Nikon Launches Z 7 and Z 6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon Z 7 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Launch

Today Nikon made it official. The full-frame (FX–format) Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 mirrorless cameras are finally here. With this release comes a new class of NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new larger diameter mount.

  • Nikon Z 7 starting at $3,399.95 (with kit lens) and Nikon Z 6 starting at $1,999.95 (body only)

  • Nikon Z 7 available September 27 and Nikon Z 6 available late November

  • New Nikon Z Series Mirrorless Camera System with NIKKOR Z lenses

Nikon Z 7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera body and ergonomics.

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The New Z Series Mirrorless Camera System

The new Nikon Z mount system is made up of mirrorless cameras, NIKKOR Z lenses, and accessories.

The core of the Z mount system is the new, larger-diameter mount. With a 17% larger internal diameter than Nikon’s acclaimed F-Mount, the Z mount system is wider than any full-frame mount currently available.


nikon f mount vs nikon z mount

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“It totally changes what’s possible with lens design. Enhanced low-light performance. Even illumination from corner-to-corner. Maximum apertures as wide as f/0.95. Faster data transfer between camera and lens. This is the ideal balance between mount diameter, large image sensor and flange focal distance.”

Nikon Z 7 Overview

nikon z 7 camera body

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Nikon’s first full-frame, mirrorless camera. The Z 7 is equipped with a new backside illumination FX CMOS sensor with built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.

Key Specs

  • 45.7 megapixels
  • 493 AF Points
  • 9fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 64 – 25,600
  • 3.2 in. diagonal monitor size

Nikon Z 6 Overview

nikon z 6 front body

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A cheaper alternative to the Z 7. The Z 6 is also equipped with the new backside illumination FX CMOS sensor and built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, along with the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.

Key Specs

  • 24.5 megapixels
  • 273 AF Points
  • 12fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 100 – 51,200
  • 3.2 in. diagonal monitor size

Nikon Mirrorless Video Capabilities

nikon z 7 video

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Both the Z 7 and Z 6 can shoot full frame 4K UHD up to 30fps and full HD up to 120ps. Nikon’s new N-Log color profile utilizes extensive color depth and twelve-stop, 1,300% dynamic range to record more tone information from highlights and shadows for more effective color grading.

Nikon’s original N-Log color profile can also be used with 10-bit5 HDMI output making it broadcast friendly.

The one major complaint from many potential customers so far is that fact that Nikon only included 1 XQD card slot for both the Z 7 and the Z 6. Both cameras also feature one 3.5mm microphone input.

Lens Adapter for Nikon

nikon mount adapter FTZ

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Starting at $249.95, the Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ allows you to keep shooting with previous NIKKOR lenses using the new Z mirrorless cameras.

The Mount Adapter FTZ works with approximately 360 lenses in total, 90 of which are AF-S, AF-P or AF-I type and have full AF/AE capability.

Check Lens Compatibility here →

Will you be picking up a new full-frame, mirrorless camera from Nikon? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts on Nikon’s new Z series.

SEE ALSO – Canon Rumored to be Developing Full-Frame, Mirrorless Camera

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