After many months of rumours and speculation, Nikon has just unveiled its very first mirrorless cameras called the Nikon Z6 and Z7.
The Japanese firm has, until now, steered clear of this technology but with Sony leading the mirrorless field with its brilliant A7R III and A7 III, it seems Nikon wants a slice of this action.
The new Z6 and Z7 feature the usual build quality you’d expect from a top-end Nikon.
A robust and compact magnesium alloy design offers an ergonomic feel whilst continuing to be dust and weather resistant.
Other than being a lot smaller, a major change you’ll notice on the outside is the new Z mount system.
This replaces Nikon’s famous F-mount which has graced their cameras since 1959.
At the heart of this radical update is the new, larger-diameter mount, which unlocks further possibilities of lens design, increasing greater capabilities in optical performance.
The Z mount system will offer a variety of unique high-performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon history with f/0.95.
Three lenses are available at launch including NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S and NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S, with more coming over the next two years.
And don’t worry about any lenses that you might already own as Nikon is launching an adapter which will allow them to connect seamlessly.
Nikon is also making it clear that almost all current accessories will be compatible with the new cameras.
The Z7 and Z6 are also equipped with a new backside illumination full-frame, Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.
The Z7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64–25600.
In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.
The Z6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with an effective pixel count of 24.5 megapixels, and supports the wide range of ISO 100–51200 standard sensitivities.
With superior performance at high sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD movie recording with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs, such as shooting in dimly lit environments, and movie recording.
There’s also a new electronic viewfinder that utilises Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies to offer a clear and natural view.
Both cameras are equipped with this technology for which an approximately 3,690k-dot OLED panel has been adopted.
The Z7 and Z6 also feature in-camera vibration reduction (VR).
The VR unit provides compensation for movement along five axes. The effects of vibration reduction are equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately 5.0 stops
High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 9 fps (Z7) and 12 fps (Z6) captures fast motion.
An extended low-light metering range allows users to easily capture scenes such as the transition from sunset to starry night sky, using auto exposure
Plus there’s built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for direct connection to a smart device using SnapBridge.
If it’s video you want then the Z7 and Z6 support recording of not only full-frame 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p movies using the FX-based movie format, but also full-HD/120p movies.
Sharper 4K UHD movies are made possible, using the full-pixel readout.
Additionally, Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking can be used with 4K UHD and full-HD movie recording.
If you’re concerned about battery life from these smaller cameras Nikon says they have managed up to 600 shots and more on a single charge.
However, their official battery life stats say users can expect 330 shots from the Z7 and 310 from the Z6
The new cameras will go on sale later this year with prices starting from £2,099 for the Z6 and £3,399 for the Z7 – body only.
Both can also be purchased with a lens kit, which includes the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm, with prices for these bundles starting from £2,699 (Z6) and £3,999 (Z7).