Nikon released the Z 9 flagship mirrorless camera: a pure flagship, no shrinking except for the price

The Nikon Z 9 is not only a product capable of taking on the D6, the last glory of the SLR era, but also the title of "the strongest mirrorless camera". It is the so-called "integrated master."

There were leaks and warm-ups, but it still failed to prevent Nikon from successfully ranking on the hot search list after the Z 9 was released. And on my Weibo timeline, the original note 11 Pro+ conference information of Qingyishui was swiped by the shocking body of "Nikon is crazy", "I love Nikon forever", and "Nikon teaches xx to be a camera".

When the specifications of the Nikon Z 9 were announced little by little, the shock was no less than the appearance of the M1 Pro and M1 Max, which was quite "exploded." However, after the specifications were announced, the climax did not fade, but reached the highest point at the price of 35,999 yuan.

For comparison, the Nikon D5 of the same level was released in 2016, and the price of the Bank of China was 40,000 yuan, and the Nikon D6 was released in early 2020, and the price of the Bank of China was 44,800 yuan.

In horizontal comparison, Sony α1 is priced at 47,999 yuan, and Canon EOS R3 is priced at 36,999 yuan. Whether it is compared with itself or compared with current competitors, the pricing of the Nikon Z 9 has a lot of sincerity, and whether it is for ordinary users or professional photographers, there is a great temptation.

Of course, as an adult, while the price is sincere, the specifications and performance of the fuselage must not be ambiguous, both.

As a professional flagship product, the performance of the Nikon Z 9 is sufficient to cover all the needs of all user groups.

Classic square shape

Although the Nikon Z 9 is a mirrorless camera, it has not reduced the body size too much and still maintains the traditional shape of a "square box". Compared with the SLR D6, the overall volume is 60% smaller, but the weight is only 60g lighter.

With the battery and the XQD data card inserted, the weight of the Nikon Z 9 has reached 1.3kg, which is heavy in the hand, but fortunately, the handle and vertical handle are relatively wide, the fingers are not too cramped, and the overall grip is better. Comfortable.

In terms of other body details, the Nikon Z 9 seems to be a reduced version of the D6. The backlit buttons, shoulder screen, and "petal-shaped" quick mode selection, and custom buttons on the vertical handle are all inherited.

The LCD on the back is designed to be folded up and down, left and right, and is somewhat similar to the screen of the Fuji XT series. The back screen of the Nikon Z 9 is 3.2 inches with 2.1 million pixels and supports touch control. The EVF has 3.68 million pixels and has a brightness of up to 3000nit to provide a clearer image under strong light.

On the fuselage interface, Nikon Z 9 is equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen1 interface (rechargeable), standard HDMI, headphone and microphone interfaces, and two CFexpress Type B (XQD compatible) card slots (no SD interface).

The battery of the fuselage is equipped with an EN-EL18d type lithium battery, and is backward compatible with Dx series SLR batteries (however, the battery life will be less). With the support of a large battery, the Nikon Z 9 has a battery life of 740 photos (CIPA standard). Actually, the Nikon Z 9 may reach more than a thousand photos.

▲ After the power is turned off, the CMOS will have its exclusive protective cover down (not the shutter curtain).

ISO 64, 45.71 million effective pixels, up to 120 continuous shooting

The Nikon Z 9 is equipped with a full-frame stacked sensor with 45.71 million effective pixels, with a photo resolution of 8256×5504. It has 493 focus points, and can identify people, animals, cars, motorcycles and airplanes, and can accurately bite the subject even if it is far away.

The native ISO range is 64~25600, which can be extended downwards and upwards to 32~102400, which has consistently continued the characteristics of the Nikon landscape camera. In addition, the Nikon Z 9 body has a 5.5-stop mechanical image stabilization, and with the lens’s 2-stop image stabilization, it can achieve 6-stop shutter compensation.

If the above rules are just appetizers, then the continuous shooting attribute is the first "hard dish."

The Nikon Z 9 abandons the traditional mechanical shutter and only retains the electronic shutter. The shutter speed is 1/32000s~30s. In the M position, the shutter can be extended to 900s (15 minutes) for long exposure shooting. .

In order to make better use of the characteristics of the electronic shutter, Nikon also designed a "dual workflow" processing method in the Z 9 body, displaying all the way and processing the photos all the way, increasing the corresponding speed of the body and continuous shooting without black screen. .

With the support of the EXPEED 7 image processor, the processing speed of the Z 9 is 10 times faster than the previous generation.

As a result, Nikon Z 9 has a very amazing continuous shooting performance. RAW + JEPG (L) can reach 20 fps, JPEG (45.4 megapixels) can reach 30fps, and 11 megapixels JPEG can reach 120fps, which is about the level of 5K 120fps video.

In the RAW + JPEG setting, the Z 9 can shoot continuously for 50s, with about 1000+ photos. At this time, I don't think I should worry about the camera's cache enough, but more to worry about the capacity of your card.

8K 30p, 4K 120p without cropping, and 10bit 422 ProRes RAW

In the past, the Nikon D series or the follow-up Z 6, Z 7 mirrorless are somewhat daunting in terms of video specifications, and the specifications and performance are not enough, and they are always a bit different from the mainstream of the market.

This time, the Nikon Z 9 is just the opposite, giving quite a lot, making the market's mainstream standard and the Z 9 a notch.

Not counting the later firmware upgrade, Nikon Z 9 can support up to 8K 30p, 4K 120p, 1080p 120p non-cropped N-Log video internal recording, and also supports 10bit ProRes 422 HQ encoding format and 10bit H.265 encoding format internal recording.

Specifically, Z 9 supports three encodings: H.264, H.265 and ProRes 422 HQ. Under H.265 encoding, it supports 10bit 4:2:0 8K 30p and 4K 120p video recording. If you want to achieve the 10bit 4:2:2 specification, only ProRes 422 HQ can be selected.

If you add the official firmware promised by Nikon, in 2022, the video performance of the Nikon Z 9 can be improved by one more, and it supports internal recording in 8K 60p 12bit N-RAW and 4K 60p ProRes RAW formats. (It is more suitable for Mac workflow, and for professional film and television production, and the applicability of ProRes coding is stronger, and it is more friendly to the later stage.)

At the same time, Nikon also stated that when recording 8K 30p and 4K 120p, the Z 9 can record continuously for 125 minutes (2 hours), and there is no overheating.

Nikon: I'm going to fight it out, you guys figure it out

In an interview with dpreview in 2018, Nikon executives expressed their confidence to return to the world's No. 1 position. At that time, Nikon had just entered the era of mirrorless, and just released the new Z 6 and Z 7 mounts.

▲ Nikon Z 7 and Nikon F.

Combining the product power of these two new machines, it can almost be concluded that the rhetoric of Nikon executives is more like cheering for employees. After that, the Z 6 II and Z 7 II, which were launched one after another, although their specifications and performance were greatly improved, they were still difficult to win the market.

In this way, Nikon's market share has fallen all the way, and gradually lags behind Canon and Sony. The former "Yu Sanjia" has gradually become a "two-person transfer."

▲ Nikon Z 9 and Nikon Z 7II.

Until the emergence of the powerful Nikon Z 9 product, there was a trance of "satisfying the courage" and became the strongest and most comprehensive in the current mirrorless market, not one of them. I even feel that the grand ambition of "returning to number one" in 2018 is no longer empty.

However, under the background of the current chip shortage, whether Nikon can bite a big piece of the professional market with the Z 9 depends on the supply situation and the stability of the price of 35,999 yuan.

Even if there is a slight premium, but if the supply is stable, with the strong product power of the Nikon Z 9, Nikon is enough to win a lot of market confidence, and it will even force the "big two" to work hard on the product instead of keeping the product in place. Spin around.

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