Nikon Goes For Portability With Their First DX-Format Mirrorless Camera
Meet Zikon's Z 50.
It's a day full of Nikon Z announcements, including the new NIKKOR 58mm f/0.95 Noct Z lens. The news for the Z camera line is the lightweight Z 50 DX-format mirrorless camera, released with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens.
Nikon Z 50
While the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras feature a full-frame sensor, the new Z 50 camera has a DX-format 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor. The Z 50 appears to borrow features from the Nikon D7500 and is designed with both portability and easy creation in mind. At just 14 ounces, the (very light) Z 50 is the first Z camera with a pop-up flash and also features a flip-down selfie screen, an ISO range of 100-51,200, and easy in-camera editing features such as video trimming and 20 Creative Picture controls. It can shoot 4K UHD video at 30fps, HD video at 120fps, and slo-mo video as well. While it does have a microphone jack, it does not have a headphone jack for monitoring sound.
The new lenses have optical VR (Vibration Reduction) built-in and when the Z 50 is paired with the new DX VR lenses, Dual Detect Optical VR is enabled on the camera to help correct for camera shake. The nicknamed "pancake zoom lens," the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR features can retract into half of its size. The new NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR telephoto zoom is considered its companion lens. (Just a reminder that the DX sensor is a crop sensor and the crop factor is 1.5x.)
The Nikon Z 50 will be available in November 2019 for $859.95. It can be purchased with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens for $999.95 or with both new lenses, 16-50mm and 50-250mm, for $1349.95.
Tech Specs: Nikon Z 50
- Effective Pixels: 20.9 MP
- Lens Mount: Nikon Z mount
- Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.7mm
- Sensor Format: DX
- Sensor Type: CMOS
- Storage: SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards (There is one card slot)
- Photography and Movie Live View Mode
- Movie: 4KUHD in 30 fps, 25 fps, and 24 fps; Full HD in 120 fps, 100 fps, 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps; Full HD Slow-mo in 30fps x4, 25 fps x4, and 24fps x5.
- Smart Device App: SnapBrdige
- Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled
Z 6 and Z 7 Battery Pack
In addition to the Z50, Nikon released a new battery pack for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 cameras. The MB-N10 battery pack is able to hold two EN-EL15b batteries, helping to extend battery power on the full-frame Z cameras. It also supports USB charging. The MB-N10 battery pack will be available on November 2019, for $199.95.
For more information on Nikon's new releases, head to Nikon's website.