Nikon has released a new retro-styled full-frame mirrorless camera, the Nikon Zf. It’s a 24.5MP model that’s styled to look like a classic 35mm film SLR, with dials on top for changing exposure settings and a central electronic viewfinder. Its design is based on the older DX-format Nikon Z fc, but scaled up to make space for a full-frame sensor, larger battery, and in-body stabilisation.
For our detailed initial analysis of the camera, read our Nikon Zf Review: Hands-on First Look
Nikon Zf key features:
Compared to the older, conventionally styled Nikon Z6 II, the new camera gains Nikon’s latest EXPEED 7 processor, which brings an array of new features. For example, the Nikon Zf boasts the same subject detection autofocus system as the Z8 and Z9, which can recognise and track people, animals and vehicles. It includes a new Advanced Auto mode for less experienced photographers, and it becomes the first Nikon camera to offer a pixel-shift multi-shot mode.
Other notable features include the incorporation of a MicroSD card slot (alongside conventional SD) for backup; a dedicated mode for shooting in black & white; and the ability to link the image stabilisation to the autofocus point. For the first time on a full-frame Nikon, the camera employs a fully articulated touchscreen.
Unlike the Nikon Z fc, the new Nikon Zf will only be available in a black finish, and not silver. However, versions with different colour leatherette coatings will also be available, exclusively though Nikon’s online store. The Nikon Zf is due on sale in October for £2299 body-only, £2519 with the 40mm f/2 SE lens, or £2849 with the 24-70mm f/4 zoom.
Read our Nikon Zf Review: Hands-on First Look.
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NIKON ANNOUNCES ITS LATEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA – THE Z F
London, United Kingdom, 20th September 2023: Nikon has today announced the Z f, its latest full-frame FX format mirrorless camera which combines heritage design with advanced technology and superior performance. Inspired by the iconic FM2, the camera looks as good as it feels in the hands of creators and photographers alike.
Equipped with the same EXPEED 7 image processing engine as the Nikon Z 9, the Z f enables advanced still image and video recording. Providing both style and substance, it features cutting edge technology, including exceptional AF and VR performance, resulting in a camera that is perfect for those looking to express their creativity.
The primary features of the Nikon Z f include:
A heritage design inspired by the iconic FM2
The influence of Nikon’s heritage is clear in the detail when it comes to the Z f. The retro-inspired look mirrors the iconic FM2, as does the adoption of the dials, shutter-release button, and the addition of Nikon’s logo from the 1970s. All the dials are made of brass – ensuring a premium, high-quality feel. Image-makers will be able to choose from six different premium exterior colour options, in addition to the all-black standard model, to personalise their camera and further match their individual style.
New functions that expand the possibilities for image expression
In addition to the conventional monochrome Picture Control, the Z f has been equipped with two new Picture Controls: flat monochrome and deep tone monochrome. A dedicated black and white position has been added to the photo and video selector to enable immediate switching between controls. The camera is also equipped with a variety of other inspiring functions and features, including Creative Picture Controls and pixel-shift shooting – a feature that the Z f is the first to support.
Enhanced video performance for diverse needs
The new camera offers some exciting video features including in-camera 10-bit H.265 recording, as well as being capable of recording up to 125 min of 4K UHD. Further functions have been inherited from the Z 9, including the ability to adjust ISO sensitivity in steps of 1/6 EV and the display of a red frame during video recording.
Superior performance using cutting-edge technologies
The Z f is powered by the latest EXPEED 7 imaging-processing engine, enabling high ISO capability. As well as having the same nine types of subject detection featured in the Z 8, the tracking performance when subject detection is used has also been increased for the Z f. The camera is further supported by in-camera vibration reduction and improved electronic VR, which both improve the quality of images when shooting dimly lit or dark indoor situations.
Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager at Nikon Europe: “We are excited to finally share the Nikon Z f with the rest of the world. This authentic, classic camera truly embodies the essence of Nikon, paying homage to the brand with a sentimental nod to our rich history, while showcasing the incredibly forward-thinking steps we are continually taking to evolve and create. By marrying the future with the past, we’ve been able to encompass a timeless sense of class and elegance with unrivalled creativity and innovation. The Z f offers the chance for creators to seize the day, to be bold, to be creative, and above all, to capture unusual and stand-out imagery that makes people look twice.”
Additional features: Nikon Z f
For more information visit: https://www.europe-nikon.com/