Nikon Z50 Mirrorless Camera Review

The Nikon Z50 is a DX-format mirrorless digital camera that revolves around the adaptable Z Mount and has an extremely slim appearance. It is available in both black and white.

The Z50 is capable of both stills and video capture, thanks to its 20.9MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 image engine, which provides rapid performance up to 11 frames per second, a dependable 209-point hybrid AF system with eye recognition, and outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 51200. For video shooters, UHD 4K recording at up to 30 frames per second is available, as is Full HD recording at up to 120 frames per second for slow-motion playback.

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When it comes to fine-tuning your images and videos, in-camera clip cutting is available, and the camera’s 20 creative picture adjustments and ten special effects options assist to give your photography a distinct appearance.

The body design is extremely elegant while being ergonomic for shooting for long periods of time. Working in bright situations with clear eye-level seeing is made easier by the high-quality 2.36m-dot OLED EVF, which has a resolution of 2.36 million dots “The back touchscreen LCD features a 180-degree flip-down design, which is ideal for taking selfies.

The magnesium alloy body has been weather-sealed to ensure that it may be used in severe weather. Aside from that, the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities work in combination with the Nikon SnapBridge software to allow for wireless picture and video transmission as well as remote control of the camera from your mobile device.

Nikon Z50 Processor & Sensor

This camera’s 20.9MP CMOS sensor in DX format, together with the EXPEED 6 image engine, delivers a dynamic combination of high sensitivity, nuanced picture quality, and overall speed. Using native values, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 allows for working in a wide variety of lighting settings, and this range can be extended even further to ISO 204800 for working in extremely low light circumstances.

The combination of resolution and sensor size also adds to crisp image quality and smooth color transitions, as well as decreased noise over the whole sensitivity range. In addition to improving image quality, the EXPEED 6 processor provides a significant increase in overall system performance, including a maximum full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 11 frames per second and a maximum 8-megapixel continuous shooting rate of 30 frames per second.

Additionally, in addition to imaging, the sensor’s architecture contains an integrated 209-point hybrid autofocus system, which employs a combination of phase-detection and contrast-detection technologies to rapidly and reliably acquire focus for both stills and video applications. It also offers Eye Detection AF, which employs face recognition to assist lock focus on the subject’s eyes while employing this focusing technique.

Nikon Z50 Video Quality

The Z50 is capable of recording more than just still images; it also has the ability to record UHD 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and Full HD video at up to 120 frames per second for slow-motion effects, as well as the ability to save movie files to internal memory cards or an optional external recorder via HDMI out. With the capacity to output a final UHD 4K video clip directly from the camera, in-camera time-lapse recording is also feasible.

Nikon Z50 Specs

MSRP$859 (body), $999 (w/16-50mm lens), $1349 (w/16-50 and 20-250mm lenses)
Body typeSLR-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 LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.02× (0.68× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
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 2.0 (480 Mbit/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)320
Weight (inc. batteries)450 g (0.99 lb / 15.87 oz)
Dimensions127 x 94 x 60 mm (5 x 3.7 x 2.36″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

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