Nikon Z50 Review

December 4, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Nikon Z50 Specifications

Type

Mirrorless

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Effective angle of view

DX

Image sensor

CMOS, 23.5 mm x 15.7 mm

Total pixels

21.51 million

Dust-reduction system

Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D)

Effective pixels

20.9 million

Image size (pixels)

DX (24x16) image area, (L)5568 x 3712 (20.7 million), (M)4176 x 2784 (11.6 million), (S)2784 x 1856 (5.2 million)
1 : 1 (16x16) image area, (L)3712 x 3712 (13.8 million), (M)2784 x 2784 (7.8 million), (S)1856 x 1856 (3.4 million)
16 : 9 (24x14) image area, (L)5568 x 3128 (17.4 million), (M)4176 x 2344 (9.8 million), (S)2784 x 1560 (4.3 million)
Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160
Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1920 x 1080: 1920 x 1080

Storage file formats

NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Picture Control System

Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Storage media

SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge

Viewfinder

0.99-cm/0.39-in. approx. 2360k-dot (XGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 7-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical

Magnification

Approx. 1.02x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-¹)

Eyepoint

19.5 mm (-1.0 m-¹; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-3 to +3 m-¹

Eye sensor

Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays

Shutter type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter

Shutter speed

1/4000 to 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV), bulb, time

Flash sync speed

X=1/200s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported

Release mode

Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer

Frame advance rate

Up to 11 fps, Low-speed continuous: 1 to 4 fps, High-speed continuous: 5 fps, High-speed continuous (extended): 11 fps (measured under Nikon-specified test conditions)

Self-timer

2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

Exposure metering

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering method

Matrix metering Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame, Spot metering: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point Highlight-weighted metering

Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

–4 to +17 EV

Mode

Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual Scene modes: portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food Special effect modes: night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key U1 and U2: user settings

Exposure compensation

–5 to +5 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in P, S, A, M, SCN, and EFCT modes

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

ISO sensitivity

ISO 100 to 51200 (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV); can also be set to approx. 1 or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available (Recommended Exposure Index)

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off

Multiple exposure

Add, average, lighten, darken

Other options

HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction

Autofocus

Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range

-4 to +19 EV ( -2 to +19 EV without low-light AF, single-servo AF, photo mode, ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

Lens servo

Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), AF mode auto-switch (AF-A; available only in photo mode), full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode) ; predictive focus tracking, Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points

209 (single-point AF, photo mode, DX image area)

AF-area mode

Pinpoint, single-point, and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Built-in flash

Manual pop-up flash raised via flash pop-up control Guide Number: Approx. 7/22, 7/22 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering

Flash modes

Fill flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, rear-curtain sync, auto, auto + red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync + red-eye, flash off

Flash compensation

–3 to +1 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in P, S, A, M, and SCN modes

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System

i-TTL flash control, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all except choose color temperature with fine-tuning

Bracketing types

Exposure, white balance, ADL

Movie - metering

TTL exposure metering using main image sensor, TTL metering using camera image sensor

Movie - metering method

Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p. 1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p. 1920 x 1080 (slow-motion); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5. Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available except at sizes of 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 x 1080 slow-motion, in which case quality is fixed at high.

Movie - file format

MOV, MP4

Movie - video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie - audio recording format

Linear PCM, AAC

Movie - audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Movie - ISO sensitivity

M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600; choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) available with selectable upper limit P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) with selectable upper limit AUTO, SCN, EFCT (excluding night vision): Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600); Night vision: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 4) (Recommended Exposure Index)

Movie - Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off

Movie - Other options

Time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction

Monitor

8-cm (3.2–in.) diagonal; Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and 11-level manual brightness controls; Approx. 1040k-dot

Playback

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, and picture rating

USB

Hi-Speed USB, with Micro-B connector; connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type D HDMI connector

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency

2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180 to 5320 MHz

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) maximum output power

2.4 GHz band: 6.9 dBm, 5 GHz band: 10.2 dBm

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security

Open system, WPA2-PSK

Bluetooth standards

Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2, Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth: 1.4 dBm, Bluetooth Low Energy: –0.1 dBm; Approximately 10 m (32 ft) without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

Battery

One EN-EL25 rechargeable Li-ion battery

AC adapter

EH-73P charging AC adapter

Tripod socket

1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 126.5 x 93.5 x 60 mm (5 x 3.7 x 2.4 in.)

Weight

Approx. 450 g (15.9 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 395 g/14 oz. (camera body only)

Operating environment - temperature

0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)

Operating environment - humidity

85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

BF-N1 Body Cap, DK-30 Rubber Eyecup (comes attached to camera), EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with terminal cover, MH-32 Battery Charger (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), AN-DC20 Strap, UC-E21 USB Cable