Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera review

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Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera review

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera summary

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera product highlights

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera product highlights:

  • Full frame
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100-51200
  • EXPEED 6
  • Eye-Detection AF
  • Animal-Detection AF
  • 5.0-stop in-camera VR
  • Silent mode
  • Quad-VGA EVF
  • 3.2-in. tilting monitor
  • USB power delivery
  • 4K UHD/30p
  • SnapBridge
  • Weather sealing

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera features

The Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera is a powerful and user-friendly camera that delivers excellent image quality and advanced features. It is equipped with a Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor, providing 24.3 effective megapixels for capturing detailed and vibrant photos. The camera offers a wide ISO range of 100-51200, allowing for excellent low-light performance.

The Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera features a 273-point autofocus (AF) system, ensuring accurate focus across 90% of the frame both horizontally and vertically. It also supports touch AF during live view, allowing you to select the focus point by simply touching the screen. The camera includes Eye-Detection AF, which automatically detects and tracks the eyes of human subjects, ensuring sharp and engaging portraits. Additionally, the Animal-Detection AF can detect and track the eyes of pets, making it easier to capture great photos of your furry friends.

With its in-camera vibration reduction (VR) system, the Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera compensates for camera shake and vibration in five directions. This powerful VR technology allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to 5.0 stops slower than usual, resulting in sharper images, especially in low-light situations or when using longer focal lengths.

The Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera offers 20 Creative Picture Controls, which are customizable and allow you to adjust the effect level. These controls can be previewed in real-time and applied to both photos and videos, giving you creative freedom and flexibility in your imaging.

The camera features a high-resolution Quad VGA electronic viewfinder (EVF) with approximately 3690k dots. It combines an ultra-high resolution OLED panel with Nikon’s specially designed optics, providing a clear and comfortable view of the scene. The Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera also has a large and tilting touch screen monitor, allowing for intuitive operation and easy framing of shots from various angles.

For video enthusiasts, the Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera supports 4K UHD video recording, delivering beautiful and sharp footage. You can also use the touch screen monitor to smoothly transition focus between subjects during recording, adding a creative touch to your videos.

Furthermore, the Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera introduces a new USB power delivery option, which enables you to power the camera from a portable charger while shooting. This ensures continuous recording of video or time-lapse movies without worrying about battery life.

In conclusion, the Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera combines high-quality image capture, advanced autofocus capabilities, creative controls, and versatile video recording options. It is an excellent choice for photographers and videographers looking for a reliable and user-friendly camera that delivers exceptional results.

Nikon Z5 mirrorless shutter speed and type

The Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera offers various shutter options to suit different shooting needs. It features an electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, an electronic front-curtain shutter, and an electronic shutter. The shutter speed range is from 1/8000 to 30 seconds, adjustable in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. It also includes Bulb and Time modes for long-exposure photography.

Additionally, the camera has an X200 mode for flash synchronization at a shutter speed of 1/200th of a second or slower. These shutter options provide flexibility and control for capturing a wide range of subjects and creative effects.

Nikon Z5 image sensor

The Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera is equipped with a high-quality image sensor that captures stunning photos. The image sensor has dimensions of 35.9 x 23.9 mm, which is known as the Nikon FX format. This larger sensor size allows for better light gathering and improved image quality. The total number of pixels on the sensor is 24.93 million, ensuring sharp and detailed photographs.

With this advanced image sensor, the Nikon Z5 delivers impressive image quality and is suitable for a wide range of photography needs, from landscapes to portraits and more.

Our final opinion about Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera

The Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera is a great option for those that want a lightweight camera with powerful features. It offers excellent picture quality and great autofocus capabilities. Additionally, its range of lenses and accessories offer plenty of options for creative and professional photography. Overall, the Nikon Z5 is an excellent camera for those wanting to take their photos to the next level.

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera technical specifications

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera technical specifications:


Type of camera

Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera lens

Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

  • F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter required; restrictions may apply

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

24.3 million

Nikon Z5 image sensor


35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)

Total pixels

24.93 million


File format

  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed or compressed)

  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available

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

Nikon Z5 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-II compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards, double card slots

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera viewfinder


1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical


Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)


Monitor type

8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 1040k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera shutter

Shutter type

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

Shutter speed

1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, Bulb; Time; X200


Release modes

S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), self-timer

Approximate frame advance rate

  • CL: Approx. 1 to 4 fps

  • CH: 4.5 fps

Nikon Z5 exposure

Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering mode

  • Matrix

  • Center-weighted

  • Spot

  • Highlight-weighted

(ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20°C/68°F)

-3 to 17 EV

Nikon Z5 ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera autofocus


Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range
(In photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20°C/68°F)

-3 to +19 EV; -2 to +19 EV without low-light AF

Focus points
(In photo mode, single-point AF, FX format)

273 focus points

AF-area modes

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


On-board VR

5-axis image sensor shift

Lens VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)

Nikon Z5 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, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control

White balance

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 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 mode

Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate

  • 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p

  • 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera file format


Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera audio recording format

Linear PCM (for movies recorded in MOV format, AAC (for movies recorded in MP4 format)

Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera audio recording device

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

Nikon Z5 ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 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

Can be selected from extra high, high, normal, low or off

Other options

Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes



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

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Accessory terminal

Built-in (can be used with accessories such as the MC-DC2 remote cord)

Audio input

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

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)






Power source


One EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EN-EL 15b/EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries can also be used; note, however, that fewer pictures may sometimes be taken on a single charge than with the EN-EL15c

Battery pack

MB-N10 Battery Pack (available seperately); takes two EN-EL15c batteries (EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries can be used in place of the EN-EL15c); note, however, that the number of pictures that can be taken on a single charge (i.e. battery endurance) will drop compared to the EN-EL15c

Charging AC adapter

EH-7P Charging AC Adapter (available separately)

AC adapter

EH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)

Nikon Z5 dimensions/weight

(W x H x D)

Approx. 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mm/5.3 x 4.0 x 2.8 in.


Approx. 675 g/1 lb. 7.9 oz. with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 590 g/1 lb. 4.9 oz. (camera body only)

Operating environment

Operating environment

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

Supplied accessories

Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)

EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25a Battery Charger, DK-29 Rubber Eyecup, UC-E24 USB Cable, AN-DC19 Strap, BF-N1 Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover

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