Never Miss Your Moment
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.
A Companion Like No Other
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.
Unsurpassed Clarity Scene to Scene
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.
Be in Control of the Moment
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.
Ready to Handle Any Environment
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.
Go with the Flow
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.
1As of 28 October 2021, among mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research.
2Subject detection works for wide-area AF (S) and (L), auto-area AF and 3D-tracking and subject-tracking enhancing AF accuracy other than for spot AF.
3 At approx. 11MP image output with High-Speed Frame Capture+ (C120) mode.
4With Jpeg L Fine for JPEG, and with High-Efficiency RAW. For RAW, with using ProGrade Digital CFexpress COBALT 1700R 325GB card.
5Among full-frame mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research, as of 28 October 2021.
6As of 28 October 2021, among over 30MP image sensor equipped mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research.
7Synchro VR compatible lenses (As of 28 October 2021):
– NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S (firmware update required)
– NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S
– NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S
8The number of albums and saved images can be increased by registering a paid plan. Available languages are English and Japanese and simplified Chinese. Available regions are Japan, US, and China.
Type: Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mount: Nikon Z mount
Image sensor format: FX
Image sensor type: CMOS
Sensor size: 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Total pixels: 52.37 million
Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)
Effective pixels: 45.7 million
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
Media: CFexpress, XQD
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.
File system: DCF 2.0, Exif 2.32
Viewfinder: 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
Frame coverage: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification: Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m(*1))
Eyepoint: 23 mm (-1.0 m(*1); from rearmost surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment: -4 – +3 m(*1)
Eye sensor: Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
Compatible lenses: Z mount NIKKOR lenses F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)
Type: Electronic shutter with shutter sound and sensor shield
Speed: 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
Release Modes: 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.
Self-timer: 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Metering system: TTL metering using camera image sensor
Metering mode: 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
Range: -3 to +17 EV * Figures are for ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20 °C/68 °F
Mode: P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual
Exposure compensation: -5 to +5 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV)
Exposure lock: 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
Active D-Lighting: Auto, Extra high 2, Extra high 1, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Multiple exposure: Add, average, lighten, darken
Other options: HDR overlay, photo mode flicker reduction
Autofocus system: Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
Detection range: -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
Lens servo: 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
Focus point: 493 * Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and FX selected for image area
AF-area mode: 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 lock: 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)
Flash control: 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
Flash mode: Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off
Flash compensation: -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator: Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe: 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
Sync terminal: ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance: 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
Bracketing types: Exposure and/or flash, white balance, ADL
Metering system: TTL exposure metering using main image sensor TTL metering using camera image sensor
Metering mode: 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
File format: MOV, MP4
Video compression: 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
Exposure compensation: -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
Active D-Lighting: Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Other options: Time-lapse video recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, N-Log and HDR (HLG) video
Monitor size: 8 -cm ( 3.2 –in.) diagonal
Monitor type: 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
Monitor resolution: Approx. 2100 k-dot
Playback: 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
USB connector: Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB) ; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output connector: Type A HDMI connector
Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output: 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)
Ethernet connector: 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: 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)
Data acquired: Latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)
Clock synchronization: Camera clock can be set to time acquired via GNSS
Track logs: NMEA-compliant
Log interval: 15 s, 30 s, 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.
Maximum log recording time: 6, 12, or 24 hours
Log deletion: Supported
Battery: 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
AC adapter: EH-6d; requires EP-6a power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket: 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.)
Weight: 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)
Operating environment: Temperature: -10 °C to 40 °C (+14 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories: BF-N1 Body Cap, EN-EL18d Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with Terminal Cover, MH-33 Battery Charger, EH-7P Charging AC Adapter (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.