In this Nikon Zfc vs Z30 comparison, we will look at the wonderfully retro Nikon Zfc and see how its specifications compare against the much cheaper Nikon Z30. And how does the new Z30 compare against the Nikon Z50?
What is the Nikon Zfc
The Nikon Z fc is a retro-styled mirrorless camera for Nikon’s Z mount. Like the Nikon Z50, the Zfc features a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor capable of producing high-quality images. Read more about the Nikon Zfc
In many ways, it’s easier to consider the Nikon Zfc as a Z50 wrapped in a retro body. In terms of specifications, both are a match for the other. But in terms of operation, the Nikon Zfc can be driven with its manual dials while the Z50 operates much like most other modern cameras. However, the Nikon Zfc is hardly old-fashioned and features a modern blog/selfie-friendly, fully articulating screen, while the Z50 makes do with a simple tilt screen.
What is the Nikon Z30
The Nikon Z30 is a Z50 with no viewfinder. But like the Nikon Z fc, the Z30 gets a blog-friendly fully-articulating screen. And this is a good thing since Nikon is marketing the Nikon Z30 as a blogging camera for content creators.
But in reality, the Nikon Z30 appears to be marketed as a blogging camera due to the absence of a viewfinder, as the Nikon Zfc is an equally capable camera for content creation.
That being said, the Nikon Z30 does offer a cheaper route into Nikon’s Z system. Furthermore, the absence of a viewfinder makes the Nikon Z30 lighter and more compact. And for long-term smartphone users, the advantages of a viewfinder may not be missed.
Nikon Zfc vs Z30
Looks aside, the Nikon Zfc and Z30 are very similar and may even share the same innards.
Image and Video Performance
The Nikon Z30 and Zfc appear to share the same APS-C 20.9-megapixel sensor, also used in the Nikon Z50. Furthermore, both cameras feature a 209-point eye-detect-enabled autofocus system, shooting up to 5fps with full autofocus and 11 fps without. Read Nikon Zfc vs Nikon Z5
As for recording video, both cameras max out at 4K30p, though the Nikon Z30 can record for a little longer. And since both cameras feature fully articulating screens and a 3.5mm mic jack, the Z30 and Zfc are equally well suited for vlogging.
As for recording behind the camera, neither the Nikon Z30 nor Zfc offers a headphone jack nor sensor-based image stabilization. And while both offer a 3inch 1040k-dot screen, the Nikon Zfc’s viewfinder will be advantageous when the rear screen is overcome with glare.
Thanks to the absent viewfinder, the Nikon Z30 and smaller and lighter. But the Nikon Zfc is a lovely camera and packs an excellent viewfinder. And its controls are more aligned with other Nikon cameras. And you may find the Nikon Zfc’s array of manual dials offers a more engaging user experience.
There are pros and cons to having a viewfinder. First of all, they add size, weight, and cost. On the other hand, a viewfinder enables you to keep shooting in the brightest of conditions.
But an overlooked advantage of shooting through a viewfinder is stability. With a viewfinder, you hold the camera close to your body, where you are mostly steady. In contrast, you’ll be using the Nikon Z30 at near arm’s length – a physically weaker position that will increase camera shake and result in blurred photos.
The Nikon Z30 is cheaper than the Nikon Zfc and the older Nikon Z50.
Nikon Zfc vs Z30 vs Z50 Specifications
What’s the difference between the Nikon Zfc and Z30 in terms of specifications?
|Nikon Z30||Nikon Zfc||Nikon Z50|
|Release Date||29th June 2022||29th June 2021||10th October 2019|
|Release Price (US$)||$709 (Body Only)||$960||$856|
|Native ISO Range||100-51200||100-51200||100-51200|
|In-body Image Stabization||No||No||No|
|AF Type||Hybrid Phase/Contrast Detect||Hybrid Phase/Contrast Detect||Hybrid Phase/Contrast Detect|
|AF Focus Points||209||209||209|
|AF Sensitivity||-4.5 – +19 EV||-4.5 – +19 EV||-4 – +19 EV|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000||1/4000||1/4000|
|Max Shutter FPS (AF+AE)||5fps||5fps||5fps|
|Max E-Shutter Speed||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Max E-Shutter FPS (Full Resolution)||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Max E-Shutter (Low Res)||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Range||-4 EV – 17EV||-4 EV – 17EV||-4 EV – 17EV|
|4K||30p, 25p, 24p||30p, 25p, 24p||30p, 25p, 24p|
|HD 1080p||120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p||120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p||120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p|
|Max. Recording Time||Approx. 35 mins 4K, 125 mins 1080p||29 mins 59 seconds||29 mins 59 seconds|
|Format||MOV, MP4||MOV, MP4||MOV, MP4|
|Output over HDMI||Yes||Yes||MOV, MP4|
|Raw||12/14 Bit Compressed||12/14 Bit Compressed||12/14 Bit Compressed|
|Card Slot 1||SD, SDHC, SDXC||SD, SDHC, SDXC||SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)|
|Card Slot 2||n/a||n/a||N/a|
|Type||None||EVF (OLED)||EVF (OLED)|
|Resolution||N/A||2360K Dot||2360K Dot|
|Diopter||N/A||-3 to +3||-3 to +3|
|Size||3.0 inch||3.0 inch||3.2 inch|
|Video-Out||HDMI Type D||HDMI Type D||HDMI Type D|
|Audio In (mic)||3.5mm||3.5mm||3.5mm|
|Audio Out (Headphones)||No||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.1||Bluetooth 4.2||Yes|
|Battery Life||Approx: 350||Approx: 300||Approx: 300|
|Video Record Time||75 mins||75 mins|
|Weight & Dimensions|
Nikon Z50 vs Z30
The Nikon Z30 is very much a Nikon Z50 without the viewfinder and flip screen. For these reasons, the Nikon Z50 is a better camera for general photography but a terrible option for vlogging since its tilting rear screen cannot be turned towards you.
The Nikon Z30 is cheaper and smaller than the Nikon Z50. But the Nikon Z50 has a viewfinder and a tilt screen – two things often favored by photographers. But otherwise, there’s very little between them.
Choosing between the Nikon Z30 and Zfc is relatively easy. If you don’t care about the viewfinder, the Nikon Z30 gives you everything the Nikon Zfc does in a smaller and more affordable package.
That being said, the Nikon Zfc isn’t ludicrously more expensive and is somewhat of a unique proposition. Even if the Zfc’s retro-body and manual control dials don’t blow wind into your sails, you get an excellent viewfinder.
Alternatively, you might consider the Nikon Z50 as a middle ground. And in some ways, it is. However, the Nikon Z50’s rear screen cannot be turned to face forward, making it a poor choice for selfies and vlogging.
I would choose the Nikon Zfc because I love shooting through viewfinders. It’s also a lovely camera, and I would enjoy being hands-on with its control dials.
Which do you prefer- share your thoughts in the comments below