Nikon has revealed its much-sought-after entry into the full-frame mirror-free camera market with the launch of its Z mount system
Nikon has released its first full-frame SLRs, Z6 and Z7, along with some new Nikkor Z lenses.
The Japanese firm has until now ruled the mirror-free field directed by Sony and its excellent machines like the A9, A7R III and A7 III.
The new Z6 and Z7 have the usual, weatherproof quality build you would expect from the image specialist.
They have a robust and compact magnesium alloy design with great ergonomics.
Both the Z7 and Z6 are equipped with a new backlight full output, Nikon FX format CMOS sensor.
It's built-in focus-focus autofocus and the company's latest imaging engine, Expeed 6.
46MP Nikon Z7 supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600. Nikon promises outstanding sharpness and detail all the way to the edges of the image.
It has high speed continuous shooting at about 9 fps (frames per second).
24.5MP Z6 is more of all-rounder – it shoots up to 12 fps.
It supports a wide range of ISO 100-51200 standard sensitivities.
The cameras use a hybrid AF system as the company says, covering about 90 percent of the image area.
Z 7 has 493 focus points and the Z6 has 273.
Both machines have VR reduction in camera.
The VR provides compensation for motion along five axes. Nikon says that the effect of vibration reduction corresponds to a shutter speed increase of about 5.0 stops.
Both cameras support the recording of full-frame 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) / 30p movies using the FX-based movie format along with full-HD / 120p movies.
They have both built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for direct connection to a smart device using SnapBridge, and battery life is more than 300 images per charge.
So what are Z Mount lenses
In addition to being much less in size, the most noticeable change on the mirrorless models is the new Z mount system.
This replaces Nikon's famous F-mount which has graced its cameras since 1959.
Z Mount is a new larger diameter mount. Nikon believes that it will unlock greater potential for lens design and capabilities in optical performance.
The system will offer a range of unique high performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon's history with f / 0.95.
Three lenses are available at launch including Nikkor Z 24-70mm f / 4S, Nikkor Z 35mm f / 1.8S and Nikkor Z 50mm f / 1.8S.
Several are scheduled to land the next two years.
And Nikon will release an adapter that lets you easily connect old Nikon lenses you have.
The company emphasized that almost all current accessories will be compatible with the new cameras.
So how much will the new cameras and lenses cost and when can I buy them?
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