The rumors have already intensified in the last few days, now the announcement is official: For 5,999 euros, the new mirrorless Nikon full-frame flagship is supposed to be able to record 8K30p up to 125 minutes at a time from day one. Likewise, up to 4K120p without crop is said to be possible. The biggest bummer, however, might be the internal 10-bit ProRes 422 HQ recording in N-Log (or alternatively HLG). This is followed by the announcement that internal RAW recording with up to 8K60p will also be possible with an upcoming firmware. Two CFexpress card slots are available for this.
Add to that the announcement that the Z9 is supposed to have the fastest scan rate of any mirrorless system camera in the world. We've heard in advance of rolling shutter times around 4ms for the entire sensor area. The shutter is said to be so fast that the camera completely eliminates the need for a mechanical shutter.
In addition, the Z9 is also supposed to be the most stable of all Nikon cameras produced so far. For example, the movable sensor is supposed to be able to lock itself even when switched off in the event of a shock.
The autofocus is also said to be better than anything previously known from Nikon, and the viewfinder is said to be fast, without blackout, and judder-free with 3.69 million pixels. The touchscreen display can also automatically align vertically when the camera is held at an angle.
As it looks, Nikon is launching a real killer camera for videographers here, which really leaves little to be desired on paper. The professional photo features of the Z9 are additionally on another sheet (and therefore not here in this news).
The Z9 should be available for 5,999 Euros before the end of the year. Here again is an explicit listing of all video formats:
7680 x 4320 (8K UHD): 30p / 25p / 24p, 3840 x 2160