Nikon has announced the Z5, its new full-frame mirrorless camera with a low entry price point of $1,400 when comparing it to the Z6 at $1,700. But is the $400 savings worth it? Let's take a walk. 

Key Features 

  • 24.3MP FX Sensor (35.9 mm  x  23.9 mm)
  • Up to 4K UHD at 30fps
  • ISO 100 - 51,200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  •  Touchscreen, Tilting Only 
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi 


From the looks of it, the Z5 appears to be a stripped-down version of the Z6. If you're a stills shooter, the Z5 might be a great option if you're looking to jump into the mirrorless world and enjoy Nikon. It has a hefty 24.3MP CMOS full-frame sensor with EXPEED 6 image processing with shutter speeds up to 1/8000. It has an expandable ISO to 102,400 and includes the same 273-point autofocus hybrid system and Eye-Detection autofocus found on the Z6 as well.


Those who primarily shoot video will see changes. While the camera offers 4K UHD up to 30fps, it does come with a 1.7x crop. However, when recording full-HD, it does use the full width of the sensor. Nikon also removes the high-speed shooting modes found on its other mirrorless models, but it did preserve the 5-axis in-body image stabilization that offers 5 stops of correction. The Z5 also won't have 10-bit external N-Log recording through its HDMI port. Shooters will have access to zebra and focus peaking options. Record times are limited to 29 minutes 59 seconds and are wrapped on MOV or MP4 files. 


As for the body, the Nikon Z5 uses polycarbonate for the rear and base plates but remains sealed for dust and moisture. The rear touchscreen only tilts; it does not articulate. The weight is nearly identical to the Z6 at 1.3 lbs (585 g). The Z5 will also be able to be used as a webcam

The Z5 body alone is priced at $1,396, and in kit form, with a NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 zoom lens, it sells for $1,696. It's also being paired with the  NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR for $2,196. 

So what do you think of the Z5? Let us know in the comments below.