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Nikon launches the Z fc, a new DX-format mirrorless camera with a retro design

The Nikon Z fc. (Source: Nikon)
The Nikon Z fc. (Source: Nikon)
The Nikon Z fc may be a brand-new mirrorless unit, yet it has been designed to evoke the classic FM2 film-camera design, leather accents, profusion of dials and all. On the other hand, it has an up-to-date flip-out rear touchscreen, not to mention a new 21MP CMOS sensor, compatible with the OEM's Z mount lenses.

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Nikon's latest camera is the Z fc, a new DX mirrorless camera styled in an iconic 1980s style. The resulting chassis is largely plastic, although it still exhibits the leather frontage and multiple top-facing dials, for potentially fine control over ISO (100-51200); shutter speed (up to 4000) and exposure (program, aperture priority, shutter priority or manual).

Despite those retro features, the Z fc still contains an up-to-date 20.9 MP DX-cropped CMOS sensor, powered by Nikon's EXPEED 6 image processor. It supports up to 4K/30fps recording with 209-point auto-focus (AF) of numerous modes (PDAF, central, tracking and continuous included). It also has a USB type-C port for charging and 3.2 Gen 1-standard data-transfer, as well as a mini-HDMI port.

The FM2-shaped new mirrorless unit also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for additional sharing options, a flip-out, 360°-spinning LCD touchscreen and even an 2,360,000-dot OLED electronic view-finder. It is also compatible with modern Z mount lenses.

Nikon will release the Z fc in black or silver from late Jul 2021 for US$960 for the camera body alone. Alternatively, it will be bundled with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens for $1100 or the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) special edition lens for $1200. 

Then again, the Nikon Z fc will be released thereafter in different colors as a limited-edition bundle with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens priced at $1200.

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The Z fc in its new color options. (Source: Nikon via DPReview)
The Z fc in its new color options. (Source: Nikon via DPReview)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-30 (Update: 2021-06-30)