Nikon Z50 reintroduces entry-level mirrorless category: What's it all about?

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2019

Using the same Z mount as the full-35mm Z 6 and Z 7 bodies, Nikon's new "APS-C" mirrorless camera system kicks off with the Z 50 body and two zooms. The Z 50 becomes the first Nikon "DX" format camera to have eye-detection AF. Nikon says the benefits of the Z mount (such because the shorter flange distance) carry over to a crop sensor for an improvement in picture quality. The other is the compact Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR zoom. Eventually, there will be lenses ranging from 14mm all the way up to 600mm. Even when the distance between the subject and the background are insufficient, the new 58mm Noct lens can still capture sharp images with handsome background blur due to the reproduction of an extremely sharp focus plane and vast shallow depth of field. 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. This model doesn't feature "in body image stabilization" (IBIS), and so the lenses that launch with the new model have Nikon's Vibration Reduction built in.

Nikon Z50 20.9-megapixel mirrorless camera is available for a price of almost Rs 61,200 body only from November. One that spells a new era for Nikon Z and what it's all about.

In addition to the Z 50, Nikon is also formally announcing details on the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens, a very high-end lens with boutique appeal. Features inherited from the acclaimed Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 cameras include the wide Nikon Z Mount and the fast, wide Hybrid-AF (autofocus) system.

FLIP-DOWN SELFIE SCREEN: The Nikon Z 50 features an easy to use interface with a 3.2-inch flip-down LCD touchscreen that's ideal for selfies and vlogging. A vast selection of traditional F-Mount NIKKOR lenses is also available to shooters via the Mount Adapter FTZ, with many lenses retaining functions such as VR and AF.

Before we delve into the video capabilities of the Z 50, let's touch on the more basic elements, with Nikon opting for a 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor. However, with the new Noct lens the causes of sagittal coma flare are eliminated across the entire frame with point light sources being reproduced as tack-sharp point images even at the peripheries, for clear and crisp night landscapes and astronomical shots. Its 11fps continuous shooting range (with full autofocus and auto exposure) nearly matches the Z 6 (and exceeds the Z 7), and certainly puts it up amongst the fastest shooters around, matching many pro-level DSLRs.

Silent operation: the Nikon Z 50 focuses quietly and has a silent photography mode.

Add 4K video, in-body stabilisation, and up to 11 frames per second burst shooting and you've got a capable and complete little snapper.

All told, the Z 50 looks promising so far, keeping pace with rivals and topping them when it comes to handling. The monitor has a resolution of 1.04 megadots - and provides touchscreen controls - while the EVF's is 2.36 megadots. Can be tilted up or down for flexibility when shooting video or self-portraits. The intensity can be adjusted when previewing the effect. The Z50 mirrorless camera is made up of a magnesium-alloy body with a similar layout to its predecessors (Z6 and Z7). The camera has built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and SnapBridge connectivity. The Z50 weighs in at 14 ounces, compared to the 23.8-ounce Nikon Z6.

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