THE NIKON Z SERIES

John C. Doornkamp

Photography 

UNDERSTANDING THE NIKON Z SERIES

Nikon introduced us in 2018 to a much-acclaimed new system of cameras known as the "Z" Series.

This consists of the Z 50 - the smallest and most affordable in the series.

Then there is the Z 6, the Z 7 and now there are rumours of a forthcoming Z 8.


So what are the differences? Are they any good? How much do they cost? Can I get decent lenses for them?


I have gathered together some of the critical properties of each of these models. .

MODEL

Sensor

Shutter

Integral flash

Stabilisation

Video

Price

New

Price

Pre-Owned

("like new")

Z 50

DX  20.9MP  APS-C

11 fps

YES

Optical stabilization with certain lenses.

UHD 4K with frame rates of 30, 25 and 24p

Or Full HD at 120fps.




Z 6

FF     24MP

12 fps

No

IBIS (in-Body Image Stabilization)

4K (internal) 

10-bit N-Log external.




Z 7

FF     45.7MP

9 fps

No

IBIS (in-Body Image Stabilization)

4K UHD @ 30fps / Full HD @ 120fps / N-Log (HDMI 10-bit output)




All models have:

   - a viewfinder, built-in Wi-Fi, an articulated touch screen, fantastic auto-focus capabilities, shooting information visible in the viewfinder or on the screen.


Available lenses

The Z 50 uses a DX-format lens which is lighter (because the mount is made out of plastics) than the lenses for the Z 6 and Z 7. The DX-format lenses have control rings that can be made to control aperture, focus, ISO setting, and/or exposure compensation. These help to operate the camera speedily.

You can also use other Nikon F-mount lenses by adding an FTZ adapter to the camera body.


Prices

Check both Park Cameras and Wex Photo Video for price reductions and special offers when combined with a lens.



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