Sample Images Introduction Format Lens Compatibility Specifications Accessories Unboxing Performance Compare User's Guide Recommendations More Information Nikon Z50 (15.7 oz./446g with battery and card, one SD card slot, $857) and superb Nikon Z 16-50mm DX VR. Detail starts to go downhill beyond this point with 2,600l/ph recorded at ISO 25,600 and 2,400l/ph at ISO 51,200. A side view showing the how dinky the 16-50mm kit zoom is in proportion to the Z 50’s body. Weight: 395g (Body Only). Its high ISO capability is impressive, with 3,000l/ph and 2,700l/ph being recorded at ISO 6400 and ISO 12,800 respectively. Two compact prime lenses; a 28mm and 40mm are forthcoming, and so are 60mm Micro and 105mm Micro lenses. Eye detection can be used in continuous AF, however it’s not available when shooting movies so you have to make do with Face Detection. A joystick would have been a well-received, however this isn’t expected at the Z 50’s price point and suggests Nikon could be holding this feature back for a more advanced DX-format mirrorless model in the future. On the Z 50 you get three auto white balance modes, with A0 reducing warm colours, A1 keeping the overall atmosphere of a scene and A2 accentuating warm lighting colour. It’s lower-resolution than its full-frame cousins at 2.36 million dots rather than 3.6 million, but we found it to be sharp and with few signs of the lag that have plagued some of Nikon’s competitors. The only other points I’d make regarding the Z 50’s ergonomics is that the mode dial could do with being a tad stiffer. Isn't it small! An overhead view showing the size of the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR after being extended to 16mm. • Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S review. Rather than starting from scratch, Nikon looked at the success of the Z 6 and Z 7’s design before setting about making its smallest Z-series camera to date. It covers a 35mm equivalent range of 75mm-375mm and has a silent control ring and plastic lens mount just like the 16-50mm zoom. Instead, Nikon has opted for optical stabilisation in the form of Vibration Reduction (VR) technology built into its new Z mount APS-C lenses. The Nikon Z50 uses the same Z mount as Nikon's full frame Z6 and Z7 cameras, which means it can use the same lenses and even the same FTZ mount adaptor for fitting Nikon DSLR lenses. Dropping the resolution down to Full HD allows you to shoot movies at up to 120fps for slow motion recording and there’s a 3.5mm input for plugging in a stereo microphone. Shooting in JPEG does tend to suppress artefacts at the expense of slightly lower resolution though, so to capture the finest detail we’d recommend shooting in raw. Rather than adding a switch to the lens, it’s controlled directly from the camera. Palm with Dates at Dawn, 7:03 AM, 05 December 2019. The Granary, Downs Court A tilting 1.04 million-dot touchscreen flips by 180 degrees to sit below the camera body, and is primarily designed for selfies and vlogging use; Nikon sees a large part of its target market to be ‘influencers’ who use platforms such as Instagram and Youtube to share content. 01959 541444 It goes without saying that the way a camera handles and operates is hugely important, and the Z 50 feels extremely comfortable to pickup whilst not being too fiddly to operate. But photography isn't the Z50's only strong point. This model doesn’t feature ‘in body image stabilization’ (IBIS), so the lenses that launch with the new model have Nikon’s Vibration Reduction built in. July 18, 2020. bigger. Nikon says the camera does have some level of weather resistance, though it isn’t made to the same weather resistant standard as the Z 6 or Z 7, which are built to the same standard as the rugged Nikon D850. • The best Nikon Z lenses for the Z6, Z7 & Z50. There was a problem. The Fujifilm X-T30 shares the same 26.1-million-pixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor as the flagship X-T3. Wireless transmission continues in the background even when the camera is switched off and for the quickest transfer speeds you’ll want to select the auto download 2MP setting. This pack includes a 16-50mm lens, a 50-250mm lens, and an FTZ mount adaptor. If the Nikon Z7 is the mirrorless equivalent of the D850 pro full-frame DSLR and the Z6 the D750 enthusiast full-frame model, then the Z50 is roughly on par with the Nikon D7500 (and perhaps the Nikon D500) as an enthusiast APS-C camera, and Nikon has hinted that we can further expect to see even lower-cost mirrorless entry level models released in the fullness of time to fit alongside the Nikon D5600 and D3500. We review the brand-new Nikon Z50 / Z 50, Nikon's new 20mp APS-C mirrorless camera, which uses the Z-mount from the Z6 and Z7. But even more than the camera and its kit lens, we are impressed by Nikon's pricing. Its deep, well-sculpted handgrip provides the best handling experience of any sub £1000 APS-C mirrorless camera. An all-new rechargeable EN-EL25 battery provides power to the Z 50. The viewfinder doesn’t feel cramped or small, but the main menu could be presented a bit larger in the EVF and users will notice it doesn’t use the full width of the display. It’s also good to see a front command dial complimenting the rear command dial, which has always been lacking on Nikon’s entry level DSLRs. The fact they’re also totally flat means they’re not particularly easy to locate when your eye is raised to the viewfinder. Full review. The smaller body has had its say in the arrangement of its buttons and controls. A closeup showing the Z 50’s superbly sculpted rubberised handgrip and front command dial. Users get to choose from three different image sizes on the Nikon Z 50. External speedlight flashguns such as the Nikon SB-300 (£119) or Nikon SB-500 (£199) can be attached via the Z 50’s hot shoe. Before attempting to provide a perspective on this (or indeed) any camera it is helpful to be clear about what one hopes the camera will achieve. When the camera is being used handheld to shoot subjects that move quickly or unpredictably, you’ll want to remember to switch the optical VR from Normal to Sport mode to ensure the image in the viewfinder remains stable and smooth as possible. The mode dial shifts across to the right where the top plate LCD screen is on the Z 6/Z 7. Subjects were quick to snap into focus in single AF mode when shooting outdoors in bright lighting conditions, but both DX zooms weren’t averse to showing signs of a little hunting when used in low-light scenarios. My experience of the Z 50’s focusing is that it’s on a similar playing field as Nikon’s full frame Z-series cameras, This is hardly surprising given that it shares the same image processor and hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF arrangement, albeit with fewer on-sensor AF points. The price of the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens on its own will be £329, with the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR costing £379. Pixels: Effective 20.9 Megapixel ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 51,200 (Extended: 100 to 204,800) As always I’ll follow this up with an in-depth review once I’ve had a chance to fully test a final production model. Like the Z 7 and Z 6 there’s the option of manually selecting the electronic first-curtain to eliminate blurring caused by shutter shock, but this does limit the top end shutter speed to a maximum of 1/2000sec. Image Stabilization: Digital (Video Only) For this review, I got my hands on what Nikon calls the “Experience Kit”. Whether it’s used to capture stills or snippets of video, the Z 50 produces satisfying results. Bad Stuff . Part of the Z 50’s excellent feel comes down to the fact it has a magnesium-alloy top and front chassis that gives it added strength and robustness. Its Vibration Reduction is effective to 4.5 stops, it has a minimum focus distance of just 20cm and it accepts filters and adapters of the 46mm variety. To coincide with the launch of the Nikon Z 50, Nikon has announced its first Z-mount DX-format lenses for the Z-series. This qualifies Nikon's Z cameras as amongst the best mirrorless cameras you can buy. Overall, we think this is a fantastic enthusiast mirrorless camera (at an even more fantastic price), and proves that Nikon has a clear vision for its Z-mount cameras. One of the criticisms with the Z50 is that the LCD touchscreen tilts downwards, which prevents users from being able to mount the camera on a tripod as they vlog. However, Nikon realised that lofty, full-featured full frame cameras may not be for everyone, and in February this year, introduced the Nikon Z50. Nikon Z 50, Nikon Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, 1/640sec at f/6.3, ISO 200. It’s a marvellous little camera that you can’t fail to fall in love with when you’re using it. Interestingly, like Sony, Nikon has opted to use the same lens mount for both its cropped-sensor and ‘full-frame’ Z-mount cameras, which gives both companies an advantage over Canon, which uses different mounts. The Nikon Z50 has an intervalometer built-in. But the clincher could be Nikon's pricing. For those interested in filming, here is a quick Nikon Z50 review of the video features. The control you get from the app is fairly basic, but exposure parameters, white balance and the position of the focus point can be adjusted in addition to setting up a self-timer and changing the shooting mode. Rather than rushing into the mirrorless market, Nikon has stuck to its strategy of releasing a pair of full-frame mirrorless cameras and building up a selection of full-frame Z mount lenses before turning its focus towards APS-C. Nikon has been quite clever in their approach and by choosing to preserve the look, styling and excellent handling of the Z 6 and Z 7 in a lighter, more compact body, they’ve created a sublime little camera in the form of the Z 50 that’s a delight to use, produces very fine images and presents great value when you consider it can be bought with a lens for under £1000. Videographers and those who like to focus manually will also be grateful for manual focus peaking, which has three sensitivity levels and four colours to choose from. Shutter speed ranges from 30secs to 1/4000sec with a flash sync of 1/200sec. An amazing marketplace for buying and selling photography and video gear. Louise Carey, The electronic viewfinder really impressed on test. The switch around the mode dial allows you to quickly change between stills and movie recording mode. Retracting the lens helps keeps it super compact when you’re travelling. Entering the remote function automatically fires up the cameras Wi-fi to form a connection. Lens mount: Nikon Z The Z50 is a good debut for Nikon’s Z mount APS-C mirrorless system. Fujifilm X-T30. Loaded with a fast SDXC UHS-II memory card capable of a 280MB/s read and 250MB/s write speed, the Z 50 succeeded to rattle out 37 12-bit raw files at 11fps before its buffer was reached. Movie record, ISO and exposure compensation buttons are all grouped together behind the shutter button and the front and rear dials are perfectly positioned for intuitive control of exposure settings. By … The Nikon Z50 is the first-generation Z-mount DX mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. The Z 50 manages to produce cleaner images than all but the Fujifilm X-T30. Nikon’s first stab at producing interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras didn’t exactly set the world on fire; the 1-series’ relatively small, low-resolution 1-inch CX sensor – with a 2.7x crop factor – quickly fell behind its mirrorless rivals. Nikon supplies a mains battery charger in the box for fast charging. Nikon has done a remarkable job of giving such a small camera such a solid one-handed grip, but quite apart from the size of the camera, we were impressed by the 16-50mm pancake kit lens which is one of the slimmest APS-C kit lenses we've yet seen and uses a 'proper' mechanical zoom rather than an electrical power zoom system. Coupling the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 kit zoom to the Z 50 and repeating a similar test at the wide end resulted in sharp images down to 1/5sec. However, despite its diminutive and unassuming size, the Nikon Z50 is capable of much more than just travel and holiday snaps. The Nikon Z 50 is Nikon’s first shot at creating a DX-format mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. It’s physically smaller than the battery used by the Z 6 and Z 7 and we’re told we can expect to shoot approximately 300 shots on a single charge. It can be tilted down beneath the camera as well as up for low-angle shooting in the landscape format. Nikon Z 50 Review: Viewfinder and Screen A 0.39in, 2.36-million dot electronic viewfinder is what we’d expect to find on a camera at the Z 50’s price point. Unlike the Z 6 and Z 7, the Z50 accepts a single SD card that’s inserted next to the battery. The excellent electronic viewfinder and responsive touchscreen enhance the enjoyable shooting experience, and with 11fps continuous shooting and a responsive autofocus system, the Z 50 rarely feels out of its depth when challenged by fast paced subjects. I got mine at B&H. This exciting news will be of great interest to budding amateurs and keen enthusiasts who’d like a smaller and lighter system for considerably less than it costs to make the jump up to a full frame Z-series model. The good news with the Nikon Z 50 is that the pros far outweigh any cons, of which there are very few. I’ve also transcribed the video narration for you below if you prefer to read the text! Although it might not have the edge on Fujifilm’s retro-inspired X-T30 in terms of aesthetics, it has a purposeful design, good-sized handgrip and well thought through layout of controls. In total there are 209 phase detection AF points, which cover 90% of the frame horizontally and 100% vertically, with the option to select every other point for faster AF point repositioning across the frame. Sony A7R III. Autofocus Points: 209 Phase Detection points Rather than accepting XQD cards, the Z 50 accepts SD cards (UHS-II compatible) via a single slot that’s positioned next to the battery. 4K time-lapse sequences can be created in-camera, while shooting in Full HD adds additional slow-motion footage mode. Unsurprisingly, the Z 50 is on par with the 20.4MP Olympus E-M5 Mark III. The Nikon Z50 (or Nikon Z 50 as Nikon prefers to write it) brings Nikon's mirrorless camera technology to the hobbyist market. Not particularly high resolution. Fujifilm X-T3 . New S-Line primes on the way include a 50mm f/1.2 and 20mm f/1.8. It easily slipped into a small messenger bag, which meant we didn't have to mess around with a proper camera bag for a casual trip out. The Z 50 adopts function buttons (Fn1 and Fn2) from the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z 7. In our Nikon Z50 review, we said that it's "an ideal travel camera and a great option for those looking to move from a Nikon DSLR". The great thing about this metering mode is it takes the colour of the light source into account to prevent overexposure, even in highlights that feature a strong colour cast. Its Vibration Reduction system is effective to five stops, with filters and adapters being attached via a 62mm thread. To offer a better idea of the Z 50’s positioning, it sits below the Z 6 and Z 7, presenting a Nikon D7500-like feature set with usability closer to that of Nikon’s advanced entry-level DSLR, the D5600. Top 10 System Cameras . My only criticism is that they’re not illuminated, which would help when working at night. The official sales start date for the Nikon Z 50 and accompanying DX-format Z-mount lenses is the 7th November 2019. Memory Card Slot: Single slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) Nikon Z50 review The Z50 is one of the best APS-C cameras out there offering a multitude of the pro-level features introduced on the Z6 and 7, at a fraction of the price. Die Nikon Z50 ist im Test nicht nur die erste APS-C-Kamera der Z-Serie, sondern auch Nikons erste DSLM überhaupt mit diesem Sensorformat. Offering superb image quality, The all-new Nikon Z 50 captures perfectly focused photos and 4K movies that are rich in detail, depth, and colour. As things stand, Fujifilm currently offers the highest resolution cameras in the APS-C market. If you’re prepared to apply some noise reduction in post processing, very acceptable results can also be achieved at ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600 at a push. Nikon’s FTZ mount adapter is compatible too should any Z 50 users wish to use their older F-mount lenses as they start to build up their Z mount collection. One of the biggest hurdles Nikon has had to overcome is how to make the Z 50 compact enough that it offers a size and weight advantage over the company’s APS-C DSLRs, while ensuring it’s not too fiddly to operate. As soon as you view it alongside the Z 6 or Z 7, you can clearly see the difference and make out that it’s much leaner. Nikon aims this camera to be the ideal choice for traveling photographers who want a lightweight yet capable solution, and that is undoubtedly an area the camera excels. And the Z50 is great for video, shooting 4K across the full sensor width, rather than a cropped version that some rivals have employed. Instead, Nikon has opted for optical stabilisation in the form of it Vibration Reduction (VR) technology built into its new Nikkor Z APS-C lenses. One of the first things you notice when you pick it up is how comfortable it feels in the hand. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, Yes, it is an excellent beginning camera and one we believe will be incredibly popular on the market as well. Note the two customisable function buttons, which like those you’ll find on the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7. This puts greater demand on pushing the ISO higher so fast shutter speeds can be used to compensate for shake that comes at the expense of increased noise. The only thing really holding back the Z 50 at the moment is the limited number of DX Z-mount lenses. A small little dimple would solve this. Unlike the Z6 and Z7, the Z50 lacks IBIS (in-body image stabilization). While high end professional vloggers might want to give this one a miss, we could see the Z50 proving very popular with influencers who aren't overly fussed about hyper-smooth footage. But they come at a hefty price. We thought the Nikon Z6 and Z7 were compact, but the Z50 is positively dinky, particularly with the new ‘pancake’ Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR kit lens attached. The Nikon Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is a compact retracting zoom that adds very little weight (135g) to the camera and is equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms. In all, it feels very much part of the existing ‘Z’ family, but even smaller. The alternative is to trigger the camera wirelessly using the remote shooting function within Nikon’s SnapBridge app that connects via the Z 50’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity. Please refresh the page and try again. Receive news and offers from our other brands? It displays all the shooting information you could wish for against a black background on strips above and below the preview image, however don’t expect these to rotate when you switch between landscape and portrait format. NIKON Z50 : DOWNGRADING FIRMWARE IS POSSIBLE. So what’s not to like? The new NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR, like the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, has a plastic lens mount. We tested out the Nikon Z50's video functionality and were pleased with the results, including the focus peaking feature, which works just as well as it does on the Nikon Z7. The new Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera is the smallest interchangeable-lens DX-format camera Nikon offers, and as you can probably tell, I liked it a lot. As well as offering lens kits, Nikon will sell the Z 50 with the FTZ mount adapter for £989. Buttons and dials are well arranged across the top plate and rear panel. For day-to-day shooting users can rely on the Z 50’s matrix metering mode to deliver accurate exposures. At its lowest ISO setting of 100 the Z 50 resolves around 3,400l/ph, which is upheld to ISO 400 before starting to drop to 3,200l/ph at ISO 800. One of the biggest selling points of the Nikon Z50 is how light and compact it is, but you can't truly appreciate these qualities until you're actually shooting with it. (Image credit: Chris George/Digital Camera World), The Nikon Z50's tilted touchscreen enables you to capture top-down shots easily, We shot this image at 16mm (equivalent to 24mm on a full frame camera), We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices. The new Nikon Z 50, which uses the large Z mount and accepts Nikon’s FTZ mount adapter and F-mount lenses, is Nikon’s first attempt at creating a DX-format mirrorless camera equipped with an APS-C size sensor. Study the Nikon Z 50 from the front and you’ll notice it shares many similarities with the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 in terms of its look and styling. What maters most is the Z 50 claws back ground at higher sensitivities, where image noise is more visible. With rumours suggesting a higher resolution or sports-focused Z-series camera (possibly a Z 8, or Z 9) might be next to arrive, it came as something of a shock when Nikon took wraps off a smaller, more affordable model. The two other lenses on the roadmap are a 24-200mm and 200-600mm, but again the aperture ranges of these optics aren’t yet known. Nikon Z 50, Nikon Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, 1/30sec at f/3.5, ISO 800. We were happy with the image and video quality produced by the Nikon Z50, and genuinely enjoyed zipping around the back streets of Bath capturing quick snapshots with this dinky little camera. The Z6, which we reviewed last year, ranked among the best performing full-frame cameras that you can buy at around Rs 1,50,000. Can the Z50 take on the likes of the well established Sony A6000-series and Canon EOS-M range, not to mention Fujifilm with its line-up of excellent APS-C bodies and lenses? Beside the screen Nikon has added permanent touch buttons that can be used to quickly inspect images in playback mode and change the display view – something we haven’t seen on a Z-series camera before. Continuous Shooting: Up to 11fps With three settings – low-speed continuous (1 to 4fps), high-speed continuous (5fps) and high speed continuous extended (11fps), all of which can be used with continuous AF, it’s 2fps faster than the Z 7 and just 1fps slower than the Z 6. Visit our corporate site. Very importantly, both the screen and EVF faithfully display exposure, white balance and colour so you can be confident that what you’re seeing is a true representation of how the image will look. The first two models, the full-frame Nikon Z 7 and Z 6, really showcased this cutting-edge tech, with range of ‘S’-line lenses that are amongst the sharpest we’ve ever tested. The Nikon Z 50 introduces new permanent touch buttons on the right hand edge of the screen. Damit … The Z50 is an interchangeable-lens camera. Yalding We captured a rare quiet back street with the Nikon Z50 set to f/4, 1/200sec and ISO 1000. Nikon Z50 twin lens kit (64GB HDR) at Amazon for $1,149. One of the things we’re particularly fond of is its rubberised grip. This stretches right around the side to its prominent thumb rest at the rear, making it very comfortable and secure to hold in just your right hand when working with lightweight lenses. Comparing it to the EVF on the Sony A6600, which just so happened to be in the office for review at the same time, revealed it displays a sharper image, with clean edges and no nasty jaggies or colour-moire. The sensor teams up with the same EXPEED 6 image processor that you’ll find in the Z 6 and Z 7, however unlike Nikon’s pair of full-frame models, the Nikon Z 50 doesn’t feature in-body image stabilisation (IBIS). The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is a compact retracting zoom that’s equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms. Receive latest product news and technique tips from Amateur Photographer. With a small and non-threatening profile - plus the incredibly useful tilting touchscreen LCD - the Nikon Z50 is perfectly suited to street photography. Photographers with large hands or those who work in cold climates with thick gloves will prefer the feel of the Z 6/Z 7’s deeper, more muscular grip, but for it’s target audience you can’t fault it. By forgoing IBIS and rethinking the positioning of some controls, Nikon has struck the balance just right. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software. Another thought that struck us as we were testing the Nikon Z50 was that other enthusiast-level mirrorless cameras are often beautifully designed, but can fall short when it comes to being used over long periods of time. The Z50 is a well-specified video camera that produces good-looking footage. 26 November 2019. SD cards are inserted into a single-slot next to the battery compartment. Better still, the 50-250mm zoom fits snugly into a jacket pocket too, meaning you can head out and shoot without having to lug a bag around – something that will appeal when you’d like to travel light on day trips, city breaks or short getaways. The sensitivity of the sensor is extendable from ISO 100-25,600 to a maximum of ISO 51,200. Nikon’s Z50 is the best handling camera in its category, but it’s behind rivals in autofocus, shooting speeds, video and particularly image quality. Switching the image quality across to Fine JPEG followed by Normal JPEG saw the number of recorded frames increase to 92 and 99 respectively.