Rejuvenation of the giant: Nikon releases its full-frame mirror-less cameras.

After Canon and Sony releasing their mirror-less cameras, the heat was on Nikon to counter these stalwarts. Nikon responded well. After endless teases and rumors, Nikon unveils full-frame mirrorless Z7 and Z6 cameras.  

This is a huge step for Nikon – it announced its first new mount since 1958, the Nikon Z mount, and a new line of lenses. The Z mount is the largest full-frame mirrorless mount on the market with a diameter of 55mm. It has a 17% larger diameter than the Nikon F DSLR mount and a 65% smaller flange distance. 

The Z7 sports an insane 45.7-megapixel full-frame sensor. The new camera is powered by Nikon’s Expeed 6 image processor and boasts a 493-point autofocus system that, according to the company, offers about a 90 percent wide coverage area. 

The Z7 comes with the 4K UHD video support, a 9fps continuous shooting mode and ISO of 64-25,600.  Both cameras will shoot video with phase detect autofocus, which is a huge improvement over the D850. 

The Nikon Z6 has a 24.5 MP sensor with an ISO range of 100-51,200 and a hybrid PDAF with 273 points covering 90% of the sensor area. It can do a 12fps continuous shooting as well. 

Both mirrorless cameras have electronic viewfinders with 3.6M dot resolutions, 1 XQD card slot, an EN-EL15b battery that’s rated for 310 shots on the Z6 and 330 shots on the Z7, and both cameras weigh 675 grams. 

The Nikon Z7 will be available on September 27 for $3400 body-only or $4000 with the 24-70mm f/4 lens. The Nikon Z6 will become available in November at a starting price of $2000 for the body only or $2600 with the 24-70mm f/4. 

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