Nikon Debuts the Portable, Powerful Z 50 Mirrorless Camera

  • Nikon Debuts the Portable, Powerful Z 50 Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Debuts the Portable, Powerful Z 50 Mirrorless Camera

Because the Nikon Z50, with its DX sensor (that's an APS-C crop), ditches the full-frame only and altogether more pro approach that we thought the series was all about, aiming at the entry-level market instead.

The new NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm standard zoom and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm telephoto zoom lenses are created to complement the new Z 50, striking the balance of small size and sharp optics. It'll also be available for $1,000 with the 16-50mm included and $1,350 with both the 16-50mm and 50-250mm lenses bundled. Electronic viewfinders do take a little getting used to, but once you do, seeing the effect of your exposure settings through the viewfinder before you take the shot is nothing short of brilliant.

To hit that weight and keep the price down, Nikon had to cut a few corners. The new Z50 prices $859 body only, and Nikon is also introducing two new DX-format lenses with it.

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. That should let you shoot down to about 1/15th of a second without any blur. The Z50 the first Z-series camera to have a built-in pop-up flash, and its rear 3.2-inch touchscreen can also be flipped 180-degrees downward, so you can use it to check your framing and composition when you're filming yourself. To be fair, Nikon's similarly priced rivals, the Sony A6400, Fujifilm X-T30 and Canon EOS M6 Mark II, all have similar EVFs and lack in-body stabilization. Nikon even claims it's designed a special tripod that can take the place of Joby's ubiquitous GorillaPod without blocking the screen, though I haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

When a sudden case of jet-set wanderlust strikes, or if there's an idea that just has to be shared in 4K video, the Nikon Z 50 is the unobtrusive companion that promises to help deliver content that truly stands out. Overall, the ergonomics look good for such a small camera, with a nice mix of menu-driven and manual controls.

Nikon is also using a brand new 1,120mAh battery called the EN-EL25 that promises almost 300 shots on a charge. The company says that the lens will reproduce point light sources across the entire image area, and crisp images can be captured even when a light source is located within the frame.

Fast continuous shooting: up to 11 fps with autofocus (AF) and auto exposure (AE).

All the way sharp: Hybrid-AF (autofocus) system. The Z 50 becomes the first Nikon "DX" format camera to have eye-detection AF.

Just over a year after the first Z series bodies were launched, Nikon has launched another one - but this time packing a smaller, APS-C sized sensor.

Nikon arrived somewhat late to the mirrorless party, it has to be said, but if you're going to turn up late, you're going to have to make quite an entrance. Despite the smaller size, the Z 50 means business thanks to that protruding grip.