Nikon Z5 Review

August 21, 2020 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Type

Mirrorless

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Effective angle of view

FX

Image sensor

CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm

Total pixels

24.93 million

Dust-reduction system

Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)

Effective pixels

24.3 million

Image size (pixels)

[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area: (L)6016 x 4016 (24.2 million), (M)4512 x 3008 (13.6 million), (S)3008 x 2008 (6.0 million); [DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area: (L)3936 x 2624 (10.3 million), (M)2944 x 1968 (5.8 million), (S)1968 x 1312 (2.6 million); [1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area: (L)4016 x 4016 (16.1 million), (M)3008 x 3008 (9.0 million), (S)2000 x 2000 (4.0 million); [16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area: (L)6016 x 3384 (20.4 million), (M)4512 x 2536 (11.4 million), (S)3008 x 1688 (5.1 million); Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160; Photographs taken while filming movies at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080

Storage file formats

NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed or compressed), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available, 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-II compliant), SDXC (UHS-II compliant)

Storage media

2 Secure Digital (SD) cards, the card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31

Viewfinder

1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical

Magnification

Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-¹)

Eyepoint

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

Diopter adjustment

-4 to +2 m-¹

Eye sensor

Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays

Compatible lenses

Z mount NIKKOR lenses F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)

Shutter type

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

Shutter speed

1/8000 to 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV), bulb, time, X200

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; auto FP high-speed sync supported

Release mode

S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Self-timer

Frame advance rate

Continuous L: Approx. 1 to 4 fps; Continuous H: Approx. 4.5 fps (Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.)

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 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame Spot metering: meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point Highlight-weighted metering

Metering range

-3 to +17 EV (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

Mode

Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual U1, U2 and U3: user settings modes

Exposure compensation

–5 to +5EV, in increments of 1/3 or 1/2EV, available in modes P, S, A, and M

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

ISO sensitivity

ISO 100 to 51200, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2EV, can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and 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

-3 to +19 EV,³ Without low-light AF: -2 – +19 EV

Lens servo

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

Focus points

273 (Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and FX selected for image area)

AF-area mode

Pinpoint (available in photo mode only), single-point, 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/AF-S) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector

Camera VR

5-axis image sensor shift

Lens VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)

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

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, available in modes P, S, A, and M

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when 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, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control

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 with fine-tuning except choose color temperature

Bracketing types

Exposure and/or flash, 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: 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p

Movie - file format

MOV, MP4

Movie - video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie - audio recording format

Linear PCM (for movies recorded in MOV format), AAC (for movies recorded in MP4 format)

Movie - audio recording device

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

Exposure compensation

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

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: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600)

Movie - Active D-Lighting

Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off

Movie - Other options

Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes

Monitor

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

Playback

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) 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

Type C connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Audio input

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

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Accessory terminal(s)

Built-in (can be used with MC-DC2 remote cords and other optional accessories)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency

2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) maximum output power

0.7 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: –4.8 dBm Bluetooth Low Energy: –6.3 dBm; Approximately 10 m (32 ft)⁶

Battery

One EN-EL15c rechargeable Li-ion battery⁷

Battery pack

MB-N10 battery pack (available separately); takes two EN-EL15c⁸ batteries

AC adapter

EH-7P charging AC adapter (available separately); EH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter, requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)

Tripod socket

1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mm (5.3 x 4.0 x 2.8 in.)

Weight

Approx. 675 g (1 lb. 7.9 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 590 g/1 lb. 4.9 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-29 Rubber Eyecup (comes attached to camera), EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion, Battery with terminal cover, MH-25a Battery Charger (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), AN-DC19 Strap, UC-E24 USB Cable, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover

  • ¹ Shortest length and lightest weight among standard zoom lenses for full-frame interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras released as of July 21, 2020.
    ² Type-C to type-C USB cable required.
    ³ Measured in photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F using single-servo AF (AF-S) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0.
    ⁴ Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively.
    ⁵ Quality selection (normal/high) available at all sizes except 3840 × 2160, when quality is fixed at high.
    ⁶ Without interference. Range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles.
    ⁷ EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries can also be used. Note, however, that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge than with the EN-EL15c. The EH-7P charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL15c/EN-EL15b batteries only.
    ⁸ EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries can be used in place of the EN-EL15c. The number of pictures that can be taken on a single charge (i.e., battery endurance) will however drop compared to the EN-EL15c.