Nikon Z6 Z7 First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras
- 23 Aug, 2018
After weeks of teases, Nikon has just unveiled its brand new full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Z7 represent the company’s most serious effort yet to branch out from its tried and true DSLR business and challenge Sony in the mirrorless market. The two cameras share an identical design but differ in megapixel count and other areas like number of focus points and ISO range. They’re basically a tit-for-tat response to Sony’s A7III and A7RIII, and Nikon is aggressively going several steps beyond what Canon has attempted with mirrorless cameras. The Z7 is a pro-level camera to the point that some people will inevitably face a tough decision between it and Nikon’s still-hard-to-find D850. They took a long time to get here — probably too long — but Nikon seems to be bringing the goods.
Z, An Evolution in NIKKOR Glass
Meet the Z NIKKOR 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8, and 50mm f/1.8 lenses, each of which promises to be at the top of the game when it comes to performance. Nikon’s F-mount library is still quite available, with the FTZ Adapter delivering full functionality with over 90 lenses.
The Z7, coming on September 27th, has a 45.7-megapixel sensor, 493 focus points, and 64-25600 ISO. The Z6 will follow in “late November” with a 24.5-megapixel sensor, 273 focus points, and 100-51200 ISO. The cameras bring with them an all-new Z mount system that will debut with a 24-70mm f/4 “kit” lens. With the lens bundled, the Z7. The lens on its own and has a minimum focus distance of under 12 inches across its zoom range.
A 35mm f/1.8 prime will be available at launch as well. There’s also a 50mm f/1.8 prime coming in October that Nikon tells me has astounded some of its engineers with sharpness and edge-to-edge clarity.
The Z7 and Z6 share:
35.9×23.9mm backside illuminated CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Z mount with 55-millimeter mount width and 16mm flange distance
Nikon says these dimensions are the best in the industry and will allow the company to create a wide range of lenses ranging from wide-angle to telephoto to extremely fast. (An f/0.95 Z lens is in development.)
Hybrid AF system that automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF. Subject tracking and predictive AF.
Low-light focusing down to -4 EV.
Completely silent shooting modes
5-axis in-camera stabilization
This is a huge plus for both the Z7 and Z6, bringing Nikon’s vibration reduction (VR) to lenses that never originally had it thanks to the in-body stabilization in both cameras.
3.69 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 100 percent frame coverage and 0.8x magnification
3.2-inch 2.1 million-dot tilting touchscreen LCD with 170° viewing angle
A display on the top plate near the grip for easily checking your settings
4K video recording up to 30p frame rate
1080p video recording up to 120p frame rate
Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking for 4K UHD and 1080p movie recording. N-Log color profile can also be used with 10-bit HDMI output. Timecode support for easy video/audio sync.
Weather-sealed body with “same level of strength and durability” as the D850
Same software UX as Nikon’s DSLRs
Single memory slot: XQD
Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for direct transfer
USB Type C