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Nikon Z9 might mark a significant change in photography.

The Z9, Nikon’s new flagship camera, was just unveiled. With a long list of specifications created for use in the demanding fields of photojournalism, sports, nature, birding, and any other use-cases that call for a camera that shoots incredibly fast at high resolution, this camera represents Nikon’s first mirrorless camera fully geared towards professional photographers and hybrid shooters. The Nikon Z9, which costs $5,000, is also the company’s first camera to do away with a conventional mechanical shutter, enabling it to operate at new speeds and with improved focusing.


Faster speeds are ideal for sports photographers. However, it’s intriguing to consider where this technology may lead traditional-style cameras in the future. This might be the first step toward bigger format cameras adopting the computational intelligence that smartphone cameras have embraced for years.

Nikon is the first major camera maker to abandon the mechanical shutter, putting it ahead of its competitors in the race to computational photography. Sony’s A1 and A9 camera series have previously used stacked sensors for rapid readout speeds, allowing electronic shutters to be used full-time, and Canon’s forthcoming R3 will do the same. Moving to a fully electronic shutter has been the inevitable next step for cameras, but Nikon will have to prove that its electronic shutter is equal to the everyday chores and expectations of professional photographers right now.

Olympus, Panasonic, and Canon have all previously employed deep learning to some extent, which is also used in the new Z9’s object recognition focusing technology. In the end, a mirrorless camera still takes a single image that is constrained by the dynamic range of the sensor, however, it helps to enhance autofocus tracking performance.

Nikon Z9
Nikon Z9
Nikon Z9
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Max resolution8256 x 5504
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels46 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors52 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeStacked CMOS
Boosted ISO (minimum)32
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (6 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesSynchro VR with select lenses
CIPA image stabilization rating6 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points493
Lens mountNikon Z
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,088,960
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.8×
Viewfinder resolution3,686,400
Minimum shutter speed900 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/32000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes
Flash modesFront-curtain sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Off
Continuous drive30.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weight highlight-weightedSpotSpot AF-area
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
FormatH.264, H.265

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