The Nikon mirrorless Z system


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Z50

Zfc

Z5

Z6

Z6 II

Z7

Z7 II

Z9







Nikon Z9

Nikon Z9

top of Nikon Z9

top of Nikon Z9

Presented at the end of October 2021, the Nikon Z9 is the new professional camera of Nikon, for all mounts. It complements/replaces the Nikon D6 with the advantages of mirrorless cameras.

Based on a one-piece body with a stacked 45.7 megapixel full-frame stabilized CMOS sensor. It has no mechanical shutter but its electronic shutter allows exposure times of 30 s to 1/32,000 s without a "rolling shutter". A reinforced shutter is placed in front of the sensor when the camera is switched off.
The Nikon Z9 has a frame rate of 30 fps in jpg or 20 fps in RAW at 45.7 Mpx or up to 120 fps in burst (at 11 Mpx) without blackout.
Its Expeed 7 image processor, ten times more powerful than the Expeed 6, associated with an AF of 493 points, covering 90% of the surface of the sensor, makes it possible to offer 9 specific AF tracks of people, animals or various vehicles.
The Nikon Z9 can record footage in 8K/30p without cropping and 4K-from-8K, with the ProRes 422 HQ option, a firmware will offer 8K/60p, 8K N-Raw 12-bit and 4K ProRes RAW. It has a 3.69M OLED electronic viewfinder with reduced lag and greater brightness, a 3.2 inch, 2.1 Mpts screen with multi-directional tilt, backlit controls, two slots for Twin CFexpress Type B cards, an HDMI socket, a USB-C port, an Ethernet socket, microphone and headphone and flash sync jacks, built-in 802.11b / g / n / a / ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 and it is powered by a battery EN-EL 18d.

The Nikon Z9 is available for € 5,900 (December 2021).


At the same time, Nikon updates its roadmap of Z lenses with a Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S, a Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR S, a Nikkor Z 400mm F2.8 TC VR, a Nikkor Z 26mm FX, a Nikkor Z 24mm DX, a Nikkor Z 12-28mm DX and a new more compact version of its adapter for F lenses: the Nikkor FTZ II.





Nikkor Z-24-120mm f4 S

Nikkor Z-24-120mm f4 S


Nikkor Z 100-400mmf5.4-5.6 VR S

Nikkor Z 100-400mmf5.4-5.6 VR S

Nikkor Z 400mm f2.6 TC VR

Nikkor Z 400mm f2.6 TC VR



Nikon adapter FTZ II

Nikon adapter FTZ IIc



Nikon Zfc

Nikon Zfc

several colors of Nikon Zfc

several colors of Nikon Zfc

Nikon Zfc with 28mm SE

Nikon Zfc with 28mm SE

The Nikon Zfc, presented at the end of June 2021, is the second APS-C camera in the Z range.
It has a retro styling, inspired by the 1977 Nikon FM, including shutter speed dial, exposure compensation dial, ISO sensitivity dial like its analog ancestor. It shares with the Z50 many characteristics: a tropicalized magnesium alloy housing which takes the non-stabilized 20.9 million pixel APS-C sensor, a single SD card slot (UHS-1 compatible), an Hybrid AF system with 209 points covering 90% of the image, an AF with human and animal eye detection mode for stills and video, a sensitivity range of 100-51200, a vari-angle touch and swiveling rear monitor of 1,040,000 pixels for low-level, vertical or selfie shooting, a 11 fps burst rate, a electronic viewfinder of 2.36 million pixels, an Expeed 6 image processor, a 4K UHD video mode without crop using the DX sensor image area, integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules. It supports Snapbridge and Webcam Utility softwares. It has no built-in flash but can receive an optional GR1 grip to facilitate handling. It is powered by the EN-EL25 battery and supports USB power delivery with the camera turned on.

The Nikon Zfc is available with black, amber brown, coral pink, mint green, natural gray, white or sand beige sheathing. It is available body only for $957 or in a kit with the Z DX 16-60 mm VR in silver version for $1,097 .
An other kit with the Z 28 mm SE in silver version is available for $1,197 (July 2021).



Nikkor Z 28mm f2.8 SE

Nikkor Z 28mm f2.8 SE



Nikkor Z 16-60mm DX VR silver

Nikkor Z 16-60mm DX VR silver



Nikkor Z 18-140mm DX VR

Nikkor Z 18-140mm DX VR

With the Zfc, Nikon is therefore presenting two special versions of lenses: the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 SE and the Nikkor Z 16-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 VR DX in silver version. Each lens is available for $300 (July 2021). Nikon also announces the Nikkor Z 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR DX.



Nikkor Z 28mm f2.8

Nikkor Z 28mm f2.8



Nikkor Z 40mm f2

Nikkor Z 40mm f2



Nikkor Z MC 105mm f2.8-VR S

Nikkor Z MC 105mm f2.8-VR S



Nikkor Z MC 50mm f2.8

Nikkor Z MC 50mm f2.8



In 2021, Nikon completes the range of Z lenses announced in its roadmap and presents, additionally to the S-Line 14-24mm f / 2.8 , 24-70 mm f / 2.8 , 70-200mm f / 2.8 and 85mm , 400mm and 600mm, four new lenses:
- The compact and affordable Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens designed for Z-series users in full-frame or DX-format. Its construction seems to rely heavily on plastic and it has a 52mm filter thread.
- The Nikkor Z 40 mm f/2 is the second compact lens, with characteristics similar to the 28 mm f/2.8.
- The Nikkor MC 105 mm f/2.8 VR S is a high-end macro lens that reaches the reproduction ratio of 1:1, it has NANO Crystal and ARNEO coatings and a aspherical lens element. The larger rear element reduces the curvature of the field from infinity to close-up, the minimum focus distance of the lens is 0.29 feet (0.29m), It has its own system stabilization and is announced at $1,000 (June 2021).
- The Nikkor MC 50 mm f/2.8 is the second macro lens that also reaches the reproduction ratio of 1:1. It has its own stabilization system and is announced at $650 (June 2021).




Z7 II avec zoom 142-24 mm

Nikon Z7 II avec zoom 14-24 mm

Z6 II avec MB-N11

Nikon Z6 II avec grip optionnel MB-N11

Introduced in October 2020, the Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II replace the Z6 and Z7 released in summer 2018.

The new Z6 II and Z7 II cameras retain many points of the first models: same stabilized 24.5 megapixel and 45.7 megapixel sensors, same body, same viewfinder with 3.69 million points. However, they receive dual port, SD card (USH-II compatible) in addition to the XQD/Cfexpress card and an optional MB-N11 grip with controls. They are recharged from the UBS-C socket, Dual Expeed 6 processors boost buffer performance and top continuous shooting speeds. The Z6 II allows 14 fps in mechanical or electronic shutter with a 124 images buffer memory and the Z7 II offers 10 fps with a 200 jpg or 77 raw images buffer memory memory , 4K UHD goes to a maximum bitrate of 60 fps, but with a cropping of 1.08x.
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The Nikon Z6 II is available for $1,999 and the Nikon Z7 II for $2,999 (November 2020).






Nikon Z5

Nikon Z5

The Nikon Z5, presented in July 2020, is a full-frame camera with a 24.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor stabilized on 5 axes. The body is topicalized with magnesium alloy with polycarbonate rear and base plates.
It is a Z6/Z50 hybrid, with the conventional mode dial from the Z50 grafted on in place of the Z6's top-panel LCD.
It has a sensitivity of 100 to 51,200 ISO, a phase detection autofocus on 273 points coupled with a contrast detection, a burst shooting up to 4.5 fps, a dual SD UHS-II port, a 3.6 Megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder, a 3.2" tilt-and-touch rear screen of 1.04 Megapixel, an 4K/30p video mode with a 1.7 crop factor, no built-in flash, an Expeed 6 image processor. It is powered by an EN-EL15c battery or by USB² charging and weighs 675 g.





Nikon Z 24-50mm

Nikon Z 24-50mm





Nikon Z Teleconveter 1.4

Nikon Z Teleconveter 1.4





Nikon Z Teleconveter 2

Nikon Z Teleconveter 2

A new lens accompanies this camera:
- The Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 includes 11 lenses in 10 groups, two of them are ED glass and three aspherical with focus from 35cm. It only available in a Z5 kit (August 2020),
Nikon also announced two weather-sealed Z-converters with fluorine coatings on front and rear elements to resist smudges:
- A teleconverter 1.4 Z at a price of $550 (August 2020).
- A teleconverter 2 Z at a price of $600 (August 2020).

The Nikon Z5 is available in black at a price of $1399 body only or $1699 in kit with the zoom 24-50mm f/4 (August 2020).



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.
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. An MB-N10 battery-holder for Z6/Z7 is available in option.

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

In 2018, 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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