camera unattended.
Extended battery life.
Works with EN-EL18 series batteries and a new EN-EL18d battery that can handle up to 170 minutes of video recording.*
*Based on CIPA Standards. In monitor only mode.
USB power delivery.
Power and charge Z 9 from a laptop, mobile
battery or wall adapter.*
*Requires optional UC-E25 Cable sold separately.
The Z 9 maintains a button layout and integrated vertical grip similar to the D6, but its 20% smaller.
Magnesium alloy armor.
The Z 9 is built around a lightweight, super strong, corrosion resistant magnesium alloy shell with phenomenal heat dissipation and cold tolerance down to -10°C/14°F.
Any weather. Any conditions. Any assignment.
Flagship weather-sealing keeps out dust, dirt and moisture. The Z 9 is built to go wherever your assignment takes you.
Automatically closes when you remove a lens. Blocks out dust and accidental touches.
An electro-conductive coating repels dust while a fluorine coating makes it easy to wipe the sensor clean of dust.
Locks the sensor securely in place to prevent jostling when traveling over rough terrain.Watch the video
Faster image uploads. 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi®. 1000BASE-T wired LAN.
Deliver your images to your editor faster than ever with built-in 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi for over-the-air transfers and 1000BASE-T, the fastest wired LAN protocol, for faster wired transfers.
Mobile uploads. NX MobileAir smartphone app.
In venues where Wi-Fi access is spotty or in high-demand, get an edge over the competition by transferring images at high speed with a 4G or 5G smartphone. Automatically transfer shots in real-time, or add IPTC information, voice memos, crop and rotate with the smartphone before sending.Learn More
Flick shortcuts for annotations, transfers and more.
By simply flicking upward or downward in fullscreen playback, images can be sent, protected or rated, voice memos can be added and images can be prioritized to skip the queue during large transfers.
Ultimate optics: S-Line lenses.
The most impressive optics ever created by Nikon. Overwhelming sharpness, excellent point-light reproduction, beautiful bokeh and minimum aberration. Optimized for video recording with quiet operation, suppressed focus breathing and a control ring for smooth aperture, exposure or ISO adjustments. The perfect match for the Z 9.
± Wi-Fi Compatibility
This cameras built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad® or smart devices running on the Android operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
Using the SnapBridge App
Android version 5.0 or later
iOS version 11 or later
A device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later (i.e., a device that supports Bluetooth Smart Ready/Low Energy) is required.
Updating to Version 2:
Images downloaded to the smart device with version 1.x will no longer be displayed in the Gallery after you upgrade to version 2, but can be viewed in the Photos app provided with the smart device.
Make sure your cameras firmware is updated to the current version.
Z 9, Z 7II/Z 7, Z 6II/Z 6, Z 5, Z fc, Z 50, D6, D780, D850, D500
Compatible devices are those capable of acquiring location information and those that support BLE (iPhone® 5S or later, iPad® 5th Generation or later, iPhone X or later).
For compatibility and to download the application, please visit:
Using the NX MobileAir App
The Nikon NX Mobile Air application must be installed on the device before it can be used with the compatible camera.
Make sure your cameras firmware is updated to the current version.
Android v1.0.0: Z 9, Z 7II, Z 6II, Z 50, D6, D5
iOS v1.0.0: Z 9
Android version 9.0 or later
iOS version 14 or later
The Anker 514 Lightning to USB-C Accessory Cable (0.9m, for Camera) (available separately) must be used to connect an iPhone to the camera.
Subscriptions can be canceled via the settings app on your smart device.
Coming Soon: the MobileAir app on the App Store and MobileAir app on Google Play.
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1 Among mirrorless cameras as of October 28, 2021, based on Nikon research.
2 Among mirrorless cameras incorporating an image sensor with 30 megapixels or larger as of October 28, 2021, based on Nikon research.
3 Based on Nikon research of leading mirrorless cameras with at least 30 megapixel sensors as of October 13, 2021.
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