The Nikon Z fc is an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor. Taking inspiration from Nikon's past, it's styled with silver accents and a retro-inspired body to emulate vintage Nikon SLR cameras. It has a fully articulated touchscreen and dedicated shutter speed and ISO dials, making it easy to adjust settings on the fly. It's fairly lightweight, and its magnesium alloy frame and aluminum dials feel premium and sturdy. That said, not everyone may find its retro design comfortable to use, as it lacks a handgrip and has a sharply squared-off body. Performance-wise, it delivers excellent overall image quality and performs well even in low light. Its autofocus system is great at tracking moving subjects in photography or video, and it has a fast 11 fps continuous shooting speed. Depending on settings and usage habits, its battery life is decent, and it supports USB charging, though it doesn't come with a USB cable in the box.
The Nikon Z fc is decent for travel photography. It's not too heavy and is easy to travel with, though it lacks a handgrip and may not be the most comfortable to use for long periods. It has a great autofocus system and a fast continuous shooting speed to capture brief moments. It also delivers excellent overall image quality and does a great job stabilizing photos when using its kit lens. Its screen is also bright enough to overcome glare from the sun. However, its advertised photo battery life is mediocre, though battery performance can vary with real-world conditions.
The Nikon Z fc is good for landscape photography. It delivers excellent overall image quality, and photos stay sharp and relatively noise-free at higher ISO levels for nighttime landscapes. It also has a wide dynamic range to bring out details in highlights and shadows. Its screen is remarkably bright, too, so it easily overcomes glare in daylight. That said, it's not the most comfortable camera to use since it lacks a handgrip, and it isn't weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for water resistance.
The Nikon Z fc is good for sport and wildlife photography. It has a fast high-speed continuous shooting speed of 11 fps and a virtually instantaneous buffer empty time for uninterrupted burst photography. It also has a great autofocus system that tracks moving subjects well. Overall, the image quality is excellent. That said, its max mechanical shutter speed is just decent, and it's not the most comfortable camera to use since it lacks a handgrip.
The Nikon Z fc is decent for vlogging. It has a fully articulated touchscreen, so you can monitor yourself while recording. It also automatically switches into 'Self-Portrait' mode when you flip its screen around, making it easier to make exposure adjustments when recording yourself. Its autofocus system does an amazing job of tracking faces, ensuring you stay in focus. It delivers excellent overall video quality, though it's a bit worse in low light, and there's a lot of rolling shutter effect in 4k. However, it doesn't do the best job smoothing out camera shake when using its kit lens.
The Nikon Z fc is good for studio video. It has good internal recording capability and an easy-to-use menu system. While it has a microphone jack and HDMI port, it lacks a headphone jack and doesn't come with a USB cable in the box, which is inconvenient. Its overall video quality is excellent in more controlled lighting conditions, though it's not as good in low light. There's also significant rolling shutter effect when panning to the side in 4k. That said, it has a fantastic autofocus system.
The Nikon Z fc is a poor choice for action video. It isn't designed for you to mount it on a helmet or chest rig. It doesn't do the best job stabilizing camera shake in 4k when using its kit lens, though it's notably better in FHD. It also isn't rated as being water-resistant, though we don't currently test for this. Overall, video quality is great in brighter lighting conditions, though there's noticeable rolling shutter effect in 4k. It also offers many frame rate options, including up to 120 fps in FHD, along with a slow-motion capture mode.
Note: The camera doesn't come with a USB cable in the box.
Note: Enabling this camera's magnification assistance feature causes the EVF and/or monitor to become very sluggish to the point that it hinders use.
Note: By default, this camera has a 'Self-Portrait' mode that's enabled when you flip the screen around to face forward. It automatically sets a 3s timer for photos and videos and shows fewer on-screen options. You can also change shutter speed, aperture, and ISO via the touchscreen in this mode. However, it prevents you from accessing the menu, quick menu, or playback function.
Note: While this camera supports USB charging, it doesn't include a USB cable in the box.
Note: The mechanical shutter is only compatible with certain lenses, not including the lens we tested it with, though we confirmed the max shutter speed using the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens.
Note: You can use this camera as a webcam by simply connecting it to your computer with a USB-C cable (not included) and using compatible software.
Note: This camera can also record video at 25 fps in 4k.
Note: In addition to the listed frame rates, this camera can also record at 100 fps, 50 fps, and 25 fps. Also, it gives you the option to record at 120 fps in either regular capture or slow-motion capture (with a 30 fps playback speed).
The Nikon Z fc comes in one color variant: Silver. You can buy it with a Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR kit lens or without a lens.
Let us know if you come across a different variant or your Nikon Z fc doesn't correspond to our review, and we'll update it.
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