Nikon Z9 Sensor Test: 98 Points!

DxOMark tested the sensor of the newly announced Nikon Z9 (Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama).  This new Nikon Z9 sensor achieved an excellent high score of 98 points. In their rankings, this places the new Nikon flagship in joint 9th position for all sensor sizes, including medium format.

Nikon Z9 Vs. Nikon Z7 II Vs. Sony A1 Vs. Sony a7R IV Vs. Canon EOS R3 Vs. Canon R5:

Z9 Z7II α1 α7RIV R3 R5
Overall score 98 100 98 99 96 95
Color depth 26.3 26.3 25.9 26 25 25.3
Dynamic range 14.4 14.7 14.5 14.8 14.7 14.6
Low Light ISO 2451 2841 3163 3344 4086 3042

Here is the conclusion, “Given the balance between quality and high frame rates,  Nikon Z9 is a phenomenal performer. Strong results at base ISO with maximum dynamic range, and excellent color depth at most ISOs are highly attractive, even if both the Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3 have a slight edge in dynamic range at just about every other ISO setting. Nevertheless, the Nikon Z9 is a formidable rival to both, especially the latter, given that camera’s lower pixel count. With such an incredibly aspiring specification along with the sensor performance to match, the Nikon Z9 is a pioneering product for the Z series and is easy to recommend….”

 

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Key specifications

  • 45.7 MP full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
  • Native ISO 64-25,600, with expansion to ISO 32-102,400
  • 20 fps (RAW), up to 30 fps (JPEG)
  • 493-point phase-detection AF system
  • 3.69 m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3.2-in 2.1 m-dot quad-tilt TFT-LCD
  • 8K/60p, 12-bit N-RAW, 4K (oversampled)
  • Sensor shift, up to 6 stops compensation
  • Twin card slots (CFexpress Type B)
  • Ethernet (1000BASE-T), WiFi (2.4/5GHz) Bluetooth LE connection, USB-C (3.2), HDMI (Type A) connectivity

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