The Z 50 is Nikon’s first DX (APS-C) mirrorless camera and it has all the qualities to make it a huge success.
The Nikon Z 50 is a 20.9-megapixel DX (APS-C) camera aimed at two sectors: enthusiasts and content creators. The former includes existing Nikon users who want to go mirrorless, but don’t need a full-frame body, or prefer something more portable but with Nikon feel and handling. The latter includes those who want better quality than a smartphone or compact.
We got our hands on a pre-production Z 50 at the official launch, and it promises to be a nice piece of kit. Basically, it shares the look, menus and many features of the full-frame Z series but in a smaller body. The handgrip is deep and provides a solid grip, while handling is very Nikon. For example, ISO and exposure compensation are right next to the shutter button.
It’s also got all the stuff that makes mirrorless attractive, such as 209 on-sensor phase detect points giving 90% horizontal and vertical coverage and allowing the all-important face and eye detect AF options. It’s fast, too, with a top speed of 11fps, and that’s with full AE/AF tracking. And like the Z 6 and 7, the EVF is smooth and clear.
Two DX lenses were also launched. The Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 is a retractable standard zoom and the Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 is a compact telezoom. Get both and you have an effective 24-375mm in a portable, lightweight outfit. It is all available from mid-November.
Nikon Z 50 specs:
20.9-megapixel APS-C DX CMOS sensor
Expeed 6 image processor
Nikon Z mount
ISO range 100-51,200 and 204,800 (H2 extended)
209 on sensor phase-detect AF points, 90%
Compatible with FTZ adapter
11fps with AE/AF
3.2in 1040K dot tilting touchscreen
One SD card slot
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity
Up to 300 shots per charge
Nikon Z 50 prices
Nikon Z 50 body only – £849 (or £989 with FTZ adapter)
Nikon Z 50 with Z16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 – £989
Nikon Z 50 with Z16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and FTZ adapter – £1129
Nikon Z 50 with Z16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and Z50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 – £1199