Nikon Z9 specs leak: A mirrorless child of D850 and D6

The Nikon Z9 prototype was recently spotted at the Tokyo Olympics, and some specs have already leaked. But now there’s more information about the upcoming flagship mirrorless camera from Nikon. New specs have leaked, showing us what we can expect from the Z9 when it’s announced. And judging from them, we’re about to get a mirrorless successor to the D850 and D6.

Nikon Rumors heard some more details about the Z9, and here’s what they report:

  • 8256 x 5504px resolution that confirms a 45MP stacked sensor
  • The Z9 will be capable of up to 120 fps in a lower res file size (maybe 6Mb). 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.
  • 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 it can sound more like the D6

As I mentioned, some of the rumors already leaked before, and here they are so you can have everything in one place:

  • Newly developed high-resolution stacked FX sensor.
  • 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
  • 20 fps
  • Multishot-mode
  • 16-bit RAW option
  • 8k30p, 4k120/60/30p
  • New EXPEED processor 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)
  • 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) – This one seems to be confirmed according to the photos.
  • New battery: Nikon EN-EL18x
  • Gbit LAN, USB-C, WiFi, GPS (Maybe GNSS instead of GPS?)

The rumored price of the Z9 is between $6,000 and $7,000. The official announcement is expected near the end of the year, in November or December. However, due to the global chip shortage, rumor has it that the waiting time for the Z9 to start shipping will be pretty long. But it’s not like we’re not used to it by now.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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