The Nikon mirrorless Z system


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Z6

Z7

Z50





Nikon indicates its intention to propose several full format FX and APS-C cameras in 2019 and 2020.

mockup Nikon Z APS-C

mockup Nikon Z APS-C



Nikon Z50

Nikon Z50

The Nikon Z50, presented in October 2019 is a tropicalized magnesium alloy camera that inherits the no stabilized sensor of 20.9 million pixels APS-C Nikon from D500. It is positioned as the Nikon D7500. It has Hybrid AF system. 209 focus points cover approximately 90% horizontal and vertical of the imaging range, an Intelligent Eye-Detection AF, a built-in flash, a single SD card port, a sensitivity range of 100-51200, a sequential shooting performance of 11 fps, a 2.36 million dot EVF, a 1,040,000-dot tilt-type touch panel LCD, a 4K/30P video mode, a silent mode, integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules. It is powered by a new EN-EL25 battery. An MB-N10 battery-holder for Z6/Z7 is available in option.
Two new lenses come with this camera:
- The Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR available at a price of $296.95 (November 2019),
- The Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR available at a price of $349.95 (November 2019).

The Nikon Z50 is available at $856.95 camera only, $996.95 in kit with the zoom Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and $1,346.95 in kit with two zooms (November 2019).









Nikon Z 16-50mm DX VR

Nikon Z 16-50mm DX V

Nikon Z 50-250mm DX VR

Nikon Z 50-250mm DX VR


Nikon Z7

Nikon Z7

The two cameras presented in August 2018 are:

The Nikon Z7, has a tropicalized magnesium alloy camera with with a 45.7 megapixel (35.9mm x 23.9mm) full-format (FX) backlit 5-axis stabilized sensor without antialiasing filter, ISO 64 to 25600 (ISO 32 and ISO 102400), auto-focus to 493-point phase detection coupled with contrast detection, burst shooting up to 9 fps, a single XQD memory port, a 3.6 Megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder with a 100% coverage and a magnification of 0.8 which offers a very comfortable view, a black matrix OLED display on the top and a 3.2" touch-and-tilt rear display of 2.1 Megapixel, full-size 4K video (3840 x 2160) with a 10-bit output 4: 2: 2 N-Log via HDMI, no built-in flash, an Expeed 6 image processor. The firmware version 2.0 brings the detection of eyes in photo AF, an extension of the AF detection range in low light and automatic monitoring of burst at the exposure level. It is powered by a battery EN-EL15b for a weight of 675 g.

It is available in black at £3,339 or $3400 camera only, £3,999 or $4000 in kit with the zoom 24-70mm / f4 S and £4,099 or $4100 with the same zoom and adapter FTZ (September 2018).

Nikon Z6

Nikon Z6

The Nikon Z6 has the same tropicalized magnesium alloy camera with a 24.50 megapixel (35.9mm x 23.9mm) full-format (FX) backlit 5-axis stabilized sensor with antialiasing filter, 100 to 51,200 ISO sensitivity, 273-point phase detection autofocus coupled with contrast, a burst shooting up to 12 fps, a single XQD memory port, a 3.6 Megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder with a 100% coverage and a magnification of 0.8 which offers a very comfortable view, a black matrix OLED display on the top and a 3.2" touch-and-tilt rear display of 2.1 Megapixel, full-size 4K video (3840 x 2160) with a 10-bit output 4: 2: 2 N-Log via HDMI, no built-in flash, an Expeed 6 image processor. The firmware version 2.0 brings the detection of eyes in photo AF, an extension of the AF detection range in low light and automatic monitoring of burst at the exposure level. It is powered by a battery EN-EL15b for a weight of 675 g.

It is available in black at a price of £2,099 or $2000 camera only, £2,699 or $2600 in kit with the zoom 24-70mm / f4 S and £2,799 or $2700 with the same zoom and the adapter FTZ (November 2018).

Nikon Z6 astronomie

Nikon Z6 astronomie

Nikon offers updates of firmwares for Z6 and Z7 as well as kits to meet the needs of video pros and other bloggers. The company CentralDS offers a version of the Z6 customized for astronomy allowing with a temperature of CCD Sensor cool down about 18 Celsius degree(±2 degres) from that of ambient air by adding use of high efficiency Thermo electric cooler module.The low-pass filter is removed and a Hoya ™ transparent filter is installed. The following functions are disabled: Low Pass Filter, Mechanical shutter, Sensor Cleaning, Body to Lens communication(AF, Aperture Control), Image Stabilization. Images have high-Quality in B-shutter use compared with usual unmodified DSLRs.

It weights 1050 g and is is available at $ 2.990 camera only on the
manufacturer web site (May 2020).



Z the beginning of everything

After the failure of Nikon Series 1 and Keymissions and the abandonment of DL compacts, Nikon had to react to a changing photo market. While Nikon and Canon remain the world leaders in the DSLR (mirror chamber) market, this market is declining in favor of mirrorless lenses, a market where Olympus and Sony are very much present and where Sony is now a leader in USA with its Alpha A7 and A9 series.

Nikon has put everything "on the table" to propose a new range of cameras and lenses around a new mount. A new mount was imperative following the abandonment of the mirror room. This mount Z is very wide and has an outside diameter DE of 55 mm and a focus-film distance DFF of 16mm. For comparison the Nikon F mount has a DE of 44 mm and a DFF of 46.5 mm and the Sony E mount has a DE of 46.1 mm and a DFF of 18 mm.
This mount allows ultra-bright lenses and ensures that the full-size sensor (24 x 36 mm) will receive all the light. Obviously this mount is entirely electronic like the previous Serie 1 mount and has any mechanical coupling.


Nikon Z

Nikon Z

Nikon Z back

Nikon Z back

The Nikon Z6 and Z7, introduced on August 23, 2018, are completely new mirrorless cameras using the same architecture and design.
They both have a full-format backlit CMOS (FX) sensor with a 5-axis internal vibration reduction system but different sensor's definition: the Z7 has a 45.7 megapixel sensor and the Z6 of "only" 24.50 megapixels .
They also share a tropicalized magnesium alloy camera with an ergonomic handle, two configurable buttons located at the front alongside the optics and two dials, a 3.6 Megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder, a 3.2" touch-and-tilt rear display of 2.1 Megapixel, full-size 4K video (3840 x 2160), no built-in flash, a new Expeed 6 image processor, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a USB-C 3.0 port that supports charging, a microphone output and a headphone input, a single memory port XQD with the future support of the CFExpress.


Line-S lenses at mid-2019

Line-S lenses at mid-2019

with its cameras, Nikon proposes at launch three lenses of its new range called "S-Line", S for Superior:
- The Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S Nano Crystal with an aspheric element ED and three aspherical elements is available at a price of $999.95 (September 2018),
- The Nikkor Z 50mm f/1,8 S Nano Crystal with two ED elements and three aspheric elements is available at a price of $599.95 (September 2018),
- The Nikkor Z 35mm f/1,8 S Nano Crystal with two ED elements and two aspheric elements is available at a price of $849.95 (September 2018),

These lenses should be followed by the highly awaiting 58mm f0.95 "Noct" that is not be autofocus and uses ED aspherical elements and a new ARNEO anti-reflective coating. It is available for $ 7999 (October 2019).

Nikon, Sony's challenger in hybrid cameras, announces a list of planned Z (S-Line or not) lenses: A 28 mm, a 40 mm, a micro 60 mm, a S-Line micro 105 mm, a S-Line 14-24 mm f/2.8, a S-Line 24-70 mm f/2.8, a S-Line 70-200 f/2.8, a 14-30 mm f/4, aS-Line 24-70 mm f/4, a S-Line 24-105 mm, a S-Line 100-400 mm, a DX 18-140 mm, a 24-200 mm, a 200-600 mm.
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If this roadmap is respected and if independent manufacturers, such as Sigma, propose lenses in the new Z mount, then Nikon will be able to catch up Sony.



Nikon also offers an adapter to use the "old" F-mount lenses on the Z cameras. This adapter without mechanical AF coupling makes full use of the autofocus of the AF-integrated lenses and even combines the VR mechanism of these lenses with the built-in stabilization of cameras Z. It is sold $100 with a kit or $249.95 out of kit (August 2018)

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Created July 24th 2018, Updated May 22th 2020.
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