Press coverage of cameras and photographic products is a weird thing. Manufacturers curry favor with tech blogs and consumer sites that have a passing knowledge of photography but still have massive audiences. In many cases, tech blog reviewers jump from product to product, reviewing a game system or wireless speaker at one moment, then a DSLR the next.
That’s why, when a leading camera company like Nikon releases a new platform, it’s hard to read cringe-worthy tech-blog posts making goo-goo eyes at specs but not any real insight. For example, Engadget’s post, “Nikon’s Z7 mirrorless camera is a full-frame 45.7-megapixel beast,” manages to recap the tech talking points and provide no usable insight. (But what do you expect from a writer whose bio accomplishments include eating tacos and playing SNES.)
Among the better articles citing both the pros and cons of the new Z-system (which, face it, had a rather mixed reception, especially from sites aimed at working pros), are these:
- The Nikon Z is a big step for Nikon but they need to keep being brave, from DPReview‘s Richard Butler.
- Shutterbug‘s Dan Havlik wrote a compelling series of hands-on articles on the Z-series. Well worth a review.
- And, from business viewpoint, “Nikon takes on Sony with mirrorless cameras,” by Yuji Nakamura and Yuki Furukawa of Bloomberg
- And, for a contrarian view, the reliable PetaPixel posted this review critical of the Z-systems missing features, like dual card slots and high-speed 60 fps 4K video, as well as lackluster lens selection.