Nikon Z6 and Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras: Everything you need to know
Nikon has officially announced what everyone in camera-land has been whispering about for years – it’s about to launch a new full-frame mirrorless camera range with a brand new lens mount.
On 25 July 2018 Nikon announced that it’s about to release a “full-frame, Nikon FX-format, mirrorless camera and Nikkor lenses that features a new mount”. This was followed by a countdown to the official announcement on August 23 2018 at 5am UK time (or 12am ET).
In good news for anyone who’s already got a stash of full-frame Nikon lenses, the company confirmed that it’s also developing a new mount adaptor that will work with F-Mount DSLR lenses.
This doesn’t spell the end for its extensive range of DSLRs – Nikon says it’s committed to the “continued development of Nikon digital-SLR cameras”, which makes sense as its new full-frame cameras and lenses will be high-end affairs aimed more at pros than casual photographers.
But it does show that Nikon is now fully embracing mirrorless camera tech, after the demise of its now discontinued Nikon 1 Series from 2011. While DSLRs still have their benefits, the fully electronic composition offered by mirrorless cameras brings many boons, such as autofocus across the whole frame and exciting new lens designs.
This is what makes Sony’s A7-series so appealing to pros and enthusiasts, and it’s those mirrorless pioneers that Nikon is targeting here.
But how exactly will it go about it? Here’s everything we know so far.
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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Price and Release Date: When does they come out, and how much will they cost?
According to its countdown clock, Nikon will announce its new full-frame mirrorless cameras and lens mount on August 23 2018 at 5am UK time (or 12am ET).
There’s no official news about pricing yet, but NikonRumours has suggested that the 45-megapixel Z7 will cost €4,000 (around £3550) with a 24-70mm lens, with the 25-megapixel Z6 going for around €3,000 (around £2660) with a lens.
Again, these are just rumours right now, and we haven’t heard anything from Nikon about these details. We’ll report back and update this page as soon as we do.
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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Design: What will they look like?
While some apparent leaks from NikonRumours suggest there will be two new models called the Z6 and Z7, we’ve so far only seen glimpses of one body design.
Nikon’s teaser video, published on July 24 2018, showed a shadowy render that provided a few hints of what we can expect. The overall shape looks similar to Sony’s A7 Series, with a large electronic viewfinder mounted centrally rather than in the left-hand corner, like on some rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras.
This physical design appeared to be confirmed by some leaked stills from a fan Twitter account for Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat, who has previously done advertising work for Nikon, on 6 August 2018.
This leak and Nikon’s teaser video show that Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless camera will have a much chunkier grip than Sony’s A7 cameras, which will go down well with photographers who are used to the feel and heft of Nikon’s DSLRs.
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) looks promisingly large and there appears to be a thumb-stick on the back for easily choosing focus points, along with a mode dial that’s flush with the top of the camera.
Lastly, an apparent leak from NikonRumours shows what might be the rear of the camera. A notable feature is the size of the screen, which looks well over 3-inches.
Unlike most Nikon DSLRs, this stretches so wide that there are no physical buttons to the left of the display, but otherwise the layout will be comfortably familiar to anyone who’s used DSLRs like the Nikon D850 or, indeed, mirrorless rivals like Sony’s A7 III.
One issue with mirrorless cameras that Sony has only recently overcome is battery life, so it will be interesting to see how Nikon’s new model deals with this.
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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Features: What specs can we expect?
Nikon’s official announcement of its new mirrorless camera and lenses didn’t contain any specs, so all we have to go on right now is speculation from the likes of NikonRumours.
In early July 2018, the site suggested that there would in fact be two mirrorless full-frame cameras – one with a 24-megapixel sensor and another with 45-megapixel resolution – and it’s now followed that up by suggesting that they’ll be named the Z6 and Z7 respectively.
NikonRumours’ suggested specs for both cameras include 5-axis image stabilisation, 9fps continuous shooting and a 3.6-megapixel electronic viewfinder, which would put it on a par with the likes of Sony’s A7R III.
While this all seems feasible given the design shown in Nikon’s teaser video and the competition, nothing official is yet known about the camera – we’ll update this page as soon as we hear anything directly from Nikon.
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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras: Which lens mount will they use?
On 1 August 2018, Nikon published a new teaser video that shows the new lens mount – now likely to be called the Z-Mount – for its mirrorless camera more clearly.
This doesn’t really give us any new information about the mount, other than it being very large compared to the rest of the body and the contact pins being positioned at the top.
The reason for Nikon developing this new mount is that it will help keep the size of the lenses and cameras down, and potentially allow it to develop some exciting new wide-angle lenses and super-bright primes for its new system.
One of those rumoured primes, a 58mm f/0.95 lens, is rumoured be launching after the camera event on 23 August 2018. If true, it would be cracking (if expensive) option for portraits.
We don’t yet know how many or what kind of lenses will actually launch with the cameras. In early July 2018 NikonRumours suggested three new lenses (a 24-70mm, 35mm and 50mm) would arrive with the new mirrorless bodies.
On August 15 2018, Nikon’s final teaser video (above) for the Z6 and Z7 showed some of its bright, heritage lenses like the Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2, which hints that the early focus will be on super-fast lenses. But we’ll have to wait until the official launch on 23 August 2018 to find out exactly which lenses it has in store.
Nikon also confirmed that it is developing a lens mount that will allow existing F-Mount DSLR lenses to work with the new camera. Whether this mount will allow features like autofocus to work with older lenses is unclear, though – we’ll update this when we hear anything official.
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