Satisfy the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7, Nikon’s all-new entire-frame mirrorless cameras. Nikon is contacting the arrival of these two cameras its most vital launch since 1959. No strain then.
With Sony eating into Nikon’s sector share with the likes of the Alpha A7R III and A7 III, as with its very own user foundation continuing to request for a entire-frame mirrorless digicam, strain experienced been mounting on Nikon enter the game.
The business has been functioning on a entire-frame mirrorless digicam, codenamed Challenge Q , for some time, with the aim of fusing the finest functions of mirrorless versions with those of a DSLR.
Nonetheless, somewhat than launching a solitary model, Nikon has introduced two new cameras. In a go reminiscent of Sony’s joint launch of its very first entire-frame mirrorless cameras, the 36.3MP Alpha A7R and 24.2MP Alpha A7, Nikon has provided us the forty five.7MP Z7 and the 24.5MP Z6.
The two cameras share an identical design and dealing with qualities, with the only variations other than resolution remaining burst capturing pace and autofocus, but far more on those specs in a minute.
New Z lens mount
Other than the cameras on their own, the big information is that Nikon has decided to fall its popular F-mount, used in both equally its movie SLRs and DSLRs since 1959, for the Z7 and Z6, and released an all-new mount known as the Z-mount.
By introducing a new mount with a considerably larger-diameter opening than the F-mount (55mm in comparison to 44mm), Nikon has freed its optical designers to engineer lenses that make the most of the entire-frame sensor, with Nikon professing these optics will surpass the picture good quality of F mount lenses.
The new lens mount implies we are also probable to see some extremely-quickly f/.ninety five lenses – the speediest F mount lens accessible is a guide-target 50mm f/one.two – with a dear 58mm f/.ninety five quickly primary anticipated to be launched future year for the new program.
For now even though, Nikon’s new range of mirrorless optics will be identified as S-Line lenses, of which there will be a few at launch: a Z 24-70mm f/four S standard zoom, a Z 35mm f/one.8 S extensive-angle primary and a Z 50mm f/one.8 S standard primary.
You should not worry, even though, if you have bought a load of F mount lenses and want to either swap above to the new Nikon mirrorless program or use it side-by-side with your Nikon DSLR, as Nikon is also developing a new mount adapter. Named the FTZ Mount Adapter, this will be suitable with roughly 360 Nikon lenses, and will present entire AF pace with above ninety lenses.
Let us start out by searching far more carefully at Nikon’s substantial-resolution offering, the Z7. This digicam functions a forty five.7MP entire-frame back-illuminated sensor with a native ISO range from ISO64-twenty five,600, when the extended sensitivity range runs from an ISO equal of IS32-102,four hundred. While the resolution is the same as that of the brilliant Nikon D850, Nikon stresses that this is a diverse sensor, as it has the Z7’s 493 period-detect target points engineered into it. Pair with the new EXPEED six picture processor, this permits the Z7 to shoot at a burst level of 9fps.
The .5-inch Quad VGA OLED digital viewfinder (EVF) sports activities an spectacular resolution of 3.69 million dots, with a huge .80x magnification and a exhibit level of 60p. On the rear of the digicam is a 3.two-inch tilt-angle touchscreen with a two.one million-dot resolution.
The Z7 also functions built-in 5-axis picture stabilization offering up to 5 stops of payment, when those seeking to shoot online video will be capable to do so in 4K at up to 30p.
Nikon suggests the Z7 will feature the same degree of climate-sealing as the D850, when it really is taken the brave final decision to contain just a solitary XQD memory card slot. This absolutely permits for superior write speeds above SD playing cards, but Sony is (at the moment) the only producer of this media, so Nikon is clearly hoping that people will be capable to leverage the effectiveness of the new CFExpress-format playing cards once they turn into far more broadly accessible from a range of suppliers (these have the same exterior design as XQD playing cards, but present enhanced effectiveness and wider producer assist).
What about the battery? The Z7 will use an updated EN-EL15b battery to enable for USB charging, but will be suitable with earlier-era EN-EL15a batteries (as used by the D850 and other Nikon DSLRs) as perfectly, when a MB-N10 battery grip for the Z7 is also in enhancement that will accommodate two EN-EL15b batteries.
The Z7 and Z6 are mainly identical, with a couple of main exceptions. Where the Z7 functions a forty five.7MP sensor, the Z6 sports activities a 24.5MP entire-frame sensor with a native ISO range of a hundred-51,two hundred (with an extended ISO range of ISO50-204,800). This digicam also will get a diverse AF program, with the Z6 sporting 273 period-detect AF points, when the burst level is an spectacular 12fps.
Apparently both equally cameras are not aimed especially at professionals, with shipping for the Z7 anticipated to start out on September 27, when the Z6 will comply with a little later on, and should be accessible in late November.
The Nikon Z7 will have a overall body-only selling price of $3,399.ninety five / £3,399, or for $3999.ninety five / £3,999 as a package with the new Z 24-70mm f/four S lens. The Nikon Z6 will be accessible for $one,995.ninety five / £1,995 for the overall body-only configuration, or $two,599.ninety five / £2,599 with the Z 24-70mm f/four S lens.