After celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, Nikon is beginning a brand new chapter with the introduction of its Z-series cameras, the Z7 and Z6. The total-frame fashions characterize Nikon’s large push into the mirrorless class, which has been hotly anticipated for a while.

The Z7 and Z6 are practically similar cameras with full-frame sensors. The large distinction is decision: the Z7 has a 45.7-megapixel back-illuminated sensor with the optical low-pass filter eliminated, whereas the Z6 has a 24.5-megapixel sensor with an OLPF — you could possibly name it the Z7’s child brother.

One other large factor that separates the 2 is worth: the Z6 has a extra consumer-friendly worth of $2,000 (physique solely), placing it in competitors with Sony’s A7 III, whereas the Z7 is priced at $3,400 (physique solely). The Z7 can be geared toward professionals, significantly current Nikon house owners seeking to transfer into mirrorless.

The Z7 may very well be thought of the mirrorless model of the extremely lauded D850 DSLR. Each have the same sensor, and share widespread options. The sensor, together with the newly launched Expeed 6 picture processor, is newly developed. The Z7 additionally has equal construct high quality and related ergonomics to the D850, however in a extra compact physique.

Not surprisingly, Nikon has additionally launched a brand new lens mount, the Z-mount. Z-series cameras will assist Nikon’s whole lineup of F-mount Nikkor DSLR lenses through an adapter, however the brand new Z-mount isn’t nearly accommodating the smaller mirrorless type issue — it really has a wider diameter, permitting for lenses with tremendous quick f/0.95 apertures, one thing that merely isn’t doable on the F-mount. It additionally has a 16mm flange focal system, the shortest doable to make the digital camera compact with out compromising efficiency.

Hiroyuki Ikegami, the corporate vice president and sector manager of Development Sector, Imaging Business Unit at Nikon Corporation, talks about the new Z lenses during their official launch on April 23, in Tokyo.
Hiroyuki Ikegami, the company vice chairman and sector supervisor of Improvement Sector, Imaging Enterprise Unit at Nikon Company, talks concerning the new Z lenses throughout their official launch on April 23, in Tokyo. Les Shu/Digital Tendencies

Throughout the official launch occasion in Tokyo, on August 23, Hiroyuki Ikegami, the company vice chairman and sector supervisor of Improvement Sector, Imaging Enterprise Unit at Nikon Company, described the brand new lenses because the “embodiment of Nikon high quality and brings worth to the mirrorless market,” and mentioned they exhibit a really excessive degree of efficiency. With the Z-series cameras, Ikegami mentioned customers profit from all kinds of lenses (together with the F-mount lenses), excessive resolving energy, and options for film making.

What’s extra stunning is how severe Nikon has gotten about video on each Z cameras, which shoot 4K with full pixel readout and even provide the brand new N-Log logarithmic tone curve and 10-bit coloration for higher dynamic vary. The cameras are additionally Nikon’s first interchangeable lens fashions with built-in picture stabilization.

Sure, there’s quite a bit to speak about. Learn our preview of the Z7, the place we provide a few of our first hands-on impressions.

The brand new mirrorless cameras aren’t signaling a whole shift away from DSLRs, nevertheless. Nikon says it would proceed to advance each platforms, with new DSLRs and F-mount Nikkor lenses to return (one such product is the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF VR). However the entry into mirrorless means Nikon lastly believes the class has legs; it’s a crowded one which’s dominated by Sony, in addition to Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic, however Nikon does have a compelling product now. (Nikon had a earlier mirrorless collection, referred to as the Nikon 1, that had some success with informal shoppers, however the Z-series is a real effort at constructing a high-end mirrorless system.) It will likely be attention-grabbing to see the place Nikon goes from right here.

Along with the Z cameras and the brand new lens, Nikon additionally introduced a dot sight accent designed to assist with monitoring shifting topics when utilizing lengthy telephoto lenses. It’s constructed with the brand new P1000 in thoughts, which has a staggering 125x zoom, however it would work on any digital camera with a regular sizzling shoe.

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