As Nikon has launched an entirely new camera system, the Z6 and Z7 weren8217;t its only announcements. It also revealed the Z-Mount, which fronts both cameras, and three Nikkor Z lenses for its new mirrorless family; a 24-70mm f/4, a 35mm f/1.8 and a 50mm f/1.8. A further nine lenses will follow over the next two years.
In good news for anyone who8217;s already got a stash of full-frame Nikon lenses, the company confirmed an FTZ Mount Adaptor, which will allow the dozens of existing F-Mount DSLR lenses to work with the new cameras, with full autofocus and automatic exposure.
This news doesn8217;t spell the end for Nikon8217;s extensive range of DSLRs – the company says its committed to the 8220;continued development of Nikon digital-SLR cameras8221; and was keen to point out at the Z series launch that its mirrorless and DSLR lines together offer the 8220;best of both worlds8221;.
Still, what this does show is that Nikon is finally embracing mirrorless camera tech, after the demise of its now discontinued Nikon 1 Series from 2011. While DSLRs still have their benefits, the fully electronic composition offered by mirrorless cameras brings many boons, such as autofocus across the whole frame and exciting new lens designs.
This is what makes Sony8217;s A7-series so appealing to pros and enthusiasts, and it8217;s those mirrorless pioneers that Nikon is targeting here.
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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Price and Release Date: When do they come out, and how much will they cost?
The good news for anyone who8217;s been saving up for a Nikon-flavoured mirrorless camera is that they8217;ll be available very soon.
The pricier, 45.7-megapixel Nikon Z7 will be available first in September 2018 for £3,399 (body only). That8217;s a bit heftier than its main rival, Sony8217;s A7R III, which you can currently pick up for £2,899.
A little more competitively priced is the 24.5-megapixel Nikon Z6, which you8217;ll be able to buy for £2,099 from late November 2018. That compares favourably to the £1,999 Sony A7 III and, conveniently, it also arrives before Christmas.
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As we expected from the teaser videos, Nikon8217;s Z6 and Z7 are like slightly larger versions of Sony8217;s A7 series with chunkier grips. This will go down well with anyone who8217;s used to the feel and heft of Nikon8217;s DSLRs.
Mounted in the centre of both cameras is a large OLED viewfinder with an impressive 0.8x magnification and 3.6 million dot resolution. Nikon says that it8217;s confident this viewfinder experience rivals any optical equivalents on its DSLRs.
As you can see below, there8217;s a joystick for moving focus points, an AF-On button for 8216;back button focusing8217;, and a control wheel that sits flush with the top plate. The only major difference from a DSLR like the Nikon D850 is that there8217;s no row of buttons to the left of the screen, which may take a little getting used to.
And what about that screen? Well, it8217;s a tilting, 3.2-inch touch-sensitive display with a 2.1-million dot resolution. If you don8217;t want to keep checking your settings on that display, there8217;s also a mini display panel on the top plate, which is similar the one seen on the likes of Fujifilm8217;s GFX 50S.
They both have back-illuminated, full-frame CMOS sensors, but the Z68217;s has a 24.5-megapixel resolution with an ISO range of 100–51,200 compared to the Z78217;s 45.7-megapixels and 64–25,600 ISO range.
But another area where the high resolution Z7 strikes back is autofocus. Both cameras have a hybrid AF system (featuring both phase detection and contrast detection), but the Z78217;s has a total of 493 focus points compared the 273 on the Z6.
Aside from resolution, ISO range, burst rates and autofocus points, though, both cameras have much in common when it comes to features. They share the same Expeed 6 image processing engine, 5-axis 8216;VR8217; vibration reduction (Nikon8217;s confusing shorthand for image stabilisation) and ability to shoot 4K video at 30fps.
In fact, Nikon has been keen to talk up both cameras8217; 8216;cinematic8217; potential, calling them the 8220;most capable video cameras8221; the company has made. Okay, it hasn8217;t exactly been renowned for rivalling Panasonic8217;s GH series when it comes to video, but the Z series certainly have the potential to be serious all-rounders.
Both cameras also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with a dedicated processor apparently handling the connection to your smartphone or tablet to ensure its remains rock solid.
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A camera system is only really as good as its lens line-up, so how rosy is the future of Z series glass?
Sony certainly has a head-start when it comes to native, full-frame mirrorless lenses, but Nikon does at least have a roadmap to show you that it8217;s serious about taking advantage of that exciting new mount.
There are also signs that Nikon will be giving its Z lenses relatively competitive pricing to try and tempt over its DSLR fans. The 24-70mm f/4 that8217;s going on sale at the same time as the Z6 and Z7 will cost £999, while the 50mm and 35mm f/1.8 primes will cost £599 and £849 respectively.
While we wait for the arrival of the further nine lenses that are promised beyond these initial trio over the next two years, there8217;s always that FTZ adaptor (below) for using existing F-Mount lenses with the Z6 or Z7.
You8217;ll be able to buy it separately for £269 or with one of the bundles (see the 8216;price and release date8217; section above).
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