Q&A on the new Nikon Z mirrorless system

The German website DigitalKamera published Q&A on the new Nikon Z mirrorless system (based on conversations with Nikon employees):

  • Nikon will continue to develop both DSLR and mirrorless cameras and lenses
  • Nikon has no plans for using a larger sensor in a Z-mount cameras
  • The Nikon Z sensors were developed by Nikon and manufactured according to Nikon specifications by a sensor manufacturer (not specified which one)
  • The new Nikon Z-mount is not licensed to other manufacturers
  • The new f/1.8 mirrorless lenses offer the best compromise between size, image performance and price
  • The “S” in the new S-line mirrorless lenses stays for “Superior” (for the highest quality)
  • The new Z 35mm f/1.8 S mirrorless lens, for example, has a better performance than the current AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED DSLR lens
  • The Nikon Z 58mm Noct S is manual focus because it is very difficult and expensive to move large and heavy glass elements with an AF motor
  • It takes approximately 2.5 hours to change an empty battery via USB-C
  • The Nikon Z6/Z7 cameras cannot be operated via the USB-C socket
  • Nikon Z6/Z7 remote controllers: Nikon MC-DC2 remote release or the WR-1 and WR-R10 wireless controllers can be used
  • GPS connectivity for Nikon Z6/Z7: with Nikon GP-1 or SnapBridge (no internal compass data):

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