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Latest info:

2021 March

10th The Z9 flagship mirrorless gets a development announcement, for a launch later this year

5th An interview with Nikon at DPR points to a high end mirrorless coming this year.

4th Nikon puts up NX Studio as a free lightroom alternative for Nikon users [DPR]


18th Z6II and Z7II to get firmware updates [DPR]

2020 October

15th Nikon have firmware updates for the Z6, Z7, and Z50.

“Fixed an issue in which fine-tuning values selected for AF fine-tune > Saved value were not correctly applied when pictures were taken.”


14th The Z6II and Z7II have been announced

8th Nikon will be announcing the Z6 II and Z7 II next Wednesday. I note some comments on this, and the ‘Z9’ by Thom Hogan worth reading…  [TH]

Oh and there’s a supremely anodyne Nikon interview at [DPR]. The completely free of irony title is:

Interview: Keiji Oishi of Nikon – “It’s time to get excited”

7th Whilst so far out you have to be more than a bit skeptical, there are a reasonable set of specs for the ‘Pro’ Z9 model at [NR]

Think of these as a current ‘placeholder’ for discussion purposes ;-)

  • Nikon Z9 is expected in the fall of 2021
  • No official plans for a Nikon Z8 camera yet
  • Prototype Z9 cameras may be tested at the Tokyo Olympics next year
  • New Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 mirrorless lens is also rumored for the Olympics
  • The Z9 is described as a D6 body combined with EOS R5 imaging, α9II AF, and blackout-free EVF
  • 46MP (previous rumors suggested a 60MP sensor)
  • 20 fps
  • 8k30p, 4k120/60/30p
  • New EXPEED processor designed for 8k
  • Improved AF (Object detection AF)
  • Two XQD/CFX type B memory card slots
  • ISO 64 – 25,600, Hi1, Hi2
  • High resolution, blackout-free EVF
  • New user interface (no second LCD screen on the back like he D6)
  • New battery: Nikon EN-EL18x
  • Gbit LAN, USB-C, WiFi, GPS
  • Price: $6,000 – $7,000


24th A good look at some issues facing Nikon from Thom Hogan [TH]

21st A Z firmware update:

Latest updates include Animal-Detection AF support for Nikon Z 50

London, United Kingdom, 21st July 2020: Nikon has today announced a new firmware update – version 2.00 for the APS-C (Nikon DX format) Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera, and firmware version 3.10 for the full-frame (Nikon FX format) Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 mirrorless cameras. These significant upgrades are set to further improve the performance of Nikon’s Z mount system.

By popular demand, the Z 50 update (firmware version 2.00) includes the addition of Animal-Detection AF support, making it possible for the camera to detect the eyes and faces of dogs and cats. The feature, which already exists on the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras, both improves and supports the shooting process by enabling the user to concentrate more on interacting with the animal and on framing the shot, instead of finding the focus. The update also includes improved subject tracking with still-image shooting for a more flexible operational feel.

The updates to all three cameras also provide support for the new Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4x and Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0x, which extend the focal length of the primary lens. These new teleconverters will expand telephoto shooting possibilities when used with compatible lenses, beginning with the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and future interchangeable lenses for Nikon mirrorless cameras.Functions improved with the firmware updates

Z 50 firmware version 2.00

Animal-Detection AF for automatic focusing on the faces or eyes of dogs and cats

Animal-Detection AF adds support for photographing dogs and cats with the face and eye detection feature. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, the user can use the left and right indicators to choose where the camera focuses. Only animal faces (not eyes) are recognised with video recording.

Increased usability for subject-tracking AF

Subject tracking with still-image shooting in AF-A, AF-C, and auto-area AF in AF-area mode has been modified for a greater and more flexible operational feel. The camera tracks the subject while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and ends when the user takes their finger off the button. Operation has improved so that the focus point returns to the original position before subject tracking.

A custom control can also be configured for switching between the auto-area AF screen and the subject tracking screen, allowing users to more easily transition to subject tracking, or to change the target subject, while looking through the viewfinder.

Z 50 firmware version 2.00 and Z 7/ Z 6 firmware version 3.10

Support for the Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4x and Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0x

The Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4x and Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0x extend* compatible NIKKOR Z lenses’ telephoto capabilities by increasing the focal length of the primary lens (by 1.4× and 2.0× respectively). The first of the compatible lenses will be the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S. Using these teleconverters does not change the minimum focus distance so they allow users to bring their subjects even closer when shooting. They also maximise the AF and VR performance of the primary lens for a comfortable shooting experience.

*When the TC 1.4× is used, the speed (brightness) of the primary lens drops by one stop. When the 2.0× teleconverter is used, the lens speed drops by two stops.

The Z5 is announced [details] and Nikon have a lens roadmap [click to enlarge]


18th My Nikon PC 19mm F4E ED review is published. A really nice lens to use with minimal aberrations and excellent image quality across the field.


17th Testing of the Z7 was cut back after our home in Leicester was included in a local lockdown, but I hope to have a review of the 19mm lens in a few days.

Specs for the upcoming Z5 appear [Nok]

  • 24.3 MP sensor
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Hybrid AF system with 273 focus points
  • Eye detection AF compatible with animals
  • 4.5 frames/sec
  • 4k video
  • ISO: 100-51,200
  • 369,000 dot EVF
  • 3.2 inch 1.1 million dot touch panel tilt LCD
  • Dustproof and weatherproof
  • Dual SD card slot
  • Nikon EN-EL15C battery


23rd I’ve a Z7 and 24-70 f/4 and the  PC 19mm f/4E ED tilt/shift lens here for trying out.

I’ll be writing a Z7 ‘first impressions’ review as well as a longer one for the 19mm.  The camera is entirely new to me so I’ll be emphasising that aspect, rather than any long term evaluation. You only get to try a new camera system for the first time once ;-)

The 19mm review will be added to all my tilt/shift related reviews and articles

Z7 kit-and-lensZ7-accessoriesZ7-and-19mm




30th A Z30 (basic APS-C no EVF) is mentioned for 2020 [NR]


26th The Z8 and D850 update both get a mention [NR] suggesting that they will likely use a 60MP sensor. The Z8 will move to a heftier ‘pro’ body design and is possible this year, whilst the next D8xx may not appear until 2021.

18th Z series firmware updates are out and better cat photos beckon, with animal eye AF one of the features.

  • CFexpress support for ProGrade and Lexar cards
  • Animal detection AF
  • Improved subject-tracking AF
  • Support for the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S

Full info at [NR]

12th Two new Z lenses from Nikon

The NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S extends the Nikon Z line-up of high-performance S-line f/1.8 lenses. This bright, ultra-wide 20 mm prime lens makes an exciting choice for wide-angle photography. Advanced optics, the wide Z mount, and the f/1.8 rounded 9-blade aperture enable thrilling performance in any light. Sharpness is superb edge to edge, and exceptional at close distances thanks to a minimum focus distance of just 0.20 m. ED glass and Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat combat ghosting and flare—no matter the setting, this mirrorless lens will capture so much more.

The NIKKOR Z 24–200mm f/4–6.3 VR joins the Nikon Z family as the perfect travel lens with which to capture richly detailed stills and movies. As one of the most compact telephoto zooms available today, it easily fits into smaller kit bags. The large Z mount allows a unique design that places larger lens elements to the rear—enabling superb balance and handling. The optical design ensures sharp images with vivid colour and deep contrast, whether shooting wide or telephoto. Video shooters can capture beautiful full-frame video footage thanks to advanced NIKKOR optics that make the most of their Nikon Z camera’s superb image quality.

Info at [DPR]

2019 December

17th Nikon announce firmware v.2.20 for the Z6 and Z7 and support for CFexpres cards [Z6/7 page] Nikon notes that it will add CFexpress support to the Nikon D5 (XQD-type), D850 and D500 at a later date.


10th  The Z50 appears – see the Z50 page for more info

Nikon publish a Z lens roadmap (up to 2021)


9th A promo image of the z50 leaks out [Nok]



24th A new Z series camera with crop sensor is due soon [NR]

It’s likely to get a Zxx designation – keeping the Zx series for full frame.

Z50 is suggested as the name, along with a couple of DX lenses

  • Nikon Z50: APS-C mirrorless camera, 20MP, 3″ pivoted LCD, EVF, 11 fps
  • Z-Nikkor 16-55mm f/3.5-6.3 small lightweight collapsible kit DX lens
  • Z-Nikkor 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 small lightweight collapsible DX lens
  • The Z50 will use the new Nikon EN-EL25 battery


15th Technical registrations rarely give much in the way of specs, model numbers almost always signify a real camera on its way. Best place for this info (until the site closes in October) is [Nok] and [Nok]

A look at the figures suggests at least the following:

  • 2 FX DSLR cameras
  • 1 FX mirrorless camera
  • 1 DX mirrorless camera

Another model (N1912) was recently added [NR] so we have quite a range on the way

9th Tamron has issued a compatibility notice for some of its lenses and the Nikon Z6 and Z7 [DPR] also Canon RF mount

2nd There’s a mention of a possible APS-C Nikon Z camera [NR]

small-z camera

The diagram shows a small compact mirrorless camera, with a small sensor. However, check the actual patent [via ChW] and you will see that only a small part of the design is covered by this patent (the grey bit), so the small sensor that everyone is mentioning may be just for show, and what we’re really seeing is small full frame Z


Here’s a related patent [ChW] where the solid area turns into an EVF

small Z camera with EVF


31st Nikon launch the Z85mm f/1.8 S

RRP: UK – £799 GBP IE – £949 EUR

London, United Kingdom, 31st July 2019: Nikon today welcomes a bright new standard portrait lens to the Nikon Z family – the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S. The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is a fast-focusing lens that delivers incredible detail throughout the frame. Whether shooting stills or video, this full-frame mirrorless lens lets photographers portray subjects with astonishing clarity.

z85mm f/1.8

From classic head-and-shoulder shots to environmental portraits, intimate settings to big events, the advanced optical performance of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S enables stunning results in any location. Edge-to-edge sharpness is superb – even when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.8. Bokeh is beautifully natural-looking and lens flare is effectively countered even in back-lit situations.

 Focusing is also incredibly fast, and the new Eye-Detection feature of the Nikon Z cameras can lock onto a subject’s eye whether they’re alone or a face in a crowd. Movie shooters can utilise the 85mm focal length to isolate subjects and shoot video footage with stunning shallow depth of field.

Robert Harmon, Senior Commercial Planning Manager, Nikon UK, says: “The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 is an incredibly versatile lens. With its fast multi-focusing system and large maximum aperture, you don’t need to worry about challenging light or unexpected opportunities. Whether you’re shooting at an event, in the studio or out in the open, you’re free to capture vibrant portraits that are anything but ordinary.”

Summary of key features

  • NIKKOR Z: designed around the wide Nikon Z mount, this lens can capture more light across the entire frame.
  • S-Line: next-dimension optical design. Anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat. Smooth, silent multi-focusing system.
  • Sharp detail: exceptional edge-to-edge performance. Minimum focus distance of just 0.80 m
  • Tough build: every movable part of the lens barrel is sealed to protect from dust and water droplets.
  • Great for movies: silent aperture adjustment and near silent AF. Focus breathing is all but eliminated.
  • Customisable control ring: can be used for manual focusing (default), aperture control, or exposure compensation.

US press info, specs and sample images at DPR


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.


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.


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\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


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.


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?


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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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.


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]


25th Novoflex announce some RF and Z lens adapters

18th Sample images at DPR


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

nikon z 2nikon z 3nikon z 4

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.


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.

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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.

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