Just For Fun: Assumption about the “Z” mount name origins.

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Matsu Senior Member • Posts: 2,479
Fighting smartphone encroachment

MIC37 wrote:

I was trying to find a logical explanation for the use of the letter “Z” as the mount name.

Looks like the letter “Z” is “N” rotated 90° clockwise.

I’m told they originally intended to mount the sensor vertically to entice the growing smartphone audience, hence the N turned 90 degrees. Despite a last minute decision to revert to the traditional horizontal sensor, the mount designation was never turned back. It also explains why there was never a shutter button vertical grip for the original Z6/7.

The original vertical orientation may yet make an appearance as a special edition in April 2022. portrait photographers and social media creators will have to pre-order early.

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