Hands-on with the Z 50, Nikon's first mirrorless APS-C camera

Hands-on with the Z 50, Nikon's first mirrorless APS-C camera

We've seen a number of mirrorless cameras enter the market in recent years, with Fujifilm arguably leading the way with its X-series, but now competitor Nikon has a new offering in the form of the Z 50.

The new Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera goes on sale in November for $859.95.

This is the first time Nikon has launched a portable DX-format mirrorless camera, Nikon's competitors e.g.

There's a 209-point hybrid autofocus setup, and Nikon reports that it's the company's first DX-format camera to include Eye-Detection AF. 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. Half the size of the full-frame sensor used in the Z7 and Z6, APS-C sensors use the centre rectangle of a lens, often meaning the best parts of the lens without as much fall-off. It's lower-resolution than its full-frame cousins at 2.36 million dots rather than 3.6 million, but we found it to be sharp and exhibit few signs of the lag that have plagued some of Nikon's competitors.

The camera also has a selfie function inspired by the latest smartphones, with face forwarding screen, selfie mode becomes active while disabling other functions. It arrives next month and will cost $860 (£849) for the body only, $1,000 (£990) with the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens and $1,350 (£1,200) with both that lens and the DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens. An adapter is available that enables users to attach F-mount NIKKOR lenses. Currently, there aren't many lenses on the telephoto side. The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens is a slim zoom lens that lets users capture a wide variety of scenes, from attractive landscapes to candid portraits. Both lenses promise reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth control of aperture or exposure compensation, as well as fast and quiet operation.


The maximum sensitivity available with movie recording is ISO 25600.

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens will be available October 31, 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $7999.95* and will come with a special premium custom padded case (Trunk Case CT-101), in addition to the HN-38 Hood.

On the inside, the Z 50 has a 21.9 megapixels (total) backside-illuminated CMOS sensor which is mated with Nikon's "Expeed 6" generation processor.

Designed as the ultimate low-light lens for tasks like astrophotography, Nikon claims its new Noct lens is the fastest, sharpest lens the company has ever made.

For information regarding smart device compatibility and to download the appropriate app for the Nikon cameras with Wi-Fi capability built-in, NFC capability built-in, and/or Bluetooth capability built-in, please visit nikonsnapbridge.com. When a mirrorless camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor is used. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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