Nikon Z9 review

The Nikon Z9 is late to the pro mirrorless party – but with 120fps bursts and 2½ hours of 8K video, it may not matter

Nikon Z9 review: James Artaius holding the Nikon Z 9

Digital Camera World Verdict

It's fashionably late, but the Nikon Z9 makes a heck of an entrance. It blitzes the Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3 with its blistering 120fps burst shooting, 8K 60p capability, over 2½ hours of 8K 30p recording, and a dramatically lower price price tag (though the A1 still has it licked for resolution, while the R3 trumps it in ISO, image stabilization and the articulated screen). The amazing AF system has finally caught up to its rivals (though it takes a hit in video), the electronic-only shutter has yet to cause any headaches in artificial lighting, and the battery life is best in class. This could be the ultimate all-round hybrid camera.


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    120fps burst shooting!

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    8K 60p video resolution

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    2½ hours of 8K 30p video

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    Unbeatable value


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    120fps files are only 11MP

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    RAW shooting only 20fps

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    Screen not fully articulating

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    Some features not till 2022

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The Nikon Z9 has arrived famously late to the pro mirrorless party. However, Nikon maintains that what some might see as tardiness enabled it to really take advantage of the benefits that a mirrorless design – and specifically the Z-mount, with the largest throat diameter and shortest flange distance of any full-frame system – is capable of. 

And indeed, the wait has been worth it: the Nikon Z9 boasts features some truly ferocious specifications – some of which blow away those of both the Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3 (as does the price tag). However, both of these rivals have a notable head start on the Z9 – in the case of the A1, it’s a full year. So has Nikon done enough to deliver the best professional camera despite the handicap?

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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.