Nikon Zf Review | Photography Blog


Introduction

The new Zf is a full-frame FX format mirrorless camera inspired by the iconic FM2 film camera that was first released in 1982.

It also very closely resembles the APS-C sensor Nikon Zfc camera that was released back in 2021.

The Zf has a classic vintage design, featuring several familiar physical controls on the body, including dedicated dials for adjusting the ISO speed, shutter speed, and exposure compensation.

The Zf uses the same Z lens mount as Nikon’s range of full-frame sensor cameras, which means that it can utilise the same range of Nikkor Z branded FX lenses.

The Nikon Zf has a 24.5 megapixel sensor paired with the latest EXPEED 7 processor. The auto-focus system has 299 phase-detection AF pixels with the same AI-driven subject-tracking modes as the flagship Z8/Z9 models, with the Zf able to focus down to -10EV low-light AF.

It offers up to 8 stops of vibration reduction, has an ISO range of 100-64,000 that’s expandable to 204,800, and there’s up to 30fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking.

It has 4K/30p video recording, a vari-angle touch-screen LCD, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, dust and drip-resistant weather-proofing down to 0 °C, and dual memory card slots.

The Nikon Zf first became available in October 2023 priced at £2299 / €2599 body only, £2519 with the Z 40mm f/2 SE lens, and £2849 with the Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens.

There are six different premium exterior colour options, in addition to the all-black standard model. It is made in Thailand.

Here’s our in-depth Nikon Zf review, based on spending a few weeks and using a range of different lenses with it.

Ease of Use




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Nikon have followed up the 2021 release of the APS-C sensor Zfc retro digital camera with the new 35mm full-frame Zf, which closely follows the design ethos of the older model, so much so that you’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart side-by-side.

In turn, both of these cameras have clearly taken their inspiration from Nikon’s old FM2 film SLR from the 1980s, including a familiar pentaprism style design, a leaf shutter switch and an array of rangefinder-like dials and switches.

There’s also a brand new embossed artificial leather grip area, including when the LCD monitor is closed, complete with brass dials on top of the camera which apparently will gradually wear over time to add more character and patina to the camera.

Nikon are clearly trying to cash in the growing enthusiasm for retro-styled mirrorless cameras in recent years, as well as, separately, a rise in the popularity of film based photography, not only from people returning to the art, but from those of a younger, student generation.




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Fujifilm and Olympus/OM System have been selling nothing but vintage-in-appearance digital cameras for many years now, so, by comparison Nikon is a little late to the party with the rangefinder-like dials and switches that now adorn its latest Zf mirrorless offering, its implementation having taken obvious inspiration from its old FM2 film SLR from the 1980s, including a familiar pentaprism style design.

Be prepared to have strangers curiously asking whether you’re using an ‘old’ camera when out and about. We had the standard black edition in for review, which is certainly very stealthy and perfect for street photography, but the Zf is also available in up to six additional colours from Indigo Blue to Sunset Orange if you want to stand out from the crowd.

Kudos to Nikon though, as the new Zf is much more than just a faithful ode to the past. Indeed, it offers several technological firsts for the Nikon Z-series as a whole, even offering a few features not yet seen on the flagship Z8 and Z9 models.

This includes subject detection in manual focus mode, which is ideal for users who want to use older manual-focus-only lenses. In this brand new mode for Nikon, subject detection automatically moves the focus point to the eye and immediately zooms in to focus, something that is usually a rather laborious process for MF users. There are even focus aids available if the attached lens has electronic contacts.




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The Zf costs £2299 body-only on launch, significantly more than the Zfc at £899, so if really you like the classic styling but don’t have the cash to go full-frame, then the APS-C alternative is a very compelling option in terms of its price-tag.

There are a couple of kit lens bundles available at launch, including either the diminutive Z 40mm f/2 SE prime with its equally retro styling, or the more modern, versatile Z 24-70mm f/4 S zoom which pushes the price up to £2849.

Nikon has opted for a best of both worlds approach here when it comes to the Zf’s handling and operation. To take one example, you can fire the camera’s shutter release either via the regular top-plate button encircled by the on/off switch, or by simply tapping the LCD touch screen to simultaneously focus and capture a shot, much like any smartphone.

More experienced users can twiddle the top-plate dials and knobs to their heart’s content to fine-tune the results if they’re up to speed on what that’ll do to the end result, or, alternatively if less familiar, you can simply leave the camera set to Auto and just point and shoot.

It’s fair to say that the Zf’s top plate is crammed with features, with just enough room to get a finger or thumb around the various dials and levels, with, in most cases, one stacked upon the other so individual dials actually have multiple functions.




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The standard Auto, P,A,S,M shooting mode settings are accessed on the left-hand-side via a lever that sits beneath the dial for selecting the ISO options, while a lever for swapping between stills, video or the brand new black and white mode sits beneath the shutter speed settings over on the right.

There are three distinct black and white modes accessed by this dedicated switch on top of camera – Monochrome, Flat Monochrome and Deep Tone Monochrome, examples of which are available in the Image Quality section. The ability to quickly switch to one of these modes simply by flicking a switch is a great feature for black and white lovers.

Despite the initial apparent complexity, we quickly got used to the busy set-up and found ourselves liking it that way; it makes the Nikon Zf feel like a finely tuned instrument with an impressive array of functionality literally to be found at your fingertips, with little need to dip into the menu system.

The top plate features three manual dials controlling shutter speed, exposure compensation (+/- 3EV) and ISO sensitivity, while a very small window handily displays the current aperture in use. Alternatively, simple access to a variety of settings is available on the rear of the camera via a press of the ‘i’ button and i menu and use of the touch-screen LCD in tandem.




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If you’re considering this one as a possible vlogging camera, then you’ll be pleased to learn the LCD monitor can be flipped fully outwards and the screen rotated to face whoever is in front of the lens. The increased articulation of the screen here is a first for the full-frame ‘Z’ series.

There is no built-in flash on this camera, although there is a vacant hotshoe for an optional accessory flash, so in terms of light sensitivity options when taking photographs or video without, it’s worth noting that the top plate dial offers direct access to incremental settings ranging from ISO 100 to 64,000.

There’s also an additional setting on the same dial marked ‘C’ which expands this top setting to the equivalent of several steps higher, going all the way up to a whopping, albeit noise-prone Hi 1.7 setting of ISO 204,800.

In addition to this extreme low-light ISO sensitivity, the Nikon Zf has the astonishing ability to auto-focus in -10EV low-light using the new Backlit AF mode. This uses separate pixels on the sensor for autofocusing, allowing the AF pixels to overexpose for focusing in almost complete darkness without adversely affecting the overall exposure of the final image.




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While it boasts nostalgic appeal, as regards its performance and response times the compact and portable Zf is distinctly bang-up-to-date. For instance, it ably supports exactly the same subject-tracking modes as the Z8 and Z9 models, and with 299 phase-detect AF points on the sensor, it actually offers more frame coverage (89×96%) than the Z8/9 (78×83%).

For the very first time on any Nikon mirrorless camera, the ZF offers touch control on the LCD screen whilst using the EVF. This is something that we’ve seen before on several other manufacturers cameras, but never before on a Nikon.

You can configure a customisable area of the LCD screen for touch control activation, assign a function to it from one of the five available, and then activate that function by tapping the selected area on the LCD, all while you’re looking through the viewfinder.

The Nikon Zf offers three different continuous shooting modes – Continuous High (7.8fps, RAW+JPEG/HEIF), Continuous High Extended (14fps, RAW+JPEG/HEIF) and High-speed + (30fps, JPEG/HEIF only).




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There’s also additional help in capturing the decisive moment from the pre-capture mode, just like on the Z8/9, where the camera automatically records up to 1 second before the shutter has been fully pressed and 4 seconds after it has been released.

The new Focus Point VR mode is a world first not just for Nikon, but for cameras in general. In this mode the up to 8 stops of in-camera vibration compensation that the Zf offers are concentrated on the currently selected and active focus point, resulting in a sharper subject regardless of where it is in the frame. Note that this feature only works with Nikkor lenses that don’t have VR built-in, and only for stills photos and not video.

Pixel-shift shooting has been seen before on rival cameras, but now makes its debut on the Nikon system. You can choose to take 4, 8, 16 or 32 RAW shots in quick succession, with the VR unit shifting the sensor by up to 1 pixel each time.

The resulting files can then be merged together using Nikon’s NX Studio 1.5.0 software to create one high-resolution image that’s around a maximum of 150 megapixels in size. Note that the camera has to be kept completely stable on a tripod or similar – there’s no handheld mode as currently found on a few other rival cameras.

The Nikon Zf has a rather modest video mode that only supports up to 4K/30p/25p/24p 10-bit quality oversampled from 6K, but it does offer up to 125 minutes recording time in any mode, which is significantly longer than on the Z6 II and Z7 II models. There are also 4K/60p in the DX format and 1080/120p slow-motion modes.




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The Zf is the first Z-series camera to support full control over the key exposure settings when shooting video in the Shutter Priority mode. In this mode the ISO and aperture can be set to Auto, dependent on the pre-selected shutter speed, which can be used to match the shutter speed to a tricky light source or when the brightness of the scene is constantly changing.

Unlike the Zfc which only has one memory card slot, the larger full-frame Zf has dual card slots housed in the battery compartment, although there is quite a twist in that one slot supports standard UHS II SD cards and the second rather uniquely supports the Micro SD card format (which disappointingly only supports UHS I speed cards). We’ve never seen this implementation before on any camera, so it will be interesting to see how its received.

The Zf uses exactly the same EN-EL15c battery as most of Nikon’s mid-range cameras. Battery life is around 380 shots per charge when using the LCD screen and 360 shots per charge using the EVF according to official CIPA measurements. You can recharge and power the camera via its USB-C port.

Nikon sum up the new Zf by saying that it’s the most powerful camera in its category and yet it also looks very pretty too, which will hopefully prove to be a winning combination in the ever-competitive full-frame market.

Ultimately, if you prefer a modern-looking Nikon mirrorless then the cheaper Z6 II or the similarly priced Z7 II are both great options, but if the vintage bells-and-whistles hold an extra appeal and such nostalgia tweaks those heartstrings, then the new Zf is a surprisingly capable camera that doesn’t just look to the past for inspiration.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24.5 megapixel Large JPEG setting, which produces an average image size of around 10Mb.

Noise

There are 13 main ISO settings available on the Nikon Zf, with the standard range running from ISO 100-64000 and the expanded range from 50-204800.

JPEG RAW

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ISO 100

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ISO 25600

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ISO 204800

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File Quality

The Nikon Zf has 6 different JPEG and HEIF file quality settings available, with Fine* being the highest quality option for both formats, and it also supports the RAW format with three levels of compression available.

RAW Lossless Compression (27.7Mb)

RAW High Efficiency (High) (17.7Mb)

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RAW High Efficiency (11.7Mb)

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Fine* JPEG (10Mb)

Fine JPEG (8.1Mb)

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Normal* JPEG (6.2Mb)

Normal JPEG (5.8Mb)

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Basic* JPEG (3.1Mb)

Basic JPEG (1.8Mb)

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Fine* HEIF (3.2Mb)

Fine HEIF (2.6Mb)

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Normal* HEIF (2Mb)

Normal* HEIF (1.6Mb)

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Basic* HEIF (1.2Mb)

Basic HEIF (948Kb)

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Active D-lighting (ADL)

D-lighting is Nikon’s dynamic range optimisation tool that attempts to squeeze the full dynamic range of the sensor into JPEGs. Active D-lighting works “on the fly”, before the in-camera processing engine converts the raw image data into JPEGs. The available settings are Off, Low, Normal, High, Extra High, plus an Auto mode.

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Off

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Low

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Normal

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High

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Extra High

HDR

The Nikon Zf’s HDR Mode captures three different exposures and combines them into one, retaining more shadow and highlight detail, with an Auto mode, and four different strengths.

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Off

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Low

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Normal

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High

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Multiple Exposure

The Nikon Zf’s multiple exposure mode allows you to take between two and ten images and merge them into a single photo in-camera.

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Picture Controls

Nikon’s Picture Controls are preset combinations of sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. All 28 different Picture Controls can be tweaked to your liking, then saved and transferred to other cameras.

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Auto

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Standard

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Neutral

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Vivid

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Monochrome

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Flat Monochrome

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Deep Tone Monochrome

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Portrait

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Rich Tone Portrait

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Landscape

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Flat

Creative Picture Controls

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Dream

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Morning

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Pop

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Sunday

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Somber

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Dramatic

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Silence

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Bleached

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Melancholic

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Pure

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Denim

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Toy

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Sepia

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Blue

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Red

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Pink

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Charcoal

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Graphite

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Binary

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Carbon

Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon Zf camera, which were all taken using the 24.5 megapixel Large JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Nikon Zf enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We’ve provided some Nikon RAW (NEF) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please note that this 10 second movie is 440Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 10 second movie is 194Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please note that this 10 second movie is 146Mb in size.

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Conclusion

When the APS-C sensor Z fc was released two years ago, everyone grumbled that it wasn’t full-frame, not helped by the fact that Nikon’s lens support for their cropped sensor models is, at best, thin on the ground.

Fast forwards two years and the Zf has now arrived, sporting an almost identical vintage external design to the Z fc but crucially incorporating a larger 35mm sensor, whilst also rather surprisingly adding a few new features that are not even found on the more expensive Z8//9 flagship models.

There’s also a much bigger range of full-frame lenses available for the Zf, although the Nikkor Z 40mm F/2 Special Edition prime that is otherwise a great match does disappointingly have a plastic mount and a certain plasticky quality.

It terms of its position within the Nikon range, the new Zf slots in at the same price-point as the Z6 II and below the Z7 II, but it actually offers a much more competent auto-focusing system that either of those models.

Add in extra features like pixel-shift multi-shooting and a vari-angle LCD screen and it’s clear that the Zf is the best mid-range Nikon camera currently available, unless you really want the more modern, pared-back design of the Z6/7 II.

That rather cold assessment crucially misses the almost entire point of this new camera, though, namely its frankly gorgeous retro design. For many people the marriage of a full-frame sensor with an entirely dial-driven interface will be music to their ears and the only reason necessary to purchase the Zf. The fact that this is also the most capable Nikon camera around the £$2000 mark is just the icing on a very rich cake.

Ultimately, if you prefer a more modern-looking Nikon mirrorless model then the Z6 II is still a great, if now ageing, option – but if the vintage bells-and-whistles hold an extra appeal and such nostalgia tweaks those heartstrings, then the Zf is surely the only Nikon camera for you…

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon Zf.

The EOS R6 Mark II is the successor to one of our favourite full-frame mirrorless cameras, principally adding a new 24 megapixel sensor, 40fps burst shooting and improved auto-focusing. Read our in-depth Canon EOS R6 II review now, complete with full-size sample photos and videos.

Nikon have introduced their second APS-C, cropped-sensor mirrorless camera with the launch of the Z fc. Almost identical to the Z50 model in terms of its key specifications, the new Z fc offers a much more retro, classic design. Read our in-depth Nikon Z fc review to find out if it’s the perfect blend of old and new…

The Nikon Z6 II mirrorless camera is an evolutionary upgrade of the original Z6, principally improving the autofocusing, buffer and video and adding a second memory card slot. Is this enough to compete with its main rivals? Find out now by reading our in-depth Nikon Z6 II review, complete with full size sample photos and videos…

The Nikon Z7 II full-frame mirrorless camera is the 2020 update of the original Z7 model, principally improving the autofocusing, buffer and video and adding a second memory card slot. Are these changes enough for it to compete with its main rivals like the Sony A7R IV and the Canon EOS R5? Find out now by reading our in-depth Nikon Z7 II review, complete with full size sample photos and videos…

Finally! The new Lumix S5 II is the first ever Panasonic camera to have a phase hybrid detection AF system, answering the critics of its contrast-based DFD system. But does this powerful hybrid photo and video camera have what it takes to beat its main rivals? Find out now by reading our in-depth Panasonic Lumix S5 II review, complete with full-size sample photos and videos.

The new Sony Alpha A7 IV is a new 33 megapixel, 4K/60p video, 10fps burst shooting, cutting-edge auto-focusing hybrid full-frame mirrorless model that pulls no punches in its bid to be the only camera that you need. Find out why we think this is one of the best all-round cameras of 2021 by reading our in-depth Sony A7 IV review…

The Sony A7C II is the second version of a 35mm full-frame camera that’s amazingly almost the same size and weight as a smaller APS-C sensor camera. Find out if they’ve perfected the recipe by reading our Sony A7C II review, complete with full-size sample photos and videos.

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Nikon Zf from around the web.

Many have been waiting for it ever since the release of the Z fc. Well, it is finally here and it is not just gorgeous, but surprisingly well-built using high-quality materials and impressive tech. The Nikon Z f is partially a Z6 II, a Z8, and a beautiful FM2 and yet it’s its own unique thing.

Read the full review »

The Nikon Zf will immediately win over any vintage camera enthusiast, as soon as I picked up this camera, it gave me the nostalgic feelings for shooting film that I have missed.

Read the full review »

The Nikon Zf is the much-awaited FX version of the popular Nikon Z fc. The development of the Nikon Zf began not too long after the little Nikon Z fc was introduced, driven by the favorable response of the little brother. For those of us who are waiting for the true successor to the beloved Nikon Df, this is the closest thing we have, but in a mirrorless format.

Read the full review »

Specifications

Type

Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Image sensor

FX, CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm

Total pixels

25.28 million

Dust-reduction system

Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)

Effective Pixels

24.5 million

Image Size (pixels)

[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area:
(L) 6048 x 4032 ( 24.4 million)
(M) 4528 x 3024 ( 13.7 million)
(S) 3024 x 2016 ( 6.1 million)
[DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area:
(L) 3984 x 2656 ( 10.6 million)
(M) 2976 x 1992 ( 5.9 million)
(S) 1984 x 1328 ( 2.6 million)
[1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area:
(L) 4032 x 4032 ( 16.3 million)
(M) 3024 x 3024 ( 9.1 million)
(S) 2016 x 2016 ( 4.1 million)
[16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area:
(L) 6048 x 3400 ( 20.6 million)
(M) 4528 x 2544 ( 11.5 million)
(S) 3024 x 1696 ( 5.1 million)
Image formats

NEF (RAW): 14 bit; choose from lossless compression, high efficiency (high), and high efficiency options

JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available

HEIF: Supports fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available

NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

NEF (RAW)+HEIF: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and HEIF formats

Picture Control System

Auto , Standard , Neutral , Vivid , Monochrome , Flat Monochrome , Deep Tone Monochrome , Portrait , Rich Tone Portrait , Landscape , Flat

Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Note: Choice of Picture Controls is restricted to Standard, Monochrome, and Flat when HLG is selected for tone mode during still photography.

Media

SD , SDHC (UHS-II compliant) , SDXC (UHS-II compliant) , microSD (micro Secure Digital) , microSDHC (UHS-I compliant) , microSDXC (UHS-I compliant)

Dual card slot

1 Secure Digital (SD) card and 1 micro Secure Digital (SD) card

Either card can be used for overflow or backup storage, for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG or HEIF pictures, or for storage of duplicate JPEG or HEIF pictures at different sizes and image qualities; pictures can be copied between cards.

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.32, MPEG‑A MIAF

Viewfinder

1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 13-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical

Magnification

Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)

Eyepoint

21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from rearmost surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-4 to +2 m-1

Eye sensor

Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays

Compatible lenses

Z mount NIKKOR lenses
F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)

Shutter type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter

Shutter speed

Accessible via shutter speed dial: ¹⁄₈₀₀₀ to 4 s in steps of 1 EV, Bulb, Time, X (flash sync)
Accessible via main command dial: ¹⁄₈₀₀₀ to 30 s in steps of ¹⁄₃ EV (extendable to 900 s in mode M), Bulb, Time, X (flash sync)

Flash sync speed

X= ¹⁄₂₀₀ s; flash synchronizes with shutter at speeds of ¹⁄₂₀₀ s or slower; faster sync speeds are supported with auto FP high-speed sync

Release mode

Single frame , continuous low-speed , continuous high-speed , Continuous high-speed (extended) , high-speed frame capture with Pre-Release Capture , Self-timer

Approximate frame advance rate

Up to 30 fps
Continuous low-speed: Approx. 1 to 7 fps
Continuous high-speed: Approx. 7.8 fps
Continuous high-speed (extended): Approx. 14 fps
High-speed frame capture (C30): Approx. 30 fps
Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.

Self-timer

2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

Exposure Metering

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering method

Matrix metering
Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 or 8 mm circle in center of frame or weighting can be based on average of entire frame
Spot metering: Meters circle with a diameter of approximately 4 mm centered on selected focus point
Highlight-weighted metering

Metering Range

-4 to +17 EV
Figures are for ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20 °C/68 °F

mode

AUTO: auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual

Exposure compensation

-3 to +3 EV (-5 to +5 EV when exposure compensation dial is rotated to C) in steps of ¹⁄₃ EV

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100 to 64000 (choose from step sizes of ¹⁄₃ and 1 EV); can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 1.7 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 64000; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Note: ISO sensitivity is limited to 400 to 64000 when HLG is selected for tone mode.

Active D-Lighting

Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off

Multiple exposure

Add, average, lighten, darken

Other options

HDR overlay, photo mode flicker reduction

Autofocus system

Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range

-10 to +19 EV

Measured in photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F using single-servo AF (AF‑S) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2

Lens servo

Autofocus (AF):
Single-servo AF (AF-S) , continuous-servo AF (AF-C) , full-time AF (AF-F; available only in video mode)

; predictive focus tracking

Manual focus (M):

Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points

273
Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and FX selected for image area

AF-area mode

Pinpoint (available in photo mode only), single-point, dynamic-area (S, M, and L; available in photo mode only), wide-area (S, L, C1, and C2), and auto-area AF; 3D-tracking (available in photo mode only); subject-tracking AF (available in video mode only)

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF‑S) or by pressing the AE/AF lock (Protect) button

Camera on-board VR

5-axis image sensor shift

Lens on-board VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)

Flash control

TTL: i‑TTL flash control; i‑TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i‑TTL fill-flash with spot metering

Flash modes

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

i-TTL flash control, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning

Bracketing types

Exposure and/or flash , white balance , ADL

Other options for still photography

Vignette control, diffraction compensation, auto distortion control, skin softening, portrait impression balance, and interval-timer, focus-shift, and pixel-shift photography

Video Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering mode

Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels) and frame rate

3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p
1920 x 1080: 120p/100p/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p
Note: Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively.

Video File format

MOV , MP4

Video compression

H.265/HEVC (8 bit/10 bit) , H.264/AVC (8 bit)

Audio recording format

Linear PCM (48 KHz, 24 bit, for videos recorded in MOV format) , AAC (48 KHz, 16 bit, for videos recorded in MP4 format)

Audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Exposure compensation

-3 to +3 EV in steps of ¹⁄₃ EV

Video ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

Mode M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200; choose from step sizes of ⅙, ¹⁄₃, and 1 EV); with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2.0) available with selectable upper limit
Modes P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2.0) with selectable upper limit
AUTO mode: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 51200)

Note: ISO sensitivity is limited to 400 to 51200 when HLG is selected for tone mode.

Active D-Lighting

Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off

Other options

Time-lapse video recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, N-Log and HDR (HLG) video, wave-form display, red REC frame indicator, video recording display zoom (50%, 100%, and 200%), and extended shutter speeds (modes S and M); option to view video recording info available via i menu

LCD Monitor

8 -cm ( 3.2 –in.) diagonal

Vari-angle TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 15-level manual brightness controls

Approx. 2100 k-dot

Playback

Full-frame and thumbnail (up to 4, 9, or 72 pictures) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, video playback, slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto picture rotation, picture rating, voice memo recording and playback, IPTC information embedding and display, filtered playback, skip to first shot in series, series playback, save consecutive frames, and motion blend

USB

Type C SuperSpeed USB connector; connection to built-in USB ports is recommended

HDMI output

Type D HDMI connector

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

WiFi

Standards:
IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac

Operating frequency:
2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180 to 5320 MHz

Maximum output power (EIRP):
2.4 GHz band: 6.1 dBm
5 GHz band: 9.4 dBm

Authentication:
Open system, WPA2-PSK, WPA3-SAE

Bluetooth

Communication protocols:
Bluetooth Specification version 5.0

Operating frequency:
Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz
Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz

Maximum output power (EIRP):
Bluetooth: 0.6 dBm
Bluetooth Low Energy: -0.9 dBm

Battery

One EN‑EL15c rechargeable Li-ion battery

EN‑EL15b and EN‑EL15a batteries can be used in place of the EN‑EL15c. Note, however, that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge than with the EN‑EL15c. EH-8P AC adapters can be used to charge EN‑EL15c and EN‑EL15b batteries only.

AC adapter

EH‑7P charging AC adapters (available separately), EH-8P AC adapters (available separately); supplied UC‑E25 USB cable required

Tripod socket

0.635 cm (¹⁄₄ in., ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 144 x 103 x 49 mm ( 5.7 x 4.1 x 2 in.)

Weight

Approx. 710 g
( 1 lb. 9.1 oz. )
with battery and memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 630 g / 1 lb. 6.3 oz. (camera body only)

Operating Environment

Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

BS‑1 Accessory Shoe Cover (comes attached to camera), DK‑33 Rubber Eyecup (comes attached to camera), BF‑N1 Body Cap, EN‑EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with Terminal Cover, AN‑DC27 Strap, UC‑E25 USB Cable

Note

Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines.
All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery.
Throughout this document, “FX format” and “FX” are used in reference to an angle of view equivalent to that of a 35 mm format (“full frame”) camera and “DX format” and “DX” to an angle of view equivalent to that of an APS-C camera.
The sample images displayed on the camera and the images and illustrations in this document are for expository purposes only.
Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance, specifications, and performance of the product described in this document at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this document may contain.

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