Company Kolari   completed the teardown of the new flagship mirrorless camera Nikon z9. Kolari offers specialized lens filters as well as infrared and full spectrum camera converters, so they are well versed with cameras and take them apart perfectly.

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The Z9 is a true professional camera with all the specs to match, including a new 45,7MP multi-layer sensor and 8K/60p video recording. The Z9 records full resolution RAW images at up to 20fps, 45MP JPEG images at 30fps, and 11MP JPEG images at 120fps. The Z9 also features an all-new 3,69 million-dot OLEV electronic viewfinder with reduced latency and greater brightness.

kolari vision nikon z9 teardown all parts

After discussing the features and design of the Z9, Alex and Jared from Kolari Vision set about disassembling the Z9. They started from the bottom, removing parts of the bottom plate and cutting through a strip of copper foil. They then removed the screws from many places on the camera, including the bottom bezel, side panels, the back of the camera, and the viewfinder area. Once the screws are removed, the entire back panel can pop out, including the XNUMX-way tilting LCD. Fortunately, nothing will happen to the complex display mechanism.

kolari nikon z9 teardown removing screws viewfinderkolari vision nikon z9 removing back plate

Once the back panel is removed, you can see the insides of the camera, including the entire extensive cable set. The Z9 has a lot of buttons, more than the Z7 II, because a lot of information has to flow through the camera.

kolari vision nikon z9 teardown motherboard

This teardown is a first look at the Z9 motherboard, including the EXPEED 7 processor. The processor is surrounded by a custom heatsink frame that transfers heat from the processor to the camera body: better heat dissipation.

kolari vision nikon z9 teardown removing heatsink frame

Nikon has added holes to access the sensor screws. Nikon adjusts the position of the sensor to ensure it is perfectly calibrated and parallel to the focal plane. The sensor must be calibrated to avoid focus errors. New access holes make it easier for the technician to fine-tune the sensor position without having to reassemble the camera. Another nice design aspect is the presence of a connection between the battery board and the board, making it easy to repair.

kolari vision nikon z9 teardown sensor next to kolari camera

The heatsink is then removed, which includes numerous thermal pads underneath. From here we can see that the Z9 has two sensor strips. This is how the Z9 ensures blackout-free shooting. The camera transmits data from its sensor to the processor / displays and memory cards separately using separate loops.

After all cables are disconnected, the motherboard is removed. The card readers are located on opposite sides of the board, just like the Z7 II. Nikon also soldered all the ports on the board. Compared to the Sony a1, which includes detachable flex cables for many of its ports, the Z9 will be more difficult to repair if there are any issues with the ports.

kolari vision heatsink frame 1 nikon z9 teardown

Under the motherboard is another layer of the camera heatsink frame. Removing this frame gives full access to the image sensor. The full frame sensor is a standard size, but with the IBIS system the array looks quite large. IBIS locks into place to reduce the risk of damage when not in use. Many IBIS components float freely when not in use.

“The Z9 combines classic features we've seen in Nikon DSLRs of the past with new innovations never seen before. If you shoot with DSLRs and refrain from mirrorless cameras because of battery life, EVF lag, or because you (for some reason) don't like small, light cameras, then this is the mirrorless camera that you need.


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