Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera review

Introducing the Nikon Z50: a powerful mirrorless camera with stunning image quality and portability perfect for any type of photography!

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera review

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera summary

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera product highlights

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera product highlights:

  • APS-C size
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100-51200
  • EXPEED 6
  • Up to 11 fps
  • 4K UHD
  • Eye-detection AF
  • Creative Picture Controls
  • 180° tilting monitor
  • Touch screen
  • Self-portrait mode
  • Silent mode
  • SnapBridge

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera features

The Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera is a powerful and compact camera that brings joy and excitement to your photography experience. It offers a lightweight body, making it easy to carry and handle for extended periods.

Equipped with the large-diameter Z-mount system, the Nikon Z50 delivers stunningly sharp pictures and videos. The image sensor has 20.9 effective megapixels, capturing detailed and vibrant images. It also boasts a high ISO of 51200, allowing you to take clean and noise-free shots even in low-light conditions.

The camera features 209 focus points, offering wide autofocus coverage in the frame. This ensures that your subjects are sharp and in focus, with approximately 87% horizontal and 85% vertical coverage. The Eye-detection AF feature further enhances the camera’s autofocus capabilities, delivering incredibly sharp and impressive portraits.

With 20 Creative Picture Controls, you can easily select, confirm, and shoot to achieve a unique and personalized look for your photos. These controls allow for creative expression and experimentation, adding a touch of artistry to your images.

The Nikon Z50 has a 180° tilting monitor, making it fun and easy to take selfies or capture shots from unique angles. The monitor can be flipped to face forward, allowing you to frame yourself perfectly in the shot.

The camera’s design includes a secure grip and intelligently arranged buttons, providing easy and comfortable operation. You can confidently hold the camera and access its functions without any hassle.

Nikon is known for its proven product quality and reliability, and the Nikon Z50 is no exception. It continues the tradition of delivering dependable performance, ensuring that you can trust the camera to capture your precious moments reliably.

In conclusion, the Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera combines power, compactness, and a range of features to elevate your photography experience. With its sharp image quality, wide autofocus coverage, creative controls, and user-friendly design, the Nikon Z50 is an excellent choice for enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Nikon Z50 mirrorless shutter speed and type

The Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera offers versatile shutter options to suit various shooting situations. 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 1/4000 to 30 seconds, with step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV.

The Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera also includes bulb and time modes for long-exposure photography. The flash sync speed is set at 1/200 seconds, allowing you to synchronize the flash with the shutter at 1/200 seconds or slower. Additionally, the camera supports Auto FP High-Speed sync for using flash at faster shutter speeds.

Nikon Z50 image sensor

The Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera is equipped with a high-quality image sensor that captures impressive photos. The image sensor has dimensions of 23.5 x 15.7 mm, 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, providing sharp and detailed images.

To maintain the cleanliness of the sensor, the camera includes a dust-reduction system. This system uses Image Dust Off reference data, which can be utilized with the Capture NX-D software, to minimize the appearance of dust particles and maintain image quality.

Our final opinion about Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera

We believe that the Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera is an excellent choice for both professional and amateur photographers. It offers a range of features and top-notch performance that make it a great choice for a variety of different photographic needs. The camera offers a good balance of portability, image quality, and usability. The intuitive touchscreen, dual control dials, and numerous dedicated buttons help make the Nikon Z50 a very capable camera.

If you’re in the market for a mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z50 is well worth considering.

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera technical specifications

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera technical specifications:

Type of camera

Type

Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera lens

Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

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

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

20.9 million

Nikon Z50 image sensor

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 (requires Capture NX-D)

Storage

Image size(pixels)

  • DX (24×16) image area 5568 x 3712 (L: 20.7 million), 4176 x 2784 (M: 11.6 million), 2784 x 1856 (S: 5.2 million)

  • 1 : 1 (16×16) image area 3712 x 3712 (L: 13.8 million), 2784 x 2784 (M: 7.8 million), 1856 x 1856 (S: 3.4 million)

  • 16 : 9 (24×14) image area 5568 x 3128 (L: 17.4 million), 4176 x 2344 (M: 9.8 million), 2784 x 1560 (S: 4.3 million)

  • Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160

  • Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1920 x 1080: 1920 x 1080

File format

  • 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 Z50 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

Media

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

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge

Nikon Z50 viewfinder

Electronic viewfinder

0.99-cm/0.39-in. approx. 2360k-dot (XGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 7-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical

Magnification

Approx. 1.02x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)

Eyepoint

19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-3 to +3 m-1

Eye sensor

Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays

Monitor

Monitor

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

Nikon Z50 shutter

Type

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

Speed

1/4000 to 30 s (select from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV), bulb, time

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported

Release

Release modes

Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer

Approximate maximum frame advance rate (measured under Nikon-specified test conditions)

  • Low-speed continuous: 1 to 4 fps

  • High-speed continuous: 5 fps

  • High-speed continuous (extended): 11 fps

Self-timer

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

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera exposure

Metering system

TTL exposure 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

Metering range (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20°C/68°F)

-4 to +17 EV

Nikon Z50 exposure modes

  • Auto modes; programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)

  • Scene modes: portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food

  • Special effect modes: night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key

  • User settings: U1 and U2

Exposure compensation

-5 to +5 EV (select from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in P, S, A, M, SCN, and EFCT modes

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

Nikon Z50 ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100 to 51200 (select from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV); can also be set to approx. 1 or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

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

Multiple exposure

Add, average, lighten, darken

Other options

HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction

Focus

Nikon Z50 Autofocus

Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

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

-4 to +19 EV (Without low-light AF: -2 to +19 EV)

Lens servo

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

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

Focus points (single-point AF, photo mode, DX image area)

209

AF-area modes

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

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L (protect) button

Nikon Z50 flash

Built-in flash

Manual pop-up flash raised via flash pop-up control Guide number: Approx. 7/22, 7/22 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)

Charging time

Approx. 3 s

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

Fill flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, rear-curtain sync, auto, auto + red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync + red-eye, flash off

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in P, S, A, M, and SCN modes

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

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 (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all except choose color temperature with fine-tuning

Bracketing

Bracketing types

Exposure, white balance and ADL

Movie

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

  • 1920×1080 (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; quality selection available except at sizes of 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 x 1080 slow-motion, in which case quality is fixed at ★ (high)

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera file format

MOV, MP4

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera audio recording format

Linear PCM, AAC

Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera audio recording device

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

Nikon Z50 ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600; select from step sizes of 1/3 and 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, SCN, EFCT (excluding night vision): Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600)

  • Night vision: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 4)

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from same as photo settings, extra high, high, normal, low or off

Maximum movie recording length

29 min. 59 s

Other movie options

Time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction

Playback

Playback

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, and picture rating

Interface

USB

Hi-Speed USB with Micro-B connector; 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)

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth

Wireless (may differ by country or area)

  • Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac

  • Operating frequency: 2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180 to 5320/5180 to 5825/5180 to 5805 MHz

  • Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 6.9 dBm, 5 GHz band: 10.2 dBm

  • Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK

Bluetooth

  • Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2

  • Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz

  • Maximum output power (EIRP): Bluetooth: 1.4 dBm Bluetooth Low Energy: -0.1 dBm

Range (line of sight)

Approximately 10 m (32 ft) without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

Supported languages

Supported languages

Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Power source

Battery

One EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Charging AC adapter

EH-73P Charging AC Adapter

Tripod socket

Tripod socket

1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Nikon Z50 dimensions/weight

Dimensions
(W x H x D)

Approx. 126.5 x 93.5 x 60 mm (5 x 3.7 x 2.4 in.)

Weight

Approx. 450 g (15.9 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 395 g/14 oz. (camera body only)

Operating environment

Operating environment

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

Accessories

Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)

EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with terminal cover, MH-32 Battery Charger (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), DK-30 Rubber Eyecup (comes attached to camera), UC-E21 USB Cable, AN-DC20 Strap, BF-N1 Body Cap

Hashtag / Keywords

#REVIEWS

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