Some last moment leaked Nikon Z9 specifications *UPDATED*

I just received another set of Nikon Z9 camera specifications from Asia – nothing really new or breaking, everything is pretty much as I already reported it a few months ago:

  • The Nikon Z9 shutter will close when the camera is off to protect the sensor
  • 45 MP stacked sensor
  • 20 fps (could be also 30fps as initially reported)
  • 120 fps in DX mode with reduced resolution (11MP)
  • New AF tracking (humans, animals, birds eye AF + cars, motorcycles, and planes AF tracking)
  • No rolling shutter (better than Sony A1 and Canon R3)
  • Black-out free viewfinder in all situations (around 5MP)
  • No pixelshift feature (it could be implemented later with a firmware update)
  • There will be an 8K 60p video option with 1 hr time limit
  • Big improvements in the color balance
  • The Z9 price is expected to be less than the Nikon D6 camera that currently sells for $6,500.

Update #1 – a few more specs just came in (not verified, coming from a new source):

  • Weight: 300g heavier than the Canon R3 or around 1020g (the Nikon D6 is at 1270g)
  • The Nikon Z9 will be the only camera on the market without a mechanical shutter

Update #2:

  • Sensor read time is 4ms (the Sony A1 is 5ms) and this will allow 1/250 s in fash synchronization and more…

Update #3:

  • Only 20 fps with electronic shutter
  • The viewfinder resolution is 3.69MP
  • New fold-out and swivel LCD screen (we have seen that already in one of the teasers)
  • Newly designed menu system
  • Shipping is expected to start in December
  • 8K 60 fps, N-RAW, and maybe other features will be added later with a free firmware update. The firmware update is also expected to be announced on October 28

Please note that some of the Z9 features may come later with a firmware update and will not be available at launch.

The previously reported Nikon Z9 rumored specifications:

  • 8256 x 5504px resolution that confirms a newly developed 45MP high-resolution stacked FX sensor
  • (it is interesting to note that Canon decided to go with a 24MP sensor for their R3 camera).
  • The Z9 will be capable of up to 120 fps in a lower res file size (6Mb I think). Some reports even indicated 160 fps!
  • Built-in GPS – probably GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System).
  • The Z9 will use the same battery as D6. There will be also a new 18-type battery (EN-EL18x) that can be charged by the camera’s USB-C.
  • The sensor has a multi-leaf blade protective shutter that auto covers the sensor when switched off/changing lens to stop dust and dirt on the naked sensor.
  • The Z9 will have car autofocus in addition to animal and people AF as well as low light -7 EV.
  • Improved 3D tracking (confirmed)
  • Improved articulated screen that even works in portrait mode – it is a completely new design.
  • New style locking flap for the two CFExpress memory cards.
  • Third joystick/selector added to use whilst camera close face and shooting.
  • Many new menu features to tweak and match your shooting style.
  • The shutter release sound level can be adjusted from silent to loud… so you can still get that D6 machine gun sound…
  • The official announcement is expected on October 28. Because of part shortage, the waiting time for the Z9 is expected to be very long.
  • The not-yet-announced N2014 camera is in fact the upcoming Nikon Z9 that will come with a new EN-EL18d battery (10.8V, 3300mAh) and new MH-33 charger (input: 5V/9V-3A, output: 12.6V-1.6A).
  • Nikon Z9 is rumored to have a built-in ProRes RAW.
  • 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
  • With the Z9 Nikon basically combined the D6 and D850 and made it mirrorless
  • I was told by multiple people that the Z9 could easily be another “D3 moment” – a significant advance in camera technology and performance (the D3 announcement in 2007 positioned Nikon back on top). The camera will have a “D3 level of innovation” – it will be far more than a D6 in mirrorless form. The dual-pixel sensor will allow an EVF near equal to an optical viewfinder, faster frame rates, effectively no blackout, and no significant rolling shutter. There is also a major update to the AF system. Even critics and skeptics who are testing the camera are speaking very positively about it. Expect to see some amazing Z9 sample photos from surfing in Mexico.

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