Nikon is at the moment introducing an entry-level, crop-sensor digital camera that makes use of the identical Z-mount system as the corporate’s Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The new Z50 prices $859 physique solely, and Nikon can be introducing two new DX-format lenses alongside it. You can bundle the digital camera with a 16-50mm f/3.5-6.Three VR lens for $999.95, and there’s additionally a two-lens equipment that provides a 50-250mm f/4.5-6.Three VR lens for a complete of $1349.95. Even then, you’re nonetheless coming in under the $1,800 Z6, however clearly these cameras are focused at very completely different audiences. This one is made for the Instagram technology and for individuals who desire a “real” digital camera for video. Nikon says the Z50 will ship in November.
The Z50 has a 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor, weighs underneath a pound, and has a flip-down rear show for selfie images and vlogging. (There’s even a Selfie Mode that disables most controls when the display is down so that you don’t by chance mess up the digital camera’s settings.) But when you put the Z50 onto a gimbal, the display can be blocked if it’s flipped. That’s not nice for vlogging, so Nikon is creating its personal deal with for the Z50. The Z50 has a mic enter, however no headphone jack amongst its ports.
You can instantly really feel and admire the Z50’s smaller measurement and weight when in comparison with Nikon’s pro-level mirrorless cameras. Thankfully it retains an digital viewfinder (2.36-million dots) and three.2-inch rear LCD, and the grip was comfy for my massive arms. Nikon says the advantages of the Z mount (such because the shorter flange distance) carry over to a crop sensor for an improve in picture high quality.
The digital camera is able to 11fps steady taking pictures (with auto focus/publicity) and has a 209-point part detect autofocus system, which covers 87 % of the body horizontally and 85 % vertically, in keeping with Nikon. When in low-light mode, the Z50 can focus at -Four EV, which is healthier than among the firm’s DSLRs just like the D7500. The commonplace ISO vary is 100 as much as 51,200. There’s a pop-up flash constructed into the digital camera, as properly. Nikon’s eye-detection autofocus is included, and you may toggle between completely different eyes if there are a number of folks in body.
You get 4K video recording at as much as 30fps (with full sensor readout), and there’s additionally a 120fps slow-mo mode in 1080p. Videos could be shared wirelessly from the digital camera to your cellphone, which is a primary for Nikon cameras. A time-lapse mode can be out there in-camera, and Nikon contains a number of image management modes that you could customise to your liking to scale back the necessity for post-processing earlier than importing your pictures to Instagram.
Aside from a smaller sensor, the opposite factor the Z50 loses out on in comparison with the Z6 and Z7 is Nikon’s glorious in-body picture stabilization. The new lenses supply vibration discount (picture stabilization), however the IBIS in Nikon’s pricier mirrorless cams allowed for some good, tack-sharp pictures once I was reviewing them. Aside from the engineering problem of compressing that stabilization into the Z50’s smaller physique, it additionally would’ve raised the digital camera’s worth.
The Z50 has a magnesium alloy building and a few degree of climate resistance — however Nikon says it’s not fairly as much as the identical degree because the Z6 and Z7. There’s a single UHS-I SD card slot, and the digital camera makes use of a Micro-B connector fairly than USB-C. It additionally has an all-new battery, the EN-EL25.
Though it shares most of the design traits of the Z6 and Z7, Nikon could be very a lot positioning the Z50 as a solution to the newest crop-sensor mirrorless cameras from Sony and Fujifilm. The 16-50mm equipment lens appears to be like terrifically compact and light-weight, and I think about that’ll be the take-everywhere choose between the 2 Z-mount DX lenses that Nikon has prepared for this digital camera. Unfortunately, early patrons can be left with none cheap primes. (Yes, the FTZ mount adapter will also be used if you wish to connect FX lenses to the Z50, however Nikon isn’t bundling it with a reduction this time round.)
It’s straightforward to nitpick the Z50 for what it would lack — and it will’ve been good if Nikon had shipped a digital camera like this a lot sooner. But I’m nonetheless wanting ahead to seeing what distinction the Z mount makes right here.
On the exact opposite finish of the spectrum, Nikon additionally introduced that it’s going to quickly launch its 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens for the Z mount. The firm talks up this manual-focus glass as being among the many biggest lenses it has ever manufactured — and positively the quickest. As you may guess, the worth tag displays as a lot. The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens can be out there from choose retailers starting October 31st for $7,999.95.