Nikon Z50 Review

December 4, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20.9 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which produces an average image size of around 9Mb.

Noise

The base sensitivity of the Nikon Z50 is ISO 100. At the other end of the scale, the highest native sensitivity of the Nikon Z50 is ISO 51200, but two boosted settings, ISO 102400 and ISO 204800, are also available.

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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HI 1EV (ISO 102400) (100% Crop)

HI 1EV (ISO 102400) (100% Crop)

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HI 2EV (ISO 204800) (100% Crop)

HI 2EV (ISO 204800) (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The file quality settings available on the Nikon Z50 include Basic, Normal and Fine for JPEGs, and the camera can also shoot 12- or 14-bit NEFs (Nikon's proprietary raw file format).

Fine (9.41Mb) (100% Crop)

Normal (6.72Mb) (100% Crop)

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Basic (2.25Mb) (100% Crop)

Raw (26.3Mb) (100% Crop)

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Flash

Flash

The flash settings on the Nikon D3500 are Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and Rear curtain with slow sync. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64
Flash Off - Telephoto (75mm)
ISO 64
Flash On - Telephoto (75mm)
ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any noticeable red-eye.

Flash On

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Red-eye Reduction

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Low Light

The Nikon Z50 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography. There is an optional long-exposure noise reduction function that can be activated to filter out any hot pixels that may appear when extremely slow shutter speeds are used.

Low Light

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Active D-lighting (ADL)

D-lighting is Nikon's dynamic range optimisation tool that attempts to squeeze the full dynamic range of the sensor into JPEGs. Active D-lighting works “on the fly”, before the in-camera processing engine converts the raw image data into JPEGs. The available settings are Off, Low, Normal, High and Extra High, plus an Auto mode.

Off

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Low
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Normal

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High
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Extra High

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Auto

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Picture Controls

Nikon's Picture Controls are preset combinations of sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. All 28 different Picture Controls can be tweaked to your liking, then saved and transferred to other cameras.

Auto

Standard

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Neutral Vivid
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Monochrome

Portrait

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Landscape Flat
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Dream

Morning

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Pop Sunday
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Somber Dramatic
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Silence Bleached
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Melancholic Pure
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Denim Toy
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Sepia Blue
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Red Pink
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Charcoal Graphite
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Binary Carbon
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Effects

The Nikon Z50 has an Effects shooting mode that provides 10 different creative filters which can be applied to both still images and movies.

Night Vision

Super Vivid

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Pop Photo Illustration
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Toy Camera

Miniature

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Selective Color Silhouette
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High Key

Low Key

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