Nikon Z9: 45MP and 30 fps?


From the very beginning, I have been getting conflicting information on the sensor size of the upcoming Nikon Z9 professional mirrorless camera. Nikon only told us that it will be a “newly developed high-resolution stacked FX sensor”. The rumor was that three different sensors were tested: 45-46MP, 50MP, and 60MP. The latest info I received is that the Z9 will have a 45MP sensor that will allow up to 30 fps (previous rumors indicated “only” 20 fps). Here is an updated recap of the Nikon Z9 rumored specifications so far:

  • Newly developed 45MP high-resolution stacked FX sensor
  • 30 fps
  • Integrated vertical grip handle
  • The Z9 is described as a D6 body combined with EOS R5 imaging, α9II AF, and blackout-free EVF
  • Nikon confirmed that the Z9 will be better than the D6
  • Multishot-mode
  • 16-bit RAW option
  • 8k30p, 4k120/60/30p (support for 8K video recording)
  • New EXPEED image-processing engine designed for 8k (newly developed Imaging Pipeline Processor to broaden sensor readout emphasizing speed)
  • Improved AF (Object detection AF)
  • “Stunning” AF tracking (better than the D6)
  • Advanced real-time tracking
  • Two XQD/CFX type B memory card slots
  • ISO 64 – 25,600, Hi1, Hi2
  • Improved noise levels and specifically significantly better dynamic range
  • High resolution, blackout-free EVF: probably 5.76 MP or maybe even 9k MP viewfinder, 120 Hz refresh rate (the resolution can be reduced to increase the refresh rate)
  • New user interface (no second LCD screen on the back like the D6)
  • New battery: Nikon EN-EL18x
  • Gbit LAN, USB-C, WiFi, GPS, built-in transmitter
  • Price: $6,000 – $7,000
  • Scheduled to be tested in August
  • Rumored to be announced in November/December (no exact shipping date available so far)

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