Nikon is undoubtedly one of the market leaders when it comes to cameras with a mirror. More and newer models impress with a multitude of expanded options, new optics and modern solutions. However, whether leading the way on one of the fronts, does not lose a large part of the cake in the overall world of cameras? What does the company have to say in the world of new mirrorless cameras?
In the first series of Nikon cameras, you could initially watch two models: J1 and V1 – both of them belonged to compact solutions with exchangeable optics. The V1 model was undoubtedly a much more interesting choice, despite its price – $ 900. The specification was very promising, and at the price you could get quite interesting parameters as at the time of hardware debut, namely 2011. The mentioned models were compact cameras, intended for amateurs, which suggested their small size. However, on the day of the premiere, it turned out that the new Nikon mirrorless cameras were relatively large, considering the use of a small 2.7x dash. After only seven years from the release date, the system was withdrawn from the market. Probably too small matrix and other shortcomings of the corpus caused that it sold quite poorly. Another problem that could have contributed to the failure was the selection of dedicated glasses – there were only a few of them in the whole system. The matrix in the CX format could not be the basis for building the entire system. Equipment for a few or several thousand zlotys based on such a small matrix, which was also available in a smaller and more convenient compact camera, was not what users expected.
Nikon draws conclusions
The premiere of the new Z series has completely changed the world of Nikon mirrorless cameras . Two new, full-frame models Z6 and Z7 began to be compared to the top competitors, which showed greatly how many changes have been changed by the manufacturer's cameras that do not have mirrors. At this moment, Nikon can boldly compete for the market leader's seat – not only in the segment of popular SLRs. The producer has returned with world-class equipment offering incredible sharpness, high resolution and image plastics. A significant improvement in image quality can no doubt be attributed to the full frame used. However, this was a prerequisite in case of willingness to compete with the current leaders of the mirrorless apparatus market.
New lenses with Z mount
The new lens series thanks to its design limits the generation of chromatic aberration in the full range of focal lengths. Releasing this series, the company definitely made up for the outstanding homework. According to the manufacturer's announcement, the new lenses will be able to boast of very bright light, reaching even up to F / 0.95 (Announced Nikkor Z 58mm F / 0.95 Noct). At the moment, the lenses in our offer can be described as standard. It is only in the next years that the possibilities of the system are to be extended. The minimalist appearance does not reveal the functions they offer at first glance. Visually, they can be confused with lenses produced by Sigma or Tamron. This may be a suggestion of the path that glass manufacturers will take in the future. It is also worth emphasizing the importance of new lenses – in themselves they are not too heavy, and when combined with the body give the impression of perfectly balanced. This solution will appeal to everyone, especially during long hours of hardware sessions.
What's new in the announced model?
The newly announced model from the Z series is not only to initiate a mirrorless revolution among the current leaders of the beginner segment. The new model would have a completely new bayonet with a hole with the largest diameter in the world (55 mm). This solution will allow you to create a series of lenses with exceptional brightness, and this will allow you to create great images even in lower light conditions. In addition, the possibility of better handling of the depth of field and more art in the pictures. This does not mean, however, that owners of SLR lenses will not be able to use them in the new system. Users who decide to change their current DSLR with Nikon's new proposals will be able to use the currently available lenses. Fortunately for them – Nikon with new cameras, announces the premiere of an appropriate adapter that will enable this connection. Full compatibility is declared (along with the autofocus) with lens lenses currently available on the market. Current experience confirms the manufacturer's assurance of compliance of components, and the tests carried out amaze how well these different components have been paired.
A few words about the corps
The bodies from the new series do not disappoint in terms of performance. The ergonomics of the buttons are on the same level as Nikon has accustomed us to over the years. The distribution of all kinds of buttons and switches allows you to work intuitively. Each button is in the right place. A 3.2-inch screen should meet with widespread recognition. It is made in a reliable way and has a vertical deflection option and does not reflect reflections. The only "drawback" can be that it does not have a twist option.
Is that for sure a good step?
The current market situation caused by the launch of new Nikon mirrorless cameras compensates the chances with the top brands responsible for driving the mirrorless camera segment. Nikon hardware is able to compete with the biggest, and the announcement of new lenses additionally fill the hope of users of this system. This generation can mess up the world of mirrorless cameras , the only question remains is whether the company will be able to be competitive on both the already captured SLR market and the fresh mirrorless world. The practice of many brands has shown that soliciting the leader's seat on both fronts has not worked out for good. Will it be different in the case of Nikon? Time will show, and at the moment everything promises to be the best. Sources:
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