The phrase “everything old is new again” springs to mind when I unpack the new Nikon Z fc camera that has landed on my desk for a review.
The Nikon Z fc has a cool retro look that clearly pays homage to its great-great-grandfathers, the Nikon FE and FM SLR cameras. The only thing that’s missing is the film winder.
I can just imagine a group of hipster Nikon designers leafing through the design books of old Nikon film cameras and taking a liking to these classics.
I love the design. It’s old-school and feels solid. It has three classic easy to understand dials on top that control the ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation and shooting modes. The only hint that this is a modern mirrorless camera is the flip-out variable angle LCD display screen at the rear and the associated dial and buttons by its side.
The Nikon Z fc I’m unpacking has pink leather textured leather accents on the matte silver body but it also comes in the traditional matte silver and black textured leather as well as six colour options so you can “express your personal style”.
I’m not sure how I ended up with a pink one. “Designed by hipsters for hipster content creators and influencers,” I think to myself.
All joking aside I can see the appeal and this camera is not just a show piece, it combines good looks with practical and useful features.
The Nikon Z fc has a 20.9MP APS-C sensor with burst shooting up to 11 frames per second with full AF, 4K video up to 30p, a fully articulating rear touch screen and a 2.36M-dot viewfinder. It can send images to your phone via a free Nikon SnapBridge app and the webcam utility makes it easy to connect the camera to a computer. It has 20 pre-set creative picture control filters that can be previewed on the monitor or in the viewfinder.
I like the look and feel of this little camera. It is user friendly, lightweight and it has great connectivity.
The 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens is versatile but because the camera uses the Nikon Z mount, there are heaps of other lenses to choose from.
The Nikon Z fc performed well in a variety of situations. The full time eye AF worked well when shooting video, as did the combined face and eye AF mode when shooting stills.
The variable angle monitor is great for selfies and vlogging and the touch screen makes it easy to make adjustments without taking your eye of what is going on in front of the lens.
I’m sure it will appeal to a wide range of users. Female fashionistas will no doubt love the cool colour options and the classic silver and black one won’t look out of place hanging over the shoulder of old-timers like me.
The Nikon Z fc costs $1649 with the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens.
For more information about the camera, go to nikon.com.au
The camera was lent to Travel by Nikon. They have not seen or approved this story.