- Identical body design
- Large, chunky grip
- Weather-sealed body
- 3.69-million dot EVF with approx. 100 percent frame coverage
- Tilting 3.2-inch LCD with 2.1-million dots and touch-control
- In-camera 5-axis vibration reduction
- 4K UHD video recording
- 55mm lens mount - the widest yet on a full frame camera
- Built-in intervalometer
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Silent photography mode
- Top LCD panel
- Dedicated video recording and ISO buttons
- Exposure compensation button
- 1 XQD card slot with support for CFexpress cards
- Backward compatibility with Nikon DSLR accessories
It's been a long time coming, folks, but the new Nikon Z-series full frame mirrorless cameras are finally here.
In this first look at these cameras (and new lenses, too!) we offer up all the specs of what are sure to be two of the most successful cameras Nikon has produced in recent years.
With all the buzz surrounding the release of these cameras, and given how behind the times Nikon (and Canon) have been in the mirrorless department, I imagine that these things will fly off the shelves.
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Nikon Z6 vs Nikon Z7 Specs
As you can see in the chart above, Nikon didn't mess around when building cameras that are both powerful and capable.
Clearly, the Z7 is the flagship in this arrangement, and features a backside-illuminated 45.7-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor to prove it.
The EXPEED 6 image processor supports a more-than-solid 9fps continuous shooting speed while the camera has a native ISO range of 64-25,600.
But most impressive about the basic specs outlined above is the 493-point autofocus system...
Not only does the Z7's AF system cover 90 percent of the viewfinder area both horizontally and vertically, but it acquires subjects when they enter the frame and then tracks them throughout the frame, even when they move to the edges.
On top of that, the Z7 uses an autofocusing algorithm that allows it to automatically switch between focal-plane phase-detect autofocus and contrast-detect autofocus to ensure that the camera can capture the sharpest image possible. You can see the autofocus system at work in the hands-on review of the Z7 in the video below by B&H Photo:
The presence of the phase-detection pixels in the AF system and their arrangement on the sensor means that it is capable of preserving light, meaning this camera can achieve accurate autofocusing even in low-light situations.
As if that's not enough, the Z7's autofocus system also has advanced face-tracking capabilities.
The Z6, meanwhile, is no slouch, either.
Designed to be an all-around mirrorless camera, it's outfitted with a backside-illuminated 24.5-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor powered by the same EXPEED 6 image processor that's found in the Z7.
But because this little guy was designed with speed and low-light shooting in mind, its native ISO extends from 100-51,200 and can shoot at 12fps.
The Z6's autofocus system is nothing to sneeze at.
There's a 273-point on-sensor phase-detect autofocus system that, like the Z7, also covers 90 percent of the frame horizontally and vertically.
And the similarities don't stop there...
The Z6's autofocus system has both phase-detect and contrast-detect AF points, so you get the same finely-tuned autofocus in this camera as in the pricier Z7.
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In terms of shared features, both cameras sport an impressive list of goodies, including:
To say that these cameras are loaded for bear is an understatement...
Naturally, what jumps out from the list above (for me, anyway), is the 5-axis vibration reduction.
This is a first for Nikon, and they claim that the system provides five stops of compensation. Not only that, since these cameras are compatible with F-mount lenses using the Z-mount adapter, the 5-axis vibration reduction system also works with F-mount lenses.
The other thing that jumps out at me is the quality of the EVF.
The EVF has edge-to-edge clarity with virtually no aberrations. It's got a fantastic 37-degree viewing angle and a magnification of 0.8x.
On top of that, the EVF is coated with fluorine to repel dirt, and when looking through the EVF, you can make adjustments to your camera settings using the "i" menu.
There's S-Series Lenses, Too...
Let's not forget that these Nikon full frame mirrorless cameras aren't the only participants in this party.
Nikon has also unveiled the first in its new line of S-series lenses made just for these cameras, and they look quite impressive.
The trio of lenses includes a 24-70mm f/4 S, a 35mm f/1.8 S, and a 50mm f/1.8s.
Each lens is completely sealed, making them weather resistant, and have nano crystal coating to improve performance. In fact, Nikon reports that they have put these lenses through higher quality-control and more rigorous standards than any other lenses in the past.
That commitment to quality shows up in every nook and cranny of these lenses.
The control ring is beautifully made and provides changes to focus and aperture in nice, smooth strokes - and are quiet, too.
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They also feature a quieter autofocus drive, meaning these lenses are ideal for videography.
Though the 24-70mm lens has a maximum aperture of f/4, Nikon says it will perform beyond what any f/4 lens to date has been capable of doing.
As for the other lenses, the 35mm version has two autofocus drive units with a new multi-focusing system that makes it ideal for high-speed shooting.
The 50mm lens, meanwhile, features a new stepping motor for accurate (and quiet) autofocus control.
Other Goodies for the Nikon Z-Series
In addition to the three lenses outlined above, Nikon has a 58mm f/0.95 S NOCT lens in development, shown far right, above.
This manual focus lens is reportedly the fastest lens Nikon has ever made.
Nikon has also established a plan for developing more S-series lenses for its Z-series cameras, and includes six lenses to be released in 2019: the 58mm f/0.95 mentioned above, a 20mm f/1.8 wide-angle, an 85mm f/1.8, an f/2.8 version of the 24-70mm zoom, as well as a 14-30mm f/4.
In 2020, Nikon intends to release three more lenses: a f/1.2 version of the 50mm, a 24mm f/1.8, and a 14-24mm f/2.8.
Remember as well that the Z-series cameras are compatible with all F-mount lenses with the FTZ lens adapter shown above (which will be released on September 27th for $250).
That means that Nikon shooters can utilize approximately 360 different F-mount lenses, so the fact that there aren't many S-mount lenses yet available is far less of a problem.
Pricing and Availability
You can pre-order the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 right now.
The 50mm f/1.8 S lens will be released in October of this year with a price of $600.