Nikon Unveils its Much-Awaited Mirrorless Cameras


Several months, teasers, and speculations later, Nikon has finally launched its highly anticipated Z series mirrorless cameras—the Z 7 and Z 6. Along with it, the company has also released NIKKOR Z lenses—the Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/4 S, the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S. The cameras feature the new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor that has built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. The Z 7 has a resolution of 45.7MP, with an ISO range of 64–25,600 (expandable to ISO 32-1,02,400), whereas the Z 6 has a 24.5MP camera, and an ISO range of 100–51,200 (expandable to ISO 50-2,04,800).

Both the cameras have a 35.9mm x 23.9mm sensor size. When it comes to the focus points, the Z 7 has 493 focus points, and the Z 6 has 273 focus points. Both the models have 90% horizontal and vertical coverage. The cameras are capable of shooting 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) videos at 30fps, as well as HD footage at 120fps. The user can also use Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking, along with the recording options. The Z 7 has a continuous shooting speed of 9fps and the Z 6 has 12fps. One can use the N-Log colour profile along with 10-bit HDMI output. They also offer 20 options of Creative Picture Control, and have a 5-axis optical VR system.

The Z 7 and the Z 6 are equipped with a 3690k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, along with 0.8x magnification, and approximately 37° diagonal viewing angle. It allows the user to adjust shooting settings such as ISO sensitivity, AF-area mode, and Picture Control, while viewing through the EVF. The Z series features a 3.2-inch 2.1 million-dot tilting touchscreen. The Z mount system features a larger diameter mount. The Z mount system offers a lens with f/0.951, which is the fastest lens in the company’s history. The Z 7 and the Z 6 will be available in September and November, respectively.

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