Nikon Z50 Review (2020)

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The all-new Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera is the first camera to the use APS-C sensor behind the large Z-mount. It was specially designed to attract all users of all generations to bring out their photography passion. Thus, the shorter flange distance makes this camera for a smaller body. And with the world’s largest Z-mount it attracts more light for more image quality. Moreover, its secure, comfortable grip, and operational buttons, intelligently arranged to provide efficient control. And makes to feel Z50 as an authentic camera.

Nikon Z50 Specifications

Body Design

Nikon has made the Z50’s body from magnesium alloy and has sealed the joints and controls to make it dust and weather-resistant. Likewise, the Z50 built quality is as similar to its brothers with weather-sealed Magnesium alloy is used for the front, back, and top covers of the camera body. To achieve superior robustness and durability while remaining lightweight. Furthermore, there is an electronic viewfinder and a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen with a selfie facility.

  • Body type – Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
  • Camera Format – DX
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 395 g
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 450 g
  • Dimensions – Width 126.5 mm x Height 93.5 mm x Diagonal 67.5 mm
  • Operating Environment – Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
  • Lens Mount – Nikon Z Mount, F mount NIKKOR lenses with a mount adapter
  • Shutter Type – Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/4000 sec
  • Mirror Lock-Up – No
  • Memory Card Slots – 2 
  • Battery description – EN-EL25 Li-ion battery, Rechargeable.
  • Battery Life – CIPA rated 320 shots
  • Charging AC adapter – EH-73P charging AC adapter
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

Sensor and Processor

The Nikon Z50 also came-up with a new high-speed processor of EXPEED 6 with the APS-C sensor of 20.9 megapixels. It is one of the best cameras for shooting at low-light indoor and dark outdoor with its high ISO sensitivity with noise reduction.  Even at low light, it makes a crisp and clear picture with more details.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Total Pixels – 21.51 Million
  • Effective Pixels – 20.9 Million
  • Sensor size – APS-C (23.5 mm x 15.7 mm)
  • Max resolution – 5568 x 3712
  • Other resolutions – DX (24×16) image area (L) 5568 x 3712 ( 20.7 million) (M) 4176 x 2784 ( 11.6 million) (S) 2784 x 1856 ( 5.2 million) 1 : 1 (16×16) image area (L) 3712 x 3712 ( 13.8 million) (M) 2784 x 2784 ( 7.8 million) (S) 1856 x 1856 ( 3.4 million) 16 : 9 (24×14) image area (L) 5568 x 3128 ( 17.4 million) (M) 4176 x 2344 ( 9.8 million) (S) 2784 x 1560 ( 4.3 million) Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1920 x 1080: 1920 x 1080
  • Processor – EXPEED 6
  • Bit Depth – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14bit
  • Camera Stabilization – No
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary color filter

Image

At the heart of the Z50 provides a very good dynamic range for a better quality image with sharpness. Hence, the RAW format helps more while shooting at low-light with high ISO much better for getting a great picture. Therefore, EXPEED 6 helps Z50 more compactible for all occasions in any condition.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100-51200
  • Minimum ISO – 100
  • Maximum ISO – 204800
  • White Balance presets – 12
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided with 6 slots
  • Image stabilization – In-Lens Stabilization
  • File format – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit / RAW+JPEG/ JPEG
  • Picture Styles – Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Optics & Focus

Nikon Z50 has a pretty good AF system with noticeable speed and accuracy. In addition to Eye-Detection AF for still shooting, users can expect improved AF performance in dark scenes. And can now take advantage of AE tracking alongside AF tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. Therefore, the Z6 can now focus down to an astounding -4 EV when the low-light AF function is activated for still shooting.

  • Focus Mode – Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • Number of focus points – 209 (single-point AF)
  • Lens mount – Z mount NIKKOR lenses, F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter
  • Focal length multiplier – 1.5x

Auto Focus

  • Autofocus system – Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -2 to +19 EV
  • AF lowest EV – -4 EV with low-light AF
  • Autofocus – Pinpoint, single-point, and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF

Screen and Viewfinder

The Z50’s electronic viewfinder boasts an organic EL panel, approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 1.02× magnification. In addition, the LCD screen is now capable of tilting it 180° downward to turn Z 50 into a selfie camera. This means it’s easy to compose the shot without worrying about pressing the wrong button, the touch AF on the LCD monitor can be used to achieve focus. And also capture selfies in high-quality stills and movies. Henceforth, allows us to capture group-selfies with accurate focus and details.

  • Screen Type – Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle
  • The Screen size – 3.2″
  • Screen dots – 1,040,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder type – 0.99-cm/0.39-in. approx. 2360k-dot (XGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 7-level manual brightness controls
  • Viewfinder coverage – 100%
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 19.5 mm
  • Furthermore, viewfinder magnification – Approx. 1.02x
  • Eye sensor – Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
  • Diopter Adjustment – -3 to +3 m-1

Photography Features

In the Z line-up, the Z50 does not offer any mechanical stabilization of its own. Instead, in-lens stabilization can be more useful for this small sensor camera. There are many picture styles available for making a unique look to the images and also for videos. In addition to this, there are special effects or scenes which can provoke creativity from its users. Moreover, the Eye-Tracking AF system performs well even at continuous 12 fps without losing focus over the subject. Thereupon, Z50 is also capable of intelligently recognizing the eyes of multiple people in the frame, and giving the choice of which person and which eye to focus on.

  • Exposure modes – Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual, Scene modes: portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food Special effect modes: night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key U1 and U2: user settings
  • Drive modes – Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer
  • Continuous drive – Up to 11 fps Low-speed continuous: 1 to 4 fps High-speed continuous: 5 fps High-speed continuous (extended): 11 fps
  • Metering modes – Matrix, Centre-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted metering
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
  • Metering Range – –4 to +17 EV
  • Metering System – TTL metering using a camera image sensor
  • Live View AF system – 100% frame coverage with Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
  • Built-in flash – Manual pop-up Flash
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – X=1/200 s; synchronizes with the shutter at 1/200 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
  • Flash Compensation – -3 to +1 EV (1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) – i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
  • External Flash Connection – ISO 518 hot-shoe
  • Flash Modes – Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
  • Flash-ready Indicator – Lights when the optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
  • Bracketing Types – Exposure, flash, white balance, ADL

Video or Movie Features

The Z50 is capable of capturing Capture beautiful 16:9 4K UHD/30p video in full-frame utilizing full-pixel. And the focuses peaking is available in both 4K UHD and 1080p recording, assisting manual focusing with easier confirmation on the monitor. By the same token, it offers beautiful output with the 1080/120p slow-motion videos with accurate and sharp AF functionality. The easy self-portrait mode helps vloggers to capture great moments with creative options minimizing post-production process.

  • Video resolutions – 4K UHD (30p), Full-HD (120p)
  • Video RAW recording – 12-bit, 4K UHD video with an external recorder
  • Moreover, Video Compression – H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Videography Format – MOV, MP4
  • Frame Rate – 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080 (slow-motion); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5 Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available except at sizes of 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 x 1080 slow-motion, in which case quality is fixed at high
  • Audio Recording – Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
  • External Microphone – External microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
  • Audio File Format – AAC, Linear PCM
  • Audio Output – Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Other Special Features of Nikon Z50

Now, Eye-Detection AF is now available in both still and video shooting with the Z6. It is capable of detecting multiple eyes, it helps to choose the preferred eye from a number of human subjects. As a special feature, for identifying the overblown highlights the zebra patterns can be used in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of the subjects. The tilting monitor will be an add-on for video creators and vloggers making it easier for handling the camera without any other assistance. An intuitive user interface provides quick access to personalized settings. And modes instantly through the i-menu which is easily accessible even through the touchscreen. Now Z50 is available with manual pop-up flash which is so useful for making images at low-light situations.

  • Focus Stacking – Focus Shift Photography
  • Active D-Lighting – Selected from, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off for both photo & video
  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • Bluetooth – Version 4.2
  • Storage types – SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • USB Connectivity – Hi-Speed USB with Micro-B connector; connection to the built-in USB port is recommended
  • Wired connectivity – High-speed Gigabyte Ethernet and USB C
  • HDMI Connectivity – Type D HDMI connector
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – 2s, 5s, 10s, the 20s
  • Accessory Terminal – Can be used with MC-DC2 and other optional accessories

Best Lenses for Nikon Z50

Since Z50 is an APS-C format camera in the Z-series lens there are only two DX lenses available till now. There are many lenses that are yet to come with some new DX-series cameras. Apart from that, there are many varieties of Z-mount lenses available but it will not be a great match for this body. There is also a facility for using a huge variety of all F mount lenses with this mirrorless camera by using the mount adapter.

Mount Adapter FTZ

The vast Nikkor F Lens also combines with the power of the Z 50 and also with all Nikon Mirrorless Camera. The Mount Adapter FTZ helps to use all the F mount lenses with the Z mount in a mirrorless camera thus providing facility to create an outstanding performance.

List of Best Common Lenses for Nikon Z50

Best All-in-one Lens

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300MM F/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z DX 16-50MM F/3.5-6.3 VR
  • NIKKOR Z DX 50-250MM F/4.5-6.3 VR

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
  • NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Best Macro Lenses

  • AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G
  • AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z DX 16-50MM F/3.5-6.3 VR
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15MM F/3.5-4.5E ED
  • NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S
  • NIKKOR Z DX 16-50MM F/3.5-6.3 VR

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15MM F/3.5-4.5E ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR  10-24mm f/3.4-4.5G ED
  • NIKKOR Z DX 16-50MM F/3.5-6.3 VR

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
  • PC NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
  • PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED
  • NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 24MM F/1.8 S

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Nikon Z50

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm F/4.5-6.3 VR
  • NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR

Best Portrait Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 50MM F/1.8 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
  • NIKKOR Z DX 16-50MM F/3.5-6.3 VR
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Z50 Rating

As per the reviews and features of Nikon Z50, the ratings for this next-generation user-friendly camera is 4.5/5. Since this camera is powered with an APS-C sensor with maximum functionality of the latest processor this makes a huge performance beyond its size. This Z50 can be effectively used and gain its full performance for regular usage like traveling, family tours, vlogging and etc. Hence, these kinds of occasions can be definitely made unforgettable with this pocket companion. As the extra features like slow-motion, time-lapse, and 4K UHD videos will be a power pack for many users. Therefore, this camera is also capable of shooting at 11fps which can be used for shooting some actions. Further, this rating is given to Nikon Z 50 as per the survey of Photomentor PRO.