2022-Kolari Vision goes inside Nikon’s Z9 in its latest camera teardown: Digital Photography Review


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Kolari Vision has completed its teardown of Nikon’s new flagship mirrorless digicam, the Nikon Z9. Kolari gives specialised lens filters and infrared and full-spectrum conversions of cameras, in order that they’re well-versed with taking cameras aside and seeing what is going on on underneath the hood.

The Z9 is Nikon’s first Z-series digicam to incorporate a pro-style design, like Canon’s new EOS R3. The Z9 is a real skilled digicam with the specs to match, together with a brand new 45.7MP stacked sensor and 8K/60p video recording. The Z9 information full-resolution RAW photographs at as much as 20 frames per second, 45MP JPEG photographs at 30fps, and 11MP JPEGs at 120fps. The Z9 additionally has a brand-new 3.69M dot OLEV EVF with lowered lag and higher brightness.

As quickly as you take away the lens and seize a picture, you will discover that the Z9 lacks a mechanical shutter, marking a daring new course for the esteemed digicam maker. Kolari factors out that the shutter body used a non-magnetic plastic materials, which suggests you will want a mag-mount to make use of Kolari’s clip-in filters for Z-mount.

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Credit score: Kolari Imaginative and prescient

After discussing the Z9’s options and design, Kolari Imaginative and prescient’s Alex and Jared begin disassembling the Z9. They began from the underside, eradicating elements of the underside plate and chopping by way of copper foil tape. They then eliminated screws from many locations on the digicam, together with the underside plate, facet plates, digicam rear, and viewfinder space. As soon as the screws are eliminated, the whole again plate can pop off, together with the four-way tilting LCD. Luckily, there’s nothing to be performed with the advanced show mechanism.

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Eradicating the Z9’s backplate. Whenever you take away the backplate, the whole four-way tilting LCD mechanism comes with it. Credit score: Kolari Imaginative and prescient

As soon as the again plate is eliminated, you’ll be able to see the digicam’s internals, together with a whole an intensive set of ribbon cables. The Z9 consists of many buttons, greater than the Z7 II, so loads of info should be transmitted by way of the digicam.

This teardown is our first have a look at the Z9’s motherboard, together with its EXPEED 7 processor. The processor is surrounded by a customized heatsink body that transfers warmth from the processor to the digicam’s shell. Alex writes, ‘[Nikon] went for a extra minimalist design with it, retaining it open and off the opposite connectors, creating higher steering for the warmth.’

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Eradicating a part of the Z9’s heatsink. Credit score: Kolari Imaginative and prescient

The picture sensor consists of screws that maintain the sensor down in opposition to springs. Nikon added holes to offer entry to the sensor screws. Nikon adjusts the sensor place to make sure that it is completely calibrated and parallel to the focal aircraft. The sensor should be calibrated to keep away from focusing errors. Kolari’s infrared conversions substitute the sensor glass, in order that they usually have to calibrate the sensor to suit the brand new glass. The brand new entry holes will make it a lot simpler for a technician to fine-tune the sensor place with out repeatedly taking the digicam aside. One other good facet of the design is that the connection between the battery and the board is accessible, making repairs simpler.

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Nikon Z9 motherboard. Credit score: Kolari Imaginative and prescient

Subsequent is eradicating the heatsink, which incorporates quite a few thermal pads beneath it. From right here, we see that the Z9 has two sensor ribbons. These are how the Z9 achieves really blackout-free capturing. The digicam runs information from its sensor to the processor/shows and reminiscence playing cards individually utilizing the pair of sensor ribbons.

As soon as all of the ribbons are disconnected, the motherboard is eliminated. The cardboard readers are on reverse sides of the board, like with the Z7 II. Nikon additionally soldered all of the ports on the board. In comparison with the Sony a1, which incorporates removable flex cables for a lot of of its ports, the Z9 will likely be harder to restore if there are any issues with ports.

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Credit score: Kolari Imaginative and prescient

Beneath the motherboard is one other layer of the digicam’s heatsink body. As soon as this body is eliminated, there’s full entry to the picture sensor. The total-frame sensor is a typical dimension, however the sensor array appears to be like fairly large with the IBIS system. The IBIS is locked in place to cut back the chance of injury when not in use. Many IBIS programs float freely when not in use.

Kolari concludes, ‘The Z9 digicam combines the traditional options we have seen in Nikon’s DSLRs of the previous and new improvements by no means earlier than seen. If you happen to’re a DSLR shooter who’s been holding off on mirrorless cameras due to the battery life, EVF lag, or since you (for some cause) don’t love cameras being small and light-weight, then that is the mirrorless digicam you’ve been ready for.’ To see many extra detailed photographs of the Z9 all through the teardown course of, click here.

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Credit score: Kolari Imaginative and prescient

If in case you have a Z9, or any digicam, you want transformed to full-spectrum or infrared, visit Kolari Vision to take a look at your choices and study extra. You can too try their filters in the event you do not wish to make the leap with full conversion.


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