Nikon unveil the next generation of competitive full-frame CSCs
After much anticipation Nikon have finally released details of their rumoured mirrorless camera system. The new compact system offering takes the form of the full frame Z6 and Z7, which feature a new, wider lens mount. The Z7 is fitted with a 45.7 effective megapixel FX format sensor, placing it in direct competition with the likes of the Sony a7R III, which has become a firm favourite mirrorless model amongst professionals. Meanwhile the Z6 has a more modest, but still highly versatile 24.5 megapixel resolution. Where the Z6 leads is in ISO sensitivity, which extends from ISO 50 to ISO 204800, in the expanded mode, while the more densely populated sensor of the Z7 permits a top ISO of 102400.
Both models are fitted with highly advanced autofocus systems – the Z6 has 273 focus points and the Z7 employs 493, which are arranged to cover 90% of the viewfinder frame. The new EXPEED 6 processing engine is shared by the two cameras and will help deliver quality performance at the top sensitivities, despite the high pixel counts.
The mirrorless nature of the camera design facilitates the use of electronic viewfinders, over the traditional optical units found in Nikon DSLR models. The same unit is incorporated into both cameras and uses a 3,690k-dot OLED panel for a sharp, natural preview of the image to be captured. The digital interface also allows camera settings to be displayed. The advantage of EVFs is the default 100% coverage, which equates to a very accurate representation of the scene being viewed by the lens. Impressively this EVF unit uses several of Nikon’s optical technologies for quality and longevity, such as fluorine coating to repel dust and dirt.
As can be expected from a pro-level camera of today, both the Z6 and Z7 offer 4K video recording, with images measuring 3840 × 2160 pixels.
We can expect the body construction and design to be of the highest quality, in order to appeal to professionals working in all conditions, however we will look forward to getting our hands on both cameras, to see for ourselves. The Z7 body will be available from late September 2018 priced £3,399 ($3,899), while the Z6 can be expected in late November at a cost of £2,099 ($2,399). Kit options will also be available.
Stay tuned for our review of the Z6 and Z7 in a future issue of Digital Photographer.
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