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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