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Nikon Announces NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lightweight Super-Telephoto Lens and Z30 Mirrorless Camera; Learn More and Preorder at B&H Photo.Learn More and Preorder at B&H Photo
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Jun 29, 2022, 12:00 AM ET
Photo/Video News: Nikon has just launched the vlogger-focused Z30 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera and lightweight and compact super-telephoto NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens for its Z-mount camera system
NEW YORK, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- B&H is excited to share the new Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens compact and lightweight super-telephoto lens Vlogger-focused Z30 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera.
- 20.8MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
- UHD 4K30p and Full HD 120p Video
- Live Stream at 60p, In-Camera Time-Lapse
- Vlogging-Optimized Design
- Hybrid AF with Eye and Face Detection
- 3" 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen LCD
- ISO 100-51200, Up to 11 fps Shooting
- Built-In Stereo Mic, Ext. Mic Compatible
- Tally Lamp and Dedicated Selfie Controls
The Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera is designed with today's content creators in mind who are looking to record and share their everyday adventures. This DX-format camera borrows specs and capabilities from other Z cameras, including Nikon's renowned image quality and advanced autofocus performance, but sports an all-new design and offers purpose-built handling that prioritizes video and single-shooter productions.
The video specs are focused on online sharing and livestreaming with UHD 4K recording at up to 30p is the top-spec recording format, along with Full HD at 120p for slow-motion playback. The recording limit is more than two hours for those situations where a long continuous take is required, such as when recording performances or events. If using the camera as a webcam, then FHD at up to 60p is possible, or 4K at 30p, and constant power delivery is available through the USB Type-C port.
The Z30 supports a 20.8MP sensor, which suits 4K video recording, as well as benefits any day-to-day photo needs you have, including shooting your promo shots, thumbnails, or even for photographing fast-moving action at up to 11 fps. The large sensor size helps produce imagery with a high degree of clarity and can create blurred backgrounds to highlight your main subject. The sensor and image processing also enable useful low-light performance, with sensitivity up to ISO 25600 for video, or up to ISO 51200 for stills, and digital image stabilization, e-VR, also permits recording in low light by stabilizing any wobbly footage. Additionally, it's worth pointing out that the Z30 can record time-lapse sequences with in-camera processing and there is a series of in-camera effects and filters for producing ready-to-share footage straight from the camera.
The Nikon Z30 is available as just the camera or can be bundled in a one-lens kit with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, or in a two-lens kit, including the body, 16-50mm lens, and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens.
On the optical side of today's launch, the super-telephoto prime NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S follows in the footsteps of the impressive Z 800mm f/6.3, and Nikon describes it as "the smallest, lightest 400mm" the brand has ever created. Providing a healthy mixture of reach and portability, this lens promises to be an excellent option for nature and wildlife photography, especially when hiking is required, or for handheld sports and action capture.
- Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
- SR, Super ED, and ED Elements
- Nano Crystal Coat
- Stepping Motor AF System
- Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
- Customizable Fn and Memory Set Buttons
- Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
- Rotating Tripod Collar
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
As similar to the Z 800mm f/6.3 as this lens is, one notable distinction is the 400mm f/4.5 does not use a Phase Fresnel (PF) element to achieve its sleek size. Rather, it relies on more "conventional" specialized elements to realize well-controlled imagery while remaining compact. Super ED, ED, and SR (short-wavelength-refractive) glasses are used to control a variety of aberrations and color fringing, and a Nano Crystal Coat is also featured to reduce flare when working in strong lighting.
The new 400mm sacrifices 1.3 stops of light and a built-in teleconverter for a very handy 3.8-lb weight reduction (the 400mm f/4.5 weighs just 2.7 lb) and a useful 6" reduction in length—the new lens measures 9.2" long. In more relative sizing terms, this 400mm prime has nearly the same dimensions as Nikon's Z 70-200mm f/2.8 but still weighs 4 oz less than that. Portability is one of the key assets for this new lens—especially if you're able to sacrifice a bit of light and depth of field, you end up with this truly portable, hand-holdable super-telephoto. The lens features optical Vibration Reduction, which compensates for up to 5.5 stops of shake on its own or up to 6 stops of shake when paired with a camera's IBIS system using Synchro VR.
Learn more about the Nikon Z 400mm Lens
Nikon Announces Compact Super-Tele: the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens at YouTube
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