Thursday, July 7, 2022

Nikon Z 9

Nikon Z 9 Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Z 9
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Nikon Z 9 or Z9 as many are calling it is a camera will be a significant purchase for photographers, and Nikon is hoping to make the process of choosing one easier with its newest model. The Nikon Z9 is an impressive new lens-free camera that has captured the attention of many photographers. This camera offers a resolution up to 80 MP, making it perfect for high-quality prints or large canvases. It also has a built-in lightmeter, along with excellent autofocus features. The Nikon Z9 is Nikon’s latest and greatest camera, and while it may not be flashy with the same features as the latest smartphones, it is has a lot to offer in terms of quality.

The Z 9 offers high-resolution images that are the sharpest that the company has ever given consumers. It also offers up to 1200 shots per charge, which is double what other cameras typically offer.

With much anticipation Nikon are launching the Nikon Z 9 although with some delays due to the shipping bottlenecks currently on going, with likely deliveries taking place early 2022.

  • 0:00 Nikon Z 9 Introduction
  • 1:18 Nikon Z 9 Product Tour
  • 4:18 Behind the Scenes with the Nikon Z 9
  • 8:29 Message from the Managing Director of Nikon Singapore
  • 11:15 Before the Shot

Let’s take a look at some of the key takeaways for the Nikon Z 9

World’s best AF scene detection system

Best-in-class 8K video resolution and internal recording

World’s fastest still image frame rate of 120 fps

World’s fastest scanning speed

World’s first truly blackout free electronic viewfinder

First Nikon camera with 4-axis vertical and horizontal tilting monitor.

Nikon Z9 – What we know so far

Nikon Z 9

Deep learning was used to identify the subject. Automatic. Simultaneous.
The Z 9 is equipped with a breakthrough algorithm developed using deep learning that allows it to automatically detect and track the widest range of subjects, including people, dogs, cats, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trains, and planes—in both still and video images and without the need for any menu adjustments.

The ability to keep up with the tiniest and quickest subjects.
A total of 120 calculations are conducted per second, with quick and steady communication between the lens and the camera via the Z mount. The AF and AE calculations are made in real time. Even tiny and irregular things, such as birds in flight, may be monitored with relative simplicity.

Eye AF has been improved for humans, pets, and birds.

Humans, dogs, cats, and birds (and other similar critters) are automatically tracked by the Eye Detection AF feature, even when they are tiny in the frame or hidden by hair, glasses, or goggles, or whether they are upside down or right-side up.

3D Tracking in conjunction with subject detection. AF has taken on a whole new level.

Nikon’s famous 3D Tracking technology is now available with deep learning subject identification, allowing you to harness its full potential. Fast-moving subjects may be tracked as they move toward you, away from you, or everywhere in between, with little effort.

Concentrate in the dark – Reduce the EV to -8.5.

Subject detection and autofocus (AF) are effective down to -6.5 stops of light. Activate Starlight Mode and focus all the way down to -8.5 EV using the camera’s manual focus. Due to the fact that you’ll be spending more time in the dark, the buttons on the Z 9 are lit.

A revolutionary new processing engine has been developed.

Introducing EXPEED 7, the most powerful Nikon processing engine to date. ten times quicker than the preceding generations Processes sophisticated AF and AE computations at a rate of 120 calculations per second. Dual-streamed data from the stacked image sensor is processed in a separate manner. Allows for next-generation capabilities such as 120 frames per second still photography, 8K video recording, and a blackout-free watching experience, among others.

With a single push of the shutter, you may go from zero to 120 frames per second.
The Z 9 records 45.7-megapixel stills at an action-freezing 30 frames per second and press-ready 11-megapixel stills at an outrageously fast 120 frames per second—all with full AF and AE functionality and no blackout—allowing you to capture moments you may have never seen before.

Keep your finger firmly planted on the keyboard.

The buffer has a capacity of 1,000 images.
The Z 9 shoots continuously for more than 1,000 frames at 20 frames per second*, resulting in full resolution High-Efficiency RAW or JPEG (L) fine files. The Z 9 has an apparently limitless buffer.

Write rates that are the quickest. CFexpress Type B has two connectors.
CFexpress Type B cards are tuned for high performance and are housed behind a new latching door with a new latching mechanism. Because the slots are independent of one another, you may put cards with varying write speeds—including XQD cards—into each slot.

Finally, an electronic shutter that you can put your confidence in.
Using an electronic shutter, the Z 9 achieves the world’s least amount of rolling-shutter distortion2, obviating the necessity for a mechanical one. You may shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 second in total stillness, with no shutter vibration and no need to be concerned about the shutter wearing out.

Silent mode is activated. Make yourself indistinguishable.
The Silent Mode disables menu sounds and VR Lock, as well as reducing lens drive noises, for when you need to be completely undetectable. Furthermore, since the Z 9 does not have a mechanical shutter, you may shoot without hearing a shutter click—or you can use headphones to hear the simulated shutter sound only if you are alone in the room.

8K video at 30 frames per second is a first in the world. In-camera. There will be no overheating.

Nikon Z 9 Incorporates a unique body design that effectively distributes heat, the Z 9 can record luscious 10-bit 8K UHD video at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second internally for more than 2 hours straight*—without the fear of overheating. Do you need stills from your shoot? Save frame samples from your video at a resolution of 33 megapixels.

4K/30p from an 8K oversampled source.

Using the Z 9’s excellent sensor, you can capture dense 10-bit 4K UHD footage in-camera with complete pixel readout at 24, 25, and 30 frames per second in ProRes 422 HQ or H.265 video. Alternatively, spectacular 4K UHD slow motion sequences up to 120p may be created. A 2.3x crop format with complete pixel readout is offered for those who want to go closer to their subject without having to change lenses.

Lenses that shine brightly in all lighting conditions.
Take use of the high dynamic range of the NIKKOR Z lenses and the quick aperture of the Z 9 to produce gorgeous, crisp low-light video. Any production will benefit from the addition of drama and depth.

Handheld shooting with a steady hand. VR with electrical enhancements.
Because of the intelligence and processing power included into EXPEED 7, you can achieve better electronic VR for video recording, reducing trapezoid distortion caused by wide angle lenses, and capturing smooth handheld walking shots with less effort.

CMOS sensor that has been stacked. 45.7-megapixels. The whole frame.
This camera was developed by Nikon especially for high-speed shooting situations that need ultra-high-resolution picture quality. With the world’s fastest scanning speed2, 12x quicker data readout than the famous Z 7II, and absolutely stunning picture quality in stills and 8K films, this camera is a game changer.

The world’s most minimum rolling-shutter distortion2 may be found here.

Rolling-shutter distortion is reduced to a minimum due to the high scanning speed of the Z 9. Capture natural-looking photographs of things that are moving incredibly quickly, such as golf and baseball swings, as well as cars.

Handheld photography has become sharper. Compensation is available up to 6.0 stops.

Using Synchro VR, the Z 9 offers sophisticated Vibration Reduction (VR), which combines 5-axis in-body VR with 2-axis lens VR to provide an effect comparable to a shutter speed up to about 6.0 stops quicker.

In whatever light, the door is wide open. The shutter speed was 1/32,000 of a second.
When shooting in poor light, increase your shutter speed to a maximum of 1/32,000 second and shoot wide open. Take use of the lovely bokeh created by NIKKOR Z lenses in more circumstances than ever before.

RAW with a high level of efficiency. Approximately one-third smaller.
The new RAW format maintains the same excellent picture quality, dynamic range, and flexibility as traditional RAW files while having a file size that is about one-third less. Increase the efficiency of your workflow.

The world’s first totally blackout-free viewfinder has been developed.

For the longest time, the only way to ensure a blackout-free vision was to repeat particular frames inside the viewfinder. The Z 9 is the world’s first camera that include a viewfinder that displays every single moment1—including those that were previously hidden by traditional EVF or DSLR systems. Even while shooting at 120 frames per second, you’ll be able to smoothly track every movement of your subject.

Dual-Stream Technology – A dedicated feed is used in this technology.

There are two data streams generated by the stacked-CMOS sensor: one for recording to the memory card and another for displaying on the screen. The watching stream is undisturbed by any capture processing, resulting in a clean, lag-free, uninterrupted view with no blackouts at any point throughout the viewing session.

Touchscreen with horizontal and vertical tilting on four axes.

It is going up. It’s going to go down. It travels to the left. It all goes according to plan. Almost any angle may be used to capture a photo, including high, low, and sideways, as long as the image is clear and bright throughout. While shooting vertically with the Z 9, the Z 9’s user interfaces on the display and the Real-Time Viewfinder both shift to a vertical angle as well.

OFX

Nikon Z 9 Technical Specs

Type
Nikon Z 9 Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens Mount
Nikon Z mount
CollapseImage Sensor
Effective Pixels
45.7 million
Sensor Size
35.9 mm 
 x  23.9 mm
Image Sensor Format
FX
Image Sensor Type
Stacked CMOS sensor
Total Pixels
52.37 million
Dust-Reduction System
Image Dust Off reference data (NX Studio software required)
Image Area (pixels)
FX-format
(L) 8,256 x 5,504
(M) 6,192 x 4,128
(S) 4,128 x 2,752
DX-format
(L) 5,408 x 3,600
(M) 4,048 x 2,696
(S) 2,704 x 1,800
1:1 (24 x 24)
(L) 5,504 x 5,504
(M) 4,128 x 4,128
(S) 2,752 x 2,752
16:9 (36 x 20)
(L) 8,256 x 4,640
(M) 6,192 x 3,480
(S) 4,128 x 2,320
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File Format Still Images
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
NEF (RAW): 14 bit with lossless, high-efficiency*, or high-efficiency compression
Storage Media
CFexpress (Type B)
XQD Type Memory
File System
DCF 2.0
Exif 2.32
CollapseViewfinder
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
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 100% horizontal
100% vertical
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m -1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint
21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from rearmost surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
−4 – +3 m−1
Eye Sensor
Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
CollapseShutter
Shutter Type
Electronic shutter with shutter sound and sensor shield
Shutter Speed
1/32000 to 30 sec. (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV, extendable to 900 sec. in mode M), bulb, time, X200
Flash Sync Speed
Up to:  X=1/200 sec. to 1/250 sec.; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 sec. or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
Top Continuous Shooting Speeds
20 frames per second with RAW at Full Resolution
30 frames per second with JPEG at Full Resolution
120 frames per second with JPEG at 11 Megapixel
CollapseExposure
Exposure Metering System
TTL metering using camera image sensor
Metering Range
-3 to +17 EV
(ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Exposure Compensation
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A, and M
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value
Picture Control
Auto
Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
Vivid
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
Multiple Exposure
Yes
Add
Average
Lighten
Darken
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ISO Sensitivity
ISO 64–25600 in step sizes 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 availableActive D-LightingCan be selected from: AutoExtra high 2Extra high 1HighNormalLowOffActive D-Lighting BracketingYesCollapseFocus/AutofocusAutofocus SystemHybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assistDetection Range-6.5 to +19 EV (-8.5 to +19 EV with starlight view (Measured in photo mode at ISO 100, f/1.2 lens, at a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F)Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus trackingManual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be usedFocus Point493 (single-point AF)AF-Area ModePinpointSingle-PointWide-area AF (S)Wide-area AF (L)Dynamic-area (S)Dynamic-area (M)Dynamic-area (L)3D-trackingSubject-tracking AFPinpoint and Dynamic-area AF (S, M, L), 3D-tracking available in photo mode onlySubject-tracking AF available in video mode onlyFocus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing center of sub-selectorVibration Reduction5-axis image sensor shiftCollapseFlashFlash ControlTTL: 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 meteringFlash Sync ModesFront-curtain syncRear-curtain syncRed-eye reductionRed-eye reduction with slow syncSlow syncOffFlash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A, and MFlash-ready IndicatorLights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full outputAccessory ShoeISO 519 sync terminal with locking threadNikon 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 controlFlash Sync TerminalYesCollapseWhite BalanceWhite BalanceAuto (3 types)Choose color temperature (2,500 K–10,000 K)CloudyDirect sunlightFlashFluorescent (3 types)IncandescentNatural light autoPreset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuningShadeWhite Balance BracketingYesCollapseMovieMovie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensorMovie Maximum Recording Time2 hours 5 minutesMovie File FormatMOVMP4Movie Video CompressionApple ProRes 422 HQ (10 bit), H.265/HEVC (8 bit/10 bit), H.264/AVC (8 bit)Movie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCMAACMovie8K UHD 7,680×4,320 / 30p (progressive)8K UHD 7,680×4,320 / 25p8K UHD 7,680×4,320 / 24p4K UHD 3,840 × 2,160 120p4K UHD 3,840 × 2,160 100p4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 60 fps4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 50 fps4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fpsFull HD 1,920×1,080 / 120 fpsFull HD 1,920×1,080 / 100 fpsFull HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fpsFull HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fpsFull HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fpsFull HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fpsFull HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fpsActual 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 respectivelyMovie AudioBuilt-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity can be adjustedMovie ISOMode 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 25600Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2.0) available with selectable upper limitModes P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2.0) with selectable upper limitMovie Active D-LightingCan be selected from:Extra HighHighNormalLowOffTime CodeYesMovie Log Gamma OutputN-Log or HLG videos are recorded to “memory card”When NOT using memory card in Z9 and using external recorderN-Log or HLG video are recorded to “external recorder via HDMI-output”When using both memory card in Z9 and external recorderN-Log or HLG video are recorded to both “memory card” and “external recorder via HDMI-output”However, If you select 8K30p/25p/24p or 4K120p/100p, the recording frame size for HDMI-output is change to FHDFor example, if you select 8K30p, memory card is 8K30p and HDMI-output is FHD30p; If you select 4K60p, memory card is 4K60p and HDMI-output is 4K60p.
Movie e-VR
Yes
Movie HDMI Output
Yes
Movie Focus Peaking
Yes
Movie Highlight Display (Zebras)
Yes
Time-Lapse Movie
Yes
AF for Movie
AF Speed and AF Tracking Sensitivity can be adjusted
CollapseMonitor
Monitor Size
3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
2100 k dots
Monitor Type
Vertically and horizontally tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD
CollapsePlayback
Playback Functions
Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Location Data Display
Movie Playback
Photo Information
Picture Rating
Playback with Playback Zoom
Playback Zoom Cropping
Voice memo input and playback
IPTC information embedding and display
Voice Memo Function
Yes
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Interface
USB: Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Audio Input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio Output: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Type A HDMI connector
10 pin remote terminal: Built-in
Ethernet
RJ-45 connector
Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX), IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T)
Data rates *: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect
Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
(AUTOMDIX) * Maximum logical data rates according to IEEEstandard; actual rates may differ
Wi-Fi Functionality
Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Africa, Asia, Bolivia, and Oceania)
Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac (Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)
Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a (other countries in the Americas)
Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11; Africa, Asia, Bolivia, and Oceania)
Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5805 MHz (other countries in the Americas)
Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5825 MHz (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)
Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5745–5805 MHz (Georgia)
Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5320 MHz (other European countries)
Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 8.4 dBm
Maximum output power (EIRP): 5 GHz band 6.0 dBm (Georgia)
Maximum output power (EIRP): 5 GHz band: 9.0 dBm (other countries)
Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK, WPA3-SAE
Smart Device App Connectivity
SnapBridge
Bluetooth
Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification
Version 5.0
Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz
Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz
Maximum output power (EIRP)
Bluetooth: 2.9 dBm
Bluetooth Low Energy: 1.4 dBm
GPS
Built-in
Via the SnapBridge app
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
CollapseMenus
Supported Languages
English
CollapsePower
Battery / Batteries
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.
Battery Life (shots per charge)
[Viewfinder only] selected for monitor mode with: [ON] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 740 shots
[Viewfinder only] selected for monitor mode with: [OFF] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 700 shots
[Monitor only] selected for monitor mode with: [ON] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 770 shots
[Monitor only] selected for monitor mode with: [OFF] selected for [Energy saving (photo mode)] in the setup menu: Approx. 740 shots
Photo Mode (Burst Photography): Number of Shots: Approx. 5310 shots
Movies: [Viewfinder only] selected for monitor mode: Approx. 170 minutes
[Monitor only] selected for monitor mode: Approx. 170 minutes
AC Adapter
EH-7P Charging AC Adapter
EH-7P charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL18d, EN-EL18c and EN-EL18b batteries only.
Battery Charger
MH-33 Battery Charger
CollapseMiscellaneous
Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
5.9 in. 
(149 mm) 
 x  5.9 in. 
(149.5 mm) 
 x  3.6 in. 
(90.5 mm)
Approx. Weight
47.3 oz. 
(1340 g)
Approx. 1340 g (2 lb. 15.3 oz.) with battery and memorycard but without body cap and accessory shoe cover;approx. 1160 g/2 lb. 9 oz. (camera body only)
Operating Environment
Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
Temperature: −10 °C–40 °C (+14 °F–104 °F)
For a full list of the technical specifications please refer to the product manual.

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