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Nikon 'Reinvents Mirrorless' With Z-Mount System Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

23 August 2018

At Nikon's live event last night the company introduced the Z System, its newest camera system that, nevertheless, does not abandon the F mount on which its dSLR line is based.

Claiming to reinvent the mirrorless platform, the company chose a 35mm full-frame sensor platform which allowed it to use a large 5mm large diameter inner mount for more light gathering capability. We'll see that in f0.95 optics currently in development, the company said.

On the mirrorless platform the company was also able to design optics with just a 16mm flange distance, the shortest yet, minimizing light travel.

Nikon seemed to take those two factors as opportunities rather than limitations, outlining a multi-year lens roadmap adds five lens in 2019 along with the 24-70mm, 35mm and 50mm debuting with the system. Those five are a 20mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8 and a 14-30mm f4. And in 2020 Nikon plans to release a 50mm f1.2, a 24mm f1.8 and a 14-24mm f2.8.

And yet the new system accommodates Nikkor F mount glass as well with an adapter that maintains autofocus and autoexposure on E, G and D lenses and also gets to infinity.

Two nearly identical camera bodies launch the line. The Z 6 has a 24.5-megapixel sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 51,200 while the Z 7 features a 45.7-megapixel sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 25,600.

An elaborate electronic viewfinder featuring Nikkor optics is paired with an articulate touchscreen LCD on both models. And they both support 5-axis, in-body image stabilization, a first for Nikon, which has traditionally put image stablization in the lens only.

Which all sounds like a new direction for the company, reinventing not just mirrorless but the company itself.

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