Nikon Unveils Retro-Inspired Z f Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera


Nikon has recently announced the release of its latest mirrorless camera, the Z f, which features a beautifully retro design. This camera draws inspiration from Nikon’s FM2 single-lens-reflex film camera from the 1980s and is built around a full-frame image sensor.

While the Z f’s exterior pays homage to classic camera designs, its internal components are anything but outdated. Nikon has incorporated advanced technology from its Z 8 and Z 9 models into the Z f, offering users a seamless blend of form and function.

The Z f is equipped with a 24.5-megapixel full-frame (FX) back-illuminated CMOS sensor, allowing for stunning image quality. It also features a high-resolution mode that leverages pixel-shifting technology to capture 96-megapixel stills.

Powered by the Expeed 7 image processing engine, the Z f offers outstanding performance and functionality. It provides 3D tracking autofocus with the ability to recognize nine different subject types. The camera boasts a remarkable low-light sensitivity of ISO64,000, expandable to 204,800, ensuring exceptional image quality even in challenging lighting conditions.

One of the standout features of the Z f is its in-body image stabilization, offering up to 8 stops of stabilization for incredibly sharp and steady shots. Additionally, it is the first camera to support focus-point vibration reduction, minimizing blur at the intended focal point rather than the center of the frame.

The Z f excels in terms of speed as well, with a continuous shooting capability of 14 frames per second in JPEG format and 11 fps in RAW. It also introduces a C30 High-Speed Frame Capture mode, enabling users to capture up to 30 frames per second in JPEG, perfect for capturing fast-moving subjects. The camera also features a dedicated monochrome mode, allowing both photos and videos to be captured in black and white.

For videographers, the Z f offers impressive recording capabilities. It can record 4K UHD video at 30 fps, oversampled from 6K footage. It also supports 4K UHD at 60 fps in DX mode and 1080p at 120 fps. The camera features shutter-priority auto for video, allowing users to adjust the shutter speed while the camera takes care of aperture and ISO settings. Additionally, it supports in-camera 10-bit H.265 recording, eliminating the need for an external recorder.

The Z f boasts a durable magnesium-alloy body with high dust- and drip-resistance. It features a 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen display and a 3.69-million-dot OLED viewfinder, providing excellent visibility and precise focus control. The camera also offers wireless connectivity with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. It has two media slots, supporting UHS II SD and UHS I microSD cards.

The Z f will be available in seven different colors starting next month, priced at $1,999.95 for the body only. It can also be purchased with a NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 SE kit lens for $2,239.95 or bundled with a NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens for $2,599.95. Nikon aims to provide photographers with a camera that not only captures stunning images but also offers a unique and immersive user experience.