The Newly Unveiled Nikon Z fc, Combining A Retro Nikon Look With Modern Camera Capabilities

Nikon has recently released the Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera. The camera is designed to resemble Nikon’s SLR film cameras from the 80s. Specifically, it was made to resemble the Nikon FM2 that was originally released in 1982. Inspired by Nikon’s film camera heritage, the Z fc has mechanical dials for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Although the camera may look old, its functions are anything but.


The Nikon Z fc is built similarly to Nikon’s other Z cameras. The Z fc is DX-Format or in other words, it has an APS-C sized sensor. The camera has 20.9MP and an Expeed 6 image processor, which allows it to have a shooting performance that goes up to 11fps. The ISO sensitivity can also impressively go up to 51,200. 


The Z fc has an advanced phase detection focus system with 209 points. The camera has full-time subject tracking which means the focus is always working to keep your subject in focus, even while recording. It also has an intelligent eye detection autofocus that locks onto and follows the eyes of your subject whether it’s a human or an animal.

Video Capabilities

The Nikon Z fc does not record only stills, it is also capable of recording video. The camera is capable of recording in 4K UHD (3840x2160) at up to 30fps and can also record in Full HD at up to 120fps, for slow-motion. Videos will be recorded in H.264/MPEG-4 and the maximum amount of time you can record continuously is 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

Here is a list of specs about the Nikon Z fc:

  • APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • Hybrid Phase-detection/Contrast AF With AF Assist
  • Single Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Recording Modes: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p, Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
  • Video Highlight Display (Zebras)
  • Video Focus Peaking
  • Vari-Angle LCD Screen

You can learn more about the Nikon Z fc on Nikon’s website.


The Nikon Z fc is a solid camera for content creators. The retro exterior adds a little pizazz to an overall decent camera. For those that have always been attracted to the classic film camera style but want a camera with modern-day capabilities, the Nikon Z fc might be the perfect camera for you. The Z fc is currently available for pre-order and is priced at $956.95.

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