November 1, 2021
Nikon announced the Z 9, featuring an “entirely new and developed by Nikon” 45.7-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and a next-generation EXPEED 7 image processing engine. The recommended local price is $ 9,000 including GST, with the camera to be available “within this year”.
Nikon claims that the performance of the Z 9 AF benefits from a “revolutionary new scene detection system based on deep learning technology”. Additionally, the camera is capable of taking fast and sustained continuous shooting bursts, in-camera 8K video recordings for long periods of time, trouble-free live visibility in the viewfinder, and high speed. scanning speed so fast that it completely eliminates the need for a mechanical shutter. ‘
Nikon says the new EXPEED 7 makes the Z 9 about 10 times faster than the Z 7II, with resulting increases in AF speed, burst rate, buffer capacity, and video resolution.
With the world’s fastest frame rate, the Z 9 has the least rolling shutter distortion, according to Nikon, “equal to that of a mechanical shutter.” This means that actions such as a fast golf swing that would typically warp the club can be confidently captured with the electronic shutter, even at 1/32000 second. It also allows users to take massive amounts of photos without worrying about shutter wear or failure.
The ISO range is 64 to 25,600 (expandable from 32 to 102,400 ISO).
The camera’s subject detection feature detects nine types of subjects, including humans, pets, birds, airplanes, trains, cars, motorcycles, and bicycles. In auto-area AF mode, one of these subjects will be automatically detected and focused, without the need to change any settings.
Using Eye Detection Autofocus, the camera can detect and focus on a subject’s eye more effectively, even when the eyes are smaller or further away. Additionally, a custom function will now allow users to change the focus point color to green to confirm focus.
3D tracking was transferred from Nikon digital SLRs and is coupled with subject detection to track fast-moving, erratic moving subjects such as a racing car coming up close and then moving away quickly, or an athlete in motion. rapid movement.
The Z 9 also offers three dynamic area AF modes with a new range of focus area sizes (S / M / L) to capture a greater variety of moving subjects throughout the frame.
Photographers can shoot RAW images at 20 fps with an unprecedented frame buffer of over 1000 images. It can take full resolution JPEG photos at 30 fps, while for extreme speed, high speed image capture allows up to 120 fps with full AF / AE at an 11 megapixel file size, freezing for a moment which cannot even be seen with the naked eye at higher resolution than 4K video. ).
Truly seamless shooting is possible with Dual-Stream technology that simultaneously transmits information to the Real-Live viewfinder / LCD and memory card, allowing reliable confirmation of a subject’s movement without jumping or repeating the images in the viewfinder.
The Z 9 features the High Efficiency RAW format, which maintains the same level of high image quality as the conventional uncompressed RAW format in an approximately 1/3 smaller file size, making RAW files more manageable. than ever.
Speeds up to 1 / 32,000 are possible with the electronic shutter, expanding the possibilities of using fast lenses, allowing photographers to take pictures wide open in brighter light, even at f0.95.
8K UHD video camera
The Z 9 offers a full suite of advanced video features:
– Support for a variety of frame rates and resolutions, including in-camera recording in 8K UHD 24p / 30p and 4K UHD 24p / 30p / 60p / 120p (FX format);
– 8K UHD 30p recording for more than 2 consecutive hours (up to about 125 minutes);
– Tone mode profile options are available in the camera, including 10-bit N-Log and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma9), as well as Flat color profile;
– Supports multiple codecs including H.265 (HEVC), ProRes 422 HQ10, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC for a variety of workflows;
– Users can create 33MP / 8MP in-camera image captures from 8K / 4K videos;
– Full size HDMI connection, with significantly reduced output latency;
– 24-bit high-resolution linear PCM audio enables sharper sound quality with greater range;
– A free firmware upgrade in 2022 will enable 8K 60p internal capture in the new high-efficiency N-RAW 12-bit video format, 12-bit ProRes RAW and other professional-level video features;
The body has a built-in handle and vertical controls, while the durable magnesium alloy chassis has a drop and dust resistance equivalent to that of the D6, while being 20% ââlighter.
The new 3.2-inch four-axis touchscreen LCD display tilts both horizontally and vertically for shooting from any angle and in any orientation. The interface will also automatically adjust to the correct orientation when shooting still images.
For better visibility through the viewfinder in bright sunlight, the Z 9 is equipped with the âworld’s brightest Quad-VGA panelâ, adjustable to 3000cd / m2 (nits).
Image stabilization with vibration reduction has been improved to achieve âup to 6 stops of compensation with compatible lensesâ.
The Z 9 includes both an electroconductive coating and a fluorine coating to repel dust in front of the sensor, in addition to a sensor screen that protects the sensor when changing lenses.
For work in low light conditions, the new ‘starlight’ mode improves the camera’s ability to focus down to a very low -8.5 EV, while illuminated buttons aid astrophotographers and photographers. events or concerts to change settings in the dark.
Without a mechanical shutter, the shutter sound can be completely muted if desired.
New network options include; Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi (2.4 / 5 GHz), 1000BASE-T wired LAN connection, direct transfer to FTP without the need for wireless accessories, synchronization of multiple cameras and integrated GNSS GPS for precise location data.
Nikon also launched two new software solutions for professional image capture and workflow.
NX Mobile Air is a smart device app for managing and transferring images while working in the field. The new app will be compatible with most of the latest Nikon cameras and will allow users to have a wired connection to their phone or camera from the camera for fast wireless image transfer to an FTP server via a 5G cell signal. In addition, the app will support transmission of IPTC, voice memos and more. The app will be available either as a free version or as a monthly subscription with enhanced capabilities.
NX clip is free software for connecting Nikon cameras to instantly view captured content on a computer screen. This software is an easy way for commercial, food, or studio photographers to view their output for customer review in real time. The software will work via USB or wireless, and work seamlessly with the current Nikon software suite, including NX Studio.