Why it matters: Sony will soon have some competition in the full-frame mirrorless camera market as Nikon has finally introduced its full-frame mirrorless system after months of rumors and teasing. Nikon is late to the game but at least it'll have something available in time for the holidays.
The pro-level Z7 features a 45.7-megapixel backside-illuminated full-frame CMOS sensor supporting a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-25,600 and 493 focus points. The new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine supports 9fps continuous shooting; you can also grab full-frame 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) / 30p movies using the FX-based movie format or opt for Full-HD / 120p quality.
The Nikon Z6, meanwhile, is a 24.5-megapixel full-frame shooter with a native ISO range of 100-51,200. It, too, offers 4K video recording capabilities and supports 273 focus points. Like the Z7, the Z6 also utilizes the new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine but can support up to 12fps of continuous shooting.
Nikon’s newcomers additionally sport built-in vibration reduction systems equivalent to 5.0 stops of compensation. The company says both offer the same level of strength and durability as well as dust- and drip-resistance as the Nikon D850.
The Nikon Z7 launches September 27 priced at $3,400 for the body alone or $4,000 when paired with the new 24-70mm f/4 S lens. Optionally, you can grab the Z6 in late November for $2,000 or $2,600 with the kit lens.
Nikon will have two other lenses available at launch – the wide-angle prime Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S and a standard prime Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S – priced at $850 and $600, respectively. If purchased separately, the kit lens will set you back $1,000 so it’s probably best to get it with the body should you be interested in it.