Nikon Zf vs Z fc: Which is Nikon's best retro camera?

A Nikon Zf camera face-to-face with a Nikon Z fc camera

Love Nikon? Love retro? Then this Nikon Zf vs Z fc head-to-head is for you, as we compare and contrast the Big N's immensely popular classic-looking cameras. 

On the surface, both bodies offer very similar propositions – and obviously very similar looks – but beneath the hood these are two incredibly different camera systems. Like the old (and suitably retro) Transformers tagline, this Nikon Zf vs Z fc comparison proves that there's more than meets the eye! 

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Nikon Zf vs Z fc
Header Cell - Column 0 Nikon ZfNikon Z fc
Sensor24.5MP full-frame CMOS (FX)20.9MP APS-C CMOS (DX)
ProcessorExpeed 7Expeed 6
Autofocus systemHybrid phase/contrast 273 pointsHybrid phase/contrast 209 points
ISO range100-64,000 (exp. 50-204,800)100-51,200 (exp. 204,800)
In-body image stabilization5-axis, up to 8 stopsN/A
Electronic image stabilizationYesYes
Max video res4K 60p4K 30p
Viewfinder0.5-in 3.69-million-dot OLED0.39-in 2.36-million-dot OLED
LCD3.2-in articulated, 2,100k dots3.0-in articulated, 1,040k dots
Max burst7.8fps RAW+JPEG, 30fps JPEG only11fps
Max shutter1/8000 sec1/4000 sec
Memory card(s)1x SD UHS-II, 1x Micro SD1x SD UHS-I
Size144 x 103 x 49 mm134.5 x 93.5 x 43.5mm
Weight630g body only390g body only
James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.