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Nikon Z fc added to studio test scene

Nikon recently announced the Z fc, its newest APS-C offering with a design reminiscent of the company’s film cameras like the FM2. While we’re working on our full review, we thought we’d present our studio test scene results here for your perusal. Below is our standard studio scene comparison tool, offering a look at the camera’s image quality performance in both daylight and low illumination (tungsten) lighting at a variety of ISOs. The scene was shot using the Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S lens.

You can toggle the comparison tool above between JPEG and Raw modes by selecting the desired mode in the relevant dropdown. At the top right of our tool you’ll see icons denoting ‘Full’, ‘Compare’, and ‘Print’. ‘Full’ gives you a 100% magnification view of each camera at its native resolution; ‘Compare’ normalizes all cameras to the lowest resolution camera present in the comparison, while ‘Print’ resizes all images to roughly 8MP output.

Colors in JPEGs are pleasing, with the golden yellows, warm greens and vibrant reds we’ve come to expect from Nikon. Like the Z50 (and the Sony), the Z fc doesn’t appear to have an anti-aliasing filter, so detail capture is high, but it comes at the cost of color aliasing and moiré. JPEG sharpening is pretty aggressive, with large radius sharpening causing more halos around edges (also known as overshoot) than competitors like Fujifilm and Sony. Noise reduction is quite effective at removing noise, but it comes at a considerable detail cost relative to the class-leading Sony.

Feel free to pore over our samples and share your findings and thoughts in the comments below!