When you talk about photography, you mention three big brands – Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Among these three there was one that stands out with their super-light, super-compact camera while still offering a full-frame experience and quality. That brand was Sony with their revolutionary mirrorless full-framed α7 series.
By now you may have noticed that we said “was”. That is because they are not the only one with the mirrorless camera anymore. Specifically they are not the only one with a mirrorless full-frame camera. Nikon today brings their brand new high-end Z7 and Z6 – both are Nikon’s new mirrorless full-frame cameras. The Z series also brings a new line is lenses that is constructed specifically for the new cameras and beyond – the Z mount lenses.
The Nikon Z7 is Nikon’s new flagship for the Z series. The new format is still a full-frame camera but features a much more compact body compared to, say a Nikon D850. It is that long-time-coming camera with 45.7-Megapixel, the highest ever seen in a mirrorless camera. It is also one of the two most compact full-frame camera in Nikon’s product line-up other than the Z6. It is also technically slightly more compact than its main rival.
How they achieved this is by removing the mirror (obviously, mirrorless). Reduce the battery compartment, which means smaller battery too. Shrink the body around the frame, pulling the sensor’s focal length to 16mm. The short focal length allows the body to wrap around the frame tighter than the water seals on your water heater.
That sort of tolerance also allows the lens flange to be even larger at 55mm. A larger lens flange leads to more light and more lens coverage on the sensor, meaning higher image quality and less distortions or colour bleeding. It also allows Nikon to produce even better lenses. They say the new Z mount lenses are of even higher quality than the Nikkor FX mount lenses touted the S-Line.
The Z7’s 45.7-Megapixel sensor has an ISO range of 64-256000 for maximum photography flexibility. It does not stop there though the new Z7 has an in-body built-in 5-axis stabilizer to reduce shake and in turn reduce blurry photos. Pair that to a VR Nikkor Lens and the result is even more breathtaking. Because its mirrorless as well the Viewfinder has to be electronic. The eVF has approximately 3960k-dots to ensure true to life images and previews of the photos.
It takes photos and stores them in an XQD memory card rather than the usual SD cards thanks to the write speed. That speed allows the Z7 to shoot at 9fps at maximum speed. That is also thanks to the EXPEED 6 processor. Thanks to the new processor also makes images even better. It’ll last a whole day of photoshoot too with the 1,900mAh battery too.
As said before the Z series requires Nikon to create new lenses for the flagship camera. The new-born Z mount lenses built for the Z series camera cannot be mounted on any FX format cameras in the existing Nikon line-up thanks to its larger flange. Currently there are three available lenses from the Z mount S-Line lens line-up; 35mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.8, and 24-70mm f/4. Of course for those who already have the Nikkor Lenses Nikon also sells an FTZ (FX To Z) adapter separately.
The Z7 is available from Nikon’s authorised retailers and experience hub nationwide at the end of September, 2018 onward. The Nikon Z7 body will set you back MYR14,688. If you get it with the kit lens (24-70mm f/4) it will set you back MYR17,858.
There is also a NikonZ6 that was announced with the Nikon Z7 in Japan at launch. It features all the great things that the Z7 has except that the lens is brought down to 24.7-Megapixel. It has half the ISO range as well. Technically this is a trimmed down version of the Z7. Availability and price of the Z6 is yet to be announced though.