Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera review

The all-new Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera: experience a new level of imaging excellence with its unprecedented combination of performance, convenience, and creative possibilities here.

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera review

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera summary

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera product highlights

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera product highlights:

  • APS-C size
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100-51200
  • 6 EXPEED
  • Eye-/Animal-Detection AF for stills
  • Eye-/Animal-Detection AF for videos
  • Heritage design
  • Vari-angle monitor
  • Creative Picture Controls
  • Touch screen
  • 4K UHD/30p
  • Self-portrait mode
  • SnapBridge
  • Premium Exterior

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera features

The Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera combines vintage design with modern technology, inspired by the iconic Nikon FM2. It offers a range of six premium exterior color options that can be customized to suit individual preferences and lifestyle.

The Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera features a compact and lightweight body, perfect for everyday use and easy portability. Its flat design allows users to conveniently slip the camera in and out of their bag without any hassle.

With three individual dials and a small aperture window, users can enjoy the tactile experience of manually adjusting each setting before taking a shot. This hands-on approach adds a sense of creativity and control to the photography process.

The Nikon Zfc is equipped with a versatile vari-angle touch screen monitor, enabling users to shoot from various angles and perspectives. It’s perfect for capturing selfies, vlogging, and exploring different shooting styles.

Featuring a Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with 20.9 effective megapixels and an ISO range of 100-51200, the Nikon Zfc delivers clear and detailed images in any lighting condition. The sensor ensures minimal noise and captures textures with precision.

The Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera includes Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF, which automatically detect and track the eyes of both humans and pets, ensuring sharp focus even when the subjects are in motion. These features are available for both stills and video recording.

With 20 Creative Picture Controls, users can apply various creative effects to both photos and videos. These controls can be previewed in real-time, providing immediate feedback on the desired look and style.

The Nikon Zfc supports 4K UHD/30p video recording without cropping, delivering beautiful and sharp footage suitable for vlogging and video content creation.

Using the SnapBridge app, the camera can be connected to a smart device. This allows users to easily transfer and share their photos, as well as acquire the latest camera firmware updates through the app.

In summary, the Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera combines vintage-inspired design with advanced features and functionality. Its compact size, customizable exterior, versatile shooting capabilities, and connectivity options make it an excellent choice for photography enthusiasts who appreciate both style and performance.

Nikon Zfc mirrorless shutter speed and type

The Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera offers different shutter options to suit various shooting scenarios. It features an electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, an electronic front-curtain shutter, and an electronic shutter. The camera provides a range of shutter speeds depending on the shooting mode. Using the dedicated shutter-speed dial, the speeds range from 1/4000 to 4 seconds, including bulb and time modes, as well as flash sync.

By utilizing the main command dial, the speeds range from 1/4000 to 30 seconds (adjustable in 1/3 increments) and can be extended up to 900 seconds in mode M, again including bulb, time, and flash sync options.

Nikon Zfc image sensor

The Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera features a high-quality image sensor that captures stunning photos. The image sensor has dimensions of 23.5 x 15.7 mm, which is known as the Nikon DX format. This sensor size ensures excellent image quality and allows for a compact camera body. The total number of pixels on the sensor is 21.51 million, resulting in sharp and detailed images.

With this advanced image sensor, the Nikon Zfc delivers impressive image quality and is suitable for a wide range of photography needs, from portraits to landscapes and more.

Our final opinion about Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera

The Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera is an excellent choice for photographers both amateur and professionals. It offers great image quality, an intuitive user interface, and easy to use features. The low-price tag also makes it an attractive choice for budget conscious shooters. While it doesn’t have the most advanced features of some of its competitors, it is more than capable of capturing stunning photos in a wide range of environments.

We highly recommend the Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera for those looking to get into a quality mirrorless system without breaking the bank.

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera technical specifications

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera technical specifications:

Type of camera


Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Nikon Zfc lens

Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

  • F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required); restrictions may apply

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

20.9 million

Nikon Zfc image sensor


23.5 x 15.7 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon DX format)

Total pixels

21.51 million


File format

  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit

  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression

  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera Picture Control system

Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls


SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards

Nikon Zfc Viewfinder


1.0-cm/0.39-in. approx. 2360k-dot (XGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 7-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical


Approx. 1.02x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)


Monitor type

7.5-cm/3.0-in., approx. 1040k-dot vari-angle TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls

Nikon Zfc shutter

Shutter Type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter

Shutter speed

  • Using the shutter-speed dial: 1/4000 to 4 s (1 step), bulb, time, X (Flash sync)

  • Using the main command dial: 1/4000 to 30 s (1/3 step, can be extended up to 900 s in mode M), bulb, time, X (Flash Sync)


Release modes

Single frame, continuous L, continuous H, continuous H (extended), Self-timer

Approximate frame advance rate

  • Continuous L: Approx. 1 to 4 fps

  • Continuous H: 5 fps

  • Continuous H (extended): 11 fps


Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering mode

  • Matrix

  • Center-weighted

  • Spot

  • Highlight-weighted

(ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20°C/68°F)

-4 to 17 EV

Nikon Zfc ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 51200 (ISO 102400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 51200 (ISO 204800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera autofocus


Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range (In photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/1.8 lens, 20°C/68°F)

-4.5 to +19 EV (without low-light AF: -3 to +19 EV)

Focus points (In photo mode, single-point AF, DX format)

209 focus points

AF-area modes

Pinpoint AF; single-point AF; dynamic-area AF; wide-area AF (S), wide-area AF (L), wide-area AF (L-people); wide-area AF (L-animals); auto-area AF; auto-area AF (people); auto-area AF (animals); pinpoint AF and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only

Nikon Zfc flash

Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering

Flash modes

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

i-TTL flash control, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync

White balance

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning except choose color temperature


Bracketing types

Exposure and/or flash, white balance, and ADL


Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering mode

  • Matrix

  • Center-weighted

  • Highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate

  • 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p

  • 1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 1920 x 1080 slow-motion; 30p (x4), 25p (x4), 24p (x5p)

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera file format


Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera audio recording format

Linear PCM (for video recorded in MOV format), AAC (for video recorded in MP4 format)

Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Nikon Zfc ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) available with selectable upper limit

  • P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) with selectable upper limit

  • Auto: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600)

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from extra high, high, normal, low or off

Other options

Time-lapse video recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes



Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type D HDMI connector

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)






Power source


One EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Charging AC adapter

EH-7P Charging AC Adapter (available separately)

Nikon Zfc dimensions/weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 134.5 x 93.5 x 43.5 mm/5.3 x 3.7 x 1.8 in.


Approx. 445 g/15.7 oz. with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 390 g/13.8 oz. (camera body only)

Operating environment

Operating environment

Temperature: 0°C to 40°C/32°F to 104°F; Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)

EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-32 Battery Charger, DK-32 Rubber Eyecup, AN-DC23 Strap, BF-N1 Body Cap

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