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Nikon Zfc Mirrorless Camera

BH #NIZFC • MFR #1671
Nikon Zfc Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K and Full HD Video Recording
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
Blending classic looks with modern performance, the Nikon Zfc checks off all the boxes on a content creator's wish list: stylish and sleek retro design, impressive image quality with the Z mirrorless system flexibility, and it's optimized for vlogging and video applications.
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Nikon Zfc Overview

  • 1Description
  • 220.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Image Processor
  • 3UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 4Heritage Design with Intuitive Functions
  • 5Body Design and Connectivity

Blending classic looks with modern performance, the Nikon Zfc checks off all the boxes on a content creator's wish list: stylish and sleek retro design, impressive image quality with the Z mirrorless system flexibility, and it's optimized for vlogging and video applications.

The Zfc is a DX-format mirrorless camera sporting a 20.9MP CMOS sensor, which pairs with EXPEED 6 image processing to realize quick shooting performance up to 11 fps, UHD 4K video recording at 30p, and sensitivity up to ISO 51200. Despite its classic looks, this camera is updated for contemporary content creation and features a fully articulating touchscreen LCD, supports live streaming, is compatible with external microphones, and has an advanced 209-point AF system with full-time subject tracking and eye-detection AF.

Focusing on the physical design, the Zfc stands out as a clear reference to Nikon's classic SLR film camera heritage, and features several familiar physical controls on the body, including dedicated dials to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. The body also features a 2.36m-dot OLED EVF and supports SnapBridge wireless connectivity for pairing with a mobile device for remote camera control. Also benefitting on-location shoots and longer takes, the Zfc also supports in-camera battery charging and on-the-go power via the USB C port.

20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Image Processor
The DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor is paired with the EXPEED 6 image processor to provide a versatile mixture of high sensitivity, nuanced image quality, and fast overall performance. At native values, a sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200 permits working in a broad array of lighting conditions, and can be further expanded up to ISO 204800 for extreme low-light conditions. The mixture of resolution and sensor size also contributes to clean image quality and smooth color transitions with reduced noise throughout the sensitivity range. In addition to benefitting image quality, the EXPEED 6 processor also affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a top full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 11 fps.

Besides imaging, the sensor's design also incorporates a 209-point hybrid autofocus system, which uses both phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus for both stills and video applications. This focusing system also supports Eye Detection AF, which uses facial recognition to help lock focus onto subjects' eyes.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Capable of recording more than just stills, the Zfc supports UHD 4K video recording at up to 30 fps and Full HD recording at up to 120 fps, for slow-motion effects, along with the ability to save movie files to the in-camera memory card. In-camera time-lapse shooting is also possible.
Heritage Design with Intuitive Functions
Precision carved aluminum dials with engraved markings and mechanical controls for shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation. Intuitive functions also enable easy access to auto mode, quick settings, and the menu help guide.
Body Design and Connectivity
  • A large 3" 1.04m-dot LCD screen is available for bright, clear, and vivid image playback and live view shooting. The screen has a vari-angle design, which benefits front-facing selfie captures, and it is also a touchscreen for more intuitive operation, navigation, and settings control.
  • A 2.36m-dot electronic finder is present for comfortable eye-level viewing. It has a 1.02x magnification and uses NIKKOR optics to guarantee a sharp, clear image.
  • A robust magnesium alloy chassis is both dust- and weather-resistant to benefit working in harsh climates and inclement conditions.
  • Built-in SnapBridge connectivity to enable seamless transfer of low-resolution imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and Wi-Fi enables communication between the camera and a smart device and, additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.
  • Live streaming and web conferencing via separately purchased USB Type-C cable.
  • 3.5mm stereo mini-pin jack provides plug-in power
  • Included EN-EL25 rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 300 shots per charge.
  • Compatible with NIKKOR Z lenses as well as F-mount lenses using the separately purchased FTZ Mount Adapter.
UPC: 018208016716

Nikon Zfc Specs

Imaging
Lens MountNikon Z
Sensor ResolutionActual: 21.51 Megapixel
Effective: 20.9 Megapixel (5568 x 3712)
Sensor Type23.5 x 15.7 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Crop Factor1.5x
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/4000 to 900 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 51,200 in Auto Mode (Extended: 100 to 204,800)
Video
100 to 25,600 in Manual, Auto Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-4 to 17 EV
Continuous ShootingUp to 11 fps at 20.9 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 JPEG
5568 x 3712
4176 x 2784
2784 x 1856
1:1 JPEG
3712 x 3712
2784 x 2784
1856 x 1856
16:9 JPEG
5568 x 3128
4176 x 2344
2784 x 1560
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/119.88 fps
External Recording ModesHDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
IP StreamingNone
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3"
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeFree-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Size0.39"
Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Eye Point20 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 1.02x
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +3
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 209
Autofocus Sensitivity-4.5 to +19 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
General
Battery Type1 x EN-EL25 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.6 VDC, 1120 mAh (Approx. 300 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.3 x 3.7 x 1.8" / 13.5 x 9.4 x 4.6 cm
Weight13.8 oz / 390 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.1 x 7.3 x 4.6"

Nikon Zfc Reviews

Perfect Compact Camera!

By Karen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-01

I have been doing photography personally for years, learned on a Nikon disorder and currently own, love and use the Nikon d850. I also used Fuji for almost 2 years as my compact camera and loved my x-pro3. I recently sold my Fuji and some of the lenses and thought I could stay with the 850. I quickly realized the size and workflow not what I was use to with Fuji nor the experience. The x-t5 is being announced today and the Fuji I was going to get is out of stock so on a whim, this one was available and had great reviews, specs I wanted so decided to try it. I am a manual shooter, love the dials and retro look. I have a collection of older Nikon cameras including a film fm10 that I am also currently using. This camera looks a lot like it. I'm happy to say I love it. It's small it's light and allows me to be creative as I want or flip it in any kind of auto mode for my grandkids, my pets and can much easier go with me with them. My favorite thing I really struggled with is the difference in menus and going back and forth between systems. I never fully got use to it and it frustrated me. With this one it's seamless going back and forth between cameras. A few weeks ago I hiked up a mountain with my husband and pup and the Nikon d850. While the pictures are beautiful, not the experience I wanted. The zfc is much more practical for things like this. The other last thing I expected that I love was my granddaughter (8 years old) wanted to take pictures and I already had it set up and she had no issues and took beautiful pictures. I'm not saying it's better or worse than Fuji or anything else but for what I needed and how I shoot, it's perfect!

Retro style with up to date sophistication

By Karri
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-13

I am an amatuer, amatuer! I wanted a smaller profile than my D3300, simple to use, but still take great pictures. The Zfc doesn't disappoint. It has all the bells in a great small package!

Nice

By Bobby
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-30

5 stars what more do I need to say. Retro

This is a sweet little camera

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-17

Some reviewers don't like the light weight of the camera, but it does not feel cheap or plastic. For me, an experienced Nikon user, the menus are familiar and I have no trouble holding the camera. The light kit lens helps with the weight as well, making this my travel camera instead of my D750. The viewfinder is really the only shortcoming; in low light conditions, it's kind of grainy.

A great beginner or secondary camera.

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-13

I researched for quite a bit before buying the Zfc. I wanted a more entry-level camera with more advanced control options, a fully articulating display, BSI sensor, and access to a wide selection of lenses in a camera that I would want to take to events and even just out for the day/night. I have a larger, more advanced DSLR and was looking for a camera to be my backup, also something I could take on vacation without needing to haul a backpack full of lenses while offering image quality that's comparable to my DSLR. I almost purchased the Z50 but decided on the Zfc for a few reasons. First, the autofocus system of the Zfc is more advanced. It's on-par with the Z6 and ahead of the Z50. Second, the fully articulating display lets me take pictures I wouldn't be able to shoot with a titling display. Third, the design of the Zfc makes it a standout. I haven't experienced issues with the Zfc not being able to track eyes or faces. It's easy to switch between eyes. It is also able to easily recognize pets and follow them. Subject tracking has also been good. I must keep the subject within the inner ~80% of the frame, but it's fine. The BSI sensor allows for nice lowlight photos without having to crank the ISO up. I set the ISO at a maximum of 6400 and lowlight photos have turned out sharp. People don't pay attention to me whenever I use the Zfc. Before, when I would take the effort to pack up my D780 and lenses, people would often not want to stand in front of me or even move away when I started taking pictures. I'm not sure if it is the size or look of the camera, or me switching out between different lenses. People just didn't want to be around. It might be the looks of the Zfc and that people think it's a film camera. Whatever it is, people don't shy away from the area when I use the Zfc. I picked up Nikon's FTZ II adapter, so I have access to my current FX lenses with the Zfc. It looks awkward on the Zfc and even prime lenses look off-balanced. I've mainly stuck with the 16-50mm kit lens which, surprisingly, takes good photos in different lighting conditions. I haven't felt the need to use other lenses and, to me, it kind of takes away from the experience of using the Zfc. My only complaint stems from the control system and feel of the camera. It was difficult for me to grip, especially with the black plastic around the camera. An additional 3rd party camera grip fixed that and blends right in with the looks. Second, I wish Nikon had gone with a setup like what's on the Fujifilm X-T3/X-T4 and let me control everything from the dials. I'm fine going through the menu to setup a maximum ISO and other similar aspects. I don't like that I can't select auto ISO mode from the dial. Auto ISO is activated based on what mode the camera is in, I can control it with the dial only when I'm in full manual mode. Other than that, controlling the ISO (or at least setting the ISO range) is done through the menu. It's counterintuitive for the camera since the dial is right there. I can understand Nikon's decision though. They want to appeal to a wide audience (hence the fully articulating display) while offering a retro look and solid performance. They've done that with the Zfc. It's more expensive than the Z50 and I was fine paying for the looks, display, and autofocus improvements. I recommend this to anyone just starting out or as a secondary camera paired with a more advanced model. Nikon's lens selection has improved, and I've always been a fan of their glass, even with kit lenses. The Zfc isn't perfect, but it fits my needs in a stylish package that I never got to experience until now.

Nikon Zfc classic retro looking camera

By Babak
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-05

Thanks for Nikon already made this beautiful characteristic camera, this camera is fun, pleasuring to use and isn't ugly like other Nikon digital cameras. And is not fat big like Df. This camera is just like my Nikon FM. Thanks as always for a very fast delivery from B&H

The perfect personal camera

By Brittany
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-06

I use 2 z6ii's for my business use but I wanted something smaller for personal use. I love it. It's perfect for daily use.

Nikon walk-around with UI flaws

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-21

I bought the Z FC as a walk-around and travel camera. I mostly shoot wildlife and portraits with a Nikon D500, and occasionally shoot film for fun. I plan to upgrade the D500 to a Z9 down the road, so I was torn between buying a Fuji or the Z FC for my first mirrorless in the meantime. If I wasn't already invested in Nikon glass for a cropped sensor, I probably would've gone with Fuji due to IBIS and the slightly better dials. I wouldn't use the Z FC for wildlife or serious portrait work, but it's flexible enough in a pinch to suit my wants in a fairly inconspicuous mirrorless body. This maybe too bulky for some street photographers. But, it isn't trying to be a Ricoh, and I'm not trying to be a street photographer. I just wanted something with mirrorless features in a more compact body than a prosumer or flagship camera. I can still attach my current lenses with the FTZ if I really want to do a quick portrait session or record wildlife on video. Three of the most common complaints are my biggest as well: the dial locks, lack of an auto ISO option on the dial, and the grip issue. No IBIS? Eh, I wouldn't have paid more just for that, and I don't shoot much video, so that doesn't bother me personally. The dial lock on the ISO dial is a pain though for manual shooting. I haven't found a comfortable way to adjust it while looking through the viewfinder, unlike the shutter-speed dial. Locking the ISO dial does make some sense if you're just trying to replicate the feel of shooting film, but the ISO dial is no more likely to be bumped accidentally than the others. Using the dials *should* feel good and be fun given the style of this camera (and the shutter-speed dial is satisfying). It's also not clear why Nikon doesn't allow users to hold the record button as an ISO modifier key like on the D500 or other DSLRs. This seems like it could be done through a firmware update, but who knows? Similarly, the lack of an auto ISO setting on the dial itself is a poor design choice and illogical. The menu shortcut workaround works, but that's a clunky hack rather than a feature given the price of this body. Not a deal-breaker, but an irritation for sure given the otherwise effective and stylish design. Ultimately, despite the irritating design flaws, I bought this camera based on feel and owning Nikon lenses. Unlike buying a D500, or eventually a Z9, I knew I was sacrificing customization and comfort for something light that I could pick up and carry on a wrist strap without hearing Oh, nice camera! every time I went out, but still have the capabilities of a DSLR when needed. I tried several Sony and Fuji mirrorless bodies at a local shop, along with the Z FC, and this just felt the best in my hands. I also preferred the flip-screen design over tilt-screens. This body is definitely not perfect, but was the most comfortable among comparable options for my hands with the optional grip attached. Here's hoping a firmware update at least offers a more comfortable alternative to the locking ISO dial. I love the D500. I'm excited about the Z9. But I don't love the Z FC. It feels like an unnecessary compromise, or a precursor, only because of some poor design choices. I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner just starting out with Nikon for stills, or to non-Nikon shooters. But it was still a better fit for me than switching to Fuji for a secondary camera, and offered more flexibility than a Ricoh when I travel. It's still fun to pick up and shoot overall, but unnecessarily irritating.

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