Nikon’s ZFC is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens film camera revival

Nikon is fully committed to retro aesthetics with its latest Z-series mirrorless cameras. According to the company, the new Z FC, a formal style “Z fc”, features a dial dedicated to setting shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO, etc., specially reminiscent of the 80’s FM2 film SLR. It is designed.

The approach is similar to Nikon DF, A retro-style full-frame DSLR released by Nikon in 2013. But the defender was much larger than the film camera it was inspired by. The Z FC has a 20.9 megapixel APS-C sensor (no single-lens reflex mirror and prism, of course). So the resulting camera is much more compact and looks very close to something like FM2.

Beyond its appearance, the ZFC is the latest camera with almost the same specs. Z50.. It has a vari-angle touch screen, an OLED electronic viewfinder, USB-C charging, a SnapBridge wireless connection, and, of course, the features you need now to use it as a webcam. The camera can shoot in fully manual mode with the dial, but there is also a switch for PASM operation, and you can check the aperture setting on the small LCD on the top plate.

The native ISO range is 100-51,200, and 87% of the frames have a 209-point hybrid AF system. Not surprisingly, the video isn’t the focus of the Z FC, but you can shoot at up to 4K / 30fps.

As a Z-mount camera, the Z FC can use full-frame lenses that are unique to cameras such as the Z6 and Z7, but Nikon’s DX / APS-C lens lineup still lacks the small size of the ZFC. However, Nikon today announces one new prime lens. The 28mm (42mm equivalent) f / 2.8 is available in a special edition with styling that looks like an old Nikkor D lens. Nikon has also released a silver version of the 16-50mm pancake zoom with the Z FC, stating that the DX 18-140mm travel zoom will be available at some point this year.

The ZFC costs $ 959.95 for the body alone, $ 1,099.95 for the silver 16-50mm lens, and $ 1,199.95 for the 28mm lens. All three options will be released in black and silver in late July. Nikon has also released six additional color options that are only sold on its site. Nikon’s ZFC is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens film camera revival

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