Nikon Z9 Gets Gold Award at DPReview (94% Overall Score)

DPReview completed their full in-depth review for the Nikon Z9. And this Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera ($5,496.95) gets an impressive 94% overall score and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview.

Nikon Z9 Key Features:

  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
  • 8.3K 60p N-RAW, 4.1K 60p ProRes RAW
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
  • 493-Point AF, AI-Based Subject Detection
  • Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS

What we like

  • Impressive image quality in Raw and JPEG
  • 20 fps shooting with full AF
  • Capable and easy-to-configure AF system
  • Responsive viewfinder with near-zero lag and no blackout
  • Behaves and feels like a D-series DSLR
  • Useful range of video modes
  • 10-bit and Raw video options
  • Waveform display for setting video exposure
  • Reliable and consistent AF in video
  • Can shoot for >2hrs in most demanding video modes
  • USB charging is useful

What we don’t

  • Stepped e-shutter creates banding with fast-flickering displays
  • No quick way to adjust Auto ISO min shutter speed
  • JPEG-only when matching peers’ 30 fps
  • Larger and heavier than direct rivals
  • Customization options are extensive but don’t give access to every feature
  • No 10-bit / HDR stills capability

Conclusion from DPReview:

The Nikon Z9 is perhaps the most complete camera we’ve ever tested. It shoots excellent 45MP images at up to 30fps (20 with Raw), it captures 8K video in everything from 8-bit MP4s to 12-bit N-Raw. Its autofocus system is both powerful and easy to use and works well for both stills and video. It’s larger and heavier than some of its rivals, which make it less well suited to some applications, but overall it combines the best of a DSLR and a video camera in a single body.

Nikon Z9 Body: $5,496.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

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