Nikon registers MB-N10 battery pack for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

Jun 28, 2019

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Nikon registers MB-N10 battery pack for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

Jun 28, 2019

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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The one big downfall of mirrorless cameras over DSLRs is battery life. It’s a natural consequence of having to constantly power an LCD or electronic viewfinder. The Nikon Z7, for example, is rated for a measly 330 shots vs the Nikon D850 which is rated for 1,840 shots on a full battery charge.

But now Nikon appears to finally be getting ready to announce the MB-N10 battery grip for the Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras, after having registered it with the Korean Communications Commission.

An KCC / MSIP RR ID is the authorization ID assigned by the Korean Communications Commission to identify wireless products in the Korean market. The RR assigns application ID numbers and Authorization number to approved products. The Battery Pack, manufactured by Nikon Corporation and sold by Nikon Imaging Korea Co., Ltd. has an Authorization Number of RR-NKR-MB-N10 and was approved on 2019-06-25 under application number 201917210000159850.

The application was approved on June 25th although Nikon originally announced the development of the MB-N10 grip way back in August 2018 along with the cameras themselves. It was just a footnote on the main announcement, so was easily missed. UK photographic retailer, Park Cameras, seems to already have a listing for the new grip, confirming Nikon’s announcement, but with no other details yet.

The price is still showing as “To be confirmed”, and you can “register your interest” to be kept up to date on release information. The product description essentially just relays the original Nikon announcement and really anything more.

Nikon have announced the future development for a grip for the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7. Details are limited at this time but Nikon have announced the following:

The MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack that is currently in development will hold two EN-EL15b batteries, effectively increasing the number of shots possible and/or movie recording time by approximately 1.8x. It will provide the same level of dust- and drip-resistance as the Z 7 and Z 6, and will support USB charging using the EH-7P Charging AC Adapter.

We know we can only expect around 330 shots on a full charge with the Z7 using a single battery, 1.8x more only brings us up to around 600 shots. That’s certainly much better, although it’s still not going to be on par with DSLRs.

This is just a registration, so there’s no word on a price or release date yet, or whether it will offer any improved performance to the camera in the same way the MB-D10 grip did when using the D3 battery with the Nikon D300, D300s and D700, but it does suggest that it might finally be on the way quite soon.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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4 responses to “Nikon registers MB-N10 battery pack for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras”

  1. autofocused Avatar
    autofocused

    In fairness, Park Camera has had that page since the camera was announced.
    BTW, my Z6 routinely is getting around 800-1000 shots per charge. Still I carry a backup battery. It’s a bad habit I developed during my stage of Sony ownership.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I’m still shooting Nikon DSLRs, but my bags always have half a dozen batteries for each camera in ’em. Some habits you just don’t lose. :)

  2. Sickheadache Avatar
    Sickheadache

    What this article does not relay…the Nikon Battery Grip…is…100% Non Functional. It will not have any buttons that fire like their other grips. Once again..This New Grip just holds two batteries and that is it. Shame on Nikon…over at Panasonic S1R they produced a functional Battery Grip for your needs of shooting this in Portraits Mode! Nikon Fail.

  3. Fink Avatar
    Fink

    ONLY if the new battery pack includes another shutter release for portrait.
    If not? I’ll just tuck a 2nd battery in my kit and be done. I might have a different answer if I were a video shooter and could ‘hot swap’ batteries.