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 type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5568 x 3712|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||21 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||22 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 204,800)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||204800|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal, basic|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Number of focus points||209|
|Lens mount||Nikon Z|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||7.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Continuous drive||11.0 fps|
|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)|
|Modes||3840 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 types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11ac + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||330|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||405 g (0.89 lb / 14.29 oz)|
|Dimensions||128 x 74 x 60 mm (5.04 x 2.91 x 2.36″)|