A Look at the Nikon Z fc Mirrorless Camera

The Nikon Z fc is one of the more unique cameras we have seen from the company, offering their latest mirrorless capabilities in tandem with a retro design that brings back the sort of manual controls from past film cameras that made photography a very tactile experience. With its small size, neat design, and affordable price, the Z fc looks like a potentially popular option, and this great video review takes a look at what you can expect from it. 

Coming to you from Leigh The Snap Chick, this awesome video review takes a look at the Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera. The Nikon Df came several years before the Z fc and also offered a retro design, but while the Df got a mixed reception, it seems the Z fc does not sacrifice features to achieve its design. Offering features like 4K video and an 11 fps burst rate, the Z fc leaves a lot of room to grow despite its sub-$1,000 price, making it both a great entry-level mirrorless body or a second body for anyone who needs a backup or wants an APS-C sensor for more reach. Check out the video above for the full rundown. And if you would like to read more about the Nikon Z fc, check out our full review here.

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Doug Blake's picture

Nice balanced video. A couple of points:
Fuji makes good cameras but judging the quality of the Zfc based on your own confusion
adjusting to the Zfc is rather silly. Why should Fuji be the standard in this regard? The Fuji interface is substantially different from the traditional controls of traditional film SLRs. The Nikon mechanics are closer to the tradition. Why is it so difficult for you, an experienced photographer, to remember which setting you have set on the PASM switch?
If you have Fuji in your blood then great. I almost bought one. But the Zfc is more right up my ally having learned on traditional manual film shooting. For those who are not already Fuji owners, don’t concern yourself with this complaint from Fuji shooters. Make up your own mind based on personal habit or preference. Perhaps go to your local camera shop and try them both out?
One more thing: yes it might be nice to have classic film simulations on your particular brand or model of camera, but they are not necessarily all that accurate and require tweaking, even in the case of Fuji. Why do you think there are alternate recipes available on the web? And keep in mind that those are generally only available in JPG. You can also create your own for the Zfc by the way. But I am not using the Zfc for film simulations. I like to shoot RAW and do my own conversions to TIFF after adjusting the file to my preference for each image. I generally shoot RAW plus JPG so that I can quickly upload to my IPad mini with the JPG for a quick larger look. I occasionally shoot in mono but find I often need to adjust those depending on the file specifics.
If you compare cameras and choose Fuji then congratulations. You bought a great camera. But the same is also true of the Nikon Z cameras including the Zfc.

Les Sucettes's picture

PASM always was silly and not the only standard. Fuji took Leica’s approach and made it better

Les Sucettes's picture

I stopped being interested at APS-C. I rather have a full frame with manual lenses when going retro than another APSC. What’s the point? Fuji already cornered that market…

But on the other hand if this was a Leica killer (but as an SLR) —- now we’re talking!

Ziggy Stardust's picture

Something is either unique or it's not.
Just like someone is either a virgin or they're not. You can't be half one.

charles hoffman's picture

1. the focus on controls is quite overblown; you buy a camera for 5 years or more use. you get used to the controls in 2 weeks.
2. the apc format, if you want it, is fully-built out in 2 versions - sony and fuji. both have a full complement of lenses at amateur and semi-pro levels. and both have bodies at different price points with different levels of comfort, sophistication, and usability.
The nikon z5 - with stabilization - was selling at 1000 for black friday - it will be back there by jan 1.2022. for 900 bucks, right now, you can get into a full-frame Canon EOS RP; neither it, nor the Zfc are stabilized, but the larger sensor of the Canon full-frame allows you at least one more stop in ISO to make up for such lack.
The cost of sensors was high in 2010 when this whole ecosystem took off. but Sony and Canon have already proven that the size of the sensor need not govern the overall size of the body.

So, all you're left with in a nikon zfc is the name