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REVIEW: Nikon Z 50 DX-Format Mirrorless Camera

This crop sensor mirrorless camera uses Nikon’s Z mount lens and costs less than $ 1,000.

Nikon has recently introduced a camera model for beginners, using a crop sensor and a Z-mount lens similar to Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7. The new Z50 camera costs only 859 USD (See detailed prices at US Amazon or UK Amazon ) for the camera body only.

Besides, Nikon also introduced two DX format lenses attached to this new machine. You can order the Z50 with a 16-50mm f / 3.5-6.3 VR lens for $ 999.95 ( See detailed prices at Amazon or UK Amazon ), or if you buy an additional 50-250mm f / 4.5-6.3 VR lens, the total The price of these 3 products will be USD 1,349.95 ( See detailed prices at Amazon or UK Amazon ).

This price is even lower than the Nikon Z6 body alone ($ 1,800, equivalent to about 41.86 million). Of course, it is hard to make comparisons because these two cameras target very different customers and also have very different specifications. The Z50 is aimed at users of the generation of social networks like Instagram, Youtube…, as well as those who want to buy a camera with good video recording capabilities. Nikon says the Z50 camera will start shipping in November.

The Nikon Z50 has a 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor, weighing less than 1 pound (about 453 grams), equipped with a rotating screen for taking selfies and vlog videos (even Nikon has its own built-in mode). Take selfies for this model, then most of the control buttons of the machine will be disabled to prevent users from mistakenly clicking on the settings of the device while rotating the device to turn the selfie). However, if you attach the Z50 to the gimbal, the screen part of the device will not be controllable when you turn it around. This is obviously not convenient for users who regularly record vlogs, so Nikon said it will develop its own handle for the Z50 series. In addition, the Z50 has an external microphone jack for recording but does not have any headphone jack.

You can immediately feel and praise the small and light size of the Z50 series, especially when compared to Nikon’s more professional mirrorless cameras. Fortunately, this Z50 series still has an electronic viewfinder with a display capacity of 2.36 million pixels and a 3.2-inch LCD screen. The handle of the device still feels comfortable to hold, even for users with large hands. Nikon says the benefits of the Z-mount mount (such as a shorter darkroom distance) will give cameras that use crop sensors with significantly higher image quality.

According to Nikon’s announcement, the Z50 can shoot continuously at 11 frames per second (with autofocus and auto-metering enabled) and a 209-point phase-detection focusing system, covering 87% Frame area horizontally and 85% vertically. When shooting in low light, the Z50 can focus at -4 EV, which is better than many other Nikon DSLRs like the D7500. The default ISO range of the machine ranges from 100 up to 51,200. Machine integrated flash toad. Autofocus through subject eye detection is also included with this model, and you can choose whose eyes to focus on (in case there are many people in the frame).

You can record 4K video at 30fps, in addition to slow-mo mode with a 120fps frame rate at 1080p. Users can share video wireless from the camera to a phone – this is the first Nikon camera with this feature integrated. The camera is also equipped with time-lapse mode, and Nikon also integrates many picture control (picture control) for this machine, so that users do not need to post-process multiple color images before posting on social networks. Assembly like Instagram, Youtube…

Besides the smaller size sensor, one of the Z50’s weaknesses compared to models like the Z6 and Z7 is that it doesn’t have an image stabilization system in Nikon’s excellent body. The new lens models incorporate image stabilization (which is also image stabilization), but the IBIS system built into the bodies of more expensive Nikon cameras still delivers superior results. . In addition to the technical difficulties of bringing image stabilization to a camera body as small as the Z50, one of the reasons why Nikon does not equip the Z50 with this feature is to keep the price of the product. at low level.

The Z50 uses magnesium alloy as its main material and is weather resistant – but Nikon says the Z50’s water and dust resistance is not as good as that of the Z6 and Z7. It uses a standard UHS-I SD memory card slot, and a Micro-B connector instead of USB-C. It also uses a brand new battery, EN-EL25.

Although there are many similar design details to the Z6 and Z7, Nikon positions the Z50 mirrorless camera as an “answer” to mirrorless models that use the latest crop sensors from Sony and Fujifilm. The 16-50mm kit lens at first glance is quite compact in size and lightweight, easy to carry in any case when compared to the remaining 55-250mm lens that Nikon produces for this camera line. However, Nikon has not yet produced any fixed focal length lenses for this series of cameras (of course, you can still use the FTZ adapter to attach FX mount lenses to the Z50 if you wish).

Can easily “overlook” the Z50’s shortcomings when compared to the quality and price that this camera offers. In fact, Nikon should have launched a camera like this earlier, before letting competitors “rage” on the market with similar products today. Let’s wait and see if the Z lens mount really makes the difference in quality as Nikon promotes it.

In the exact opposite segment, Nikon also said it will soon launch the 58mm f / 0.95 S Noct lens using the Z mount. The company says this will be the best quality lens it has ever produced. – and also the fastest model lens. Of course, “whatever you pay”, the Nikkor Z 58mm f / 0.95 S Noct will hit the shelves of some retailers on October 31 for a price of $ 7,999.95.

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