Nikon has been teasing its upcoming mirrorless flagship model in small video tidbits since the beginning of October - time for us to take a look at what is known so far: It has been clear since the first teaser that the Z9 will have a flip-up display that can be folded away from the body, but not swiveled. Compared to the previous flagship model, the Nikon D6, this is at least a small concession towards more video functionality. And the new video features seem to dominate the coverage of the upcoming Nikon Z9 at the moment:
It is considered certain that 8K video at 30fps with no recording limit will be on board the Nikon Z9, which we personally find pretty cool. Even though this will most likely be 8-bit video, an 8K 8-bit video downscaled to 4K should contain quite a bit of editing reserves.
The built-in battery should also already be clear. Nikon has registered a new EN-EL18d battery with 10.8V and 3300mAh for the Nikon Z9 in Taiwan. A new AF function with fharzeug detection is also supposed to be part of the game, and the sensor is likely to be an FX (full-frame) stacked CMOS sensor with 45 MP. Furthermore, we assume an improved 3D tracking AF.
On top of our wish list is an internal 10 bit log recording with Nikon N-Log. Nikon has been lagging behind the competition here for quite some time, and if they are serious about more video functionality, a corresponding LOG function - even if it is "only" 4K 10 Bit Log - would be an important feature. If this were also available in 50/60p with high-quality downscaling, Nikon would at least have closed the gap to the competition. We&re keeping our fingers crossed here.
Which functions would be most important for you in a new Nikon flagship camera?