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The new system is powered by Deep Learning AF opens in new tab , which makes the camera capable of nine kinds of simultaneous subject recognition: human eyes, faces, heads and upper-bodies; animal eyes, heads and bodies; and cars, planes, trains and motorbikes.

The back-side illuminated nature of the new image sensor, which places the electronics behind the photosites, results in superior low light performance — and combined with the native ISO, sensitivity expandable to ISO, , the Z9 is a formidable low light performer. It has the deep grip that pro DSLR users are used to, which extends around the bottom of the camera for comfortable shooting both horizontally and vertically, and with a duplicated shutter and other essential controls.

Other notable controls include a release mode dial, like on professional DSLRs, as well as a dedicated AF Mode button, rather than using up one of the Fn buttons, as was the case on the Nikon Z7 opens in new tab.

Talking of which, there are no less than four customizable Fn buttons, and 11 key buttons light up for low-light shooting though this can be turned off. The i menu and ISO buttons can be easily accessed when shooting vertically.

In addition the info display now rotates when you hold the camera vertically, so you can easily read all the on-screen information. That said, we’re not really a fan of the curious and fiddly screen design. While we wouldn’t call it flimsy, it certainly doesn’t feel very robust — and it’s definitely not quick or clean to flip it out for vertical shooting. We would much rather have had a fully articulating screen — something that videographers, who would otherwise be wowed by the Z9’s incredible video specs, will be hugely disappointed by.

While the viewfinder is the world’s brightest, at nits, it has the same 3. The refresh rate feels comparatively slower, too, which can lead to a little brainache when shooting fast action.

Nikon says it’s more rugged than the D6. No mechanical shutter means no moving parts to go wrong and no need to worry about increasing the shutter count as the camera is used.

All connection options can now be controlled from a single menu tab. There’s no doubt about it — the Z9 is a beast to shoot with, in every possible respect. First and foremost in terms of its size and heft; after using the Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3, this really does feel like a huge step back in terms of the mirrorless dream. Does a pro camera really need to be this heavy, still? It can be helpful when shooting with larger lenses, for sure, but it nonetheless feels needlessly weighty.

Still, the camera’s performance is beastly in all the right ways. The Z9 fires off files of impeccable image quality like a finely crafted machine gun. Actually, that’s an understatement; essentially you’re getting Z7 II-caliber images rattled off at the rate of a Gatling gun.

The Z9 won’t drain your battery nearly as fast as its rivals, either. Its stamina is unreal. The same can’t quite be said for the autofocus. Its AF points mean that subject tracking is available across the entire frame and there are no less than 10 AF Area modes, along with Auto Area AF points five times more than on the Z7 , with Deep Learning AF opens in new tab enabling the camera to detect and track up to nine distinct subjects.

However, while the camera is truly extraordinary at shooting single subjects, it can struggle when there are multiple people in the frame. The issue is exacerbated in video mode, too.

While the camera performed overall well when shooting stills, recording video revealed a lot more inconsistency in the Z9’s ability to stick to individual subjects, especially when other people cross in front — and a lack of “instinct” for where it should be focusing, or where the primary point of action is, when it loses track.

Admittedly basketball is an incredibly frenetic sport in this sense, but we’d hate to think how challenging this would be in a sport where helmets are being worn. Still, it’s a night and day difference to the contrast detect-based AF of the D6. And, to the previous point about the spectator on the bench, the Nikon Z9 is unbelievably good at detecting a subject’s eyes even when they are tiny in the frame.

Whether it’s a player quickly bringing the ball upcourt or a model pacing gracefully in the distance, the AF is uncannily good at recognizing human eyes.

We also had concerns about the electronic-only shutter struggling in artificial lighting conditions. A company that knows the market wouldn’t over-charge for their product when it’s less than capable of the giant who’s has far more experience in mirrorless. We know the dominant brands being used by most professional photographers. Sony is however the benchmark of professional reviewers such as DPR. Bear in mind there are multiple factors investment in lenses, familiarity, pro-service membership that contribute to inertia, preventing pros switching brands.

Reviewers are trying to identify what’s currently the strongest camera, which doesn’t presuppose commitment to a system. And thanks for reinforcing the fact that professional photographers pick the system that gives them the best results. Professional reviewers pick the best gadget.

The technicalities important to professional reviewers are not the game changers that you so often make them sound to be. Must be taking lessons from U. Way too many negatives for such expensive cameras. I would say you came away with wrong conclusion as the Nikon Zs received a Silver and 89 vs. Canon that received no award and only The Nikon is a much more finished product, that has better build, better weather sealing , better ergonomics, better user interface and better video than any other full frame camera out there.

NexLupus jkokich re: sports shooting and neither would the Sony A7 be the camera for you. You’re looking at least at an investment in the A9 and at that price your dropping D5 and 1D money.

Not the camera’s performance and build in general. DPR’s scoring methods need to be revised. BluBomber Yes, scoring is skewed towards image quality. Unfortunately, the huge list of negatives, which encompasses nearly every major point of the camera, says otherwise. Adding usable video and usable LV AF definitely helped earn that “well rounded” statement, as Nikon was well behind the rest of the industry in both. Blue Yet none of those negatives were enough to detract from the score of 89 or the Silver Award, or the opening statement.

You can try to detract, dissect, disinform all you want. It does not change the fact that it is Nikon’s most well rounded camera And the score reflects that. DPR said as much after coming under massive fire for their scoring. No detracting, dissecting, or disinforming.

The Z7 and Z6 are early adapter machines, for those who like to use mirrorless full frame camera’s and a handful of professional photographers who are on the sponsor list of Nikon. Great camera’s for sure, but not aimed at those who are in need of photographing tools on a daily basis. We all know that Nikon will come out in the nearby future with Z camera’s which are aimed at professional usage, bigger buffer, multi functional build in grip, dual cards etc etc etc. But with a camera like the D which is so good and so complete it will make it very hard for many professionals to switch to something which can’t be seen yet as a replacement for DSLR.

A DSLR with such a high price tag that shared the Z7’s weaknesses, such as compromised dynamic range due to banding, sub par AF due to less than stellar low-light sensitivity, mediocre AF-C performance, not a single cross-type AF sensor they are all linear , failing in pinpoint AF mode, borderline battery life, and serious ergonomic issues, would be heavily criticised.

Strangely the very limited amount of native lenses is not noted as a negative and no, adapters are not a fully satisfactory solution to that problem. There are many photographers and artists, who also understand electronics and statistics, and like to have the best tools for their jobs at hand.

They are not fan boys or stupid geeks, just users who want the best value for their money, and to get the best their money could buy for their job or hobby. Some people will continue to use film cameras, and others will keep their 10y old DSLR’s.. Good for them.. On hand here, are specs and user feedbacks, that indicate major problems with this camera, at this level and at that price.

That is the crux of the matter. What major problem? That’s the thing. The AF-C issue was amplified by fanboys that made the camera so bad but that is not the case. I see that you rode with them without even trying out the camera yet. Just look at the links below what the pro’s are saying and let me know more about that “major problem” is about. The camera is fine. It has quirks. Teh demand is high and caught Nikon by surprise despite the price. I tried the camera and the AF is not on par with the D in any shape or form.

I haven’t heard anybody contest that as yet!! All people say is; they know it doesn’t function as well as D, but they still like it, which is personal choice that I respect, but doesn’t make it as good a camera as the D Bob Jameson Tony and Chelsea seem to me quite expert in using and testing new gear.

I rarely seen them so not convinced with any new competitive cameras, always looking at pros and cons. I was quite surprise to see them not to really on board with the performance of the new Z from Nikon. To me that is a pretty big flag. A lot of Fan boy comments below that are quite laughable. How those awards are given is still a mystery and yes I have read what DPR says about it.

Either the camera deserves a gold award or the score is too high. It would be nice if there was a detailed explanation of how the scores are given for each individual camera. Yes, exactly. What am I missing here? What are you missing?

Well, take a look at the full reviews. The “Gold” and “Silver” awards are akin to participation trophies. It is noteworthy when a camera does not receive one or the other point and shoot excepted. Gold and Silver awards should be handed out at the end of the year in limited quantities and based on the totality of the year’s reviews and not at the discretion of the reviewer. Make it meaningful. Make it hard. Second, the scoring system does not generation enough variation. Most cameras reviewed fall into a narrow band–in the 80s.

Some of this is simply due to the fact that the cameras reviewed on this site are generally very good cameras. DPReview needs to rethink this. There needs to be greater variation in the scores or 89 are for all purposes the same–and greater range of scores.

Toughen the testing and standards. I think I recall reading that they are working on this. It was very rare for a camera to be rated not recommended.

When asked why they said they only test cameras that deserve the Recommended or better ratings. You’ve got me. I asked the same question at the time. Maybe they started testing a camera and quickly realize it was a POS and not worth their time. Nikon buy Sony sensors. Canon don’t. In the future this will be a problem for both. Nikon needs Sony and Canon sensors we know. It’s better than most people think.

Real photographers say it is a very good camera even edging the best all around DSLR in D is most cases:. Only Sony fanboys will say this is a bad camera so that they can justify their purchase.

I will say to Sony fanboys, buy another Sony A7 body while they are on sale. Get a second copy, enjoy it, and don’t look back. What a better way to help your company by buying a second body! I do not think many actually are meaning that.

Z6 and Z7 are really good cameras however they do not exist in a vacuum. They feel almost a generation behind in some core features, no bad for a first but facing a tough competition.

Sony fans patted each other on the back and bragged about how soon SLTs would dominate. But sensible photographers knew Sony doesn’t make cameras for real photographers.

They lack decent support and accessories and their ergonomics and menus are pathetic. Meanwhile Canon and Nikon kept building marketshare. Canon learned long ago. There is no need to have the latest most expensive technologies. Instead the focus on being the best OVERALL system and supporting existing photographers Canon replaces many accidentally damaged cameras in the US for free, while Sony lies about weather resistance and refuses to cameras damaged by weather.

The best overall system where nikon launch with 3 lenses stinks , rely on adapters nothing wrong with it imo , don’t have a proper battery grip, only a single card slot, auto focus issues, a lens road map without fast lenses apart from one You admit there is nothing wrong with adapters.

Which means Nikon has over 90 lenses on day one. And the Nikon adapter isn’t like the Sony crap adapters that block light and massively restrict usuabliity 2. Oskar P “Canon learned long ago. There is no need to have the latest most expensive technologies”. That is what Canon do with a massive market share and a mature system. That will not work as a strategy for someone that wants to succeed in competing with Canon at this time. Sony in my opinion is doing many things right, the main of them calling the opposite strategy that Canon offers drawing to them people unsatisfied with Canon marketing strategy, successfully.

Canon will offer you a BMW will a Corolla engine? Sony offers you a Corolla with a BMW engine. Complementary works. It is also great that Sony can work quite well with Canon glass. It has not happened in a while. Sony is failing. For 3 years and each year increasing that dominance. It is really simplistic and naive making trends or drawing conclusions based on these numbers i. No new Sony model while Nikon Canon debut, etc. Sony has had their A7SIII ready for debut for sometime, and they postponed the launch as they saw no real threat from current Canikon offerings :- so clearly Sony has a different view from yours on the happening.

Let’s pick up this conversation in a couple of years. This is when sales volume is at its greatest. Poor sales during the 4th quarter could mean dropping to well below that. SLT’s set the ground work for everything great in mirrorless cameras. Once minolta was out of the market some needed to step in and innovate.

Nikon and Canon cernity wasn’t going to. If you love your full frame mirrorless camera any brand you need to thank Sony. It was their out of the box thinking that got us here. Panasonic and Olympus pioneered mirrorless. They pioneered 5 axis IS, electric shutter, and more. Later Sony got smart and started to copy Olympus, Panasonic and Aptina. That is pretty much a fact. They were a massive failure.

And again Sony is the overarching reason for which such process is happening much faster than Nikon and Canon would have liked to. But I doubt you get it Mr.

Oskar who joined this forum 2 months ago and I know it all. Sony developed it’s on sensor focusing on SLT’s. SLT’s were only a failure to close minded people who thought all this features were just garbage that sony added, with no real value. Who cares that they lost a third of a stop. Sony over came that by removing the translucent mirror, and the sony A’s were born with all the technology from the SLT’s. Nikon and Canon along with their fan boys laughed and said these will never be a threat to our DSLR’s.?..

They had to buy that tech from Aptina. And everything thing else you mentioned they copied. Minolta started IBS and sony bought it from them along with tha A mount. At least in dslr. I know minolta’s IBS was part of the deal when Sony took over their mount. Minolta used a very different kind of IBIS. The A99 was the first to use on sensor focus point. It has points. It first appeared on the Nikon 1 cameras. As digital cameras became much more functional and affordable, photographers started transitioning to digital.

Konica Minolta which was later acquired by Sony was the first to offer sensor stabilization in its Minolta DiMAGE A1 camera and it was a matter of time until other companies started adopting sensor-based image stabilization.

Minotla was first sony acquired they may bout something else I’m not going to research that. IBS started with Minolta and sony bought it soon after. It is completely different and far superior. This is about the fact that Sony use the SLT to develop its technology. They made have bought stuff along the way to improve it but this what built Sony cameras. Like Nikon never borrowed technology. Minolta innovated most of the stuff we use. I’m not bashing Nikon that was never the intent.

I like Nikon products. I still have a lot of Nikon glass I may go back one day. I was really hoping for the z 7 to be a camera for me. I want a smaller package. The camera isn’t the deciding factor great photos. I’m just saying the SLT’s were important for Sony. If you have never actually you should. It all the things that people can’t live without now, accept it had it five years ago.

Yes it wasn’t super refined yet but it worked well. Things it had that ” real photographers” laughed at and said no real camera would have that. It sucked. It wasn’t near as good as ILIS and it caused massive overheating problems. Every SLT that used it for video shutdown in under 5 minutes if used on a sunny warm day.

After giving up on that kind of IS Sony copied Olympus but did a poor job. The Olympus like 5 axis IS which is very different is found in the recent Sony cameras. They abandoned their IS tech. They abandoned most of the advanced A mount lenses. And soon they will abandon SLTs. SLTs were a complete failure. Last response. The SLT’s had no over heating problems. Over heating did not come the small e mount bodies.

You didn’t answer my quest have you ever used one or is all your comments just hear-say. SLTs had massive overheating problems. That is why Sony abandoned the A55 body size. And in the A55 manual Sony had to a section explaining that the camera can overheating in as little as 5 minutes.

The A77 was found to quickly overheat too. Sony’s solution was to skip using IS during video and do it with software. But that didn’t stop the problem. But Sony fanboys don’t see it that way. They are like horse on blinders and just see it 1 way. Hmm, did you learn vocabulary from a certain orange politician in the White House? Massive, shocking, serious. Good power words that often mean very little. Someone’s not paying attention. The long list of failures in the Z 7 don’t affect the score much, if at all, because of this.

The Silver vs Gold rating is the more important thing to look at, with the Sony being Highly Recommended, and the Nikon just Recommended. I feel so bad about some DPR members that they are so dependent from the camera gear that every new model makes them more capable, creative and overall better photographers and they need to wait year after year to get every niche improvement that there is On the one hand, I’m SO there with Tommi.

They just wanna argue stats and fling endless insults. What they really need is to read some Ansel Adams and basic photography books. Such photographers have a very clear idea of what’s out there and what’s missing. Such photographers always yearn for that extra thing, that could actually make the difference in getting the “perfect” shot.

Had the pleasure to see it in use today. Coming from Sony lands, all I can say is that I wish Nikon had released this 2 years ago However, let’s not forget the countless awesome photos that were taken with an A7RII in the previous years : I’m pretty sure the Z7 is an awesome camera provided you don’t need the fastest tracking-AF or FPS To me, it’s a nice first camera, and I’m sure Nikon will solve its shortcomings in a year or two with a more capable body.

I won’t move from Sony since I’ve invested too much in my current equipment, and I don’t feel I need much more than what I have now plus, Sony has many great lenses now , but had these two bodies been released some 2 years ago, I think I’d have moved to Nikon. Thank you for a reasoned response and overview. Quite a contrast to most of the wackjob comments below.

I think most people below would agree with PPierre. I think, included myself, many are annoyed by the biased overall score. I do not think anyone is questioning that Nikon did a great job for a first.

It’s easy to generalize and claim the Z7 is an A7rII competitor because of some aspects of the Z7 AF system but when you consider things like the Z7 better battery life, better EVF, better rear LCD, top LCD, much better weather sealing, better grip, and overall better build quality you can see that it is a lot more than the A7rII especially if these are things that you consider to be important for your needs.

Clayton comparisons are often done at performance level. Considering that right now you get an A7RII for almost half the price of a Z7, well I do not know if the advantages you are talking about buy the difference. So when you look at value for the money I am not so sure which one is better.

The Z7 battery is significantly better in the real world vs the A7rII. It isn’t really close in my experience. I agree about the value to performance, that really depends on your own needs. They are all really excellent cameras. Clayton why the Z7 and not the D?

You do realize you are paying a premium for the Z7 I hope. What sort background do you have in photography gear? What have you owned so far? What is that you primarily shoot? But the sad thing is, they misleading their readers, and those who are standing before buying a new camera. Because based on the points, they take their expectations with the level of D and a7RIII, if so, they will be very disappointed with the Z7.

I hefted the Z7 at Glazer’s today. Well, ‘hefted’ isn’t the right word since it felt nicely balanced and not too heavy. It also felt quick and responsive and the EVF was fantastic. I don’t have any XQD cards or reader so sadly I couldn’t bring the pics home for a pixel peep :- but the camera playback looked great. I’ve tried them both now, and I think I like the Nikon a little better than the Canon. Probably the control layout of the Nikon is a little closer to the Fuji and Olympus that I’m used to-the twin dial shutter speed and aperture control versus on the lens aperture ring felt very Olympus.

In order to achieve top rating should have something truly special to offset the shortcomings. I do not see anything truly special about this camera. Just a good camera and understandable that the shortcomings might be irrelevant to many yet a rating is based on its value compared to the competition. If the camera doesn’t suit you, that’s ok. But WHY do you need to try to convince other people, that they shouldn’t invest in that system?

But I can’t help from getting the impression the Z9 development has been a bit rushed, and a lot of small things detract from what could have been the best camera ever. See the list of 43 items at end of this review. Normally, Nikon’s generational digital flagships have been launched on about four-year intervals:. But the D6 started an unusual pattern, coming with far fewer changes than were expected and after only three years. Meanwhile, the Z9 could be said to be five years post D5 or two years post D6 , and has a different set of changes no mechanical shutter being a big one.

I believe something happened mid-D6 development cycle where Nikon decided to punt on most of the things they were going to do with the D6 and instead concentrate on pushing out a Z flagship more quickly instead. Which, if I’m right, means that the flagship development cycle for the Z9 was critically short of development months. I believe that shows in so many ways on the final camera, as I’ll outline in places in my review.

Many of these things should have been caught and dealt with in a full, all-hands-on-deck, four-year development cycle. Overall, my reaction to the Z9 is this: “great, but wouldn’t it be better if But not highly recommended. The devil is in the details. What is It? The Z9, as noted in the preface, is Nikon’s new “flagship” digital camera.

The term flagship is generally assumed to mean “best and most capable. This has indeed happened. The Z9 has been effectively on back-order since it was announced in late October , and every Nikon-using working professional photographer I know has ordered one and started using it.

Nikon gave everyone plenty of early notice about the Z9 development. The development announcement in March provided only the bare minimum of details stacked image sensor, new EXPEED chip, 8K video and a body that had a built-in vertical grip body design , but triggered plenty of speculation and discussion subsequently.

The 8K and stacked image sensor were early hints that this would be a 45mp camera, not a 20mp one like the D6 or even 24mp or 36mp. Which provoked a lot of “it won’t be as good as the D6” laments online while people waited for the final camera. At the heart of the Z9 is an image sensor that appears derived from the D and Z7 family, but with extremely improved internal bandwidth capabilities, mostly enabled by the stacked sensor design, but perhaps with some tweaking of the BSI side, as well.

Nikon has been mute about any technical details concerning the sensor. Close examination and testing tells me this is probably mostly the Z7 II BSI bits integrated with additional circuitry in the stacked portion. There is a change in the read noise—probably due to running faster transistors—and a change in the analog gain. But pixel level performance seems to suggest that it’s the same photo diode on top, and a similar well size.

Everything in the Z9 image sensor that’s different appears to be solely about improving speed of moving data off sensor. And in that process, there’s been a simplification, too: it appears that the Z9 sensor only moves bit data. There is probably no ADC circuit adjustment for producing other bit depths from the full image data. If there is, it isn’t used in the current implementation. ISO capabilities are , with 32, 50, , and available in Lo or Hi modes. The image sensor is dual gain, with the change point being ISO Actually, there are two other gain trigger points that mostly come up with video work.

Again, Nikon is being ridiculously mute about details. The most they’ve said is that it has 10x faster processing as previous generations. What’s that mean? What was the processing power of the previous generation? These chips are centered around ARM cores, much like your smartphone, with additional functionality powered by a built-in GPU and video CODEC, plus additional circuitry the company the chip is produced for can provide.

Between the image sensor and the EXPEED7 chip are two data pipelines running at Hz which is what generates the fps maximum frame rate and the fps focus data stream.

The first pipeline goes to the usual image processing chain. The second goes to a new viewfinder processing chain. It’s unclear where the focus determination is done, but I suspect it may live in the viewfinder chain, as otherwise syncing up viewfinder focus status updates would be more complicated. All this speed and dual pipelines enables one of the key physical characteristics of the Z9: close to real-time, blackout-free viewfinder with no mechanical shutter needed. That’s right, the Z9 doesn’t have a mechanical shutter.

Yes, you read those numbers correctly. The electronic shutter is logically fast, though it still is a form of rolling shutter.

Nominally the fastest electronic shutter so far in a still camera it just edges out the Sony A1’s electronic shutter. And indeed, in practice, that’s exactly what I found. However, note one thing about losing the mechanical shutter: artifacts can be caused by the loss of the physical shutter.

A mechanical shutter sits in front of the focus plane, an electronic shutter is at the focus plane. This is not a big deal, so don’t read too much into it. There are still some limits to the electronic shutter, but in practical use cases, you likely will never encounter them.

I’ve long argued about Nikon’s anemic marketing. I guess I have to be careful about what I wish for, because I’ve managed to in the preceding paragraphs provide arguably more technical detail than Nikon has. The Z9’s launch was all about marketing, marketing, marketing, and the messages were simplified to “Best.

Which brings us to the other thing Nikon marketing led with black-out free viewfinder was the first : sophisticating subject detection autofocus that is “effortless. The Z9 can automatically detect and focus on humans torso, face, eyes , animals body, head, eyes , and vehicles body, front, detail. Guess they didn’t talk to marketing first. Marketing also calls this “scene detection,” but it isn’t actually detection of the scene, it’s detection of a subject within a scene.

You may note that each of the subjects the Z9 can detect—and yes, animals includes birds—has a hierarchy involved. You can see this at work at times as the camera works out what to focus on in an all-automatic mode. The Z9 may show a box on an animal’s body, then narrow that to the face see above , then further narrow that to the eyes, and that can happen in a fraction of second or instantly depending upon how confident the camera is in what it found.

But the Z9 can also be less confident at times. Pinpoint , Single-point AF , and Dynamic-area AF three sizes all use more traditional direct phase detect methodology. The focus system is usually being fed information at fps, which means that at the top “normal” frame rate of 20 fps for still photography, the camera is getting six frames of focus data for every frame you take.

That helps the camera to perform excellent tracking on moving objects. Since we’re discussing frame rates for still photography, one of the “controversial” aspects of the Z9 at launch was that “it doesn’t do 30 fps like the Sony A1. And with no other limitations or footnotes as you’d find in the A1 manual. Moreover, the Z9 will capture 11mp files at fps, again with no focus, exposure, lens, or other limitations other than that they have to be JPEGs.

Since people keep asking me, I suspect that the JPEG only limitation of the two top frame rates has to do with buffer depth versus timing. You have more flexibility of frame rate than is suggested by the 20, 30, numbers. At low continuous, you can choose 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 fps, and at high continuous you can choose 10, 12, 15, and 20 fps. Note that those numbers all divide into , so they are all blackout-free in the viewfinder, too.

Even more interesting is that those can all be silent speeds, as well. Indeed, the “shutter sound” of the Z9 is all electronic, too, imitating a mechanical shutter Nikon has demonstrated the camera meowing instead, and has hinted at providing user changeable sounds.

It’s sort of eerie to be taking images without the camera producing noise. Besides turning on the imitation shutter sound, you can also turn on an imitation blackout don’t worry, it doesn’t ever fully black out, it really just briefly dims a frame , or two different edge line patterns in the viewfinder that show up as an image is taken.

You can also have the shutter sound only applied to headphones. If you don’t want the camera to even produce VR, focus, or aperture sounds, not that those are particularly detectable, you can put it in Silent mode , though this will have an impact on frame rates.

Also, you can’t use flash in Silent mode. Of course, one of the important aspects of the Z9 is the body itself. That frame is backed up with tons of sealing points.

While Nikon demurs at providing an IP rating for the Z9, they do claim that it is well weather-sealed, and I’ve had the opportunity to test that several times so far, including in a full-on monsoon. I still try to keep my Z9 protected from the elements, but I’m not worried about casual mist or light rain. One point: never rub the camera dry with a towel; always blot.

Rubbing can press water into the joints, which you don’t want. Working our way around the body, the top should look very familiar to Nikon DSLR flagship owners: button cluster to the left of the viewfinder, settings display to the right, and the now “standard” array of three buttons just behind the shutter release.

Close observers will note that the two-button quick commands reset and format card are back. The hot shoe above the viewfinder is, unfortunately, just a Nikon-proprietary hot shoe. There isn’t a special digital connector at the front as Canon and Sony have now added to their top cameras. Don’t despair, if you need powered XLR mics from the camera, the 3.

The back of the Z9 should look familiar. This throws some in a tizzy at first—”the playback button isn’t where I expect it! While previous flagship models have a fixed Rear LCD, the Z9 for some reason has a two-axis tilting one. It’s a bit awkward to use, and it doesn’t have as much tilt in either direction as I’d like, but it does mean you can attempt the overhead or underhand photos from either grip while composing on the Rear LCD. The size and resolution of the Rear LCD is still a 3.

The Z9 viewfinder got a lot of flack from some at announcement by people who had never looked through it. I don’t know. Try putting a Quad VGA monitor just in front of your eyeball and tell me that’s not enough. I’ve not had an issue with the quality of the viewfinder, nor have I heard a complaint from others using it in normal conditions. In really low light, or with high magnifications zoomed in , yes, things break down, as they do for every EVF I’ve seen to date.

But in general operation, the Z9 viewfinder experience is smooth and it’s very easy to forget you’re looking at a screen. And it’s a bright screen OLED, and a bright one at that. So bright that Nikon opted to add a mode in the Z9 to preserve night vision, by essentially dimming the display and using only red pixels. You might have noticed that thin rubber eyecup on the viewfinder. Nikon has a special viewfinder size function to help us glasses wearers, though. Don’t lose the one Nikon supplied, because as usual with new Nikon cameras, Nikon hasn’t managed to actually ship replacements and accessories yet.

I know they’ll say that there’s a supply chain issue worldwide at the moment. However, Nikon’s had this problem when their were real supply chain issues with the tsunami, earthquake, floods and when there wasn’t. It’s a Nikon problem, not someone else’s, and I’m getting tired of it. Need an extra battery door? Nope, not available.

Which brings me to power. Yes, you can use older EN-EL18’s in the Z9, but things get a little complicated in what can be charged by what, and whether they support all the USB Power capabilities.

Third party batteries at the moment, do not work with the Z9. Battery life is rated at shots CIPA worst case, but as I’ve noted many times before, the worst case CIPA measurement is really a time measurement, not a shot measurement. Think minutes of continuous power while photographing video drops that to minutes. I mentioned USB power, so let’s talk about that for a moment.

Or, you can just plug the camera into the EH-7P and charge the battery internally. Okay, that’s a step in the right direction. The EH-7P is nominally a 15W capability 5v, 3a. Supplying higher 30W up to W does not particularly improve the charging speed it does some, but not enough to be seeking that out. Nikon’s still stuck at the 1. Prepare to geek out if you want to get down in the bowels of that menu and configure the Z9 to connect to your favorite whatever.

It can be done. It just might take some setup trial and error. On the front of the camera we have the usual PC Sync socket and the traditional pin circular connection, which supports legacy remote control options, including the WR-R10 wireless transmitter shown here and the new WR-R11a version.

Unlike previous cameras, Nikon now orients the pin connector diagonally; it’s a little easier to get to the lock-down rings now than it was on earlier cameras.

Nikon made a big deal about the video capabilities of the Z9 when it was announced, and we’re going to get another dose of that with an upcoming firmware announcement. That variation probably worries you. As a 4K video camera, the Z9 offers a superb range of choice and it’s doing so with the full sensor oversampling.

I can’t imagine that anyone needing 4K is going to be disappointed with the capabilities or the results. A really nice touch. Nikon has started adding “more” to their video side. Not only do we have peak level zebras available, but we also have mid-tone zebras, as well useful for many broadcast settings, so you see that you’re putting most of the signal into the best tonal range. But here’s the catch: not all of the Z9 video capabilities are currently available.

I’m sure some of you will point out other things I haven’t mentioned about the Z9’s specifications; there’s a lot going on in this new camera. If one of those things turn out to be important to note, I’ll add it in an update to the review. Deliveries began in December and the camera has been effectively on backorder ever since.

NPS members can generally get a Z9 within a month of ordering it using NPS Priority Purchase methods , but everyone buying through a local camera store might find it takes more than a month to get one. The Big Box and large online retailers still have long lists of pre-orders to fill, as well. Nikon’s Web page for the camera.


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The camera itself can be operated using free user-positioned windows in the Camera Control Pro software (on the left in the picture). As an option, an extra. The camera itself can be operated using free user-positioned windows in the Camera Control Pro software (on the left in the picture). As an option, an extra. This software remotely controls most functions of Nikon digital camera from a computer that is connected via USB cable or through wired or wireless LAN using a.


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The video recording quality is also adjustable. Nikon D5. Note that a card reader or other equipment may be required for some firmware updates.


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Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 does not come with Nikon cameras, but is a full-feature tethering software package allowing full control of all compatible. Download firmware for Nikon digital products (firmware being the built-in software that controls cameras and other devices). To view descriptions, cautions. This item: Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 Software Full Version for Nikon DSLR Cameras (cd-rom). $ Get it as soon as Monday, Jun 20 FREE Shipping on orders.






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