Nikon Z fc review: old-school style meets cutting-edge tech

It's Nikon's first retro-themed Z-mount camera, but this is certainly not just a case of style over substance

Nikon Z fc
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nikon Z fc is an unapologetically retro camera with all the mod cons you’d expect from a current mirrorless model. Its aluminium dials are a joy to operate and the body looks so pretty you’ll likely display the camera when it’s not in use. But the Z fc isn't all style and no substance. Thanks to sharing the Z 50's internals, performance and image quality are excellent, so there are few compromises to be made for the extra style. Only the slippery body shape, along with the relative shortage of DX-format native Z-mount lenses, go against the Z fc. But even with these considerations, if you dig the retro aesthetic, the Z fc is still worth every penny.


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    Gorgeous styling

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    Solid specs

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    Well priced


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    Compromised ergonomics

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    'Only' 20.9 megapixels

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    Lack of DX Z-mount lenses

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With the likes of Fujifilm, Olympus and Leica cashing in on the retro camera style for years, the time has come (again) for Nikon to follow suit, this time in the form of the Nikon Z fc.

We say ‘again’, as it wasn’t so long ago that Nikon tried the same thing with the Df in 2013. However, where that was a full-frame DSLR, the new Nikon Z fc is an APS-C Z-mount mirrorless model. 

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.