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Nikon Zfc vs Z30 – Is the Zfc still worth the money?

Nikon Zfc vs Nikon Z30

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?


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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.

Nikon Z50

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.

Bodies

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.

Viewfinder

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.

Price

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 Z30Nikon ZfcNikon Z50
Release Date29th June 202229th June 202110th October 2019
Release Price (US$)$709 (Body Only)$960$856
Sensor   
Sensor SizeAPS-CAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOSCMOS
Megapixels20.920.920.9
Native ISO Range100-51200100-51200100-51200
In-body Image StabizationNoNoNo
Ratingn/an/an/a
Autofocus   
AF TypeHybrid Phase/Contrast DetectHybrid Phase/Contrast DetectHybrid Phase/Contrast Detect
AF Focus Points209209209
AF Sensitivity-4.5 – +19 EV-4.5 – +19 EV-4 – +19 EV
AF Coverage87%
Shutter   
Max Shutter Speed1/40001/40001/4000
Max Shutter FPS (AF+AE)5fps5fps5fps
Electronic ShutterNoNoNo
Max E-Shutter Speedn/an/an/a
Max E-Shutter FPS (Full Resolution)n/an/an/a
Max E-Shutter (Low Res)n/an/an/a
Silent Shootingn/an/an/a
Metering   
Range-4 EV – 17EV-4 EV – 17EV-4 EV – 17EV
Video Quality   
8KN/AN/AN/A
C4KN/An/aN/A
4K30p, 25p, 24p30p, 25p, 24p30p, 25p, 24p
HD 1080p120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
Max. Recording TimeApprox. 35 mins 4K, 125 mins 1080p29 mins 59 seconds29 mins 59 seconds
FormatMOV, MP4MOV, MP4MOV, MP4
Output over HDMIYesYesMOV, MP4
Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4H.264/MPEG-4H.264/MPEG-4
File Format   
Raw12/14 Bit Compressed12/14 Bit Compressed12/14 Bit Compressed
Storage   
Card Slot 1SD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
Card Slot 2n/an/aN/a
Viewfinder   
TypeNoneEVF (OLED)EVF (OLED)
ResolutionN/A2360K Dot2360K Dot
Refresh RateN/A
MagnificationN/A1.02x1.02X
DiopterN/A-3 to +3-3 to +3
Display   
Size3.0 inch3.0 inch3.2 inch
Resolution1040K Dots1040K1040k
Touch SensitiveYesYesYes
ArticulationFullFullTilt
Connectivity   
Video-OutHDMI Type DHDMI Type DHDMI Type D
Audio In (mic)3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
Audio Out (Headphones)NoNoNo
DataUSB-CUSB-CUSB
Power PortUSBUSBUSB
Ethernet PortNoNoNo
WiFiYesYesYes
BluetoothBluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.2Yes
Internal GPSNoNoNo
Power   
BatteryEN-EL25EN-EL26EN-EL25
Battery LifeApprox: 350Approx: 300Approx: 300
Video Record Time75 mins75 mins
Weight & Dimensions   
Width128mm134.5mm126.5mm
Height73.5mm93.5mm93.5
Depth59.5mm43.5mm60mm
Weight350g390g395g
Source: Nikon Asia

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.


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Conclusion

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

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