Nikon Z50 Joins Crowded Mirrorless Camera Market

Nikon Z50 Joins Crowded Mirrorless Camera Market

Those are the specs, but I also had a chance to use it for a bit at Nikon's event. Aimed slightly above the novice market, the Z50 is perhaps also something that might appeal as a secondary or travel body for existing Z series users, or possibly even Nikon DSLR owners.

The first two models, the full-frame Z 7 and Z 6, really showcased this cutting-edge tech, with range of "S"-line lenses that are amongst the sharpest we've ever tested". But they come at a hefty price.

Prior to launch, speculation had been rife that Nikon would try to appeal to a different audience with its next Z series camera, and with a smaller sensor and more affordable price point, the strategy seems to suggest that mirrorless is very much the future for this company. This is also the first Nikon DX-format camera with an Eye-Detection AF function, which instantly focuses on a subject's eyes (even if they're moving) when taking portrait photos.

In addition to the camera body, the Z50 launches with two kit 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. The other is the compact Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR zoom. Despite the smaller size, the Z 50 means business thanks to that protruding grip.

In-lens Vibration Reduction: shoot at shutter speeds up to 5 stops slower than otherwise possible.

Nikon Z50 is built with a 14-ounce magnesium alloy frame and DX-format 20.9 megapixels CMOS sensor for sharp images and colors.

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Fast continuous shooting: up to 11 fps with autofocus (AF) and auto exposure (AE). It's a great low light performer too, with a native ISO range of ISO100-51,200 at up to -4EV. The mirrorless camera can shoot not only full HD and 4K video with image stabilization, but also 120p slo-mo, time-lapse, and interval footage for time-lapse photography.

The Z 50 also features an electronic viewfinder. The chamber contains a folding 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1.04 million dots OLED EVF with a resolution of 2.36 million dots, pop-up flash and an input for an external microphone, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to itc.ua. The camera has built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and SnapBridge connectivity. This does mean that the screen would be obscured when used in this way if the camera were mounted on a tripod, but Nikon has hinted that a solution to this is in the works. Well, Nikon has kept things fairly simple: the Z mount remains as it is, the same size and fitting, so any Nikon Z lens will function with the Z50. 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.

As with the Z6/Z7, you can also use the FTZ mount adapter to use any existing F-mount DSLR lenses you might already own, while there are seven further already existing Z-mount lenses which can also be used.

It's this that the Nikon's new Z-series is targeting, throwing that approach into a lighter and more compact approach to its DSLRs, the Z50.

The Nikon Z50 will go on sale from 7 November, priced £849 body only, £989 with the 16-50mm lens, £1,199 with both 16-50mm and 50-250mm lenses.

The body only option cost $859 and is expected Stateside next month, but at the time of writing we have not stopped the Z 50 available for pre-order with local retailers, so SA pricing and availability still incoming.

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