Camera maker and imaging giant Nikon has just announced its much-anticipated lineup of full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z7, and the Nikon Z6. Both these new mirrorless cameras come with the new Nikon Z mount system, which is different from its existing F mount series. With this announcement, Nikon is planning to take the fight to its competitors including Sony. According to the announcement, the Nikon Z7 is priced at $3,399.95 which is Rs 2,38,300 at the time of writing and the Nikon Z6 is priced at $1,995.95 which is Rs 1,39,900 at the time of writing.
The company will also offer the first Z-mount 24-70mm f/4 kit lens along with both the cameras. However, the pricing of both the cameras with kit lenses will jump up to $3,999 (Rs 2,80,300) for the Nikon Z7 and $2,599.95 (Rs 1,82,200) for the Z6. The Z7 will be available starting September 27, and the Z6 will come in late November.
The Nikon Z7 is the top-of-the-line pro-level camera and it will come with a 45.7-megapixel sensor with 493 focus points along with an ISO range of 64-25600. The camera can shot up to 9 frames per second. On the other hand, Nikon Z6 is more conservative of the two with a 24.5-megapixel sensor along with 273 focus points with 100-51200 ISO range and up to 12 frames per second in burst mode. Both the camera share a number of similarities when it comes to the hardware.
To begin with, both come with a 35.9×23.9mm backside illuminated CMOS full frame sensor with the new Z mount lens system and Expeed 6 image processor. The significant difference between the Z mount when compared to the current F mount is that the Z mount comes with a 55mm mount width along with 16mm flange distance which is the distance from the flange to the film. The company claims that the width of the mount and the flange distance are best in the industry, and they will allow the company to create “a wide range of lenses” including wide-angle telephoto lenses to extremely fast prime lenses.
Both the cameras come with hybrid autofocus where the system can switch between phase-detection to contrast detection while allowing subject tracking and predictive autofocus. The company claims that both cameras can focus in low-light at up to -4 EV and allow “silent photography” to remove shake and noise caused from the shutter release. Nikon has also added 5-axis in-camera image stabilization to both the cameras along with about 3690k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 100 percent frame coverage. The cameras will come with 3.2-inch tilting LCD screen with 170-degree viewing angle and 2100k-dot resolution with touch input on the back for users to review their work and settings.
Similar to its DSLR lineup, both will come with a secondary display on the top plate so that users can easily check their settings without going to the primary display on the back of the camera. The company seems to have video capability also in the new cameras by adding 4K recording with 30 frames per second and slow-motion video recording at 120 frames per second in 1080p resolution. Users will get active d-lightning, electronics vibration reduction, and focus peaking while recording video in 4K as well as 1080p. Nikon has also introduced a new color profile known as the N-Log along with 10-bit output with the help of HDMI.
The cameras come with timecode support to make it easier for video editors to sync audio and video during post-processing. Nikon claims that both will come with a weather-sealed body that will have “the same level of strength and durability” that we have seen in the D850. One surprising thing here is the presence of a single memory slot with XQD format cards instead of dual memory slots with regular SD cards. In terms of connectivity, both cameras will come with USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth while being powered by EN-EL15 batteries.
In addition to the cameras, Nikon also launched a number of Z-mount lenses. As mentioned above, the company announced the launch of its Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 kit lens and along with that, the company has also launched the Z-mount Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 lens for $845.95 (Rs 59,288) and Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 prime lens for $599.95 (Rs 42,047). If you think that we are done in terms of lenses then you would be right to feel outraged because the number of new Z-mount lenses is nothing in comparison to the existing F-mount lenses.
Nikon anticipated this and has also launched a new FTZ adapter which will allow existing Nikon DSLR owners to use their existing F-mount lenses with the Z7 and the Z6 cameras. The company will offer full compatibility along with autofocus and auto exposure for more than 90 F-mount lenses and basic functionality without autofocus and auto exposure support for about 360 existing F mount lenses. This means that with the adapter, Nikon Z6 and Z7 will support more than 450 lenses at launch.
Nikon also released a Z-mount lens roadmap with plans to launch Nikkor Z 20mm f/1.8, Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8, Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8, and Nikkor Z14-30mm f/4 lenses in 2019 and Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2, Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8, and Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 in 2020. Nikon also announced that it is developing Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 which will be its fastest lens.