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The lat­est prod­uct an­nounce­ments and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments

New range wel­comes two full-frame mod­els and three lenses

Af­ter weeks of teasers, Nikon has fi­nally launched its new Z mir­ror­less sys­tem with two cam­eras.

The Z7 heads up the new range, with a 45.7MP back-il­lu­mi­nated sen­sor and a new EXPEED 6 en­gine at its heart, along with a new lens mount. While this new mount ne­ces­si­tates a new range of op­tics, Nikon is also mak­ing an adapter avail­able that will al­low for ex­ist­ing F-mount lenses to be used, with sup­port for both auto-ex­po­sure and aut­o­fo­cus with the vast ma­jor­ity of cur­rent op­tions.

Key fea­tures of the Z7 in­clude five-axis sen­sor-based Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion, a 3.2in tilt­ing touch­screen with 2.1 mil­lion dots and a 0.5in elec­tronic viewfinder with 3.6 mil­lion dots. The fo­cus­ing sys­tem, mean­while, com­bines phase- and con­trast-de­tect tech­nolo­gies, with 493 phase-de­tect AF points cov­er­ing around 90 per cent of the frame.

The body of­fers the same level of weather seal­ing as the D850, and can be used with the same bat­tery, al­though an up­dated cell that will ship with the body can be charged through the USB Type-C port while it’s loaded in the cam­era. The cam­era also con­tin­ues Nikon’s use of the XQD me­mory card for­mat through a sin­gle slot, with fu­ture sup­port promised for the CFEx­press for­mat.

The other model, the Z6, dif­fers from its launch part­ner in only a hand­ful of ar­eas. It of­fers a 24.5MP sen­sor in place of the Z7’s 45.7MP al­ter­na­tive, and a na­tive sen­si­tiv­ity range of 100-51,200, rather than ISO 6425,600. It can also fire at 12fps – 3fps faster than its sib­ling – while its hy­brid aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem of­fers 273 phase-de­tect points rather than the Z7’s 493.

Three new lenses are be­ing launched along­side the new model, namely the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S, NIKKOR Z 50mm f1.8 S and NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S, al­though Nikon has re­leased a roadmap that prom­ises six fur­ther lenses in 2019 and an ad­di­tional three the year af­ter – and these in­clude a man­ual-fo­cus 58mm f0.95 Noct lens.

The Z7 will be avail­able to­wards the end of Sept while the Z6 will fol­low later in the year.

Above NEW LAUNCHESThe Z7 will be re­leased along­side a new NIKKOR Z24-70mm f4 S lensIN DE­VEL­OP­MENTThe NIKKOR Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct lens is set for re­leasenext yearZ6 AND Z7The Z6 is a cheaper al­ter­na­tive to the Z7

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