The Nikon Z fc has officially arrived in all its retro glory, with the mirrorless camera sporting a vintage design dating back to the glory days of Nikon film cameras during the 1980s. A compact, beginner-friendly camera that is effectively a redesigned version of the current Nikon Z50.
Like the Nikon Z50, the Nikon Z fc is a more accessible camera, utilizing a smaller DX-format sensor (Nikon’s name for APS-C sensors) that makes it compact and relatively affordable. Beneath her retro skin, the Nikon Z fc is almost identical to the current Nikon Z50, and it offers the same 20.9MP DX sensor, Expeed 6 processor, and autofocus performance.
But there are also some key differences. The Nikon Z fc It has a vari-angle touchscreen, which differs from the tilt-only screen seen on the Z50, and will be great for vlogging. The new camera also has a USB-C port for charging on the go, plus a range of dedicated command dials, including those for shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Naturally, the Nikon Z fc features slightly more modern specs, but the design offers a slightly different shooting experience than the Nikon Z50.
The Nikon Zfc is a mid-range mirrorless camera that has nearly identical specs to the Nikon Z50, which arrived in October 2019.
Also, the Z fc is the first camera Nikon Z series that supports exposure compensation in ‘Auto’ mode, so quickly You can create effects such as silhouettes by underexposure, without leaving the convenience of ‘automatic’ mode.
Specifications and shortcomings of the Nikon Z fc
While it lacks advanced weather sealing, which means that be careful when using the camera in the rain, if it is sturdy enough to withstand some bumps and knocks.
However, the Nikon Z fc is not far behind in other departments, offering a maximum continuous shooting of 11fps and the ability to record 4K / 30p video without cropping. However, unfortunately, It only accepts UHS-I memory cards, which means that its buffer will fill up relatively quickly compared to cameras that accept faster UHS-II cards. If you are looking for a sports camera, there are probably better options than the Nikon Z fc.
The Z fc also has a USB-C port (instead of an older micro USB), which supports direct charging from external batteries of energy supply. Speaking of connectivity, the Nikon Z fc also has a 3.5mm mic input, so you can connect an external mic like a Rode VideoMic Go to improve the sound quality of your video; since as far as we know the Zfc lacks in-body image stabilization.
It is possible to use the Nikon Z fc with older F mount lenses, via the optional FTZ adapter, this will add bulk to your design, and the real appeal will be pairing it with newer Z-mount glass.
Price and availability
The Nikon Z fc will be available in a variety of colors to purchase from the end of July in a variety of packages.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed from Nikon Spain, but according to Nikon France the body will cost 999 euros, the kit with the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR Silver Edition lens will cost 1,149 euros and the one that includes the Nikkor Z 28mm f / 2.8 SE 1,249 euros. In all three cases there will be a launch promotion that lowers the price by 100 euros, although we do not know if it will also be done in Spain.
The ideal kit for street photographers probably be the Nikon Z fc with the new Nikkor Z 28mm f / 2.8 SE prime lens, which together will cost around $ 1010 €. If you’d rather go for the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR lens, that kit will cost you a few 923 €. Now you can make your reservation on the official Nikon website.
The Nikon Zfc is, in general, the best camera for less than 1,000 euros and the best camera for beginners, for the moment.
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