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Nikon Z series mirrorless

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Nikon has entered the full-frame mirrorless market.

This is our rumour/info page for all Z series Nikon info

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Z series mirrorless camera info/rumours/updates

Latest info:

2019 June

17th In the ‘no surprise there’ category comes the (date unspecified) note that Nikon will release a mirrorless camera at ‘D5 level’ [NR]

“Nikon to introduce a top-end model of the mirror-less camera. Time is a non-published, but Umatate Toshikazu president was revealed in response to the interview of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. Top-end model of the digital single-lens reflex camera “D5.”

13th A sub $1000 Nikon Z series is suggested at [Nikei] – note that its says 2019 fiscal year, which (IIRC) runs to March 2020

Nikon will introduce a new mid-price mirrorless camera product in fiscal 2019. The same interchangeable lens can be used in the product that corresponds to a sister model such as the high-end model “Z7” launched by the company in the autumn of 2006. It is expected that the price will be in the 100,000 yen range, which is easier for the general consumer to pick up than the leading 200,000 to 400,000 yen model. The aim is to develop the demand of users other than existing enthusiasts.

May

18th A service advisory for the Z6 and Z7, includes a feature to check your serial number to see if there are VR issues – there is a free fix (note that this is for the US)

Nikon Press Release

While Nikon has taken great measures to assure the high quality expected of Nikon products, it has come to our attention that the vibration reduction (VR) feature in some Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras may not function fully. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Resolution

Nikon has resolved this by making available corrective service for affected Z 6 and Z 7 cameras free of charge, including the cost of shipping an affected Z 6 and Z 7 camera to Nikon as well as its return, even if your Z 6 or Z 7 camera warranty has expired.
Identifying Affected Products and Requesting Service
To determine whether your camera is one of those affected, please click the appropriate Check Serial Number button below and enter the serial number for your Z 6 or Z 7 camera as indicated. If your camera is one of those affected, instructions for requesting service, including receiving your free shipping label, will be displayed onscreen.

You may also contact Nikon Customer Relations by visiting www.nikonusa.com\support for assistance. If your Z 6 or Z 7 camera is not one of those affected, this will be displayed onscreen and you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.

To locate your camera’s serial number, open the camera’s monitor on the back of the camera and the serial number will be the 7-digit number printed on the label affixed to the camera body, as indicated by the red frame in the image above (the Z 6 camera is represented in the image).

Please understand that Nikon will collect personal information as necessary in order to facilitate the service and shipping of affected cameras. This information will not be used for any other purposes.
Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.

16th Nikon have released firmware V2 for both the Z6 and Z7

New firmware brings Eye-Detection AF, extension of low-light AF detection range, and addition of AE tracking in the continuous high-speed (extended) mode.”

More details and download at Nikon

April

11th Samyang have officially announced the MF14mm F2.8Z and MF85mm F1.4Z

7th Much like Canon’s RF lenses the new Nikon Z lenses (S-line) are at the higher ‘because we can’ level of performance (and cost), so an albeit minor mention of “other” non-S mirrorless Z lenses described as “optimum balance between advanced functionality, compactness and value for money” is promising [NR]

Nikon has its own issues of what to do with DX (APS-C), especially given its relatively patchy roll-out of DX lenses to date. Their current roadmap only lists ‘S’ level models.

March

30th Another CP+ Nikon interview [IR] looks at lens and camera design advantages of the Z mount. The differences show why both Canon and Nikon went for new lens mounts for mirrorless, with a lot of attention towards much higher speed communication protocols.

26th An interesting Nikon Z CP+ interview at [DPR]  – APS-C might be an option. It’s very interesting to see some of the design rationale behind the Z6 and Z7

13th The mock-up below has been conflated with an introductory APS-C mirrorless [NR]

I agree with NR that Nikon probably don’t have the ‘bandwidth’ to develop a Z range of APS-C/DX lenses and cameras, especially given their rather limited DX lens support to date.

They could try a massive move from DX DSLRs to mirrorless, but is the camera market big enough?

In a way this is similar to wondering what Canon is going to do with the  APS-C DSLRs it currently supplies – there, there is EF-S and EF-M to muddy the waters…

11th More hints about an ‘entry level’ Nikon mirrorless – a Z1?

Z1-NIkon

Possible photo at [NR] – a design mock-up.

1st It’s CP+ time in Japan, and at the Nikon stall there’s talk of a consumer level Z model – likely pitched at the same level as the EOS RP.

February

14th Nikon announce the Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S [Information page]

13th

New Nikon FF mirrorless camera

Keith gets new and used kit in the UK from Park

New firmware for the  Z6/Z7

Nikon Z7 Firmware Version 1.03
Nikon Z6 Firmware Version 1.01

Nikon Z7 Firmware Version 1.03:

  • When On is selected for HDMI > Advanced > N-Log setting in the SETUP MENU, Maximum sensitivity now takes effect during movie recording if:
    – The camera is in mode P (programmed auto), S (shutter-priority auto), or A (aperture-priority auto), or
    – the camera is in mode M (manual) and On is selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO control (mode M) in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in third-party software showing an incorrect value for the Exif 35 mm format equivalent focal length field for photographs taken with a non-CPU lens connected via an FTZ mount adapter with the focal length specified using the Non-CPU lens data item in the SETUP MENU.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in photographs taken using radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting being overexposed if a face was detected with Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode.

Nikon Z6 Firmware Version 1.01:

  • When On is selected for HDMI > Advanced > N-Log setting in the SETUP MENU, Maximum sensitivity now takes effect during movie recording if:
    – The camera is in mode P (programmed auto), S (shutter-priority auto), or A (aperture-priority auto), or
    – the camera is in mode M (manual) and On is selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO control (mode M) in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in third-party software showing an incorrect value for the Exif 35 mm format equivalent focal length field for photographs taken with a non-CPU lens connected via an FTZ mount adapter with the focal length specified using the Non-CPU lens data item in the SETUP MENU.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in photographs taken using radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting being overexposed if a face was detected with Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in an incorrect aperture being selected in mode P (programmed auto) with a flash mounted on the camera under conditions in which f/32 would normally be selected.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented flash units controlled via radio Advanced Wireless Lighting syncing with shutter speeds of 1/100 s or faster with:
    – On selected for Flicker reduction shooting in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU and
    – Enable selected for Custom Setting d5 (Electronic front-curtain shutter) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.

The Z24-70 F2.8 S lens is due shortly

Z 24-70 F2.8 S

January

9th An updated Z lens roadmap appears from Nikon at CES [via NR]

Updated-Nikon-Z-mirrorless-lens-roadmap

  • 20mm f/1.8 lens changed from 2019 to 2020
  • 24mm f/1.8 lens changed from 2020 to 2019
  • 4 additional Z lenses will be announced in 2020
  • 7 new Z lenses are expected in 2021 (8 were suggested for 2021)

8th Nikon announce the 14-30m F4 S ultrawide zoom for the Z series The announcement info (at CES) also includes a Z6 based ‘filmmaker’s kit’

Nikon are also showing some new firmware features for the Z6/7 that will be available in due course…

The following new features to be added to firmware that is currently being developed for the Z 7 and Z 6 will be displayed at CES 2019:

  • Eye AF: The Eye AF allows for the convenient detection of the subject’s eyes, making focusing easier. It will allow users to capture photos in which focus has been clearly acquired on the subject’s eye, for situations such as portrait and street photography.
  • Support for RAW video output: Nikon is currently developing a feature that works with the ATOMOS Ninja V to output video in RAW format, using the ProRes RAW codec.
  • CFexpress: Coming soon to the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras is compatibility with CFexpress, which is compatible with XQD memory cards.

2018 November

16th A firmware update for the Nikon Z7.

Firmware version 1.02 is now available and brings a couple of fixes for the Z7.

List of changes made in f/w 1.02 for the Nikon Z7:

  • Fixed an issue that caused the display to flicker if pictures were scrolled during playback zoom after the user had taken pictures using the viewfinder with Prioritize viewfinder selected for monitor mode and then removed his or her eye from the viewfinder before starting playback.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Capture NX-D or ViewNX-i to crash when displaying NEF (RAW) pictures taken with the following options selected for HDR (high dynamic range) in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU:
    • HDR mode: On (series) or On (single photo)
    • Save individual images (NEF): On
  • Fixed an issue that allowed the camera to exceed the value chosen for ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU if it was from ISO 200 to 20,000 and On was selected for MOVIE SHOOTING MENU > Electronic VR.
  • Updated some help displays.

To check the current version, turn on the camera, press the ‘Menu’ button, then go to ‘Firmware Version’ under the ‘Setup Menu.’

There are download links on the Nikon Z7 firmware page and a detailed PDF explaining the firmware updating process.

15th

The Nikon Z6 manual is now downloadable.

Nikon also released several software updates:

ViewNX-i Version 1.3.1

  • Added support for the Z 6.
  • Added support for macOS version 10.14 (Mojave).
  • Ended support for OS X 10.11.

Nikon Message Center 2 (Mac) Version 2.3.1

  • Nikon Message Center 2 now requires macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra) or later.

Picture Control Utility 2 Version 2.4.1

  • Added support for the Z 6.
  • Added support for macOS version 10.14 (Mojave).
  • Ended support for OS X 10.11.6.

Capture NX-D Version 1.5.1

  • Added support for the Z 6.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • NEF (RAW) photos taken with the Z 7 using HDR (high dynamic range) would sometimes not display.
    • NEF (RAW) photos taken using Silent photography with the Z 7 in burst mode could sometimes not be opened.
    • Colour control points could not be placed on some rotated images.
  • Added support for macOS version 10.14 (Mojave).
  • Ended support for OS X 10.11.6.

October

5th A Lensvid interview with Nikon covers a good range of question about the new Z system [LV]

I noted this snippet in the summary:

“The Z6/Z7 started from the idea of making a very compact (and apparently fairly simple) FF mirrorless camera bodies.
As the development progressed more and more features were added (that were not initially planned) which made the cameras (especially the Z7) much more advanced (the Z7 was never designed to be a D850 killer of any sorts).
The target audience for these cameras was not pre users and so Nikon didn’t design a full grip but it did learn from internal testings that the CIPA of the cameras is rather low and so it did come up with a sort of battery pack that can extend the camera’s battery but not act as a real grip (for vertical shots).
Nikon also believes CIPA tests for batteries are more in tune for DSLRs and less so for mirrorless cameras.”

As would be expected with a new mount, there are a few problems reported with compatibility for some 3rd party lenses.

Some reports aggregated at [NR]

September

25th Novoflex announce some RF and Z lens adapters

18th Sample images at DPR

August

28th Not entirely unexpected, but Nikon point out that they won’t be able to deliver all the Z6//lens pre-orders by the release date [NR]

23rd The Z6 and Z7 are announced

For specific details and Nikon press info for the UK and US see our Z6/Z7 page

The recommended retail price and intended sale start dates are as follows:

Product UK RRP Irish RRP Sales Start Date
Z 7 body £3,399 € 3,899 Late Sept
Z 7 body + 24-70mm f4 £3,999 € 4,499
Z7 body + FTZ adapter £3,499 € 4,049
Z 7 body + 24-70mm f4 + FTZ adapter £4,099 € 4,649
Z 6 body £2,099 € 2,399 Late Nov
Z 6 body + 24-70mm f4 £2,699 € 2,999
Z 6 body + FTZ adapter £2,199 € 2,549
Z 6 body + 24-70mm f4 + FTZ adapter £2,799 € 3,149
35mm f1.8 Wide £849 € 999 Late Sept
24-70mm f4 Zoom £999 € 1,149
FTZ AF Mount Adapter £269 € 319
50mm f1.8 Standard £599 € 699 Late Nov

 

August 22nd Nikon Z7 Major Specification

  • 45.7 MP back-illuminated CMOS / 24 MP back-illuminated CMOS
  • 5 axis (sensor based IS)
  • EXPEED 6
  • 64-25600
  • Hybrid AF system ~90% of sensor
  • 493 AF Points
  • Continuous: 9 fps
  • 3.2″ touchscreen
  • XQD card
  • Size: 134 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm
  • Weight: 675 gUK pricing: body:£3399, lens kit:£3499, 24-70mm kit:£3999, 24-70mm + FTZ:£4099

Specs for the Z6 differ somewhat

Nikon Z6 Major Specification

  • 24 MP back-illuminated CMOS
  • 5 axis (sensor based IS)
  • EXPEED 6
  • 100-51200
  • Hybrid AF system covers ~90% of sensor
  • 273 AF Points
  • Continuous: 12 fps
  • 3.2″ touchscreen
  • XQD card
  • Size: 134 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm
  • Weight: 675 g

It’s the day before launch and of course, the press images for the new Z6 and Z7 have appeared [Nok]

The first three lenses for the new mirrorless system are also as expected

  • Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S
  • Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 S
  • Nikkon 50mm f/1.8 S
  • Nikon FTZ F Mount Adaptor

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The F mount to ZTR adapter

nikon f to ztr lens adapter

 

16th A new video – likely pointing to the 58mm f/0.95 lens.

14th A few more details tickle out about what Nikon are likely announcing in nine days time.[NR]

There will be two cameras:

Nikon Z6: high speed, low light model (24MP)
Nikon Z7: high-resolution model (45MP)

Nikon is going to make a big thing of the all new ‘Z’ mount, with three lenses at launch, and a 50/0.95 is slated for later release

Suggested are a 24-70 F4, 50/1.8 and a wide F1.8 (24/28/35)

2nd A new video shows the increase in size of the lens mount.

On the teaser site there are four more ‘coming soon’ slots.

July

29th Looking at assorted web site code and other hints, sets August 23rd as the announcement date for the new camera.

People have been editing/stretching/measuring what little Nikon has published and have extracted quite a few more clues as to the features and size of the camera and lens mount. A collection of images are available [NR]

26th An article at Nikkei  [English – version] mentions Nikon’s new mirrorless

25th Nikon press info for the UK and US

UK info

Development of a next-generation full-frame mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses – featuring a new mount that pursues a new dimension in optical performance

London, United Kingdom, 25th July 2018: Nikon is pleased to announce the development of a full-frame, Nikon FX-format, mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that features a new mount.

The mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that are in development have enabled the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, with the adoption of a new mount. The mirrorless camera is the result of Nikon’s advanced optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through over a century of heritage, as well as superior image processing technology. The expertise built up through the development of Nikon’s digital-SLR cameras has also critically contributed to this development.

With this new mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses, we are committed to providing photographers with the ability to capture images that are richer and more vivid than ever before.

Additionally, a new mount adapter is being developed for the new mirrorless camera. This will work with the F-Mount NIKKOR lenses that are part of the Nikon digital-SLR system, adding to the variety of choices for photographers.

Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture with the launch of the new mirrorless camera, as well as with the continued development of Nikon digital-SLR cameras, providing consumers with the choices to enjoy the unique values of either system.

Special imaging content relating to this product is available for viewing at the URL below. Stay tuned for more content to come.

https://goo.gl/CYWa2i

Details, including the release date and suggested retail price, will be shared at a later date.

US Press info

NIKON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA AND NIKKOR LENSES—FEATURING A NEW MOUNT—THAT PURSUE A NEW DIMENSION IN OPTICAL PERFORMANCE
MELVILLE, NY (JULY 25, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of a next-generation full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses featuring a new mount.

The new mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that are in development will enable a new dimension in optical performance with the adoption of a new mount. The system is the result of Nikon’s unsurpassed optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through more than a century of imaging expertise. Proven reliability and trusted performance are core traits of Nikon Digital-SLRs, and decades of feedback from professional creators around the world has further contributed to the development of this system.

Through the development of this new mirrorless camera, Nikon reaffirms our commitment to providing photographers with the ability to capture images that are richer and more vivid than ever before.

Additionally, an F-Mount adapter is being developed that will enable the use of a wide variety of F-Mount NIKKOR lenses with the new camera.

Nikon will continue to lead imaging innovation with the launch of the new mirrorless camera and the continued development of Nikon Digital-SLR cameras as well as the impressive NIKKOR lens lineup. Soon, Nikon users will have two industry-leading camera systems to choose from, giving consumers the choice to enjoy the unique values that each system offers.

Content relating to this product is available for viewing at the following URL: http://www.nikonusa.com/mirrorlessiscoming . Please stay tuned for more information.

Details, including the release date and suggested retail prices, will be shared at a later date.

23rd Nikon start their mirrorless advertising campaign with a low light ‘teaser’

They also have a (currently empty) web site at https://events.imaging.nikon.com/live/en/

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