THE NIKON Z SERIES

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 (in the UK) for price reductions and special offers when combined with a lens.

Check proces in the US at Amazon .