Nikon FG

Nikon FG

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The Nikon FG is an interchangeable lens, 35 mm film, single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. It was manufactured by Nippon Kogaku K. K. (Nikon Corporation since 1988) in Japan from 1982 to 1986.

The FG was the successor to the Nikon EM camera of 1979 and the predecessor of the Nikon FG-20 of 1984. These three cameras comprised Nikon's first family of ultra compact 35mm SLR camera bodies. Although the FG had a much less advanced shutter than the more expensive Nikons of the day, it had a very sophisticated electronic design compared to earlier electromechanical Nikons.


  • First Nikon SLR with programmed auto-exposure (AE).
  • First Nikon SLR with TTL (through the lens) flash exposure control from a standard ISO-type hot shoe.
  • Electronically controlled focal plane shutter.
  • Exposure compensation dial (−2 EV to +2 EV).
  • Audio warning system – advises of under or over exposure.
  • Back-up mechanical M90 shutter setting enables use of the camera when batteries are drained.

Body and Design

Body Construction

  • Copper silumin aluminum alloy body.
  • Polycarbonate exterior.
  • Leatherette (synthetic) covering.
  • Metal lens mount.

Exposure Control and Metering

The FG's metering system is controlled by a micro-computer which measures center-weighted brightness, using a sensitive silicon photodiode (SPD) sensor. The metering...
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