Following the successful launch of its Z-series cameras last year, Nikon has followed up the full frame Z 6 and Z 7 cameras with the new Z 50, the brand’s first mirrorless APS-C crop-sensor camera built to offer top-notch functionality in a compact and affordable form-factor.
At its heart is a new CMOS sensor that delivers an effective pixel count of 20.88 megapixels and the same hybrid autofocus system as on the Z 6 and Z 7. This means the Z 50 will support eye-detection AF, with intuitive controls even with multiple human subjects in frame.
The new Expeed 6 image-processing engine enables a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 on the Z 50, with low-light AF performance down to -4 EV. Fast moving subjects can be captured easily with continuous shooting at 11fps with full continuous AF and AE.
To cater to photographers of all breeds, the Nikon Z 50 also offers Creative Picture Control, Scene modes and Special Effects available in live view through the EVF or tilting display, and for still images and videos. This means that photographers can apply expressive effects easily and with greater control.
Video functionality is also a core focus for the Z 50, with 4K UHD recording with full-sensor readout and no crop, as well as Full HD 120p with in-camera slow-motion movie processing. An in-built intervalometer allows for time-lapse creation in 4K UHD and Full HD, allowing for dynamic movements like panning and zooming for engaging footage.
Built to be compact and versatile, the Z 50 offers a 3.2-inch, 1040k-dot touch screen monitor that pivots all the way around the bottom to allow for selfies.
Ergonomics are also emphasised with a full-sized grip allowing for a secure, stable hold on the device, with all button and dial controls shifted to the right side of the camera for better control. A larger exterior dial complements this focus on usability.
Launched alongside the Z 50 are two lenses – the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and the Nikkor Z DX 50-250 f/4.5-6.3 VR, which boasts a compact build and versatile performance.
The Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR offers a standard zoom range of a full-frame equivalent wide-angle 24mm at the wide end and 75mm medium telephoto at the long end. This allows for everything from creative landscapes and interior shots to portraits to be captured.
The 16-50mm lens offers ED and aspherical elements for optical performance, along with built-in optical VR for 4.5 stops of stabilisation. This is all packed in a compact form factor, and weighting in at only 135g.
The Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR offers greater reach of a 75mm-375mm full frame equivalent zoom range. It offers a minimum focus distance of 0.5m at its widest to 1m at its longest for more use cases like close-up photography.