Six weeks with the Nikon Z9: a top pro portrait photographer gives his verdict

Paul Wilkinson on the Nikon Z9
Nikon Z9 with Z 70-200mm f/2.8. 1/3200sec at f/2.8, ISO1600. (Image credit: Paul Wilkinson)

No camera is perfect, but for a portrait photographer, Nikon has certainly come close with the Z9. That said, as much as I love this camera, it still has a few drawbacks - and it wouldn't be a well-composed view if I didn't include one or two niggles in the frame.

Every photographer will have reasons to favor a camera and for me, it has always been the way a camera makes me feel: the balance, the controls, the viewfinder, the responsiveness and, ultimately, that urge to pick it up and create images with it session after session, client after client, day after day. It has to feel completely natural - no matter how many megapixels or bit-depths it can produce.

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Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson FMPS FBIPP FSWPP is a multi-award-winning international photographer and the co-author of the best-selling book Mastering Portrait Photography.