The 7 Best Cameras of 2021

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Nikon Z9

Photo of Nikon Z9

Nikon finally fully introduced its latest flagship camera in late October, the much-teased Nikon Z9, and the wait was worth it. The Nikon Z9 ($5499) is a full-frame mirrorless camera featuring a new, Nikon-developed 45.7-megapixel BSI-stacked CMOS, sensor and the company’s latest Expeed 7 image processor. The Z9 is unique because the camera completely eliminates the need for a mechanical shutter, using a full electronic shutter instead for capturing images. To do this, the camera produces “the world’s fastest image scan rate,” according to Nikon, which gives the camera “the world’s smallest rolling shutter distortion,” putting the Z9’s electronic shutter on par with a mechanical shutter. A side benefit is you get a true blackout-free electronic viewfinder, so you never lose track of your subject. Also special is the Z9’s autofocus system, which employs a new scene detection algorithm based on “deep learning technology” as well as 3D tracking. The Nikon Z9 is capable of shooting bursts of 30 frames per second (fps) for JPEG images, 20 fps for RAW files (with a 1000+ image buffer), and up to 120 fps at 11MP, all with full AF/AE. The Z9 can shoot 8K video and achieves the “world’s longest record time” at 8K UHD 30p for more than two hours consecutively (up to approximately 125 minutes). Another unique feature on the Z9 is a new four-axis 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD on back of the camera that allows the monitor to tilt both horizontally and vertically for shooting at multiple angles in different camera orientations, such as when switching from standard shooting to portrait mode. The interface on the screen is also designed to adjust automatically to the appropriate orientation while shooting stills.

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2 thoughts on “The 7 Best Cameras of 2021

    1. The Z9 may be officially announced later in 2021, but it might not actually be in the public’s hands until 2022. When Nikon releases a photo of it and says the body design may change, that means they still have a lot of work to do.

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