With the kit lens, this looks like Nikon is trying to do what Fujifilm did with their X cameras. Making things look vintage might be the opinion, but perhaps that is what a camera is supposed to be like. Not all the images are as sharp as what's possible today with the eye- or face-tracking technology we have, but perhaps that's the point: to enjoy shooting.
I suppose I'll lose this argument if you consider the colored options you get when you are willing to spend $200 more. Looking at the images in the review got me thinking about how it feels shooting with my Nikon FE2. I have a Nikon 50mm lens that basically stays on my FE2. I love the camera's form, but I would love autofocus, and not having to pay the film development fees every 36 shots. I think a lot of photographers who use film for their travels and personal lives will be thrilled about this. For this price, considering what you'll pay for a Nikon film camera in the same category, it's not a hard decision when looking at the once-off cost of the Z fc versus the long-term costs of developing film.
Here are the Prices:
- Nikon Z fc on its own: $956.95
- Nikon Z fc with 16-50mm lens (kit): $1,096.95
- Nikon Z fc with 28mm f/2.8 lens: $1,196.95
The Nikon Z fc shoots video too, with a monitor that can face the photographer, which makes it a camera suited to its user. But, if video is an important medium for you, this might not be the camera you need. This is not a camera you're going to do professional studio shoots or productions with. Its purpose is to take incredible images and look good around your neck while you walk around, just like what a Leica M series camera is supposed to do. I think it does that very well based on the video, and that if this is the type of camera you need, the 16-50mm kit lens comes at no added cost, even if it has a variable aperture and won't give you the ultimate separation or depth of field.