Leaked images show Nikon’s retro-inspired Zfc APS-C mirrorless camera has a flippy out LCD

Jun 15, 2021

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Leaked images show Nikon’s retro-inspired Zfc APS-C mirrorless camera has a flippy out LCD

Jun 15, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It seems an odd move so early in the game when Nikon is still building out its mirrorless camera range, but it looks like they’re releasing a follow up to their retro-styled DSLR, the Nikon Df. Sort of. According to some leaked specs and photos, there are going to be some significant differences between the Nikon Df and the anticipated Nikon Zfc.

For a start, naturally, it’s switching from being a DSLR to a mirrorless camera. It’s also rumoured to be an APS-C camera, not a full-frame, more closely resembling the Nikon Z50 rather than a flagship model. And it will have a flippy out LCD, suggesting that it will most certainly offer video features unlike the Nikon Df, which offered none.

Nikon is not reported to be releasing any retro-styled lenses to go along with the new camera and will simply use the standard black Z mount lenses. The image at the top of this post is a mockup, created by Nikon Rumors to suggest how that might look, but they’ve since posted some leaked images that claim to show parts of the actual camera.

The initial specs rumours suggest that it will be similar in specification to the Nikon Z50. It’ll be a very thin body without a grip offering similar handling to the Nikon FM cameras. It will come in three different colours – black, silver and brown (possibly leather?) – house an APS-C sensor and may come with a 35mm f/1.8 kit lens as standard. A 28mm f/2.8 lens is also rumoured.

Leaked images of the rumoured Nikon Zfc (top) vs the Nikon Df (bottom)

But one particularly interesting piece of information, backed up by the leaked image of the viewfinder, suggests that the Nikon Zfc will have a flippy out LCD. When you look at the area directly below the viewfinder, we don’t see an LCD in the shot and when you compare it to something like the Nikon D5600 DSLR with the LCD flipped out, the similarities in design are quite obvious.

This apparent confirmation of the flippy out LCD along with the button on top with the big red dot in the middle that can only possibly be a start/stop record button suggests that this will definitely have video capabilities. And given the fact that it’s closer in spec to the Nikon Z50, rather than a flagship model (the Df used the same sensor as the Nikon D4), with a price tag expected of around $999 including the kit lens, it might be being targeted towards travellers and vloggers.

The three newly leaked images were sent to Nikon Rumors by somebody calling themselves “NPR”, but Nikon Rumors says they have no way of getting more information from that source. With photos being leaked, though, even if it is a pre-production unit, I think we can expect to see more information on the new camera coming soon if it’s real.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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13 responses to “Leaked images show Nikon’s retro-inspired Zfc APS-C mirrorless camera has a flippy out LCD”

  1. Richard Szőke Avatar
    Richard Szőke

    The “retro” Nikon Df was a (pricing) failure! Do they repeat the mistake again? ???‍♂️??‍♂️

    1. Aubry Pierre Avatar
      Aubry Pierre

      Richard Szőke i’d love a good one, but Fuji seems to make better choices these days. The PSAM dial is a dead giveaway of flawed thinking. Less is more

      1. Jeremy Moore Avatar
        Jeremy Moore

        Ha, what about the other 3/4 of that dial??

  2. Anthony Osborne Avatar
    Anthony Osborne

    As a long term Nikon shooter this is one of the reason they are failing. This camera is a gimmick, much like the NOCT lens. Nikon should focus on products that create real advantage and not waste resources on gimmicks. Sony and Cannon have given them a window but they won’t take it.

    1. Lynchenstein Avatar
      Lynchenstein

      If it really is a repackaged z50 I think it will do pretty well. The 35mm 1.8 is 50mm equivalent and will no doubt be of high quality. I think this will get Nikon some pretty good press leading up to the z9 release too.

  3. CGSingleton Avatar
    CGSingleton

    These are not actual leaked pictures of Nikon’s retro mirrorless camera . . . they are a fan-boy mash up. Check Nikon Rumors for confirmation

  4. Stu Olsen Avatar
    Stu Olsen

    Looks cool, but Fujifilm as already set the bar awfully high for that type of camera.

  5. LanthusClark Avatar
    LanthusClark

    I already hate it…

  6. Andy R Avatar
    Andy R

    There arent enough z mount aps c lenses. This is why i didnt go for z50, releasing a new camera doesnt make sense.

  7. Antonio J Pérez Castro Avatar
    Antonio J Pérez Castro

    Same problem as Nikon Df. Retro camera but lenses with no aperture ring. It kills the idea completely. Actually worse than Nikon Df because this one is aps-c sensor, while DX lineup of lenses has been abandoned since the time of the Nikon D3. Just a handful of plastic kit zoom were made for DX reflex, and the same tendency is seen now for DX z mount. Only Fuji offers the right combination of direct controls and modern technology in my opinion, all with a stellar offer of lenses

    1. Ivo Kwee Avatar
      Ivo Kwee

      Exactly. Nikon does some half-baked retro and doesn’t have the balls to go all the way retro like Fuji. A Zfc with Z lens will be butt ugly…

  8. Ivo Kwee Avatar
    Ivo Kwee

    Hope they make it full frame accepting F-mount. Please not APC with Z lens…. If not I am afraid it will be another Frankenstein retro camera like the Df… The Df had an identity crisis.

  9. Ulysses Segatto Avatar
    Ulysses Segatto

    C’mon, the firing button has no thread? Inadmissible…