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Nikon Zf full frame mirrorless camera – user manual

Nikon Zf

The Z f is where classic Nikon analogue camera design meets advanced Z series tech for next-level performance. It’s the perfect fusion of past and present.

Nikon Zf
Nikon Zf

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The black finish on the precision-milled brass mechanical control dials reveals an attractive patina over time. The more you use your Z f, the more it becomes one of a kind.

The Z f’s analogue looks and control dials might remind you of 35mm SLR cameras from back then, but this full-frame mirrorless camera is powered for now—and ready to meet your creative needs. The 24.5 MP full-frame CMOS sensor combines with the EXPEED 7 engine and the light-gathering advantages of the wider Z mount to give you more freedom to create. Sharpness, contrast, colour accuracy, dynamic range, focus precision, low-light performance—you get the tools you need to craft your unique style.

Fully rotating vari-angle monitor

The first fully rotatable touchscreen vari-angle monitor in a full-frame Nikon Z camera makes it easy to shoot from any angle while maintaining a clear view of the frame. Plus, you get a whole new way to assign shooting functions with Touch Fn. Touch FN lets you assign key controls to nine customisable areas on the bright, high-res touchscreen. It’s a flexible and intuitive way to operate the camera: you only need to tap on an area to move your focus point, switch between your subjects’ eyes, select grid displays, activate a virtual horizon, and more. With Touch FN activated, you can even be looking through the viewfinder to compose your image while using your thumb to specify the focus on the monitor.

Technical Specifications

TypeDigital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount Nikon Z mount

Image sensorFX, CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm

Total pixels 25.28 million

Dust-reduction systemImage sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)

Effective Pixels 24.5 million

Image Size (pixels)

[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area:

(L) 6048 x 4032 ( 24.4 million)

(M) 4528 x 3024 ( 13.7 million)

(S) 3024 x 2016 ( 6.1 million)

[DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area:

(L) 3984 x 2656 ( 10.6 million)

(M) 2976 x 1992 ( 5.9 million)

(S) 1984 x 1328 ( 2.6 million)

[1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area:

(L) 4032 x 4032 ( 16.3 million)

(M) 3024 x 3024 ( 9.1 million)

(S) 2016 x 2016 ( 4.1 million)

[16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area:

(L) 6048 x 3400 ( 20.6 million)

(M) 4528 x 2544 ( 11.5 million)

(S) 3024 x 1696 ( 5.1 million)

Image formatsNEF (RAW): 14 bit; choose from lossless compression, high efficiency (high), and high efficiency options

JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available

HEIF: Supports fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available

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

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

Picture Control SystemAuto , Standard , Neutral , Vivid , Monochrome , Flat Monochrome , Deep Tone Monochrome , Portrait , Rich Tone 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

Note: Choice of Picture Controls is restricted to Standard, Monochrome, and Flat when HLG is selected for tone mode during still photography.

MediaSD , SDHC (UHS-II compliant) , SDXC (UHS-II compliant) , microSD (micro Secure Digital) , microSDHC (UHS-I compliant) , microSDXC (UHS-I compliant)

Dual card slot1 Secure Digital (SD) card and 1 micro Secure Digital (SD) card

Either card can be used for overflow or backup storage, for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG or HEIF pictures, or for storage of duplicate JPEG or HEIF pictures at different sizes and image qualities; pictures can be copied between cards.

File systemDCF 2.0, Exif 2.32, MPEG‑A MIAF

Viewfinder1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 13-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverageApprox. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical

MagnificationApprox. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)

Eyepoint21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from rearmost surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment-4 to +2 m-1

Eye sensorAutomatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays

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

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

Shutter speedAccessible via shutter speed dial: ¹⁄₈₀₀₀ to 4 s in steps of 1 EV, Bulb, Time, X (flash sync)
Accessible via main command dial: ¹⁄₈₀₀₀ to 30 s in steps of ¹⁄₃ EV (extendable to 900 s in mode M), Bulb, Time, X (flash sync)

Flash sync speedX= ¹⁄₂₀₀ s; flash synchronizes with shutter at speeds of ¹⁄₂₀₀ s or slower; faster sync speeds are supported with auto FP high-speed sync

Release modeSingle frame , continuous low-speed , continuous high-speed , Continuous high-speed (extended) , high-speed frame capture with Pre-Release Capture , Self-timer

Approximate frame advance rate

Up to 30 fps
Continuous low-speed: Approx. 1 to 7 fps
Continuous high-speed: Approx. 7.8 fps
Continuous high-speed (extended): Approx. 14 fps
High-speed frame capture (C30): Approx. 30 fps
Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.

Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

Exposure Metering

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering method

Matrix metering
Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 or 8 mm circle in center of frame or weighting can be based on average of entire frame
Spot metering: Meters circle with a diameter of approximately 4 mm centered on selected focus point
Highlight-weighted metering

Metering Range

-4 to +17 EV
Figures are for ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20 °C/68 °F


AUTO: auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual

Exposure compensation-3 to +3 EV (-5 to +5 EV when exposure compensation dial is rotated to C) in steps of ¹⁄₃ EV

Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 100 to 64000 (choose from step sizes of ¹⁄₃ and 1 EV); can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 1.7 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 64000; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Note: ISO sensitivity is limited to 400 to 64000 when HLG is selected for tone mode.

Active D-LightingAuto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off

Multiple exposureAdd, average, lighten, darken

Other optionsHDR overlay, photo mode flicker reduction

Autofocus systemHybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range-10 to +19 EV

Measured in photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F using single-servo AF (AF‑S) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2

Lens servoAutofocus (AF):
Single-servo AF (AF-S) , continuous-servo AF (AF-C) , full-time AF (AF-F; available only in video mode); predictive focus trackingManual focus (M):

Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points273
Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and FX selected for image area

AF-area modePinpoint (available in photo mode only), single-point, dynamic-area (S, M, and L; available in photo mode only), wide-area (S, L, C1, and C2), and auto-area AF; 3D-tracking (available in photo mode only); subject-tracking AF (available in video mode only)

Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF‑S) or by pressing the AE/AF lock (Protect) button

Camera on-board VR

5-axis image sensor shift

Lens on-board VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)

Flash controlTTL: 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 modesFront-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off

Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV

Flash-ready indicatorLights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)i-TTL flash control, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync

White balanceAuto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning

Bracketing typesExposure and/or flash , white balance , ADL

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