Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera review

Get ready for the future of capturing photos with the amazing Nikon Z9 Mirrorless Camera. Featuring advanced technology and a stunning design, it is the ultimate choice in photography. Learn more here.

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera review

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera summary

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera product highlights

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera product highlights:

  • Full frame
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64-25600
  • EXPEED 7
  • Real-Live Viewfinder
  • Subject detection for
  • 9 subject types
  • 3D-tracking
  • Up to 120 fps and
  • Pre-Release Capture
  • RAW video up to 8.3K/60p
  • 4K UHD/120p
  • 4-axis tilting monitor
  • Durability down to -10°C/14°F

The Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera is packed with exciting features designed to enhance your photography and videography experience. With Auto Capture, you can set shooting criteria for stills or video and let the camera automatically capture subjects, allowing for unattended operation. This feature works seamlessly with the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera’s powerful AF system, which can detect the world’s largest range of nine different subject types for both stills and video, including 3D-tracking.

Experience every single moment in motion with the Real-Live Viewfinder, which ensures there are no skipped frames or loss of view. The camera’s High-Speed Frame Capture+ capability enables you to shoot at up to 120 fps for FX-format and 60 fps for DX-format, perfect for capturing the decisive moment. The Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera boasts the world’s fastest scanning speed, reducing rolling-shutter distortion and eliminating the need for a mechanical shutter, allowing for massive amounts of still-photo shooting.

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera features

When it comes to video, the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera offers in-camera recording of 12-bit RAW up to 8.3K/60p, enabling you to produce ultra-high-resolution videos without the need for extra gear. The camera can also oversample for 4K UHD/60p, 50p, and 30p videos. With Hi-Res Zoom, you can effectively extend the telephoto range beyond the lens’ potential, creating sharp hi-res zoomed video in 4K by real-time cropping from 8K recording.

The Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera also includes features to improve your overall workflow. High-Frequency Flicker Reduction is available in video recording mode, ensuring your still images are free from flickering. Timecode sync via Bluetooth allows for easy post-production synchronization among multiple cameras, giving you more flexibility in a wider range of scenes.

The camera’s highly ergonomic 4-axis vertical/horizontal tilting monitor offers diverse angles for composing your shots. Additionally, the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera’s solid body is built to withstand challenging environments with robustness, drip-resistance, and dust-resistance equivalent to the D6, even functioning in temperatures as low as -10°C/14°F.

In conclusion, the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera combines advanced features such as Auto Capture, a powerful AF system, Real-Live Viewfinder, High-Speed Frame Capture+, and in-camera recording of 12-bit RAW to deliver exceptional performance for both stills and videos. With its ergonomic design and rugged construction, this a versatile and reliable tool for photographers and videographers alike.

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera lenses

The Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera is compatible with two types of lenses: Z mount NIKKOR lenses and F mount NIKKOR lenses. With the Z mount, you can use the latest generation of lenses specifically designed for the Z series cameras, providing excellent image quality and performance. If you already have F mount lenses, you can use them on the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera with the help of a mount adapter.

However, please note that certain restrictions may apply when using F mount lenses with the adapter. This flexibility allows photographers to choose from a wide range of lenses to suit their shooting needs.

Nikon Z9 image sensor

The Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera features a high-quality image sensor. The sensor is a 35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor, which is in the Nikon FX format. This format ensures excellent image quality and performance. The total number of pixels on the sensor is 52.37 million, allowing for detailed and sharp images. To keep the sensor clean, the camera has an image sensor cleaning system. Additionally, you can use the Image Dust Off reference data feature, which requires the use of Nikon’s NX Studio software, to further enhance image cleanliness and remove any unwanted dust particles.

Our final opinion about Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera

Overall, the Nikon Z9 is a powerful mirrorless camera that offers excellent image quality and many advanced features. It is perfect for professionals and enthusiasts alike and is capable of producing outstanding images in a variety of situations. With its robust set of features, excellent speed and responsiveness, and rich selection of lenses and accessories, the Nikon Z9 is a great choice for anyone who wants to get creative with their photos and videos.

FAQ - Frequently asked question about Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera?

The Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera is one of the best on the market right now. It has an impressive feature set, with the ability to sharp hi-res zoomed video in 4K by real-time cropping from 8K recording. Additionally, it offers high-quality 4K UHD video and impressive autofocus capabilities. So overall, this a great choice for those looking for a top-of-the-line mirrorless camera.

The Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera is one of the most sought-after cameras in the market today. It offers a variety of impressive features and capabilities, such as an incredibly high 45.7 megapixel resolution, 4K Ultra High Definition video, and an ergonomic and lightweight body. Additionally, it offers a host of advanced features designed to meet the demands of professional photographers, such as the ability to shoot up to 120 fps and a RAW video up to 8.3K/60p.

Finally, this camera wide selection of customizable add-on lenses and accessories provide a wealth of options to customize your camera to meet your needs.

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera technical specifications

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera technical specifications:


Type of camera

Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera lens

Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

  • F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera effective pixels

Effective pixels

45.7 million

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera image sensor


35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)

Total pixels

52.37 million

Dust-reduction system

Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)


File format

  • NEF (RAW): 14 bit with lossless compression, high efficiency★, 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

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera Picture Control system

Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, 20 Creative Picture Controls; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls


CFexpress (Type B), XQD memory cards

Dual card slots

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

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera viewfinder


1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 18-level manual brightness controls; high frame-rate display available

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical


Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera monitor

Monitor type

8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 2100k-dot vertically and horizontally tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 15-level manual brightness controls

Nikon Z9 shutter


Electronic shutter with shutter sound and sensor shield


1/32000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV, extendable to 900 s in mode M, bulb, time


Release modes

Single frame, continuous L, continuous H, High-Speed Frame Capture+ (with Pre-Release Capture), self-timer

Approximate frame advance rate

  • Continuous L: Approx. 1 to 10 fps

  • Continuous H: Approx. 10 to 20 fps

  • High-Speed Frame Capture+ (C30): Approx. 30 fps

  • High-Speed Frame Capture+ (C60): Approx. 60 fps

  • High-Speed Frame Capture+ (C120): Approx. 120 fps

Nikon Z9 Exposure

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 approx. 4 mm centered on selected focus point

  • Highlight-weighted metering

Metering range (ISO 100, f/2.0, 20°C/68°F)

-3 to +17 EV

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 or 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 or Off

Nikon Z9 Autofocus


Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range (in photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/2.0, 20°C/68°F)

-7 to +19 EV (-9 to +19 EV with starlight view)

Focus points (in photo mode, FX format, single-point AF)

493 points

AF-area modes

Pinpoint AF, single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (S, M and L), wide-area AF (S, L, C1 and C2), auto-area AF, 3D-tracking and subject-tracking AF (available in video mode only); Pinpoint AF, dynamic-area AF and 3D-tracking are available in photo mode only


Camera on-board VR

5-axis image sensor shift

Lens on-board VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)

Nikon Z9 Flash

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 modes

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off

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

White balance

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 to 10000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning


Bracketing types

Exposure and/or flash, white balance and ADL


Metering modes

Matrix, center-weighted or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels) and frame rate

  • 7680×4320 (8K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p

  • 3840×2160 (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

Frame size (pixels) and frame rate (RAW video)

  • 8256 x 4644; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 5392 x 3032; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 4128 x 2322; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 3840 x 2160: 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p
    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

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera file format


Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera video compression

N-RAW (12 bit), Apple ProRes RAW HQ (12 bit), Apple ProRes 422 HQ (10 bit), H.265/HEVC (8/10 bit), H.264/AVC (8 bit)

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera audio recording format

Linear PCM (for videos recorded in NEV or MOV format) or AAC (for videos recorded in MP4)

Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Exposure compensation

-3 to +3 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Nikon Z9 ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • M mode: Manual selection (ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/6, 1/3 or 1 EV); with additional options available equivalent to approx. 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

  • P, S or A mode: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2.0) with selectable upper limit

Other options

Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, N-Log and HDR (HLG) video, wave-form display, red REC frame indicator, video recording display zoom (50%, 100%, and 200%), extended shutter speeds (mode M), and dual-format (proxy-video) recording for RAW video; extended oversampling available; option to view video recording info available via i menu; Hi-Res Zoom



Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

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


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.






Location Data

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


Log interval

15 s, 30 s, 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.

Max. log recording time

6, 12 or 24 hours

Log deletion


Power source


One EN-EL18d Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EN-EL18c, EN-EL18b, EN-EL18a and EN-EL18 can also be used; Note that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge than with the EN-EL18d and that 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 AC Adapter; requires EP-6a Power Connector (available separately)

Tripod socket

Tripod socket

0.635 cm; 1/4 in., ISO 1222

Nikon Z9 dimensions/weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 149 x 149.5 x 90.5 mm/5.9 x 5.9 x 3.6 in.


Approx. 1340 g/2 lb. 15.3 oz with battery and two memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1160 g/2 lb. 9 oz (camera body only)

Operating environment

Operating environment

Temperature: -10 to 40°C/+14 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area)

BF-N1 Body Cap, EN-EL18d Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-33 Battery Charger, EH-7P Charging AC Adapter, DK-33 Rubber Eyecup, HDMI/USB Cable Clip, AN-DC24 Strap, UC-E24 USB Cable, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover

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