Nikon takes a trip into its heyday of 35mm film photography with its second Z-series APS-C (DX) mirrorless camera, in Z FC. Conceived to evoke the famous enterprise FM2 SLR since the 1980s, it offers generous manual controls, including dedicated dials for shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO. The decidedly retro look can also appeal to people who look stylish from Fujifilm and others.
Unlike Fujifilm models, however, the Z FC has a standalone mode dial, so you won’t set modes by combining settings from the ISO, shutter or aperture dials. It has a d-pad type control at the bottom, but (like the Z50) it lacks a dedicated joystick.
UZ FC (presumably FC means film camera?) Isn’t just about looks and manipulation, though. It uses Nikon’s Z-mount system and shares the 20.9-megapixel sensor, Expeed 6 processor and other features with Nikon Z50.
However, it adds a fully articulated OLED display (rather than LCD), and a significantly faster USB-C socket for transfers, charging, and power management. Other physical features include an electronic display of 2.36 million dots, a single SD card slot, microphone port (no headphone port) and an EN-EL25 battery that provides up to 300 shots on charge.
Like the Z50, it can shoot at 11 fps with autofocus and auto-exposure enabled, with focus, face and eye tracking. However, it now allows you to combine face and eye tracking with a wide focus mode, widening where the camera looks for a subject.
You can play overly sampled 4K video using the full sensor width, and the Z FC introduces full-time eye autofocus mode while shooting video. This, combined with the fully articulated sensor, will make the Z FC much more useful for vlogging and selfie shooting than the Z50.
To better take advantage of the small size and retro look, Nikon has also introduced the Nikkor Z 28mm f / 2.8 (SE). It is relatively small and has a good field of view for tourist or street photography, and also offers a pleasantly retro look.
UZ FC will reach the end of July at $ 960 just for the body, $ 1,100 with the DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR lens kit or $ 1,200 with the new 28mm F.2.8 (SE) lens. The latter will also be sold separately for $ 300, but won’t arrive until the fall.
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