The Nikon Z50 is a 20.9MP mirrorless camera: the first time the company has put an (unstabilized) APS-C sensor behind its new, larger ‘Z’ lens mount. The company says the camera is designed to attract a generation of users who don’t consider themselves to be photographers.
Alongside the camera, Nikon has announced two lenses designed for this sensor size: a 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 collapsible standard zoom and a 50-250mm F4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom – both with built-in image stabilization (which Nikon calls Vibration Reduction).
- 20.9MP CMOS sensor
- Twin control dial interface
- Up to 11 fps shooting with AE/AF, 5 fps with live view
- 4K video at up to 30p
- 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder
- Rear touchscreen tilts up by 90° or down by 180°
- Bluetooth-enabled Wi-Fi (via Snapbridge app)
- Creative Picture Control effects
The Z50 will be available for sale from November, with an MSRP of $860, body-only. Adding the 16-50mm zoom takes the price to $1000 and a two-lens kit with both DX zooms takes the list price to $1350.
The Z50 is compatible with the FTZ mount adapter, allowing it to use F-mount DSLR lenses. The adapter is not included in any of the kits announced so far.
What’s new and how it compares
The Z50 is Nikon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera. We take a look at what it offers and how it squares up to its rivals.
Body and controls
We take a look at the new camera and how it operates.
First Impressions / Shooting Experience
Reviews editor Carey Rose spent a couple of hours shooting with a near-final Nikon Z50.
The Z50 is based around an updated version of the 20.2MP sensor we fist saw in the D500. It still looks pretty good against the competition.
The Z50’s AF system is pretty effective, but is a little fiddly compared with its peers.
The Z50’s video looks good and it’s one of the easiest cameras to shoot both stills and video with.
We found a lot to like about the Z50 but it has some very capable rivals in better-established systems.
|We’ve been shooting with the Z50 for a while and have plenty of real-world shots to show you how the camera performs.|
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