Between supply chain disruptions and chip shortages, new electronics (like digital cameras) can be tough to find. For example the Nikon D850 hasn’t been in stock for months, and was recently rumored to be discontinued (spoiler alert: it wasn’t). This week, we took a look at some of the options out there for used cameras, and identified a number of models that represent tremendous value.
I went to a Colorado Rockies game over the weekend, and brought my new Nikon Z fc with 16-50mm kit lens. I set the camera to 1/2000s (shutter priority) and auto ISO, and focused manually. The camera’s fast frame rate (about 9fps in 14-bit RAW) allowed me to capture the moment Charlie Blackmon’s bat broke in half.
We each received the new Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera this week, so we’re sharing our hands-on first impressions. We’ll go through the features we like, and discuss a few areas for improvement. Also, we’ll compare the Nikon Z fc to the Nikon Z 50, and discuss which camera we’d recommend for our listeners.
I just received the new Nikon Z fc camera kit with 16-50mm DX lens. You might be asking why I would purchase this camera, seeing as how I already have a Nikon Z 7 ii. The answer comes down to size and weight.
The Nikon Z fc is a 20-megapixel, DX (APS-C) format mirrorless camera. While much has been hyped about it’s retro look (it does look a lot like my 1978 Nikon EL2), that’s only part of its charm. With the kit lens, the Nikon Z fc weighs in at around 576g. That’s less than half the weight of my Nikon Z 7 ii + 24-70 f/4 combo. This camera can easily fit into a jacket pocket.
The top controls include dials for ISO and Shutter Speed. Aperture is set via the front command dial, or you can configure the lens function ring to change aperture. There’s a tiny LCD panel on the top of the camera that displays the aperture (f-stop) value. There’s also an exposure compensation dial that ranges from ±3 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
The Nikon Z fc has a range of user-customizable options, including the i-Menu, and user-assignable functions for the front Fn1 button and the movie record button. There are fewer custom function buttons than what you’ll get on the larger Z6 and Z7 cameras, and there’s no Sub-Selector joystick.
Probably the biggest difference between the Z fc and other Nikon mirrorless cameras is the way the rear LCD is mounted. The rear LCD panel flips out from the side, rather than the top or bottom. This mounting arrangement allows you to use the LCD from the front of the camera (selfie mode), or rotate it to be completely covered and protected.
I’ll be putting the Nikon Z fc through its paces, but for now I’m pleased with its build quality and overall design.
Check Pricing and Configurations for the Nikon Z fc Mirrorless Digital Camera