Hot off the press: Nikon has just announced the Nikon Z fc digital mirrorless cameras and a couple of new Z-mount lens options. Nikon is here to make your day for those who love retro-inspired cameras or remember the glory days of film photography! Themed after the highly popular Nikon FM2 from the early 80s, the Nikon Z fc is a tactile and retro delight. True to Nikon film cameras of that era, the Z fc features essential commands dials for old-school exposure compensation.
This news drops hot off the heels of the Nikon Z9 announcement! In addition to the all-new Nikon Z fc, Nikon has announced a new retro-styled 28mm special-edition lens plus a silver version of the popular 16-50mm. But there’s so much more on offer – you’ll just have to read on.
Stylish Design Yet Tough as Nails
The Nikon Z fc looks stunning with eye-catching form and features that every photographer will fall in love with. The dust and drip-resistant magnesium alloy body is rugged and delivers exceptional strength to weight ratio. As a result, the camera is just 390g, making it ideal for street, travel and everyday carry. It’s the lightest Nikon Z series camera to date. The retro design of the Z fc is built around the revolutionary Nikon Z-mount, making it a compact camera with the widest mount of any comparable camera system.
While there’s an impressive amount of tech hidden behind the retro skin, that’s not even the best bit! The Nikon Z fc is available in no less than seven different colours, including Black, Mint Green, Coral Pink, Amber Brown, Natural Grey, White and Sand Beige. But there’s no need to stress about being stuck with a colour for life. Nikon is offering to interchange the body skin colours at any time via their service centres.
The top plate of the Z fc features three independent command dials to dial in exposure settings. They include an ISO dial, Shutter Speed dial and Exposure Compensation. What’s more, to keep all controls in view, there’s a switch for shooting modes, another for video/stills mode, a small LCD for aperture value and the On/Off switch is built into the shutter release.
Nikon Z fc Specifications
- 20.9mp DX format sensor
- ISO 100 – 51,200 (exp 204,800)
- Expeed 6 Image processor
- 209-point AF system with 87% coverage
- Eye Detect AF in stills and video
- 4K UHD up to 30p with no crop
- Heritage Nikon FM2 design
- Mechanical dials for shutter and ISO adjustment.
- Vari-Angle LCD screen
- Seven colours to choose from
- Snapbridge connectivity
Powerful Performance From The Compact Nikon Z fc
The new Nikon features an impressive list of performance specifications as a Nikon Z mirrorless digital camera. It houses a 20.9Mp APS-C DX format image sensor driven by the blistering fast Expeed 6 Image Processor. Together they allow for fast and accurate shooting in all lighting conditions and support an ISO range from 100-51,200 and expanded up to 204,800.
All that processing power allows for stunning performance in autofocus, thanks also to the 209-point AF system with 87% coverage of the sensor. In addition, the Nikon Z fc boasts a range of autofocus tracking modes, including Eye Detect AF in both stills and video. The Z fc also supports Wide-area AF Eye-Detect modes for greater control over focus.
The Z fc Crowns Video as King!
Beyond stellar optical performance fit for photographers, the Nikon Z fc is a content creators dream. Video is king in the world of online social media and content sharing. Fortunately, the Z fc delivers sensational 4K UHD video up to 30p without any crop factor in play. If you want to capture smooth and mesmerising slow motion, it will support up to 120p in Full HD.
Vloggers love neat tech, and they’ll love the Nikon Z fc for its vlogging-conscious performance. The vari-angle LCD flips out to the side and rotates for camera-facing vlogging and selfies. Plus, a high-mounted hot-shoe supports an external shotgun or wireless microphone set-up. The typical tripod screw-thread mount allows you to drop the camera onto a gimbal or a full-height or table-top tripod.
To further support visual content creators, the new Nikon is compatible with Nikon’s Webcam utility software. As a result, you can employ the Z fc as a high-resolution webcam for live streaming. A USB-C port allows you to connect directly to a computer or charge the camera.
There’s So Much More To The Z fc Announcement
The news of the upcoming Nikon Z fc has woken up the camera community to the possibilities of unique camera designs. And while the idea of a retro-inspired camera also being available in seven colours is hot news, there’s more in store.
NIKKOR Z 28mm F/2.8 SE
The Nikon Z fc wouldn’t be complete without an optically superior, retro-inspired lens. That’s why Nikon has also announced the NIKKOR Z 28mm F/2.8 SE – a fast and optically sharp prime lens. It weighs just 160g and has a length of 43mm, and is optically correct to minimise typical aberrations. The special edition lens is the perfect companion for the Z fc and creates an ultra-stylish yet powerful and compact combo.
NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR
Further to this, Nikon has also announced the release of the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR in a special retro silver finish. The new NIKKOR Z 28mm F/2.8 SE will be available in a unique Nikon Z fc kit. Plus, the silver Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lenses will also be available in a kit with every colour of the new Nikon Z fc. Finally, a dual-lens kit will also be available for each Z fc colour with the Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and the 50-250mm DX lenses.
When Can You Get Your Hands On One?
Asides from wanting to scream, “shut up and take my money!” the obvious questions is, when can I get my hands on one? The great news is that you don’t have to wait long to get your hands on the Nikon Z fc digital mirrorless camera. The Z fc and all seven colour variations will be available for sale from 28 July 2021. That includes the body only and all three unique kits, along with the retro NIKKOR Z 28mm F/2.8 SE bundle. The new NIKKOR Z 28mm F/2.8 SE will also be available as a standalone product later in the year. So what are you waiting for? Head in-store or online at Georges Cameras now to pre-order your copy of the Nikon Z fc, along with the kits and lenses. Don’t delay as we guarantee these will sell fast!