Nikon Z9 blitzes the Canon R3 and Sony A1 with 120fps bursts – and it’s just $5,496

Nikon Z9 blitzes the Canon R3 and Sony A1 with 120fps bursts – and it’s just £5,299
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At long last, the Nikon Z9 has been fully revealed by Nikon – and it packs unrivaled firepower, including an astonishing 120fps continuous shooting speed, 8K video at up to 60p, and 16-bit RAW imaging from its 45.7MP stacked image sensor. Not only that, it boasts a price tag of just $5,496 / £5,299 / AU$8,999.95, making it the most advanced and affordable pro camera on the market. 

This means that the Nikon Z9 eclipses its key rivals in the speed and video stakes, since the Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3 both max out at 30fps continuous shooting, while the A1 and Canon EOS R5 each top out at 8K 30p video – and unlike its competitors, the Z9 can sustain 8K 30p recording for over two hours before overheating. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.