Nikon Z30

Nikon Z30

The Nikon Z30 is a purpose-built mirrorless camera that is small, networked, and targeted toward artists. It is best for vloggers and live streams. With 4K video recording, a sizable 20.9MP DX-format sensor, and Nikon’s exceptional image quality, the Z30 combines these features with a unique feature set and design to enhance your content and accompany you on daily excursions.

Designing sensors and recording 4K video

Video and streaming

The camera’s main component is a DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor, which not only meets the needs of video production but also transforms the Z30 into a powerful stills camera.

For clear, high-resolution video demands, UHD 4K recording up to 30p is supported. Additionally, full HD 120p recording is accessible for replay in slow motion.

For the purpose of capturing events or any other circumstance that calls for longer continuous takes, continuous recording for up to 2 hours and 15 minutes is available.

The Z30 is capable of live streaming at up to Full HD 60p or 4K 30p, and as it works with many web conferencing apps, it can also easily serve as a high-quality camera.

The Z30 may be powered by a USB Type-C connector if you need continuous power for longer takes, streaming, or other uses.

Capabilities for taking photos.

The Z30’s versatile 20.9MP resolution is ideal for still, photography needs as well, making it the ideal tool for capturing stills while filming or for taking higher-quality thumbnails and promotional photos.

Working in low-light situations is made easier by the big DX-format sensor, which produces images with less noise, good clarity, and a suitable sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200, or up to ISO 25600 when recording video.

There is a top continuous shooting speed of up to 11 fps available for capturing swiftly moving action.

In-camera time-lapse production is feasible by combining still images with moving pictures.

Straight from the camera, you can enhance your photographs and videos by using built-in presets and filters.

The essentials of vlogging

The Z30 is a smartphone designed specifically for vlogging and content creation and includes a number of practical features for creators:

A 3.0″ 1.04m-dot free-angle LCD screen is built into the compact body design. When not in use, the movable screen may be closed inward to avoid fingerprints and scratches while facing forward for precise selfie compositions.

When the touchscreen is facing the front, selfie-style controls allow you to adjust the focus and exposure as well as the self-timer.

When the camera is filming, the front red tally bulb plainly reveals this

With the addition of a top stereo microphone and a 3.5mm external microphone connector for use with an optional mic, audio recording is given special consideration. Additionally, a specialized Wind Muff is an available accessory to reduce wind noise and enhance audio quality while utilizing the onboard mic.

Use the digital e-VR image stabilization to keep your handheld videos steady while recording to help minimize undesirable wobbles and shakes.

Autofocus that is quick and trustworthy

The hybrid autofocus technology rapidly and precisely acquires focus for both stills and video applications using both phase-detection and contrast-detection techniques.

Eye Recognition Facial recognition is used by AF to assist with focusing on a subject’s eyes.

Face and eye tracking are capable of identifying people, and animals, including dogs and cats, and can lock onto these subjects and follow their concentration as they move about the area.

The AF mechanism swiftly and intuitively changes focus as you hold something up to the camera and then re-shifts focus to the subject as the product is pulled away, making it ideal for product close-ups.

Operation and Connectivity

The Snapbridge app for mobile devices uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to enable wireless photo and video transfer to your smartphone or tablet as well as remote camera control.

There is a dedicated Auto mode for times when you’d prefer the camera to optimize the shooting settings, a customizable I menu for quick access to your critical settings, and an intuitive design that incorporates a ‘?’ button to provide a clear explanation of all camera settings.

Nikon Z30 Specs

MSRP$710 (body), $850 (w/16-50mm lens), $1050 (w/16-50 & 50-250mm lenses)
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5568 x 3712
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels21 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 6
ISOAuto, 100-51200 (expands to 204,800)
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points209
Lens mountNikon Z
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11ac + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL25 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)405 g (0.89 lb / 14.29 oz)
Dimensions128 x 74 x 60 mm (5.04 x 2.91 x 2.36″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Nikon Z30 Price

in stock
19 new from $846.95
4 used from $689.95
as of September 29, 2022 7:49 pm
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