If you’re an experienced Nikon shooter hanging on to your trusty DSLR, there may be one new mirrorless camera that you’re watching with particular interest—the Nikon Z9. With its high-res stacked sensor and 3D-tracking autofocus, it seems to be Nikon’s most serious effort to recreate the magic of its top-end DSLRs. But in the demanding conditions found underwater, can it really nail the shot like stalwart cameras such as the D500 or D850?
One photographer that has been looking at answering that question is Australia-based pro shooter Nicolas Remy, who recently launched online underwater photography school The Underwater Club. Via a forthcoming Facebook event, Nicolas is inviting members to join him to discuss “the Z9, DSLRs, mirrorless, and the future of underwater photography.”
Nicolas has been giving the Z9 a good workout over the past few weeks, pushing its autofocus performance to its limits in low-light and low-visibility conditions. In addition, he’s been investigating how the Z9’s performance compares with that of his D500. “I also spent 6 hours of diving,” writes Nicolas on the Facebook event page, “swapping between the Z9 and my favorite Nikon DSLR, on the same dives, photographing the same subjects, to pinpoint those differences.”
Nicolas will be sharing his experience and findings in an upcoming article on DPG, but his “fireside chat” is a great opportunity to hear from him directly about his testing—including “autofocus, viewfinder experience and battery life”—and get a sneak preview of his images as well as interact with other accomplished photographers (from both DSLR and mirrorless camps, of course).
The online event, entitled “Fireside chat: Mirrorless vs DSLRs for Underwater Photography,” is taking place on Thursday, May 25th, at 8pm AEST. (Note: As this is a less-than-convenient time for those not in the Asia-Pacific region—6am in New York and 11am in London—Nicolas will be offering a second fireside chat if there are sufficient takers. Please contact Nicolas if you’re interested.)
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