Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera review

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Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera review

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera summary

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera product highlights

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera product highlights:

  • APS-C size
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100-51200
  • EXPEED 6
  • Eye-/Animal-DetectionAF
  • Vari-angle monitor
  • 125-min. recording
  • REC lamp
  • Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD/30p
  • Creative Picture Controls
  • Self-portrait mode
  • SnapBridge
  • Webcam Utility

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera features

The Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera is a compact and lightweight camera designed for high-quality video and still photography. It features an APS-C size/DX-format image sensor, an EXPEED 6 image-processing engine, and NIKKOR Z lenses, delivering excellent video quality. The camera has a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200, allowing you to capture beautiful footage and photos without noise, even in low-light conditions.

With Eye-/Animal-Detection autofocus, the Nikon Z30 keeps your subjects in focus, whether you’re shooting videos or stills. This feature is particularly useful for capturing moving subjects and ensures that they remain sharp and clear.

The Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera is equipped with a versatile vari-angle touch-sensitive monitor, which can be tilted and adjusted to shoot from various angles. It allows you to take selfies, shoot from low angles, high angles, or even at waist level, giving you flexibility in composing your shots.

The Nikon Z30 offers an extended recording time of up to 125 minutes for continuous video recording, ensuring you can capture longer events without interruption.

As the smallest and lightest mirrorless camera in the Z series, the Nikon Z30 is highly portable and easy to carry. Its design is optimized for video shooting, with features such as a REC lamp, dedicated video-record button, ergonomic grip, and well-placed buttons, making it ideal for content creators.

The camera includes various creative features, including 4K UHD/30p video recording, Creative Picture Controls, slow motion, and time-lapse. These features allow you to explore your creativity and add unique elements to your videos and photos.

Nikon provides content creator-friendly applications and software for the Nikon Z30, including SnapBridge for easy image transfer and remote shooting, NX Studio’s Movie Editor for editing videos, and Webcam Utility for using the camera as a webcam.

In summary, the Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera offers high-quality video and still photography capabilities in a compact and user-friendly package. It is designed to cater to the needs of content creators, with its optimized design, versatile monitor, and creative features, making it an excellent choice for capturing and sharing your creative vision.

Nikon Z30 mirrorless shutter speed and type

The Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera offers different shutter options to suit various shooting needs. It includes an electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, an electronic front-curtain shutter, and an electronic shutter. The shutter speed range is from 1/4000 to 30 seconds, adjustable in steps of 1/3 EV. It also features bulb and time modes for long-exposure photography. The flash sync speed is set at 1/200 seconds or slower, allowing you to synchronize the flash with the shutter.

Additionally, the Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera supports auto FP high-speed sync for using the flash at faster shutter speeds.

Nikon Z30 image sensor

The Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera features a high-quality image sensor that captures stunning photos. The image sensor has dimensions of 23.5 x 15.7 mm, which is known as the Nikon DX format. This sensor size ensures excellent image quality and allows for a compact camera body. The total number of pixels on the sensor is 21.51 million, resulting in sharp and detailed images.

To maintain the cleanliness of the sensor, the Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera includes a dust-reduction system. This system utilizes Image Dust Off reference data, which can be utilized with the NX Studio software, to minimize the appearance of dust particles and keep your images clean and clear.

Our final opinion about Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera

The Nikon Z30 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a quality, lightweight mirrorless camera at a reasonable price. It offers great image quality, good build quality, and a range of features that make it a great choice for photography enthusiasts of all levels. It’s well-suited for landscape, portrait, and street photography, as well as all-round photography.

This Nikon Z30 is a great choice for anyone looking for an affordable mirrorless option that will never let them down.

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera technical specifications

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera technical specifications:


Type of camera

Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Nikon Z30 lens

Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

  • F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

20.9 million

Nikon Z30 image sensor


23.5 x 15.7 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon DX format)

Total pixels

21.51 million

Dust-reduction system

Image Dust Off reference data (NX Studio software required)


Image size (pixels)

  • [DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area: 5568 x 3712 (Large: 20.7 M), 4176 x 2784 (Medium: 11.6 M), 2784 x 1856 (Small: 5.2 M)

  • [1:1 (16 x 16)] selected for image area: 3712 x 3712 (Large: 13.8 M), 2784 x 2784 (Medium: 7.8 M), 1856 x 1856 (Small: 3.4 M)

  • [16:9 (24 x 14)] selected for image area: 5568 x 3128 (Large: 17.4 M), 4176 x 2344 (Medium: 9.8 M), 2784 x 1560 (Small: 4.3 M)

  • Photographs taken while recording videos at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160

  • Photographs taken while recording videos at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080

Nikon Z30 file format (image quality)

  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14-bit

  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx.1:8), or basic (approx.1:16) compression

  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera Picture Control system

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


SD (Secure Digital), and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards



7.5-cm/3.0-in. approx. 1040k-dot vari-angle TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls

Nikon Z30 shutter


Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter


1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, bulb, time

Flash sync speed

Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/200 s or slower; supported with auto FP high-speed sync


Release modes

Single frame, continuous L, continuous H, continuous H (extended), Self-timer

Approximate frame advance rate

  • Continuous L: Approx. 1 to 4 fps

  • Continuous H: Approx. 5 fps

  • Continuous H (extended): Approx. 11 fps

  • *Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.


2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

Nikon Z30 exposure

Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering modes

  • Matrix metering

  • Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame

  • Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point

  • Highlight-weighted metering

Range (ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20°C/68°F)

-4 to +17 EV


  • Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual

  • U1, U2 and U3: user settings modes

Exposure compensation

Range: -5 to +5 EV, Increment: 1/3 steps

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

Nikon Z30 ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 51200 (ISO 102400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 51200 (ISO 204800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off

Multiple exposure

Add, average, lighten, darken

Other options

HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera autofocus


Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF

Detection range (in photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/1.8 lens at 20°C/68°F)

-4.5 to +19 EV (-3 to +19 EV without low-light AF)

Lens servo

  • Autofocus: Single-servo AF (AF-S), continuous-servo AF (AF-C), AF mode auto-switch (AF-A, photo mode only), full-time AF (AF-F, video mode only), predictive focus tracking

  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points (in photo mode, single-point AF, DX format)

209 focus points

AF-area modes

Pinpoint AF; single-point AF; dynamic-area AF; wide-area AF (S), wide-area AF (L), wide-area AF (L-people); wide-area AF (L-animals); auto-area AF; auto-area AF (people); auto-area AF (animals); pinpoint AF and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera flash

Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering

Flash modes

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

i-TTL flash control, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync

White balance

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning except choose color temperature


Bracketing types

Exposure and/or flash, white balance, and ADL


Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering modes

Matrix, center-weighted or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels)
and 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

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera file format


Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera audio recording format

Linear PCM (for videos recorded in MOV format) or AAC (for videos recorded in MP4 format)

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Nikon Z30 Exposure compensation

Range: -3 to +3 EV, Increment: 1/3 steps

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 EV); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) available with selectable upper limit

  • P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) with selectable upper limit

  • Auto: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600)

Active D-Lighting

Same as photo settings, extra high, high, normal, low, and off

Other options

Time-lapse video recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, with REC lamp



Type-C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type-D HDMI connector

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)






Power source


One EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Charging AC adapter

EH-7P Charging AC Adapter (available separately)

Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera dimensions/weight

(W x H x D)

Approx. 128 x 73.5 x 59.5 mm/5.1 x 2.9 x 2.4 in.


Approx. 405 g/14.3 oz. with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 350 g/12.4 oz. (camera body only)

Operating environment

Operating environment

Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)

EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, AN-DC25 Strap, BF-N1 Body Cap, UC-E24 USB Cable

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