xsmn 12/2/23 AdvertisementLike the Z50, the Z FC sports a DX-format (aka APS-C) 20.9-MP sensor with 209 AF points (which cover around 85% of the sensor), a top shooting speed of 11 fps, and support for 4K video capture at up to 30 fps. The downside is that also like the Z50 (and unlike Nikon鈥檚 full-frame Z6 and Z7), the Z FC doesn鈥檛 support in-body image stabilization, which means you won鈥檛 get the same level of shake and vibration reduction you get from the Z FC鈥檚 more expensive siblings. Image: NikonAdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, in return you get a body with a dedicated mode dial along with physical dials for shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation, not to mention standard front and back wheels for aperture and the like. The FC鈥檚 body is also wrapped in a faux leather material to add some extra style and texture, with the rest of the camera鈥檚 magnesium and aluminum components getting a matte satin finish. And if you鈥檙e not a fan of silver, the Z FC will be available in an all-black color scheme too (with some more funky color schemes also on the way). One nice upgrade from the Z50 is that instead of a rear 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen, Nikon opted for a more colorful OLED display which should give you a more accurate representation of what your final pics will look like. There鈥檚 also a built-in 2.36 million dot EVF, with notable specs including a faster USB-C port for charging and data transfer, a single SD card slot, a 3.5mm mic jack (but no dedicated headphone jack), and a battery Nikon says should last about 300 shots per charge. Advertisement setTimeout(() => const adSlot = document.querySelector(.apscustom); const adFallback = document.querySelector(.ars-fallback); if (adSlot) if has been read, but theres no ad, then show the fallback if (adFallback && adSlot.offsetHeight NikonDuring operation, another nice improvement is that Nikon says the Z FC鈥檚 now lets you turn on eye detection in wide-area AF mode, which should help the camera more easily track and prioritize your subject throughout the frame. AdvertisementFinally, to help support the Z FC and Nikon鈥檚 other Z mirrorless cameras, Nikon is also announcing a handful of new lenses. The new Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR was designed to be a super compact all-purpose lens meant for Nikon鈥檚 DX cameras, and it will be available as one of the kit lenses alongside the new Z FC. Nikon鈥檚 new 18-140mm lens is pretty compact for its zoom rangeImage: NikonAdvertisementMeanwhile, for those looking for a faster wide-angle lens, Nikon is also announcing the new Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens, which is said to be good for both portraits and landscapes. And coming down the line, Nikon also announced the future development of the Nikkor Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR zoom lens. The Nikon Z FC is expected to be available starting sometime in late July for 0 (body only), or ,100 as part of a bundle with the new DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. The 16-50mm lens will also be available separately for 0, with the 28mm f/2.8 also arriving in late July for 0, or ,200 when bundled with the Z FC.
- xsmn 12/2/23 AdvertisementOn the inside of the camera sits GoPro鈥檚 first proprietary processor called the GP1, and that little chip has effectively doubled the framerates the new camera can capture, compared to the Hero5. That means it can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second and 1080p at 240fps. My final videos are typically 24fps (it looks more cinematic than 30fps), so that means you can slow 4K video down to 40-percent speed, and you can slow 1080p video down to 1/10th of real-time. 1080p240 is definitely the banner feature here as you can see in the 1080p footage comparison video below:1080p footage comparison and review video with slow-motion goodness.Philosopher Dave Chappelle once said, 鈥淓verything looks better in slow motion,鈥 and he was basically right. Being able to shoot 1080p at 120fps for five times the slow motion was really sweet, but 240fps for ten times the slo-mo is entering a whole other realm. Moments that pass by in an instant are suddenly clearly preserved in a way that your eye can appreciate. Water takes on a whole new life. When watching a bird fly away you can see each individual feather flex and rotate as it flaps. It鈥檚 just. So. Freaking. Cool. I found myself wanting to film all kinds of things that I normally wouldn鈥檛 care about (hello, blowing bubbles underwater) just to see what it looks like in slow motion.AdvertisementAdvertisementCamerasActionGoPro Hero6What is it?A more expensive action camera with gorgeous slow motion.Price0LikeThe slow motion is insane, as is the dynamic range.No LikeA couple of irritating bugs and so so mic quality.GoPro also touted its new electronic image stabilization as its best yet. The good news is that at 1080p it works extremely well. The images are smooth, and while you lose a bit of the field of view (it crops 10 percent off the sides) it doesn鈥檛 appear to reduce image quality. Unfortunately, that鈥檚 not the case for stabilized 4K video. With 4K, that 10 percent costs you, with images becoming noticeably more pixilated and glitchy. It probably wouldn鈥檛 seem so bad except that Sony鈥檚 X3000R Action Camera exists. That Sony is the only action cam that has optical image stabilization, and hoo boy is it smooth! Not only that, it doesn鈥檛 have to crop the edges so there鈥檚 zero quality loss or field of view loss at 4K. Overall, the Sony isn鈥檛 nearly as easy to use as the Hero6, and I experienced a lot of bugs with it, as well as some significant image quality issues, which I address in the test-footage videos (1080p video above, 4K video below).4K test footage comparison.On the 4K side, the Hero6 looks great. When it first launched there were some issues with colors being massively oversaturated, and that was somewhat blinding in 4K, but GoPro just pushed out a firmware update and now the colors look far more accurate but still have plenty of vibrance. The only other action camera that can shoot 4K60 is the Yi 4K+, which, at 0, is a full two Benjamins cheaper than the Hero6, but man, you get what you pay for. Not only did the Yi consistently have the worst image quality of the crew but it was also a serious headache to use, with constant card errors (despite using three different cards) and other bugs.Advertisement setTimeout(() => const adSlot = document.querySelector(.apscustom); const adFallback = document.querySelector(.ars-fallback); if (adSlot) if has been read, but theres no ad, then show the fallback if (adFallback && adSlot.offsetHeight