The AirTag stalking problem is only partially Apple’s problem, it’s mostly law enforcement’s

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Apple’s AirTags are being used for stalking, but the problem isn’t new, nor remotely exclusive to Apple — and is easier to execute undetected with other inexpensive methods. The real issue is the overall failure of law enforcement to act.

Reports of AirTags being used to stalk people don’t give a full picture of the dangers of “stalkerware,” and the reports often shift blame entirely onto Apple.

Apple isn’t the only one whose tracking devices can facilitate stalking, it’s just the highest profile vendor to provide tracking tools.

In most cases, the issue is law enforcement. Despite Apple cooperating readily with law enforcement to find a perpetrator, police departments are mostly failing to take seriously reports of stalking revealed by an AirTag’s safety mechanisms.

Here’s some additional context for the discussion.

Reports of Apple AirTag stalking

While AirTags can be used to locate stolen or lost property, the small devices are also being used to stalk people and track vehicles for later theft.

A Dec. 30 report from The New York Times contains reports from at least seven women who believe they were tracked with AirTags. Earlier in December, police in Canada issued a warning that thieves were using the Apple tracking accessory in the theft of high-end vehicles.

Specifically, they had five reports of possible AirTag involvement, out of more than 2,000 reports in total.

In the stalking cases, the victims discovered they were apparently being tracked because of Apple’s anti-stalking features, which include mechanisms that notify iPhone users if they’re being “followed” by an unknown accessory. AirTags also beep regularly once separated from the device to which they are paired — but in our testing, this could be much louder.

However, AirTags are small and can be hard to find. Some reports of AirTag-stalking indicate that victims are unable to locate an AirTag after they’re alerted to its presence.

According to Electronic Frontier Foundation cybersecurity director Eva Galperin, AirTags are “uniquely harmful” because the system uses Apple products — even ones you don’t own — for granular and precise location tracking. Because Apple devices are ubiquitous, AirTags have a large network to leverage.

However, that one specific quirk of AirTags isn’t the only difference between the Apple tracking accessory and other products. And, a larger platform for tracking is the LTE network itself, which is leveraged by hundreds of standalone products, priced similarly to AirTags.

And those product don’t have any anti-stalking mechanisms, at all. Or, for that matter, any real way to detect or find them.

It would be a mistake to assume that these reports signal a new wave of stalking. AirTags, while inexpensive and effective, are not solely responsible for ushering in a new era of surreptitious surveillance.

Take, for example, GPS-based stalkers. GPS-based tracking devices are readily available — even on Amazon — and can be used to stalk victims without the anti-stalking mechanisms that Apple’s devices provide.

Tile products are similarly as common as AirTags, but don't have any anti-stalking features as of writing.

Tile products are similar and as common as AirTags, but don’t have any anti-stalking features as of writing.

The primary competitor of AirTags, accessories made by Tile, don’t have the anti-stalking features yet. Those are coming in early 2022, the company says.

In fact, reports of AirTag-enabled stalking stem from the anti-stalking features that Apple has included. Without a notification alerting them to the covert tracking, stalking victims of a different $30 tracker would have no idea that they were being followed.

This is not an absolution of Apple’s responsibility in deterring stalking, and we think that Apple has a moral obligation to go a bit farther. A much more important issue, and a deeper moral imperative, is getting law enforcement to take the anti-stalking alerts seriously.

Apple and Law enforcement

Some police stations are taking this seriously, and following-through on the notifications and astray AirTags. That’s good, and the way it should be. It appears that most aren’t, though.

In an ideal scenario, an AirTag stalking victim would be able to call law enforcement or go to a police station, show them their anti-stalking notification, and get the help they need on the spot. Once a victim is safe, police could get the tracker information they need from Apple to pay a visit to the owner.

However, most police departments haven’t caught up.

Across several cases in California, stalking victims were told by law enforcement that their anti-stalking notifications were non-emergencies. One woman was told that she needed to bring the AirTag with her to the station — which is the right thing to do.

Another said that the police told her that Apple’s notifications weren’t enough evidence — and that she could only file a report if someone showed up at her home. This is dangerous and irresponsible, given that Apple can and will respond to law enforcement requests for information about who owns the AirTag in question.

Using 19th or 20th century techniques isn’t how to deal with potential stalking cases in the 21st century. This type of lackadaisical response from law enforcement puts people at risk.

There’s an argument to be made that most local police departments don’t have the resources to investigate every instance of electronically enabled stalking. At the very least, however, law enforcement has a responsibility to take stalking allegations seriously and take five minutes out of their busy day to contact Apple about it.

This doesn’t even require a visit to Cupertino. There is a portal for law enforcement to issue requests and file subpoenas. And, Apple typically responds within 24 hours.


The onus of security should not have to be on victims of stalking, but you should know how to protect yourself. The answer is not to smash the tag with a hammer.

If you own an iPhone, update to the latest iOS and take anti-stalking notifications seriously. If you have an Android, download Apple’s “Tracker Detect” app so you can detect unwanted AirTags.

Finding a solution to AirTag and other types of electronic stalking will be a joint effort.

Finding a solution to AirTag and other types of electronic stalking will be a joint effort.

If you find an AirTag that has been planted on you or your vehicle, take the battery out. Then call law enforcement, and hope that they’re willing to help you. Hope shouldn’t be required for victims of stalking either.

Apple, for its part, should continue to refine its anti-stalking mechanisms. Reducing the timeframe for unwanted accessory alerts is a start, and so is turning up the volume on the separated AirTag automatic beep. Giving users an option to see unwanted accessories in an AR view could make finding and disposing of unwanted AirTags much easier.

It’s also up to manufacturers of third-party tracking devices to issue their own anti-stalking mechanisms. Tile is working on their own safety features, but any producer of location-tracking devices should be required to implement anti-stalking features.

Police departments should also allocate some resources to dealing with electronic stalking, given that GPS trackers have been in the field and used by miscreants for almost 20 years. At the very least, they should be prepared to receive discovered AirTags from victims, contact Apple about the owner, and hold them as evidence.

The solution to AirTag stalking — or any type of stalking — isn’t going to be deployed by one single entity. It’ll take a joint effort to put an end to it, or at least, make it much more difficult to pull off.

India antitrust watchdog orders investigation into Apple’s business practices – TechCrunch

The Indian antitrust watchdog on Friday ordered an investigation into Apple’s business practices — in particular, the company mandating iPhone app developers to use a proprietary payments system — in India, where the American firm commands less than 2% of the smartphone market.

The Competition Commission of India, which ordered the Director General to conduct the probe within 60 days, said it is of the prima facie view that the mandatory use of Apple’s in-app payments system for paid apps and in-app purchases “restrict[s] the choice available to the app developers to select a payment processing system of their choice especially considering when it charges a commission of up to 30% for app purchases and in-app purchases.”

The watchdog began reviewing the case after a complaint filed by Together We Fight Society, a non-profit based in India’s western state of Rajasthan. The organization said Apple’s move, which prevents app developers from using a third-party or their own payments system, makes a significant dent in the revenues they generate.

Apple had urged the CCI to dismiss the case, saying it was too small a player in India.

India is the latest nation to express concerns over Apple and Google requiring app developers to use the firm’s payments system for in-app purchases. (The Indian watchdog opened the investigation into Google’s business practices last year.) Earlier this year, South Korea approved a measure that makes it illegal for Apple and Google to make a commission by forcing developers to use their proprietary payments systems.

In the U.S., Fortnite-maker gaming firm Epic publicly challenged Google and Apple by introducing its own payments system in the sleeper hit title. Now it’s locked in legal battles with Google and Apple. This year, attorneys general from 36 U.S. states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google alleging its Google Play app store is an illegal monopoly. A bipartisan bill introduced this year in the U.S. Senate seeks to restrict how the Apple and Google app stores operate and what rules can be imposed on app developers.

The European Union last year proposed the Digital Markets Act, which is meant to prevent technology platforms from abusing their gatekeeper position.

“At this stage, it appears that the lack of competitive constraint in the distribution of mobile apps is likely to affect the terms on which Apple provide[s] access to its App Store to the app developers, including the commission rates and terms that thwart certain app developers from using other in-app payment systems,” the CCI wrote Friday in a 20-page order.

The CCI said it is also worth probing whether Apple uses data it collects from the users of its competitors to “improve its own services.”

Despite a considerable uptick in iPhone sales in India in recent years, Apple is still a small player in the market. Google’s Android commands a marketshare that swings between 98 to 99% each year.

We have reached out to Apple for comment.

End of the line finally coming for BlackBerry devices

The Blackberry Torch, the company's first touchscreen phone, is held for display during its debut in New York in 2010.
Enlarge / The Blackberry Torch, the company’s first touchscreen phone, is held for display during its debut in New York in 2010.

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BlackBerry, the company that once dominated smart mobile devices, recently announced that it was finally discontinuing key services that support its phones. As of January 4th, the phones will no longer be provided with provisioning services, meaning that they will gradually lose the ability to join networks, including the cellular network.

It may seem difficult to imagine if you weren’t using cell phones at the time, but BlackBerry once dominated the smartphone market. Its keyboard-based hardware was widely adopted in corporate settings, in part because the services it provided typically ran through BlackBerry servers, allowing for high levels of security and control. An indication of its importance is that early internal builds of Android looked like a cheap BlackBerry knockoff, rather than the cheap iPhone knockoff that was eventually released.

Unlike the people who developed Android, BlackBerry’s leadership was blindsided by the iPhone’s popularity. It dismissed on-screen keyboards, and counted on its stranglehold on corporate services to maintain its market. It took over a year after the iPhone’s release for the company to come out with its own touch screen phone, and its software remained an awkward mix of old and new for some time after. In the mean time, corporate users fell in love with their Apple and Android phones, and compelled their IT departments to support them.

BlackBerry eventually gave up on its own phones, and started releasing Android versions before exiting the hardware business entirely (it now primarily provides corporate security services). The last version of the BlackBerry OS it released dates back to 2013, so the devices affected here are now extremely old. The promised period of support actually ended over a year ago, so it has already over-delivered on its promises.

The effect of the end of support is detailed on an FAQ page the former device maker is hosting. The key change is that BlackBerry will no longer be sending out provisioning updates to these devices. Provisioning information provides details on how the devices should establish connections with different types of networking equipment, including cellular and WiFi networks. As a result, at some indeterminate point in the future, networking updates made by service providers will mean that the BlackBerry devices can no longer connect. As a result, BlackBerry says its devices “will no longer be expected to reliably function, including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality.”

There are a handful of software services that relied on connections to BlackBerry servers in order to function. So, if you relied on something like BlackBerry World or BlackBerry Link, those will stop functioning on the 4th.

The number of people that are likely to be affected by this is vanishingly small. Still, it serves as a clear marker of the end of what was once a very significant technology.

Apple Acoustics VP hints that Bluetooth could be holding back AirPods

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Apple’s AirPods team has offered new details about the development of the third-generation model — and how Bluetooth could be holding back the popular accessory.

Gary Geaves, Apple’s vice president of Acoustics, and Eric Treski of Apple’s product marketing team recently sat down with What Hi-Fi to speak about the design and development of AirPods 3.

According to Geaves, AirPods 3 use an entirely new design with custom components. As Geaves put it, nothing that went into AirPods 3 came “off the shelf.”

The third-generation AirPods use a “complicated acoustic system,” a new amplifier, and a tuned bass port to deliver top-notch sound quality. Geaves said the “effortless open fit” of the non-pro models are a draw for consumers, but added that designing for an unsealed fit created “challenges” for the audio team.

That lack of seal wasn’t the only limitation for AirPods. When asked if Bluetooth stifled sound quality, Geaves stopped short of openly criticizing the standard but noted that Apple would “like more bandwidth.”

“Obviously the wireless technology is critical for the content delivery that you talk about, but also things like the amount of latency you get when you move your head, and if that’s too long, between you moving your head and the sound changing or remaining static, it will make you feel quite ill, so we have to concentrate very hard on squeezing the most that we can out of the Bluetooth technology, and there’s a number of tricks we can play to maximise or get around some of the limits of Bluetooth. But it’s fair to say that we would like more bandwidth and… I’ll stop right there. We would like more bandwidth.”

As far as other tidbits, Geaves noted that the diversity in consumer ear shape led the team to bring Adaptive EQ — an AirPods Pro feature — to the base model AirPods. The feature provides a “consistent frequency response regardless of the level of fit that each person gets.”

Apple’s attention to detail extends to research, too. Geaves said Apple has leveraged “”extensive measurements” and “deep statistical research” in developing the new AirPods. In addition, Apple also worked with professional teams of critical tuners and listeners to design the device.

The full interview, which offers other details about AirPods 3 and Apple’s audio design team, is worth a read for anyone interested in the company’s Bluetooth headphones.

Chandigarh University develops AI based mobile app to detect crop disease

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Chandigarh University has come forward to rescue the Indian Farmers from the increasing crop loss problem due to diseases. Department of Research & Development of Chandigarh University has developed an Artificial Intelligence based Mobile Application which will detect the crop diseases at an early stage of farming cycle. This will help the farmers to make arrangements before the spread of disease in the healthy crops. Scientist F of SEED, NCSTC Division, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Dr. Rashmi Singh launched the Mobile App along with Dean Research, Chandigarh University Prof. Sanjeet Singh.

While giving details about the mobile app, the inventor and project scientist of Chandigarh University, Amit Verma said, “The diseases like cut worms, potato tuber moth are common in potatoes. Early and Late Blight in Tomatoes severely damage the crop. To overcome from these and many other diseases, this detecting application can be used to identify and detect the illness in these crops in order to increase agricultural production.” Amit Verma explained that the mobile application works on three step disease detection which is based on Image Processing which matches the current picture of the crop with that of disease infected crop. Using the pattern matching technique the app prompts any significant change in the leaves, stems or branches. In addition, the mobile app offers suggestions to further treat the disease based upon the stage of the crop damaged by the pests and insects. The App will be able to detect 39 diseases in two crops while the study to extend the detection for 19 more crops is currently under-process.

Chandigarh University’s Dean Research, Prof. Sanjeet Singh said, “The app took six months to be completely designed and tested and the research has been funded by the Department of Research of the University.” Chandigarh University has formed a special research group to carry advanced projects in the field of Agriculture and in last three years, the research group has filed 31 patents in the field of Farming and Agriculture, which will be launched soon in the market that will help Indian farmers to overcome their numerous problems, added Prof Sanjeet.

While launching the early diseases detecting application, Dr. Rashmi Sharma, DST Scientist F (SEED, NCSTC Division) department of Science and Technology, New Delhi praised the Chandigarh University’s role in finding the sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by the farmers with the launch of this early detection application and will help farmers across India to overcome from the crops loss. Dr. Sharma while explaining further said that Chandigarh University has performed quintessentially well in terms of research and this shows the great character of Chandigarh University towards the society as this application is going to help millions of farmers across Punjab and India. As India advances more in research and innovation with 8th rank in artificial intelligence with 4000 filed patents in the last 5 years, shows the competence of India in research with the help of artificial intelligence. On explaining the benefits of the application, the eminent scientist Dr. Rashmi Sharma broadly explained the harmful effects of pesticides used in crop protection and its effect on farmers in terms of life taking diseases like cancer.

The Chancellor Chandigarh University Satnam Singh Sandhu said that Chandigarh University has always been in leading role when it comes to research and innovation and has been performing on all fronts to help the society to find out sustainable solutions for the emerging challenges. In order to promote research and innovation, Chandigarh University has a strength of 30 research groups, 14 industry collaborated labs where 800 research scholars are working on various research projects and the university has allocated a budget of Rs. 12 crores annually for the R&D activities, he added.

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$749 Mac Mini 16GB, Up to $300 off MacBook, iMac

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Batelco Rolls Out eCommerce Platform

Bahrain-based telecom services company Batelco recently debuted its eCommerce platform, Batelco eSuite, in a move to help merchants create online stores in a few steps, according to a TradeArabia report Monday (Dec. 27). 

Batelco eSuite lets merchants create online stores in a few minutes by registering, signing up for the platform and listing their items with photos, prices and quantities, making the items ready to sell with no paperwork or setup fees.   

The Batelco eSuite platform provides sellers with clear instructions, and the online store is optimized for mobile applications, meaning customers will have a consistent shopping experience on both a web browser on their laptops or on their mobile devices. 

Batelco is offering a free, full-featured three-month trial of eSuite, after which users will be charged $26 a month for the service.

“We at Batelco pay great attention to the SME segment as it is an important pillar in Bahrain’s economy,” said Batelco’s A/General Manager Enterprise Abdulla Danesh in the TradeArabia report. “We proactively deliver solutions that support SME growth, helping them to operate more efficiently. 

“Earlier this year, we launched ‘Business in a Box,’ a package that offers a full set of technology tools for SMEs, and now to complement our growing portfolio, we’re offering a solution that allows merchants to sell online. Batelco eSuite provides a fully customizable solution, with localized payment methods,” he said.   

Batelco eSuite users can manage their accounts through a dashboard that includes bilingual store administration. The platform also manages the inventory of each product listed, features a built-in tax tool and gives users their own domain names. 

Related: i2c Teams With BEYON Money, Visa to Roll out Mobile Payments App in Bahrain 

Earlier this month, digital payments and banking technology firm i2c Inc. partnered with mobile app BEYON Money on a digital wallet in Bahrain that enables retail, bill and peer-to-peer payments for users, connects to bank accounts via open banking, offers financial insights and provides digital remittances. 

The BEYON Money app was launched by Batelco Financial Services, the FinTech arm of Bahrain’s digital solutions and telecommunications provider and is backed by an open banking license from the Central Bank of Bahrain. 



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Nikon Z Fc review: Retro reinvention

(Pocket-lint) – Sometimes to go forward one has to go back – at least that’s one theory. Almost 40 years ago Nikon released its famed FM2 DSLR camera, the success of which has clearly influenced the Japanese company to reinvest in that classic visual aesthetic: as the Nikon Z Fc, a mirrorless equivalent, sure does look like a modern digital form of that very camera.

But as with anything from the past there’s a fine line to walk when it comes to retro reinvention. So is the Nikon Z Fc an ideal modern representation of all that was great way back when, or is it more reflection that nostalgic ideas can actually get in the way of greatness?

Design & Lens Mount

  • 0.39-inch, 2.36m-dot resolution OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3.0-inch, 1,040k-dot resolution articulating LCD touchscreen
  • Body dimensions: 134.5 x 93.5 x 43.5mm / Weight: 390g
  • Nikon Z mount lenses (DX, not FX coverage)
  • 1x SD card slot

When you look at promotional pictures of the Nikon Fc it gives the impression that it’s going to be an echo of classic metal-bodied DSLR cameras, albeit in modern mirrorless form. Problem is that’s just not the case from a physical materials point of view – it’s a predominantly plastic body and really doesn’t exude the air of quality that we would expect from a product such as this.

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The lens attachment on the front is the Nikon Z mount, which means compatibility with Nikon’s Z series lenses – but note the sensor is the cropped DX size, not the full-frame FX size as you’ll find in the top-tier Nikon Z6 II.

There’s some exceptional glass available within this range, but the Fc doesn’t really promote that. Instead it comes with a kit lens that’s very slow (in terms of aperture), meaning even when shooting outside on an overcast day at full zoom you’ll be forced into f/6.3 and rarely see the lowest of ISO sensitivity settings. It just feels at odds with what is supposed to be a prestige camera.

Given the Fc’s relatively affordable price tag in this category, however, it’s well equipped with a built-in electronic viewfinder and articulating LCD screen, both of which are useful when switching up how you wish to frame a scene. The resolutions of these panels are roughly on par with what you’ll find elsewhere in the market – although the Fuijfilm X-T30 II edges it.

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Tucked away beneath a flap on the base you’ll find the FC’s battery and single SD card slot. No double slot or different card types to be found here, but that’s perfectly amenable in a product of this type. Shame it’s not UHS-II compatible, though, as those faster speeds could be of value when shooting bursts or video.


  • Autofocus: 209-area hybrid phase-detection/contrast system
  • Functions -4.5 to +19EV
  • 11fps burst shooting
  • 300 shots a charge

Using the Fc is either straightforward, as you can set it to auto, or far more customisable, given the array of dial controls around the body. You can use the camera in the usual P/S/A/M modes, too, to bypass specific dial selections and base all automated settings around, say, your aperture or shutter speed choice.

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The shutter speed and ISO dials auto-lock, so every adjustment will require a press-and-hold of their respective top buttons. That’s great to stop accidental movement from one selection to another, but we would prefer a lock button that could click on or off, for those moments where you know you’ll want to make quicker, say, shutter speed adjustments multiple times in a short period.

Aperture control is adjusted using the front thumbwheel and there’s a small digital window to display the current selection, which is a nice touch. The Z mount lenses don’t have physical aperture rings, as you’ll find in many of Fujifilm’s X-series offerings, but this way of working is straightforward enough.

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In terms of autofocus the Fc has a wide automated area by default that can either continuous focus, single focus when instructed, or operate a hybrid (AF-A) of the two. Reflective of what we said already: you can either let the camera figure out what it wants to focus on, or override everything and take customisable control of the focus point, or even manually focus if you would prefer.

The two wider autofocus areas include the option of People or Animal focus, where the camera will automatically recognise faces of humans or animals and acquire focus automatically. In a point-and-shoot method of use we can see this being really useful. Otherwise there’s pinpoint AF or single point options to take more minutiae control – which is our preferred way of working.

Nikon’s 209-area system works fairly well, but it’s not as adept in low-light as we found Canon’s EOS R system to be; there’s also a really over-bright green illumination lamp that jumps into action when it’s not even that dark, which is a bit of a (necessary) distraction.

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In terms of out-and-out speed, an 11 frames per second burst shooting mode can capture rapidly, although you’ll want a faster lens option if you intend to be shooting moving subjects – the kit lens just doesn’t cut it.

Image Quality

  • 20.9-megapixel APS-C (DX) sensor
  • ISO sensitivity: 100-51,200
  • 4K video (24/25/30fps)

Unfortunately we had a bit of a disaster during our testing: after weeks of shooting with the Z Fc we suffered a corrupt SD card and lost all of our images. That was the end of that, so while we had been reviewing some of those shots throughout the review process, the ones on display here are a quick-grab backup set. Not Nikon’s fault, though, sometimes SD cards fall into such issues – and we weren’t able to perform a recovery either, try as we might. 

Anyway, on to image quality: the Nikon Fc has the very same APS-C sensor as you’ll find in the Nikon Z50. In many regards, really, the Fc is the same as that camera but with a retro coat over the top. As such, the image quality between the two is one and the same.

The Fc houses a 20.9-megapixel sensor, delivering clean quality images throughout much of its ISO sensitivity. Shooting up to ISO 6400 and everything is nice and clear – good job, really, as that kit lens forced this more often than we’d wanted – while the upper sensitivities of ISO 25,600 to 51,200 are a lot more grain-heavy and lacking in detail.

You won’t get the same quality here as you’ll find with the Nikon Z 6 II, but that’s a given as the Fc doesn’t house a full-frame sensor.

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And, as we’ve repeated a few times in this review, the availability of APS-C Nikon Z lenses just aren’t up to scratch at the time of writing. That, we feel, is what holds this camera back from better things.


From afar the Nikon Z Fc is certainly eye-catching, bringing retro appeal in its design ethos. Problem is, up close, it’s rather plasticky and not a patch on Fujifilm’s longer-established X series range in terms of build.

Furthermore, as we thought when the Nikon Z50 was first introduced, having both APS-C and full-frame sensors under the Nikon Z umbrella may confuse some prospective buyers. The Z Fc, which is effectively the Z50 in a retro-styled coat of armour, isn’t a full-frame camera like the Nikon Z6 II – and, as such, its performance and image quality isn’t as mighty (which, sure, is a given).

But while there’s certainly image quality potential here, much of that is dictated by the lenses. And, sadly, Nikon’s DX-coverage lenses in this range are slow and, again, aren’t numerous or interesting enough to compete with Fujifilm’s alternative offering.

Overall we thought the Nikon Z Fc was going to wow us. Instead it’s rather proven that sometimes ideas from the past are best left there. Clearly there’s future potential here, but the lens range needs to further develop before there will be the maturity that could allow the Fc to proudly hang its hat on the Nikon FM2 of years past.

Also consider

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Fujifilm X-T30 II

An obvious competitor as it has a better selection of lenses, a sturdier build quality and, we feel, just carries off the whole retro appeal far better. We prefer the image quality too.


Writing by Mike Lowe. Originally published on .