Nikon has launched its new Z 50, an APS-C mirrorless digicam designed to succeed in “new audiences” at an inexpensive and “comfy” worth level, and it seems to be set to provide the fanatic sector of the digicam market a giant enhance.
Nikon mirrorless cameras can be found already, however the Z 6 and Z 7 are costlier full body fashions geared toward an knowledgeable/skilled viewers. The Z 50 is a way more inexpensive mannequin and makes use of a smaller 20-megapixel APS-C sensor, and is extra in keeping with its mid vary hobbyist DSLRs just like the Nikon D7500 and D500. Already the Z 50 seems to be poised to develop into top-of-the-line Nikon cameras for beginner photographers and vloggers.
It’s additionally going to compete head on with mirrorless cameras from Canon, Sony and Fujifilm and one of the best mirrorless cameras in the marketplace. It’s not geared toward novices, however hobbyists, upgraders and “content material creators” who will shoot each stills and movies. This implies it will likely be up towards cameras like the brand new Canon EOS M6 Mark II, the Sony A6600 and the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30.
Nikon says it’s closest to its present D7500 DSLR in its specs and meant viewers, although it may additionally attraction to superior novices wanting on the smaller Nikon D5600 DSLR too.
Nikon Z 50 specs
Sensor: 20.9MP APS-C CMOS, 23.5 x 15.7mm
Picture processor: EXPEED 6
AF factors: 209 section detection AF factors, 90% horizontal & vertical protection
ISO vary: 100 to 51,200 (exp. 204,800)
Max picture dimension: 5,568 x 3,712
Video: 4K UHD 30p uncropped, 1080p at 120fps
Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36m dots
Reminiscence card: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS I)
LCD: 3.2-inch 180-degree tilting touchscreen, 1.04m dots
Max burst: 11fps, silent mode
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Measurement: 126.5 x 93.5 x 60mm
Nikon Z 50 options
There’s tons within the Nikon Z 50 which will probably be acquainted from the corporate’s present cameras. The 20.9MP sensor seems to be like an in depth copy of these used within the D7500 and D500 DSLRs, compromising barely in decision in comparison with 24MP rivals to be able to obtain a stability of readout pace and excessive ISO picture high quality. The distinction right here is that the Z 50 sensor has 209 section detection AF factors in-built.
The Z 50 presents uncropped 4K oversampled video, which brings it into line with its chief rivals (although the Fujifilm X-T3 is out by itself right here, capturing 4K at as much as 60p). What’s spectacular is the Z 50’s potential to seize full HD video at as much as 120p for a easy 4x sluggish movement impact.
The 209-point on-sensor section detection autofocus system is inherited from Nikon’s full body Z-series cameras and covers a really creditable 90% of the width and top of the body.
Curiously, the Z 50 does NOT have in-body stabilisation, in contrast to the bigger Z 6 and Z 7 fashions. Nikon cites dimension, weight and warmth dissipation as components on this determination, and of its mirrorless APS-C rivals, it’s only the Sony A6500 and A6600 which have in-body stabilisation. (Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless cameras have IBIS as commonplace, however they use smaller format Micro 4 Thirds sensors.)
Nikon’s remarks about dimension make sense given the Z 50’s impressively compact dimensions. The styling is someplace between a compact DSLR look and an oblong ‘rangefinder’ design. It has a deep entrance grip, nevertheless, and the highest and entrance panels are metallic.
Curiously, Nikon has chosen to suit a single SD/SDHC/SDXC reminiscence card slot to this digicam moderately than the XQD slot utilized in its Z 6 and Z 7 fashions – however it’s geared toward a barely much less knowledgeable viewers. Battery life is quoted at 300 pictures, which is poor in comparison with a DSLR however about what we’d count on from a present mirrorless digicam – and the Z 50 does assist USB charging, so you’ll be able to high up its battery from a conveyable energy financial institution. Nikon has even discovered area to cram in a small pop-up flash.
Nikon Z 50 lenses
If there’s a brand new Nikon APS-C format mirrorless digicam, does that imply a brand new lens mount? No – the Z 50 makes use of the identical Z mount as the present full body Nikon Z 6 and Z 7. Any Z mount lens can be utilized on the brand new digicam – although the smaller sensor means there would be the ordinary 1.5x crop issue.
Nikon will probably be in the identical place, lens-wise, with its mirrorless cameras as it’s with its DSLR lenses. You CAN use full body Z mount lenses, however for the standard package zoom or any ultra-wide lenses, you have to lenses designed particularly for the smaller format.
Certainly, Nikon is launching two new lenses alongside the Z 50. One is a 16-50mm f/3.5-6.Three retracting pancake zoom with VR. This makes use of a mechanical retraction mechanism moderately than the slower electrical ‘energy zoom’ system utilized by another makers – it’s additionally amazingly slim when retracted, and doesn’t prolong previous the entrance of the digicam grip.
Nikon has additionally launched an inexpensive 50-250mm f/4.5-6.Three VR telephoto too, and it will likely be potential to purchase the Z 50 physique solely, with the 16-50mm package lens or as a twin-lens package.
So can you employ Nikon DSLR lenses on this digicam? Sure, you’ll be able to! The Z 50 accepts the identical FTZ lens mount adaptor already obtainable for the bigger Z 6 and Z 7 fashions, which implies it will likely be simple for present Nikon DSLR customers emigrate their lenses to the brand new digicam and even use it alongside their present DSLR setup.
Nikon Z 50 worth and availability
The Nikon Z 50 will go on sale in November 2019 and can price £849 physique solely, £989 with the FTZ adaptor, £989 with the 16-50mm package lens, £1,129 with the package lens and FTZ adaptor and £1,199 for the twin-lens package.
That’s fairly aggressive pricing for a model new digicam, at a time when digicam costs for the most recent cameras are staying fairly robust and steady. The Z 50’s specs are engaging sufficient, however its aggressive pricing might be a fair greater think about taking gross sales from present mirrorless rivals.
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