Nikon announces small and lightweight Z50 mirrorless camera with APS-C sensor

Nikon is on the present time introducing an entry-stage, slit-sensor digicam that uses the identical Z-mount scheme because the firm’s Z6 and Z7 beefy-frame mirrorless cameras. The contemporary Z50 costs $859 body completely, and Nikon is additionally introducing two contemporary DX-format lenses alongside it. It’s most likely you’ll per chance per chance per chance bundle the digicam with a 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens for $999.95, and there’s additionally a two-lens kit that provides a 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens for an entire of $1349.95. Even then, you’re aloof coming in below the $1,800 Z6, nonetheless obviously these cameras are centered at very assorted audiences. This one is made for the Instagram technology and for those that want a “genuine” digicam for video. Nikon says the Z50 will ship in November.

The Z50 has a 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor, weighs below a pound, and has a flip-down rear advise for selfie photos and vlogging. (There’s even a Selfie Mode that disables most controls when the cloak is down so that you don’t by chance mess up the digicam’s settings.) However even as you achieve the Z50 onto a gimbal, the cloak will be blocked if it’s flipped. That’s not astronomical for vlogging, so Nikon is establishing its enjoy address for the Z50. The Z50 has a mic input and headphone jack among its diverse ports.

It’s most likely you’ll per chance per chance per chance directly feel and treasure the Z50’s smaller size and weight when when when in contrast with Nikon’s expert-stage mirrorless cameras. Thankfully it retains an electronic viewfinder (2.36-million dots) and 3.2-lunge rear LCD, and the grip was chuffed for my astronomical hands. Nikon says some great advantages of the Z mount (such because the shorter flange distance) lift over to a slit sensor for an upgrade in image quality.


The digicam is able to 11fps accurate shooting (with auto level of interest/publicity) and has a 209-level section detect autofocus scheme, which covers 87 p.c of the frame horizontally and 85 p.c vertically, in accordance with Nikon. When in low-mild mode, the Z50 can level of interest at -4 EV, which is greater than about a of the firm’s DSLRs fancy the D7500. The conventional ISO vary is 100 as a lot as 51,200. There’s a pop-up flash built into the digicam, as smartly. Nikon’s peer-detection autofocus is included, and you might per chance well well also toggle between assorted eyes if there are a pair of participants in frame.

You fetch 4K video recording at as a lot as 30fps (with beefy sensor readout), and there’s additionally a 120fps slow-mo mode in 1080p. Videos might per chance well per chance even be shared wirelessly from the digicam to your mobile telephone, which is a first for Nikon cameras. A time-lapse mode is additionally on hand in-digicam, and Nikon entails a pair of image withhold watch over modes that you might per chance well well also customise to your liking to sever back the need for submit-processing earlier than uploading your photographs to Instagram.


Other than a smaller sensor, the thing extra the Z50 loses out on when when in contrast with the Z6 and Z7 is Nikon’s superb in-body image stabilization. The contemporary lenses offer vibration good deal (image stabilization), nonetheless the IBIS in Nikon’s pricier mirrorless cams allowed for some fair correct, tack-arresting photographs when I was reviewing them. Other than the engineering danger of squeezing that stabilization into the Z50’s smaller body, it additionally would’ve raised the digicam’s ticket.


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The Z50 has a magnesium alloy building and a few stage of weather resistance — nonetheless Nikon says it’s not pretty as a lot as the identical stage because the Z6 and Z7. There’s a single UHS-I SD card slot, and the digicam uses a Micro-B connector in resolution to USB-C. It additionally has an all-contemporary battery, the EN-EL25.

Though it shares a variety of the originate traits of the Z6 and Z7, Nikon is terribly a lot positioning the Z50 as an answer to basically the most well liked slit-sensor mirrorless cameras from Sony and Fujifilm. The 16-50mm kit lens appears to be like terrifically compact and mild-weight-weight, and I believe about that’ll be the eradicate-everywhere spend between the two Z-mount DX lenses that Nikon has ready for this digicam. Unfortunately, early buyers will be left with none cheap primes. (Yes, the FTZ mount adapter can additionally be feeble even as you ought to join FX lenses to the Z50, nonetheless Nikon isn’t bundling it with deal this time around.)



It’s easy to nitpick the Z50 for what it might per chance per chance per chance well lack — and it would’ve been nice if Nikon had shipped a digicam fancy this a lot sooner. However I’m aloof taking a are waiting for seeing what incompatibility the Z mount makes here.

For your total opposite slay of the spectrum, Nikon additionally introduced that this might per chance soon free up its 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens for the Z mount. The firm talks up this handbook-level of interest glass as being among the many most though-provoking lenses it has ever manufactured — and absolutely the fastest. As that it’s good to wager, the worth designate displays as a lot. The Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens will be on hand from spend out shops starting October thirty first for $7,999.95.



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