Meet the newest Nikon Z series
Nikon Z fc

Nikon’s newly announced Z fc definitely packs a punch in its design but how about its spec? Lizzie heads to Nikon UK’s HQ to test it out.

The Nikon Z fc is the first Z series camera to adopt what Nikon are calling a ‘heritage’ design. Inspired by the much loved and iconic Nikon FM2 film SLR which was released back in the 80s.

While the outside may look retro, the inside is nothing but new, so let’s take a look at what you’re getting!


  • 20.9 MP CMOS DX format sensor, with optical low pass filter
  • EXPEED 6 processor
  • 11 fps high speed continuous shooting
  • ISO range from 100 - 51,200 (expandable up to 204,800)
  • Hybrid AF with eye detection for Humans and Animals
  • 4K video recording at 30fps
  • Full HD video recording at 120fps
  • 3-inch vari-angled touchscreen

At a first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the specs look rather similar to the Nikon Z50, so what is it that makes this new addition to the Z series so different? Well, as well as the animal eye AF, the 3-inch touchscreen which flips all the way around is also a new addition to the Z-series of cameras. There is also a top display panel for your aperture and the option of USB charging if you get the additional EH-7P AC adapter, but it’s the design of this camera that truly sets it apart from the other Z series cameras.

The most notable design change is the removal of the PSAM control dial. Instead, we have separate dials to control our ISO, Shutter Speed and Exposure comp. This is great news if you are used to using this style of camera or still shoot on film!

This is the first Z series camera to feature a vari-angled screen that flips all the round around. Making it idea for a spot of vlogging or super easy to capture a selfie while out shooting. One of the coolest things about this, is that as soon as you flip the screen all the way around, the camera automatically goes into self-portrait mode – giving you the best automatic settings for those selfies!

Nikon have also released two new lenses that complement its heritage style: the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Silver Edition and NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 SE.

Taking a closer look at the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR silver edition, which now matches the aesthetics of the Z fc perfectly. It’s super compact, pretty much the size of a pancake lens when it’s fully retracted which adds to the small form factor of the camera and its portability. Perfect for travel, landscape photography and not bad at macro which is what we tested it out on.

For more details on what we think of the new Nikon Z fc, and to see samples from the camera, take a look at our Academy review.

You can watch this review and more from our Academy team over on YouTube

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