Nikon’s newest mirrorless cameras have been anticipated for a while now, and are expected to pose a challenge to Sony, which has had monopoly over the mirrorless market so far. Nikon moving into this market segment allows Nikon to make cameras that are less bulky, but the new technology also comes with a greater toll on the battery.
Nikon was expected to launch both the Z7 and the Z6 cameras, but during the New York reveal event, they have only showed off the Z7, though we do have some information on the Z6 as well.
The camera has a 45.7-megapixel full frame sensor along a Z-mount – a new body-lens system. The Z-mout has an inner diameter of 55m, which Nikon says will help the Z-cameras receive more light and will allow smoother auto-focus and focus breathing.
It is powered by the Expeed 6 image processor and has a 493-point autofocus system that offers a 90% wide coverage area. It has 4K UHD video support, 9fps continuous shooting mode and ISO of 64 – 25,600.
The Z7 records using the full frame without binning, in 4K with APS-C crop. We do know about the Z6 that, just like the Z7, it will shoot video with phase detect autofocus. Both of them will feature weather-sealed magnesium bodies, HDMI, USB-C for charging and data transfer and also a miniDisplay Port to boot. They also will have just one card slot, which might be a bit frustrating for the users.
The Z7 will be available starting September 27th for $3,400 for the body-only configuration, or $4000 as a kit paired up with the Nikkor Z 24-70 f/4 S lens.