Nikon has released the classic type mirrorless camera “Nikon Z fc.” This is the camera I most wanted among the cameras released recently. First, let’s briefly introduce Nikon’s mirrorless cameras.
Since 2018, Nikon’s mirrorless cameras have been released to the world, emphasizing ease of use, such as ease of use, quick shooting performance, and grip. The Z 7 series is a high-pixel model centered on the FX-format, the Z 6 series, which can handle both video and still images in almighty, the Z 5 entry FX machine, and the lightweight and compact DX-format model Z 50 are available. I also use all Z series and feel that the camera’s ease of use and image quality are very good.
The classic look of the Z FC has been added to the Nikon mirrorless camera. I remember that the reaction of SNS on the day when Z FC was announced was unprecedentedly exciting, and the trend of SNS attracted attention as Z FC went up. The retro-looking digital camera had a single-lens reflex camera called the Nikon Df, but the Z FC has a much higher level of attention. This time, I would like to introduce the popular Z FC in detail, such as its appearance and appearance.
A camera called Z FC.
The Nikon Z FC is a DX machine equipped with an APS-C size sensor. The “f” in Z FC refers to the fusion of the feel of a “fusion” precision instrument and the high image quality of the Z mount, and the “c” means “casual” to enjoy shooting. Nikon has a DX mirrorless camera called the Z 50, making it the second DX mirrorless camera. Many specs are inherited from the Z 50. Still, the Z FC is a well-made camera that has been further refined and boasts a menu structure and performance similar to the higher-end FX mirrorless camera Z 6 II.
Let’s take a quick look at the specs first. The sensor uses a well-balanced CMOS sensor with an effective 20.88 million pixels. The sensor size will be DX (APS-C) size. Can set ISO sensitivity up to ISO51200 for regular use, and continuous shooting supports 11 frames per second. The continuous shooting performance of the Nikon D500 is also attractive. It is an excellent camera that can handle both still images and videos with high performance and 4K UHD / 30P recording without cropping.
The feature of this camera is its appearance. Many camera fans are pleased with the classic design that has not been seen in the Z series so far. First of all, the Z FC has a design similar to that of the famous Nikon FM2, and the elegant silver appearance is very beautiful. The logo also uses the font used in cameras in the 1970s and 1980s. The feature is that the characters of Nikon are straight rather than diagonal.
Even if you put it side by side with FM2, it seems that the feeling of size is also significantly influenced. There are many common points, such as the shape of the warship, the black line on the boundary between the artificial leather and the body, and the shape of the EVF eyepiece. The artificial leather is applied to the backside of the liquid crystal display, and you can feel the feeling of insistence. The EVF uses a 2.36 million dot OLED for perfect visibility. Of course, Z Fc has more dials and buttons because it has become a digital camera and has more functions, but it is still well organized. By the way, the body is made of magnesium alloy, and each dial has a feeling of carving out aluminum. I can say that it is a camera that values the enjoyment of operating it.
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In addition, this camera has a premium exterior. The premium exterior is a service that allows you to change the color of artificial leather. There is a charge (free during the release campaign period), but 6 colors are available: sand beige, mint green, natural gray, coral pink, white, and amber brown. You can choose from 7 colors if you add normal black. It’s also a good idea to choose one that suits your lifestyle and fashion. As an aside, I plan to use mint green.
Let’s take a closer look at the operation system. The Nikon Z FC has dials for ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and exposure compensation so that you can enjoy the operation. Adjust the F value with the main command dial. The F-number is also displayed on the display panel, and you can see at a glance what the settings are by just looking at the top of the camera.
The buttons on the back are also well organized, and on the Z 50, the DISP button and the enlargement/reduction display button on the LCD monitor are also physical buttons. Frequently used functions are physical dials and buttons, so they are very easy to operate. There is no mode dial, but a mode switching lever can switch between P, A, S, M, and AUTO. It’s a small detail, but Nikon’s fully automatic auto concept was to let the photographer do nothing. Still, exposure compensation is now possible, this time even with fully automatic auto, so you can shoot more as you imagined.
The LCD monitor is a vari-angle type, making it easy to take high-position and low-position shots in the vertical position and self-portraits of movies. Since it is a vari-angle type, it is possible to turn it over and concentrate on EVF shooting. By the way, the LCD monitor uses a 1.04 million dot, 3.0-inch TFT LCD monitor.
You can also use old Nikkor and F-mount lenses with the optional mount adapter FTZ. I’m shooting with my favorite AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f / 4.5-5.6G VR. The size is good, and it is the best for taking pictures of the summer sky and scenery. This lens is also equipped with VR to use confidently, so please try it in combination with Z FC.
Many specs are close to the Nikon Z 50, but the Z 50 itself is an excellent camera, so I’m not dissatisfied at all. It seems that the detailed menus and functions have been improved. First, can select the focus point from 209 points. It corresponds to -4.5EV (at f1.8) by using low light AF. The AF area mode improves the accuracy and operation of human and animal AF. In particular, by newly installing wide-area AF (S), wide-area AF (L), wide-area AF (L-person), and wide-area AF (L-animal), you can focus accurately without missing the subject. It became possible.
Looking at the menu structure, the Z 50 was a little entry-oriented, but the Z FC has the same menu structure as the Z 6 II and Z 7 II, giving the impression that it is easy to use as a sub camera. However, since the Fn button has been changed from two to one on the Z 50, I would like to select the function to register carefully.
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It’s a small detail, but I’m very happy that you can create a time-lapse movie option during interval shooting, which is the same as the FX machines that appeared after Z 5. In addition, it also supports a USB power supply, which was not possible with the Z 50, and it seems to be useful for video recording while traveling and time-lapse video recording. Also, like the Z 50, the Z FC does not have a built-in image stabilizer, so it is necessary to utilize the image stabilizer “VR” on the lens side. If the photo is blurry, you can handle it without any problem by increasing the ISO sensitivity.
The image quality inherits the concept of the Nikon Z series so far and achieves unrivaled high image quality. The image processing engine uses EXPEED 6. Thanks to the sensor that brings out the performance of the Z lens, it can express the details firmly. As you can see from the example, it can surprisingly express the detail of the subject even in combination with the kit lens NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR. It faithfully expresses the subject without worrying about distortion or aberration. At the telephoto end, the F6.3 is open, but you can enjoy a moderate amount of blur.
In addition, the NIKKOR Z 28mm f / 2.8 (Special Edition), which is the focus of attention, is also bright with an open F2.8, so even though it is a wide-angle lens, you can enjoy the bokeh, and the impression is surprisingly good. It feels soft, especially when shooting close-ups because the bokeh becomes large.
With 20 types of well-established creative picture controls, you can shoot creative still images and enjoy film-like expressions. I recommend film-like pure, denim, and toys. You can also adjust the fitness so that you can apply creative picture controls subtly.
the highest ISO 51200 for regular use. When tested, it has surprisingly high sensitivity performance. Up to ISO6400, you can take well-balanced shots from fine high-frequency patterns to the low-frequency sky and other noble subjects. I can shoot well with ISO12800, but I get the impression that the high-frequency parts are a little copper. According to the author’s standards, I felt that up to ISO 6400 was well-balanced.
After using Z FC for a long time, I felt that it is an excellent camera that makes you want to take pictures from the bottom of your heart. I felt that Z FC was a “photographer.” The feeling of operation, shutter sound, and touch are very good. For Z FC, NIKKOR Z 28mm f / 2.8 (Special Edition) and NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR lens kits are available, so choose the one that suits your style. Can use the classic design, the latest features, and the surprisingly expressive Z lens, so please enjoy shooting from everyday life to travel.