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SLR stands for "Single Lens Reflex" Camera, where the photographer looks through the lens via a mirror and a prism which bring the light to the viewfinder. When the shutter is depressed, the mirror is moved out of the way, so that the light passes directly through the lens to the film or sensor.

Nikon's current SLR cameras are prefixed with F, such as the F6, or D, such as the D6. Some earlier cameras have had the EM or FM prefix, and some Nikon film SLRs have had the N prefix in the USA. Nikkormat was an older brand made by the Nikon corporation the Nikkormat FT3 is one of the best known from that era.

Nikon's Mirrorless cameras are by design not mirror cameras and hence not SLR's (nor DSLRs). The Nikon Mirrorless series is called Z-Series

In contrast to SLR cameras, Mirrorless cameras do not have any moving mirrors. Nikon Z7 is such a mirrorless camera.


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