Nikon Z50 Review

December 4, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Nikon Z50 News

The much-rumored Nikon Z50 APS-C DX format mirrorless camera has just been officially unveiled.

The Z50 has a 20.9 megapixel APS-C sensor with 209 phase detection AF pixels, ISO 100-51200, 11fps burst shooting, EXPEED 6 processor, 180-degree flip screen, 2360k-dot EVF, 4K UHD video recording at 30p, and a 395g body.

The new Nikon Z50 will be available starting from 7th November 2019 priced at £849 / $856.95 body only.

In addition, Nikon have also introduced two new DX-format zoom lenses - the NIKKOR Z DX 16–50mm f/3.5–6.3 VR and the NIKKOR Z DX 50–250mm f/4.5–6.3 VR - to go with the Z50 camera.

Nikon UK Press Release

THE Z50 DX MIRRORLESS CAMERA AND FIRST NIKKOR Z DX LENSES JOIN THE NIKON Z FAMILY

London, England, 10 October 2019: Nikon today introduces the Nikon Z50, the first Z series DX-format mirrorless camera and the first two NIKKOR Z DX zoom lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR. Offering superb image quality, the all-new Nikon Z50 captures perfectly focused photos and 4K movies that are rich in detail, depth, and colour. Combining the Z 50 with the new NIKKOR Z DX lenses, the new DX mirrorless system will deliver stunning images, from wide-angle to telephoto.

Equipped with a large 20.9 MP DX-format sensor, the Z50 brings the optical advantages of Nikon mirrorless into a strong, compact DX body. Features inherited from the acclaimed Nikon Z7 and Z6 cameras include the wide Nikon Z Mount and the fast, wide Hybrid-AF (autofocus) system. The Z50 also features a sharp electronic viewfinder, a tilting touchscreen, and the deep grip that makes Nikon mirrorless cameras so comfortable to hold. Intelligent Eye-Detection AF makes the Z50 great for shooting portraits, and up to 11 fps continuous shooting (with AF/AE) takes care of the action. The Z50 is fully compatible with Nikon’s FTZ Mount Adapter, which allows F-mount NIKKOR DSLR lenses to be used together with the camera.

Both Z Mount DX lenses are optimised for the superb light-gathering capability of the wide Nikon Z mount. These zoom lenses focus quickly, quietly, and steadily, making them as great for video as they are for stills. The ultra-portable NIKKOR Z DX 16–50mm f/3.5–6.3 VR is a ‘pancake’ zoom that covers wide-angle to portrait views beautifully. The NIKKOR Z DX 50–250mm f/4.5–6.3 VR is a compact telephoto zoom: this lens lets users move from framing unique portraits to capturing distant action with smooth, steady precision.

Robert Harmon, Senior Commercial Planning Manager, Nikon UK, says: “Whether your passion is photography or video, Nikon’s new Z50 mirrorless system camera offers an exciting blend of creativity and power. Aside from the new NIKKOR Z DX lenses, you get seamless compatibility with all Z mount lenses. And if you have F-mount lenses and accessories in your bag, you can use them too. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Nikon DSLR owner or a first time Nikon user: the Nikon DX mirrorless system gives you plenty of room for growth.”

Nikon Z50 - UK Price

The Nikon Z50 and NIKKOR Z DX lenses will be available nationwide from Winter 2019.

Camera and lens kits will be available starting from £989 RRP

  • Nikon Z50 & NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR - £989
  • Nikon Z50 & NIKKOR Z DX 50–250mm f/4.5–6.3 VR & NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR - £1,199
  • Nikon Z50 & FTZ mount adapter kit - £989
  • Nikon Z50 & NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR & FTZ mount adapter kit - £1,129
  • Nikon Z50 body only - £849

Nikon Z50 - US Price

  • Nikon Z50 body: $856.95
  • Nikon Z50 lens kit: $996.95
  • Nikon Z50 double lens kit: $1,346.95
  • Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens: 6;296.95
  • Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens: $349.95
  • Nikon MB-N10 battery grip: $196.95

Nikon Z50 - Features

  • Superb image quality: wide Nikon Z mount, large 20.9 MP DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor, and fast EXPEED 6 image processor. 
  • All the way sharp: Hybrid-AF (autofocus) system. 209 on-sensor AF points cover approx. 90% of the frame, horizontally and vertically, for superb edge-to-edge sharpness.
  • Brilliant in low light: wide 100–51200 ISO range and low-light autofocus down to -4 EV
  • Intelligent Eye-Detection AF: automatically focuses on a subject’s eyes, whether they’re alone or a face in a crowd. 
  • Fast continuous shooting: up to 11 fps with autofocus (AF) and auto exposure (AE).
  • Silent operation: the Nikon Z 50 focuses quietly and has a silent photography mode.
  • 4K movies: users can record 4K/UHD movies at 30p and shoot slow-motion footage in Full HD with no crop-factor limitations. 4K time-lapse sequences can be created in-camera.
  • Smooth EVF: ultra-sharp electronic viewfinder (2360k-dot) can display a natural image, similar to that of a DSLR optical viewfinder. Or images can be displayed as they’ll look with settings applied.
  • Large tilting touchscreen: high-resolution (1040k-dot) LCD monitor with smartphone-style touch controls. Can be tilted up or down for flexibility when shooting video or self-portraits.
  • Creative effects: 20 in-camera effects for photos and video. The intensity can be adjusted when previewing the effect.
  • DX mirrorless body with pop-up flash: easy to carry with a strong magnesium-alloy top and front.
  • Nikon ergonomics: deep grip for comfortable handling, and thoughtfully placed buttons, dials, and touchscreen controls.
  • Simple DSLR-style menu system: instantly familiar to current Nikon DSLR users and easy to master for first-time Nikon users. 
  • Fast connections: Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® plus Nikon’s SnapBridge app make it easy to send photos and movies to any device for sharing or storage.
  • A system to love: compatible with the FTZ Mount Adapter and Nikon DSLR accessories, including remote camera controls, DSLR Speedlights, microphones, and more.

NIKKOR Z DX 16–50mm f/3.5–6.3 VR - Features

  • Ultra-portable wide-angle zoom: fast-focusing lens with wide-angle to normal 16–50mm focal length range (FX- format/35mm equivalent 24–75mm). 
  • Minimum focus distance of just 0.2 m: lets users focus sharply on close-up details. 
  • In-lens Vibration Reduction: shoot at shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower than otherwise possible.2 Capture clearer images in low light and record steady video footage even if filming while walking.
  • Silent control ring: for key functions including manual focus, aperture control, and exposure compensation.
  • Lens in your pocket: weighs just 135 grams and is flat as a pancake when retracted. 

NIKKOR Z DX 50–250mm f/4.5–6.3 VR - Features

  • Compact telephoto zoom lens: fast-focusing lens with normal to telephoto 50–250mm focal length range (FX- format/35mm equivalent 75–375mm). 
  • Minimum focus distance of just 0.5 m: lets users focus sharply on subjects that are closer.  
  • In-lens Vibration Reduction: shoot at shutter speeds up to 5 stops slower than otherwise possible.1 
  • Silent control ring: for key functions including manual focus, aperture control, and exposure compensation.
  • Travel light: Lens is super compact when retracted and weighs 405 grams.  

1 Approximately 360 F-Mount NIKKOR lenses can be used with your Nikon Z camera. Visit the official Nikon website to find more information about the NIKKOR lens system.

2 Based on CIPA standards.

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