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Nikon Z FC live-action

That blends tradition with the latest performance

When choosing a camera for the first time, everyone often sees Nikon zfc.

Nikon has been at the center of the camera industry for many years since film cameras. Still, in recent years it has been developing products centered on ” mirrorless interchangeable- lens cameras.

Nikon has the impression of developing solid and solid products, but we have released the Nikon Z FC as a camera with a concept not found in the recent lineup.

Nikon’s Z fc:
Z fc DX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) A Smart, Stylish Showstopper Takes the Stage

Once it was present as the machine name in the Nikon design that followed the image of the “Nikon FM2” and, a camera that combines the performance and functions required for modernization has attracted a great deal of attention.

This time, I was allowed to borrow the actual Nikon Z FC from Nikon, and based on the examples I shot, I will introduce the charm of the new product “Nikon Z fc” to the fullest. Increase.

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens market where competition intensifies

Nikon zfc Mirror less camera

Today, we can say that the central player in digital cameras is the mirrorless interchangeable- lens camera.

More manufacturers than single-lens reflex cameras have been developing mirrorless interchangeable- lens cameras in recent years, and Nikon, which has been focusing on the development of single-lens reflex cameras, is shifting to product development centered on mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras

Only in the genre where many products are released every month, product development that attracts the attention of each company is required, and cameras with various characteristics are born.

The “Nikon Z fc” introduced this time is also a model that gives an impression of the latest and remarkable mirrorless single-lens and Nikon tradition and change.

The latest model that puts tradition into a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

Nikon has a long tradition and history of developing cameras.

In the history of Nikon cameras, the Nikon FM2 and Nikon Coolpix p1000 was loved by many users in the era of film cameras and was a symbol of Nikon at that time.

The times are fast, and digital cameras, mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, have become the mainstream, but the “Nikon Z fc” introduced this time has the tradition and new enthusiasm that Nikon has cultivated so far. It is a model that feels a fusion of determination.

Fusion and casual concept

Of the Nikon Z FC names, “fc” comes from the acronyms ” Fusion ” and ” Casual, “making it more casual to use a camera that combines historic design with the latest performance. It was named after the desire to do it.

The Nikon FM2 greatly influenced the development of the Nikon Z FC introduced earlier, and it has a strong presence as a large bridge that connects the old Nikon to the future Nikon.

Appearance review

As I introduced earlier, the “Nikon Z fc” follows the “Nikon FM2” design, but I will immediately review the appearance, including the design that feels that commitment.

We will introduce the design and the functionality, including buttons and dials that are conscious of ease of use.

Retro design that feels the tradition of Nikon

The first impression I had when I saw the Nikon Z FC was the “classic atmosphere. “

It is a design that Nikon does not have in recent years, but by looking back on the history of Nikon, you can feel how this design expresses “Nikon-ness.”

The Nikon Z FC has a retro feel, but it’s not a retro design.

While inheriting the tradition, it is also a fashionable design that makes you want to carry it daily as a design with fashionability that is familiar to the younger generation.

Intuitive operation with a dial is characteristic.

The dial on the top of the camera is a dial that allows you to adjust ” ISO sensitivity, “ ” shutter speed, ” and ” exposure compensation ” in order from the left and features intuitive operation.

  can switch the shooting mode at the “M (manual),” “A (aperture priority),” “S (shutter speed priority),” and “P (program auto)” parts marked next to the ISO sensitivity dial. , You can switch by turning the dial at the bottom of the ISO sensitivity adjustment dial.

At the bottom of the shutter speed adjustment dial, a dial allows you to switch between “still image shooting mode” and “movie shooting mode,” and the Nikon Z FC, which also features movie shooting performance, provides operability that allows you to switch quickly. It came true.

Large LCD with an emphasis on visibility

There is no doubt that it is the latest digital camera in terms of functionality despite its retro design.

As a symbol of this, there is a liquid crystal display.

The Nikon Z FC uses a 3-inch liquid crystal display, and although the size of 3 inches is not uncommon, it is a level that makes a quick impression.

Since it uses a touch panel, you can adjust camera settings as if you were using a Smartphone, with minimal button operations.

In addition, a clearer and smoother image display have been achieved because the liquid crystal display uses an OLED display.

Natural electronic viewfinder without discomfort

Especially for users who have used SLR cameras so far, many people feel resistance to the electronic viewfinder in a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

In the early days of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, LCD resolution, smoothness, time lag, etc., were mentioned as various problems. Still, with the Nikon Z FC, you should be able to get used to the viewfinder without any discomfort.

Due to this example’s shooting style and the camera’s concept, shooting while looking at the LCD is often done. Still, the viewfinder is inevitable when shooting in a scene where the LCD is difficult to see or when shooting with the camera firmly held. There was also an opportunity to use.

Even those who are accustomed to the optical viewfinder

I mainly used single-lens reflex cameras, so I’m the type of person accustomed to optical viewfinders. Still, using Nikon Z FC this time, instead of forgetting that it is an electronic viewfinder, it is better than optical viewfinders. I felt it.

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras from other companies have also tested various models, but I find the Z-series electronic viewfinder particularly good.

Premium exterior that can change to your favorite design

The Nikon Z FC has a stylish design, but there is an official option called”Premium Exterior” that allows you to change the color variation.

The premium exterior is available in the following six colors and can replace the artificial leather part of the camera body according to your taste and lifestyle.

  • Sand beige
  • Mint green
  • Natural gray
  • Chorus pink
  • white
  • Amber brown

The Nikon Z FC is originally black, but it is recommended to change to a brighter impression by using this premium exterior.

Performance review

We have introduced a camera with a distinctive design, but you may also be concerned about the shooting performance that is the essence of the camera.

From here, I will review the performance focusing on”image-making in Nikon Z FC based on the example I took using “Nikon Z FC.”

Full basic performance utilizing traditional technology

Nikon Z-fc-side-by-side-with-lenses

Although the Z series has recently entered the mirrorless interchangeable- lens camera market, Nikon has a long history as a single-lens camera manufacturer.

The basic performance of reliability

Therefore, the foundation of camera making was built by an excellent development team who feels tradition, and Nikon Z FC is also characterized by excellent basic performance.

The number of pixels is 20.88 million, which is average for a single-lens camera. Still, it is equipped with the traditional technology that Nikon has built up, such as high sensitivity resistance that suppresses noise and accurate and high-speed autofocus performance, even though it is an APS-C sensor model. I am.

In recent years, mirrorless cameras have had a great basic performance with a high level of performance in all models, but this is the point where you can feel the solid basic performance of “because it is Nikon “as a manufacturer.

New color development characteristics that are well-established in the Z series

Nikon zfc colors picture
Nikon Z fc, NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR, 1 / 800sec, F8, ISO250, 16mm,

Shot camera PRESS, we have been developing product reviews for the Nikon Z series, but I feel that the biggest change in the Z series is .color.

Color development peculiar to Z series

Nikon has been good at faithful and natural color expression, but the Z series features a vivid finish.

In particular, the color blue contrasts the F-mount era, but it is a very popular color because it has a vividness that does not feel persistent.

“Creative Picture Control” that allows you to adjust the finished atmosphere

The iconic feature of Nikon Z FC’s photographic expression is ” Creative Picture Control .”

Nikon z fc creative Picture Control
Nikon Z fc, NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR, 1 / 800sec, F8, ISO250, 16mm,

Functions that make you more expressive

The Creative Picture Control function can adjust the finished pictures, there conventionally Vivid and landscape, in addition to the preset such, more finished into photogenic impression pick 20 different from the preset pictures finished image can increase.

This picture control function is different from the “filter function” that is often installed as a camera function. It adjusts the impression of the finish according to the color without making a big change to the photo.

Focusing on more delicate color expressions is a new attempt for Nikon and can manifest self-confidence.

High sensitivity resistance that can fully utilize even at night – Nikon zfc

Nikon zfc
Nikon Z fc, NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR, 1 / 15sec, F3.5, ISO2500, 16mm,

 Night view will be included in the shooting scene when shooting daily.

The “full-size sensor” is advantageous for scenes that require high-sensitivity shooting, such as night scenes. Still, Nikon Z FC uses the  APS-C sensor to improve the finish during high-sensitivity shooting. I think it’s a place to be worried about.

The standard ISO sensitivity is compatible with ISO100-51200, but with a general APS-C camera, there is a big difference from the full-size sensor machine around ISO3200.

High-sensitivity shooting that is practical even with an APS-C sensor

I shot the night view using the Nikon Z FC. but it seems that the higher the sensitivity than the full-size “Z 6” and “Z 5”, the more the difference in the finish will be. I felt the strength to high sensitivity that was unthinkable with the previous APS-C models.

I got the impression that up to ISO 6400 is practical, and the range of high-sensitivity shooting has expanded significantly compared to conventional APS-C.

Nikon Z fc specifications

Model nameNikon Z FC
Imaging screen sizeAPS-C (approx. 23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Video element modelCMOS sensor (best vlogging camera with flip screen )
Image processing engineEXPEED 6
Number of effective pixels20.88 million pixels
Autofocus methodHybrid AF
Focus point209 points
Regular ISO sensitivityISO100-51200
Shutter speed1/4000-30 seconds, valve
In-body image stabilization– –
Continuous shooting speedMaximum approx. 11 frames/sec (when expanded)
screenVari-angle type 3.0 type / approx. 1.04 million dots
Finder0.39 type XGA OLED / approx. 2.36 million dots
Wi-Fi installed
Equipped with NFC– –
Equipped with Bluetooth
sizeApproximately 134.5 (width) x 93.5 (height) x 43.5 (depth) mm
Mass (including battery etc.)About 445g

An existence that is close to everyday life in terms of both design and functionality

Nikon’s Z fc:
Z fc DX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) A Smart, Stylish Showstopper Takes the Stage

 

It seems that many people were surprised by the camera. which had a concept that Nikon did not have in recent years.

However, the ” Nikon Z fc ” introduced this time is a model that inherits the old tradition without blurring the Nikon character, and at the same time, you can feel the challenge of a new Nikon.

The fashionable design with a retro atmosphere has a fashionable feel that blends into everyday life. It will enrich your life as a camera that you always want to carry around.

It is also attractive to quickly adjust the expression, you envision to the perfect finish from operability and functionality that is conscious of ease of use.

Unlike the practical SLR cameras that Nikon has developed so far, you can enjoy shooting in a relaxed atmosphere, and it is highly recommended for use as a sub camera in addition to the usual main camera.

The Nikon Z FC is a versatile camera that meets the needs of all users in a wide range of shooting genres and is the latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that feels Nikon’s new determination.

Many people were surprised by the camera, which had a concept that Nikon did not have in recent years.

However, the Nikon Z FC introduced this time is a model that inherits the old tradition without blurring the Nikon character, and at the same time, you can feel the challenge of a new Nikon.

The fashionable design with a retro atmosphere has a fashionable feel that blends into everyday life. It will enrich your life as a camera that you always want to carry around.

It is also attractive to be able to quickly adjust the expression you envision to the ideal finish from the aspect of operability and functionality that is conscious of ease of use.

Unlike the practical SLR cameras that Nikon has developed so far, you can enjoy shooting in a relaxed atmosphere, and it is highly recommended for use as a sub camera in addition to the usual main camera.

The Nikon Z FC is a versatile camera that meets the needs of all users in a wide range of shooting genres and is the latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that feels Nikon’s new determination.

Image transfers. Wireless and automatic.

Nikon z fc Image transfers. Wireless and automatic.
Pair your smart device to the Z FC from the SnapBridge app once, and your phone and camera are always connected. You can transfer videos and stills manually or set the app to automatically import every still you take, then edit and post your work with your favorite phone apps.

Grab the remote.

When you can’t be behind the camera, pull out your compatible smartphone and use it to control the Z fc. See what the camera sees, change camera settings like aperture and shutter speed, then take the video or still.

Set-up is a snap.

  1. Open the SnapBridge app
  2. Tap Remote Photography
  3. Allow phone to switch to Wi-Fi®
  4. Start capturing videos and stills!

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