Thursday, February 2

The Nikon Z9 is so fast that it can capture how a bullet leaves a rifle

the swedish photographer Göran Strand took his brand new Nikon Z9 of 5,500 dollars and went to photograph the Biathlon World Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany. Nikon’s mirrorless is unique in its segment: it boasts an ultra-fast sensor capable of capture up to 120 frames per second, each with a resolution of 11 Mpixels.

“Maybe this gives me enough to take out a moving bullet,” he thought. Said and done. Strand tried to capture how one of the athletes fired her rifle at a target in that test, and the result, although not particularly sharp, is surprising: this camera is so fast you can see the bullet coming out of the rifle.

A camera ready for high-speed photography

High-speed photography is usually the domain of specialized cameras, but the evolution of sensors has made it possible for cameras like the recent Nikon Z9 reach spectacular heights.

Its 45.7 MP sensor is complemented by an Expeed 7 processor that makes it clear what the strength of this model is. Those 120 frames per second —although in the end they are about a cut of 11 Mpixels— they give a lot of play, and that is what this Swedish photographer discovered.

Strand’s test was a success: he captured the athlete Hanna Oberg, who was shooting her rifle at the biathlon competition at the time, and in one of the captures of that burst you could see the bullet coming out of that rifle.

Strand explained on his blog how he did it: The photo “was taken with the Nikon Z9 and an FTZ adapter with the Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E ED VR lens. Shutter speed was 1/32000 at ISO 8000 and f/4″.

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It looks like the same photo but no, it’s the next one in the burst. The bullet has already escaped the frame, but the trail of smoke after the shot is still visible.

Those conditions would normally make it very difficult to get a proper photo with other cameras—they would come out dark and noisy even on decent models—but the Nikon Z9 achieved a fantastic result.

Only one of the burst shots showed the bullet: it goes so fast —about 350 m/s, or what is the same, about 1,235 km/h— that quickly escapes sight, but thanks to the shutter speed and that capacity of the camera it was possible to capture that striking frame.

Image | Göran Strand

Via | Petapixel