Z 9

  • Z 9: front
  • Z 9: back
  • 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


  • Auto Capture*1 — a brand-new feature that automatically captures subjects via pre-set shooting criteria in stills or video, enabling unattended operation, functioning together with the Z 9's AF.
  • Powerful AF system that detects the world's largest*2 range of 9 different subject types for both stills and video while also featuring 3D-tracking.
  • Real-Live Viewfinder connecting photographers to every single moment in motion with no skipped frames or loss of view*3.
  • High-Speed Frame Capture+ up to 120 fps*4 for FX-format and 60 fps for DX-format, as well as Pre-Release Capture further assist in nailing the decisive moment.
  • World's fastest*5 scanning speed minimizes rolling-shutter distortion while realizing a design without need for a mechanical shutter, making massive amounts of still-photo shooting possible.
  • In-camera recording of 12-bit RAW up to 8.3K/60p makes it possible to produce ultra-high-resolution video with a small staff and without extra gear, which can also be oversampled for 4K UHD/60p, 50p and 30p videos.
  • Hi-Res Zoom allows photographers to effectively extend the telephoto range beyond the lens' potential for up to 2x, while creating amazingly sharp hi-res zoomed video in 4K by real-time cropping from 8K recording.
  • High-Frequency Flicker Reduction for still images is available in video recording mode.
  • Timecode sync among multiple cameras via Bluetooth facilitates postproduction, allowing more flexibility to use the Z 9 in a wider range of scenes.
  • Highly ergonomic, 4-axis vertical/horizontal tilting monitor offers diverse angles.
  • Solid body with robustness and drip- and dust-resistance equivalent to the D6 now functions down to -10°C/14°F.
  • *1 In FX format only. Restrictions may apply with lenses other than NIKKOR Z lenses.
  • *2As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras, based on Nikon research.
  • *3Smoothness of the viewfinder image will differ depending on settings such as shutter speed, etc.
  • *4In approx. 11-megapixel JPEG.
  • *5As of October 28, 2021, among mirrorless cameras incorporating an image sensor with 30 megapixels or larger, based on Nikon research.



Type of camera

Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount


Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

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

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

45.7 million

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

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



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)


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



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


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

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



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)


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

  • 7680x4320 (8K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p

  • 3840x2160 (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

File format


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)

Audio recording format

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

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

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


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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