Gear Tech

Nikon Shocks With The Small And Mighty Z 50

Nikon’s first mirrorless DX camera beefs up the Z range…

Watch out Sony, Canon and Fuji because Nikon is gatecrashing the APS-C mirrorless market and has just pulled the covers off the  Z 50 – the brand’s first-ever DX mirrorless camera.

Check out the Z 50…

Packing a 20.9 MP APS-C sensor, the Z 50 is also backed up by the EXPEED 6 processor, the same processor that’s found in the Z 6 and Z 7 full-frame cameras. Weighing just 395g and measuring 126x93x60mm, the Z 50 is highly portable and will be of interest to vloggers, travel and lifestyle photographers.

Sitting alongside the D7500 and D500 DSLRs in Nikon’s ‘Enthusiast’ range of cameras, the mirrorless Z 50 features 209 Phase Detection autofocus points that cover 90% of the frame and also includes the impressive Eye AF technology from the full-frame Z 6/Z 7. Boasting an ISO range of 100-51,200, the Z 50 also offers a decent burst rate of 11 frames per second.

The Z 50 is compact and lightweight.

The  Z 50 is Nikon’s first APS-C camera to feature a silent shooting mode and the camera can focus in very low light conditions – down to -4 EV. Packing Nikon’s Snapbridge bluetooth technology, the Z 50 can transfer RAW files straight over to your smart device, which will be handy for photographers who like to edit on the go before sharing imagery online.

c13_Z50_front-copy
The tiny Z 50 can shoot no-crop 4K video.

Videographers will be pleased to hear the Z 50 shoots no-crop 4K video at 30p and Full HD slow motion with audio. Video can be composed using the 1040k-dot LCD, which not only tilts down into selfie mode, but also features smartphone style touch-sensitive buttons on the right of the screen.
The Z 50, which features a single SD card slot, will be available from early November and is joined by the first two DX lenses for the Z 50, which are the NIKKOR Z DX 16–50mm f/3.5–6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50–250mm f/4.5–6.3 VR. Body only, the Z 50 will cost £849. Nikon shared a number of images taken by pro photographer Alex Stead using the Z 50

Z_50_00_AS_1768-copy
Image by Alex Stead.

Z_50_00_AS_0808-copy
Image by Alex Stead.

Z_50_00_AS_1201-copy
Image by Alex Stead.