Nikon launches retro Z fc camera inspired by the FM2

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Nikon has announced the Z fc, a DX-format (crop sensor) camera that combines mirrorless tech with an achingly cool vintage design inspired by the iconic Nikon FM2 film SLR.

Even with the retro look, Nikon says the Z fc is designed to be a completely modern digital camera. It's made of a magnesium alloy, and comes wrapped in a leather-tone material Nikon says will offer a 'premium feel.'

“We wanted to pay homage to our cherished history of iconic cameras and to expand our lineup with the latest digital innovations," said John Young, General Manager, Marketing, Nikon Asia. 

"The Z fc is a step up to support photography lovers as they slow down and take in life’s simple moments."

On the exterior are carved aluminum dials, engraved lettering, and a circular eyepiece surrounding the EVF that features a 2.36m-dot (XGA) OLED display. The camera weighs 390g, and 445g with battery and card.

On the inside, Nikon has paired a 20.9 Megapixel CMOS image sensor with its EXPEED 6 engine that will allow for up to 11 frames per second still burst shooting.

The company says the Z fc has a 200-point hybrid autofocus system that recognizes approximately 87 percent of the frame horizontally and 85 percent vertically. The Z fc also features Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF in both stills and video modes.

The camera has an ISO sensitivity of up to 51200, and there is in-built optical Vibration Reduction (VR). For the first time in a Nikon Z Series camera, the Z fc supports exposure compensation during AUTO mode, and over 20 Creative Picture Control effects are also included. 

In addition to the retro black and silver model pictured here, six other colours will be available to purchase in Australia - black, white, sand beige, amber brown, natural grey, coral pink, and mint green, as well as the option to have the colour changed at a Nikon Australia Authorised Service Centre for a small fee.

Nikon has also announced two new matching lenses to complement the camera - the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR in a new silver variant and the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) that completes the kit. 

No availability have been confirmed, but it is expected the Z fc will retail for around $1,499, body only.

Australian customers can pre-order a Z fc to receive a bonus colour change, Nikon ML-L7 Bluetooth Remote Control and SmallRig Vlogging Tripod on purchases before September 30th 2021. You can find out more about preordering at the Nikon website.

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