Welcome to the party Nikon

Firstly, apologies for the gap since my last post. We made a trip to the UK then Iceland over the past couple of weeks, and family events and the Icelandic scenery (more on that soon) took priority for a while.


If you follow the main photography press you knew it was coming, Nikon announcing their new range of mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7. The Z-series. And they look good. Expensive, but with the technology to match the prices. There are a couple of glaring omissions that might be important to some, particularly the lack of dual card slots and face-detection autofocus. The latter could come later with a firmware update but the former seems a strange spec choice.


On the positive side, the designs look good, relatively compact and they're both weather-sealed. And with USB-C. I know I'm in a minority in caring about this but non-Apple smartphones have been using USB-C for a few years now so it's about time that cameras started dropping the old micro-USB ports for charging and data transfer. Thank you Nikon, I hope the others follow your lead.


One big concern will be the limited lens choice. It's a new lens mount so DSLR lenses will need an adapter and there will only be a few lenses available initially. It's good to see Nikon prioritizing 35mm and 50mm primes though.


Sony are seeing great success with their A7 range and Nikon is now diving into the same market segments and price-points. I wish them well, they needed to get into the mirrorless market and it probably made good sense for them to stick with full-frame sensors. Differentiating themselves from Sony could be tricky though, unless you're a loyal Nikon shooter in which case the choice might be obvious. At least Nikon are now seriously committed to mirrorless technology, joining Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic. Over to you Canon.



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