In the last few years, the attempt of camera manufacturers to win over the design-oriented crowd with nostalgic designs that draw from the film era has been generally limited to entry to mid-level cameras with fixed lenses, like the Fuji X100-V or the Nikon Z fc.
That’s not the case anymore: Nikon’s new Z f full-frame mirrorless pairs the latest technical advancements of the Z series and the same interchangeable lens system with a design that draws explicitly from the Nikon FM2, one of the most famous 35mm film cameras of all time.
The new Nikon Z f sports the same Expeed 7 processor as the top-of-the-line Nikon Z9, paired with five-axis body stabilization, pixel-shifting technology (for the first time in a Nikon camera), which enables the 24,5MP sensor to capture pictures at a higher resolution.
On the software side, Nikon has added a Flat Monochrome and a Deep Tone Monochrome Picture Control modes, along with a dedicated B&W position on the photo/video selector dial.
The magnesium-alloy body of the new Nikon Z f is both resistant and stylish, while all the dials, the shutter-release button, and the power switch are all made of brass, contributing to a look and feel that’s both vintage and high-quality at the same time. Although the camera body is also quite compact and light, it’s been balanced so photographers can pair it with any full-frame Nikkor Z lens.
Unlike the FM2, the Nikon Z f comes in 6 different colors and can shoot video. The recording function was not an afterthought, even for a camera that looks very much photography-oriented due to the analog-like design. Nikon Z f is able to shoot stabilized video up to 4K 60p UHD with oversampling from 6K and a maximum recording time of 125 minutes.
Nikon Z F will be available starting in October with a suggested price of £2299 for the camera body.