The Nikon Z50 is a mid-range mirrorless digicam with a 20.88 Megapixel APSC sensor, 4k video, viewfinder, tilting touchscreen and 11fps bursts. Introduced in October 2019, it’s Nikon’s first DX-format mirrorless digicam, which implies it makes use of a cropped APSC sensor. It’s kinda like a mirrorless D7500 and Nikon’s aiming it at hobbyists and content material creators in search of a step-up in high quality and suppleness over a cellphone. The worth pitches it straight in opposition to fashions just like the Sony A6400, Fujifilm X-T30 and Canon EOS M6 II.
I had a short probability to check out the Z50 on the official Nikon UK press launch and within the video under I’ll inform you the whole lot I find out about it to date. As all the time I’ll comply with this up with an in-depth evaluate as soon as I’ve had an opportunity to totally check a closing manufacturing mannequin. I’ve additionally transcribed the video narration for you under when you favor to learn the textual content!
The Z50 employs what Nikon describes as a model new 20.88 Megapixel APSC sensor, or DX-format of their terminology, and that includes 209 embedded phase-detect AF factors masking 90% of the horizontal and vertical body. You may see it right here surrounded by the comparatively large Z-mount, though not like the Z6 and Z7 full-frame FX fashions, it sadly doesn’t characteristic built-in stabilisation. To be honest neither do any of its APSC rivals at this worth, nevertheless it doesn’t cease me wanting it. The Z-mount means the Z50 can use any of the present Z-series lenses, all of which have been reviewed at cameralabs.com, or any F-mount lens through the FTZ adapter. Any lens you connect has its subject of view diminished by 1.5 occasions because of the sensor dimension.
Nikon launched the Z50 alongside two new DX-format zooms, designed for the smaller sensor. The usual equipment lens is the brand new DX 16-50mm f3.5-6.Three VR, a pancake zoom, with a retracting mechanism operated with a twist of the zoom ring. The lens and physique make for a really compact combo weighing lower than 600g in whole.
The second new lens is the DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.Three VR, priced at 379 kilos and weighing 405g, so pack it with the Z50 and 16-50mm and also you’ll have a really travel-friendly equipment weighing simply 1kg. Each lenses supply optical stabilisation that works alongside gyros within the physique to ship as much as 5 stops of compensation.
The brand new sensor captures 20.88 Megapixel photos measuring 5568×3712 pixels, sufficient to make 18x12in prints at 300dpi. Apparently it’s 4 Megapixels fewer than most APSC cameras, and a substantial 12 Megapixels lower than Canon’s M6 II. Nikon defined it was for superior low gentle efficiency, and I can’t wait to check and evaluate it in apply. When it comes to burst pace, the digicam can shoot at 5 or 11fps with steady autofocus and once more I’ll put that to the check.
The Z50 may be very succesful for video, filming uncropped 1080 at 24, 25, 30, 50, 60, 100 or 120p, or 4k at 24, 25 or 30p. You may select to decelerate the 100 or 120p footage by as a lot as you want or select one of many three extra gradual movement modes which do it for you. The 100 and 120p modes additionally seize audio, and there’s timelapse video modes too. The utmost recording time per clip is a second shy of half an hour, so the Z50 matches the M6 II, beats the X-T30, however all fall in need of the limitless recording time of the A6400.
The physique appears to be like like a smaller, less complicated model of the Z6 and Z7, however Nikon’s not compromised on dealing with or construct high quality: the Z50 has a magnesium alloy shell and is weather-sealed to the identical extent because the D7500 and mirrorless full-framers, whereas the grip and controls really feel snug in your arms.
The Z50 is provided with a bigger than common 3.2in touchscreen that may angle up by simply over 90 levels for straightforward composing at low angles, or down by as much as 180 levels to face you below the digicam for selfies and vlogging. Screens that flip under the physique are uncommon however not distinctive – Olympus has them on some PEN fashions and keep in mind Nikon had its personal take again on the D5000. Clearly it avoids the viewfinder head or something mounted on the hotshoe, however equally it rules-out tripod or gimbal mounting when facing-forward. I’m annoyed so few of the mirrorless APSC cameras have adopted a side-hinged display screen, though not less than the Z50’s can face-forward not like the Z6 and Z7, to not point out the Fujifilm X-T30.
The mini-DSLR formed physique additionally homes an digital viewfinder with Nikon adopting related specs to rivals: so you have got a 2.four million dot panel with 0.68x magnification.
On the highest of the physique is a popup flash, hotshoe and primary mode dial with a collar change to pick out between capturing stills or motion pictures. There’s two management wheels, one in your thumb on the high and one in your finger within the grip, together with devoted buttons for the publicity compensation, ISO sensitivity and film document subsequent to the shutter launch.
Nikon’s made nice use of its touchscreen, permitting you to faucet, drag or slide your approach via the interface, together with offering three new buttons on the appropriate aspect. Right here they’re letting me zoom-in and out of the picture in addition to cycle via the show choices. You may faucet via the entire settings, or when you favor, use the bodily controls. All of it feels very intuitive.
Behind two flaps on the left aspect of the physique you’ll discover the three ports: there’s a 3.5mm microphone enter, micro USB and micro HDMI. The digicam might be modified internally over USB, however whereas it will probably’t be powered for operation over USB not like the A6400 and X-T30, it’s not less than unfussy about provides not like Canon. There’s no headphone jack – of its APSC rivals, solely Fujifilm provides one at this worth on the X-T30, however forces you to make use of a USB-C adapter. I additionally imagine the HDMI is 8-bit solely, leaving the X-T30 as the one one to supply 10-bit.
The Z50 is powered by the EN-EL25 battery pack which once more might be charged in-camera over USB or with the equipped exterior AC charger. The only SD reminiscence card slot is housed alongside it.
On the time I made this video, the Z50 was nonetheless pre-production, so Nikon wouldn’t let anybody take photographs or movie motion pictures with it for publication, so I can’t touch upon photograph or video high quality, nor on the general dealing with expertise. I’m definitely interested in that new 20 Megapixel sensor and the way it compares to greater decision rivals. I additionally hope these new DX-format zooms ship the products regardless of their compact dimension.
What’s not in any doubt is Nikon has created a really attractive-looking compact digicam that’s ideally suited to journey, whereas increasing its Z-series with a way more inexpensive model that shares the identical mount because the full-frame fashions. Certainly there’s just one different firm that gives full-frame and APSC mirrorless.cameras that share the identical native mount and that’s Sony. So inform me what you suppose: are you excited by the prospect of a DX-format Z-series mirrorless digicam? Would you select it over the Sony A6400, Fujifilm X-T30 or Canon M6 II? I’d love to listen to what you suppose within the feedback and don’t neglect I’ve opinions of all these different cameras, to not point out each one of many full-frame Z-mount lenses launched to date, so test ‘em out!