Nikon launched 2 all-new full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 at its Za’abeel Studio. Lauded as its most important product launch since 1959 as it finally steps into the mirrorless camera ring. It’s been a long time coming for Nikon with mounting pressure from competitors and brand loyalists. Nikon was ardent on fusing the best features of mirrorless models with those of a DSLR.
At the launch, Stephen Segal, a celebrated fashion photographer said, “The new additions to Nikon’s already impressive lineup are a true testament to the company’s commitment to photographers and the pursuit of innovative relevant technology. As a traveling fashion and wedding photographer it is imperative to have a camera that is versatile, light weight, portable, durable, fast and has the quality to back it up. This range ticks off all those check boxes. What more could you ask for.”
The Z7 comes with a 45.7MP full-frame back-illuminated sensor with a native ISO range from ISO64-25,600. Its extended sensitivity range runs from an ISO equivalent of IS32-102,400. While the resolution is no different from the D850, Nikon assures that this is a different sensor as it packs the Z7’s 493 phase-detect focus points. Add on top the new EXPEED 6 image processor, this enables the Z7 to shoot at a burst rate of 9fps.
The 0.5-inch Quad VGA OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) is built with a resolution of 3.69 million dots, 0.80x magnification and a display rate of 60p. The touchscreen is a 3.2-inch tilt-angle with a 2.1 million-dot resolution. Nikon’s Z7 also features built-in 5-axis image stabilization offering up to five stops of compensation. Video shooting can be done in 4K at up to 30p.
The Z7 will feature a robust weather-sealing technology similar to its D850 DSLR camera. It will also only include a single XQD memory slot ditching the traditional SD slot completely. As for the battery, the Z7 will use an updated EN-EL15b to allow for USB charging. It will also be compatible with earlier-generation EN-EL15a batteries.
The Z7 is expected to begin shipping late September. Its body-only price will be $3,399.95 (12488.53 Dhs), or for $3999.95 (14692.42 Dhs) as a kit with the new Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens.
Nikon has created the Z7 and Z6 to be quite similar apart from a couple major differences. Firstly the Z7 comes built with a 45.7MP sensor and the Z6 a 24.5MP full-frame sensor with a native ISO range of 100-51,200 (with an extended ISO range of ISO50-204,800). The Z6 also gets a different AF system. It has 273 phase-detect AF points and a burst rate of 12fps.
Everything else on the Z6 conforms to what we spoke about for the Nikon Z7. The Z6 is expected to be available in late November at a price point of $1,995.95 (7331.22 Dhs) for the body-only configuration. $2,599.95 (9549.75 Dhs) with the Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens. For both models there’s no word yet on local pricing and availability.
Nikon Z lens mount
Apart from its first full mirrorless cameras, Nikon has also launched a brand new mount system with the Z6 and Z7. The new mount replaces the F-mount that’s been a part of Nikon’s products since 1959. It comes with a much larger-diameter (55mm compared to F-mount’s 44mm). Nikon’s optical designers can now engineer lenses that make the most of the full-frame sensor, with Nikon claiming these optics will surpass the image quality of F mount lenses. Nikon will be producing a mount adapter called the FTZ Mount Adapter so all your F-mount lenses will be usable.