Retro-cool Nikon Z f: performance to inspire

Coming in October, the Nikon Z f is a new mirrorless full-frame camera with a unique style drawn from Nikon’s long and venerable history in the business of camera craft. It’s not all form, either—the high-performance function of this body is set to match its beauty.

Read on for more, and be sure to click the link below or visit a Mike’s Camera near you to reserve yours today! The Nikon Z f will be available as a stand-alone body, or in a kit with either the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 SE lens (a great choice for a compact street photography setup) or the NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/4 S lens (a perfect “standard” zoom).

The Z f runs a 24.5 MP BSI CMOS sensor with the super powerful EXPEED 7 processor—the same processor found in the Z 9 and Z 8. It’s enough of a beast to handle a host of functions informed by deep learning technology. Forefront among these is a highly sophisticated auto-focus system that can detect and track up to nine subjects, even in low light. (-10EV, anyone? Yow!) An IBIS system rated to provide eight stops of compensation for movement helps in a big way.

The Nikon Z f is the first to implement a feature called Focus Point VR, in which image stabilization is maximized precisely at your point of focus. A new Pixel-shift mode is also debuted here, utilizing the sensor shift to composite up to 32 shots into up to a 96 MP file with reduced noise, mitigated moiré, and improved color accuracy.

Despite the vibe of the camera, video performance is not ignored. The Z f records 4K UHD 30p video oversampled from 6K in H.265 10-bit with Log and HDR support, in-camera. Burst shooting (for stills) can reach 30 fps as well, with a full second’s pre-shutter buffer.

The design isn’t just for show—it’s meant to put photographers in a different mindset and inspire creativity. A dedicated black and white switch, for example, is emblematic of the use case. (“B&W” can be further customized in practice, including two brand new modes called Flat Monochrome and Deep Tone Monochrome.) The large, vivid monitor with true touch operation is great for recording video, but you can store it away when you want to immerse yourself back into the analog roots of the art.

There’s something about setting your ISO and shutter speed using big brass dials that provides a wholly different experience from that of modern-styled bodies. I, for one, am glad to see some of these design elements rescued from relegation to history. If you are too, well, what are you waiting for? Pre-order yours today!

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