Nikon To Add Eye AF, Raw video and CFexpress To Z 6 and Z 7 Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon Z 6

Nikon is set to add some pretty col features to the company’s Z 6 and Z 7 mirrorless cameras:

These features will be added via firmware update.

  • CFexpress – Coming soon to the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras is support for CFexpress, which is compatible with the XQD memory card form-factor.
  • Eye AF – Under development is an Eye AF function, which will automatically detect the subject’s eyes to make attaining critical focus on the eyes easier. It will allow users to capture photos in which focus has been clearly acquired on the subject’s eye, which is useful for portrait, event and street photography scenarios.
  • RAW Video Support – Nikon is currently developing a feature that works with the ATOMOS Ninja V to output video in RAW format, using the ProRes RAW codec.

A firmware update for the Canon EOS R is rumoured, let’s hope Canon follows Nikon’s example.

Nikon press release:

Nikon Delivers Imaging Innovation, Inspires Creators at CES 2019

New Products Including NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens and Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit Will be Showcased; Attendees Invited to Booth to See Amazing Speakers, Fun & Sharable Displays as Well as Future Z System Updates

LAS VEGAS –CES BOOTH #14006 – Today, Nikon Inc. announced details surrounding their activities and new products at CES 2019. This year, Nikon will livestream a myriad of exciting and inspiring presentations from renowned Nikon Ambassadors and photographers directly from the show floor, while also offering instantly shareable and interactive experiences for show attendees. Additionally, Nikon will be showing the latest digital imaging innovations available now and in the near future with a Z Series exhibition featuring the new NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, the Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit and a display of upgrades currently in development for the Z Series that will add new features and enhance usability.

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Nikon Execs Believe They Will Beat Sony and Canon and Become Nr. 1 in FF MILC Market

Canon

In an interview with DPReview dating back to Photokina, Nikon Execs made a bold statement.

When asked about aimed market shares, they said that they point to become the number one in the full frame MILC market.

Question: Do you have an internal target for percentage of sales represented by Nikon mirrorless versus DSLR?

We have internal sales targets for each model, but we cannot disclose the figures. Our goal is to become number one in the full-frame market for both mirrorless and DSLRs.

Question: What is your target timeframe for achieving this goal?

That’s a difficult question to answer – we cannot disclose the specific timeline, but we will make every effort to hit the target of being number one as soon as possible. We believe that we can achieve the number one position maybe quite soon. A lot of manufacturers have launched full-frame mirrorless cameras, but sales of our Z6 and Z7 are really robust, which gives us confidence.

Good luck Nikon. Beating Sony and Canon won’t be an easy task. And as long as we are concerned, we have no doubts Canon will dominate the market within a few years.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

Nikon Z7 Teardown, Best Build Mirrorless FF Camera Ever Seen Says Lens Rentals

Nikon Z7

All images © lensrentals.com, used with permission.

Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals tore down a Nikon Z7, and was very impressed with the build quality.

Impressing Mr. Cicala doesn’t seem to be an easy task. He was impressed with the overall build quality, and praises the weather sealing of the Nikon Z7. From the the conclusion:

This is not marketing department weather resistance. This is engineering department weather resistance. Anything that can be sealed has been sealed. I’m impressed, and I will say for future cut-and-paste blurbs: this is as robustly weather sealed a camera as we’ve ever disassembled.

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I’m impressed by the very solid construction of the chassis and IBIS unit. I’m impressed with the neat, modern engineering of the electrical connections. Yes, I’m aware that soldered wires carry electricity just fine, but to me, there’s something reassuring about seeing neat, well thought out, 2018 level engineering.

I’m not here to tell you which camera is best to use or has the best performance. I’m just here to say this is a damn well-built camera, the best built mirrorless full-frame camera we’ve taken apart. (For the record, I haven’t torn down a Leica SL.)

Roger Cicala’s teardown is documented step by step with pictures and descriptions.

The teardown of the Canon EOS R is featured here. Another EOS R teardown is here. Nothing to argue here, the Nikon Z7 is the better buld camera. As Mr Cicala points out, the Nikon Z7 is the flagship camera in Nikon’s Z system. When Canon will release their flagship mirrorless full frame camera, we’ll see if the build quality holds up with the Z7.

Nikon Z7B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Kipon Is Now Shipping Over 20 Adapters For The Canon EOS R and Nikon Z Systems

Kipon

Kipon is now shipping mount adapters for the new Canon EOS R and Nikon Z systems.

These are the adapters for the Canon EOS R (more adapters, including tilt&shift lineup, focal reducer lineup etc will be coming too):

  • L/M-EOS R
  • L39-EOS R
  • L/R-EOS R
  • EXAKTA-EOS R
  • M42-EOS R
  • ICAREX35-EOS R
  • ROLLEI QBM-EOS R
  • MD-EOS R
  • PK-EOS R
  • C/Y-EOS R
  • FD-EOS R
  • EF-EOS R
  • OM-EOS R
  • MAMIYA645-EOS R

Kipon adapters are available at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

For the Nikon Z system the following adapters are available:

  • L/M-NZ
  • L39-NZ
  • EXAKTA-NZ
  • ICAREX35-NZ
  • L/R-NZ
  • M42-NZ
  • ROLLEI QBM-NZ
  • MD-NZ
  • PK-NZ
  • C/Y-NZ
  • FD-NZ
  • EF-NZ
  • OM-NZ
  • MAMIYA645-NZ

The Nikon Z7 Beats Sony When It Comes To Ergonomics But Not The Canon EOS R

Nikon Z7

Nikon Z7 at a glance:

  • 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine
  • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • 493-Point Phase-Detect AF System
  • Built-In 5-Axis Vibration Reduction
  • 0.80x 3.6m-Dot EVF with NIKKOR Optics
  • 3.2″ 2.1m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 9 fps Continuous Shooting; ISO 64-25600
  • Top-Panel Dot-Matrix OLED; XQD Card Slot
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens

Says FroKnowsPh0to, aka Jared Polin in his Nikon Z7 unboxing video. I believe that. Among the many good things that come with any Canon camera, ergonomics are on top.

All the new Canon gear announced ahead of Photokina 2018 can now be pre-ordered:

Pre-order the Canon EOS R in the USA: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Pre-order the Canon RF mount lenses in the USA: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Canon EOS R world-wide pre-order links:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide pre-order links:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK

Nikon’s new Z mount technology and benefits explained by the engineer who designed it

Nikon Z6

Atsushi Suzuki, Nikon Optical Engineer and Technical Liaison, illustrates the structure and design of the new Nikon Z mount system. The Z mount is featured on Nikon’s brand new full frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7.

Canon is also rumored to introduce a new mount type on their upcoming full frame mirrorless cameras.