After teasing its new Z series full-format mirrorless camera line several weeks ago, Nikon held true to its word Thursday by formally unveiling the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 interchangeable lens cameras as the first fruits in the company’s latest mirrorless direction.

The full-frame mirrorless duo is based on a new full-sized (by 35mm film standards) sensor and is comprised of the high-resolution 45.6-megapixel Z 7 and the 24.5-megapixel Z 6. Both cameras are optimized with the use of a new full-format Z series lens system, but adapters will be available for pre-existing full-format F-mount Nikon lenses.

The Nikon Z 7 will be available September 27 for $3,396.95 for the body-only, or $3,996.95 in a kit that bundles the new NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S lens.

The Nikon Z 6 will be available in late November for the $1,996.95 for the body only, or $2,593.90 in a bundle with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens.

Both Z series cameras are equipped with back-side illuminated FX-format (35mm frame size equivalent) CMOS image sensors that have built-in focal-plane phase-detection Auto Focus points. This is coupled with the company’s advanced EXPEED 6 image processing system for images with improved clarity.

The Z 7 has a 64-25,600 (expandable to ISO 32-102,400) sensitivity range. The ISO range in the Z 6 is a native 100-51,200 (exapandable to 50-204,800).

The new hybrid AF system combines focal plan phase-detection sensors and contrast detection for sharp, fast focus results. The Z 7 uses 493 focus points while the Z 6 has 273 focus points. Both systems cover 90% of the imaging area.

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The cameras are equipped with a 3690K dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) that offers 100% frame coverage with 0.8x magnification.

For video recording, both models support full frame 4K video capture at 30p or Full HD 1080 at up to 120p with focus peaking available at both resolutions. Nikon N-Log color profile can also be used with 10-bit HDMI output.

Sensor-based Vibration Reduction (VR) is included in both models and is listed with 5-stop effectiveness to reduce blurring from camera shake in both still and video shooting. The VR system also can be used with legacy Nikon F-mount lenses when using a special lens-mount adapter.

Both models are designed for dust- and moisture resistance, and include tilting 3.2-inch, 2100K-dot LCD touchscreen monitors.

Other features include silent photography mode that eliminates shutter noise; 9 fps continuous high-speed shooting in the Z 7 and 12fps in the Z 6; and an interval timer photography including up to 8K time-lapse resolution in the Z 7.

The cameras also include built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to link directly to a mobile device using SnapBridge to transfer images and video to a PC.

Both cameras will support a host of existing digital SLR camera accessories from Nikon.

In addition to the new cameras, Nikon introduced four compatible Z-mount lenses including the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S ($996.95), the NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S ($846.95), the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S ($596.95), and the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens, which is billed as the fastest lens in Nikon history.


By Greg Tarr


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