Nikon has recently launched its first full-frame mirrorless cameras, Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 in India. The company has also introduced its new Nikkor Z series lenses that feature a larger diameter mount. Both Z6 and Z7 are full-frame mirrorless cameras, hoping to challenge Sony with prices starting at Rs 2,69,950 for the Z7 (body only), and Rs 1,69,950 for Z6 (body only). With kit lens, the cameras are more expensive. The two cameras, one high-end and one mid-range, have nearly identical bodies but feature different megapixel units, focus points and ISO range.
Why are they called What is a mirrorless?
A mirrorless camera is the one that doesn’t require a reflex mirror, a key component of DSLR cameras. The DSLR mirror reflects the light up to the optical viewfinder. In a mirrorless camera, there is no optical viewfinder. Instead, the imaging sensor is exposed to light at all the times. This gives you a digital preview of your image either on rear LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder. Mirrorless cameras are called “mirrorless,” rather than DSLRs being called “mirrored,” simply because they came second.
Nikon Z7 & Z6 Features and Specifications
- The Nikon Z7 has 45.7 megapixels full-frame CMOS sensor with FX-format and Nikon Z6 is an all-purpose camera with the same FX-format sensor, but with 24.5 effective megapixels.
- Nikon Z7 has an ISO range of 64-25,600 while Z6 has an ISO range of 100-51,200 which means that Z7 will likely be stronger for overall image detail and sharpness, the Z6 larger pixels will potentially give the upper hand in lower light.
- Z6 has a continuous shooting rate of 12fps with lower resolution chip compared to the Z7’s maximum of 9fps. This shows that Z6 is slighter faster than Z7.
- Both the cameras have a hybrid AF system featuring both phase detection and contrast detection. Z7 has a total of 493 autofocus points while Z6 has 273 total autofocus points.
- The most exciting prospect, though, is the inner lens mount of 55MM and the flange focal distance of 16MM. This promises to be a cracking lens for fans of low light photography, portraits and shows the potential for super-bright primes on the new Z-Mount.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Z6 share the same Expeed 6 image-processing engine, 5-axis ‘VR’ vibration reduction and can capture full-frame 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) video at 30fps and full HD videos at 12fps. The mid-range sharpening option has been added to Picture Control sharpness parameters. Also, the cameras offer 20 options of Creative Picture Control, supporting creative imaging expression. The effect level is adjustable from 0 to 100.
- Mounted in the center of both the cameras is the large OLED viewfinder with an impressive 0.8x magnification and 3.6 million dot resolution. The electronic viewfinder has a frame coverage and magnification of nearly 100 percent and around 37.0-degree diagonal viewing angle.
- Both cameras have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with a great processor handling the connection to your smartphone or tablet to ensure it remains rock solid.
- The Nikon Z7 and Z7 provides in-body image stabilization or vibration reduction that claims up to 5 stops efficiency with native Nikon Z lenses and 3 stops with Nikon F lenses.
- The FTZ Mount Adapter allows almost all of the F mount lenses to work on Z series cameras. In addition, the company has announced the S-line of Nikkor lenses bringing the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct, which is claimed to be the “pinnacle” of the new S Line.
- The current Nikkor Z lens line-up includes 35mm and 50mm prime lenses with f/1.8 aperture and a 24-70mm zoom lens with an f/4 aperture. According to the company, the design of the Noct lens will provide the “ultimate optical performance” in the mirrorless category.
- The company provides us with the three new Nikkor Z series lenses- Standard zoom Nikkor Z 24-70mm lens with f/4 S, a wide-angle prime Nikkor 35mm lens with f/1.8 S and a standard prime Nikkor Z 50 lens with f/1.8 S. All the three lenses feature smooth exposure control, a control ring etc.
- The Nikon Z7 and Z6 have lighter, smaller, and mechanically simple designs. The Nikon Z7 weighs approximately 675 g-its DSLR sibling, the Nikon 850D, weighs 915g while offering similar features at a similar price.
Nikon Z7 & Z6 -Price In India
- Nikon Z7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F/4 S + Mount Adapter FTZ Kit: Rs 326,950
- Nikon Z7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F/4 S Kit: Rs 314,950
- Nikon Z7 + Mount Adapter FTZ Kit: Rs 281,950
- Nikon Z6 (body only): Rs 169,950
- Nikon Z6 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F/4 S + Mount Adapter FTZ Kit: Rs 226,950
- Nikon Z6 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F/4 S: Rs 214,950
- Nikon Z6 + Z6 Mount Adapter FTZ Kit: Rs 181,950
- In addition to new cameras, Nikon has also launched in India three new S lenses, which will natively support Z mount. And also they are equipped with functions that include: compensation for focus breathing, smooth exposure control, quiet operation, a control ring and perfo0rmance that are all well suited to movie recording. These lenses are:
- NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F/4 S: Rs 78,450
- NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S: Rs 66,950
- Mount Adapter FTZ: Rs 19,950
- NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S: Rs 50,950
The Nikon Z7 will be available in India from September 27 while Z6 will come in November and like other mirrorless cameras in the market, the Z6 and Z7 are smaller as compared to full frame DSLR cameras. With the new Z cameras and new lenses, the company also hopes to compete with Canon EOS R, which is also a full-frame mirrorless camera and that will launch in India on September 21. Also like other mirrorless cameras, come to support better video recording features as well as the components like electronic viewfinder and focus points that spread edge-to-edge on a picture frame.