Nikon Unveil First Crop Sensor Mirrorless Camera

Ceria Alfonso
Octubre 12, 2019

That will make it a better carrying-around camera for street photography, tourism and family events.

Nikon's first DX format mirrorless camera is here, and it comes with two Z mount lenses to shoot everything from creative still photos to high-quality 4K video.

The new NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm standard zoom and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm telephoto zoom lenses are created to complement the new Z 50, striking the balance of small size and sharp optics.

Nikon has launched a new mirrorless camera in its "Z" series of cameras called the Z50. That should let you shoot down to about 1/15th of a second without any blur. To the rear of the magnesium alloy body you'll find a 0.39-in, 2,360k-dot OLED viewfinder with 100 percent frame coverage, and a 3.2-inch, 1,040k-dot tilting touchscreen display. It tilts out and 180 degrees downward, making it useful for selfies or vlogging.

When a sudden case of jet-set wanderlust strikes, or if there's an idea that just has to be shared in 4K video, the Nikon Z 50 is the unobtrusive companion that promises to help deliver content that truly stands out. It uses a new battery, the EN-EL25, which offers around 300 shots per charge, and in-camera battery charging is possible via a Micro USB port (rather than USB C). There's no in-body image stabilization, unlike the Z6/Z7, but its single SD card slot supports faster UHS-II media.

Burst images can be captured at up to 11 frames per second, or 30 frames per second at 8 megapixels in silent mode. 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.

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All the way sharp: Hybrid-AF (autofocus) system. Aimed slightly above the novice market, the Z50 is perhaps also something that might appeal as a secondary or travel body for existing Z series users, or possibly even Nikon DSLR owners.

You'll be able to instantly feel and recognize the Z50's smaller measurement and weight when in comparison with Nikon's pro-level mirrorless cameras.

Those are the specs, but I also had a chance to use it for a bit at Nikon's event. When a mirrorless camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor is used. It's nearly comically large compared to the size of the camera and gives you a vice-like hold on it. It has fewer buttons than the Z 6 and Z 7, but touch icons etched next to the touchscreen replace some of the functionality of the physical buttons. The Z50 weighs in at 14 ounces, compared to the 23.8-ounce Nikon Z6. The new Noct lens also adopts a control ring, where functions like aperture setting, and exposure compensation can be assigned. It did for the most part, but wasn't as quick as Sony's otherworldly AF system.

Intelligent Eye-Detection AF: automatically focuses on a subject's eyes, whether they're alone or a face in a crowd. Another piece of good news is no additional crop on 4K video.

Fast connections: Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® plus Nikon's SnapBridge app make it easy to send photos and movies to any device for sharing or storage. The Nikon Z50 price will be $850 / £849 body only (around AU$1,543), or $999 / £989 (about AU$1,798) to include the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens. Using the same FTZ adaptor, existing DX and FX lenses for DSLRs can be used on the Z 50 too.

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct joins as the apex to the ever-expanding series of S-Line lenses, which also includes the recently announced NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S and NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, all hailed for their sharpness and optical performance. That description has been removed from the article.

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