No matter if you’re a professional photographer or merely a passionate enthusiast, chances are good that you’ve heard of the legendary Nikon FM2. And it’s for good reason — with its beautiful build quality, robust mechanical shutter, and wide range of supported lenses, it’s served as a true landmark camera since its introduction in 1982, enduring in popularity amongst film users even today.
With the launch of the Z fc, Nikon has effectively taken the FM2’s analog spirit and paired it with some updated 21st-century firepower. Around the outside, the camera looks just like its inspiration, combining a compact metal body with a premium leather-tone grip for a classic film camera aesthetic. And that’s not all; it’s also been designed to offer a similar tactile experience, with carved aluminum dials, engraved lettering, and a circular eyecup being some of the many old-school details. In fact, were it not for the electronic viewfinder and Vari-angle monitor, it’d be easy to forget this was a modern-day digital. However, underneath, the Z fc is quite the capable mirrorless camera, pairing a 20.9MP CMOS sensor with an EXPEED 6 processor to give you 209-point AF, 4K/30fps video, and 11fps continuous shooting. It’s available now starting at $959.
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