After several months of rumors and teasers, Nikon unveiled its first full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7. The announcement of the new cameras is also notable for the fact that the company announced a new Z-mount mount and three new lenses, as well as a special adapter for connecting old lenses with bayonet F to new mirrorless cameras.
Nikon Z6 and Z7 – one design, different positioning
Both new products have a similar design, but different fillings, including the number of megapixels, focus points and ISO operating range. The Nikon Z6 has a 24.5 MP CMOS sensor, 273 focus points, ISO from 100 to 51200 and a speed of 12 frames per second. In this case, the camera can shoot 4K video and has a built-in 5-axis image stabilization. The more advanced Nikon Z7 is equipped with a 45.7 MP sensor with the same Z-mount, stabilization and video recording capability, but with another ISO segment from 64 to 25600 and a rate of 9 frames per second. Nikon Z7 is already a professional solution, which is likely to compete not only with the mirrorless Sony but with its own Nikon D850, which is still difficult to find in the open sale. But in terms of positioning, these two new products will compete with Sony A7III and A7RIII. The cost of the Nikon Z6 is $ 2000 for the “carcass” and $ 2600 for the kit with the new Nikkor Z lens 24-70mm f / 4. On sale, the camera will appear in late November. The Nikon Z7 will cost $ 3,400 for the Body and $ 4000 for the 24-70mm set.
One of the success factors of mirrorless Sony became their advanced capabilities for shooting video. It can not be said that Nikon is betting on video shooting, but there are certain moves towards quality work with the recording of commercials. First, cameras have the ability to record video in LOG mode with a color depth of 10 bits. Secondly, in the settings of the camera, you can activate Zebra and focus-picking, which seriously simplifies life. The maximum video quality is 4K 30 fps, in Full HD it is possible to record clips in 120 fps mode. The screen is 3.2-inch diagonal rotary, but only one axis and deploys it to yourself to shoot the vlogs will not work. Cameras support work with XQD memory cards and can connect to 5 GHz Wi-Fi. For autonomy, a new Li-ion battery EN-EL15b is responsible, which can be charged inside the camera without having to be removed.
The new bayonet does not interfere with the old lenses
Simultaneously with the Nikon cameras, a new Z-Mount bayonet with a wide 55 mm input was announced. According to Nikon, the large diameter of the mount and only 16 mm from the sensor to the lens will allow the cameras to get more light. So far, only three Z-Mount lens holders are available: 24-70mm f / 4 at $ 1,000, 35mm f / 1.8 for $ 850 and 50mm f / 1.8 for a modest $ 600. According to the company’s plans, by 2020, nine more lenses should appear, and by 2021 the total number can reach 23 lenses. Owners of Nikon SLR cameras offer an optional FTZ adapter, which will allow connecting to new fonts with bayonet F. The adapter will allow you to control autofocus and aperture, and in the case of manual lenses owners will also get stabilization thanks to the built-in five-axis compensator. The cost of the adapter is $ 250,