Thank you for your reply and comments..............and yes Jarrod's tests are not forensically done like say Thom, or with detailed, accurate field tests and solutions based with great technique advice as we have become accustomed to from Steve.What it sounds like to me from what other members are saying is the default out of the box settings for the Nikon would have worked better than what he selected. To me, that is the farthest thing from needing to be a road scholar. You’re right that Jared changed the settings equally; at least in how it appears. He set them all to what is supposed to be ”stickiest” but what we don’t know is to what extent that impacts AF on each model. For example, if he had just said I’m going to set each camera to the fastest frame rate they can shoot for a particular test, they wouldn’t all have the same values/settings (or would they because they are all set to highest frame rate even though the values are significantly different). Say the test was to see if there is an impact to image quality by shooting the fastest frame rate. Well, one would be shooting RAW, one compressed RAW, one jpg. My point is saying the same doesn’t always mean the same. Maybe all three cameras were equally negatively impacted by the same unideal settings . I am not trying to say his test was invalid or would have any different outcome if setting the cameras up for the most ideal settings for each.
i’m not sure what you are referring to when you say 3D tracking. Is this not a brand specific term referring to a specific AF mode? Do you mean subject detection/tracking or fully automated AF? I’m not understanding based on the way you’re using the term.
I do appreciate logical simple assessments, i believe in the 80/20 rule, don't spend 90% of your time proving the last 20% when things are clear at 80%.
The initial DP review field shoot with the Z9 was an indication of how the Z9 performed and tracked........as was proven to be close to the money, in Jarrod's case again his consistent quick and dirty tests articulate or not are proven to be also close to the money.
Jarrod did exactly the same simple logical quick and dirty test with the Z6 Z7 later to be proven to be close to the money and correct, then again the Z6II Z7II update also proven later to be correct, now the Z9 using the same procedure, and its proving to be correct, the end result was, he was absolutely correct about the Z system tracking and its weakness, improvements, and now he says hey the Z9 is awesome and very much closer to the competition than ever before, congratulations Nikon on a brilliant job.
We knew this before the Z9 shipped and that's OK we all cant be no 1..........and dose it really even matter, they are all great cameras.
Will Jarrod, Thom, Steve or others give up their A1 for a Z9...........with the A1 II and R1 still to come which will widen the gap even further from the Z9.............again using the 80/20 rule.
As a Nikon owner to be left behind for so long, promised the world and sate of the art, finally we get the Z9 with 2 years of hard work and development, we get spectacular Video capability we finally get a improved tracking system in need of still more work that well is closer to the money but not quite as good or even exceeding the current competition.
In Sony's case the A1 A9 has been out for more than 12 months, So we are here in January 2021 with the spectacular Z9 that's running 3rd in place, with the competitors ready to leap ahead again................i think Nikon needs to lift its game.............
The term 3D, sorry I mean the auto tracking eye tracking animal tracking etc etc regardless of brand, its the lock on tracking system i mean to refer to , yes you are right 3D is brand specific.
Only an opinion