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20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Comparative Crops

The real challenge when choosing a mirrorless system is getting a clear picture of the compromise between image-quality and size. The Comparative Crops below were chosen to show how the Nikon APS-C mirrorless compares to the smaller Micro Four-Thirds system which is built around a 2X crop-factor, allowing those cameras and their lenses to made made considerably smaller. For this purpose the Nikon Z50 is compared here to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
. While the Olympus is only a little lighter, it packs even more features, including a similar EVF, and manages to fit a 5-axis image-stabilization system. Plus, Micro Four-Thirds lenses can be made smaller and much lighter than APS-C ones.

All images below are 100% unmodified crops from their respective cameras. Both ISO and custom white-balance were fixed in-camera and the aperture was set be optimal for each lens. As usual, both these cameras were calibrated to give the highest quality and most realistic results possible.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As image noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Nikon Z50 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

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ISO 3200

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ISO 6400

ISO 6400

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ISO 25600

ISO 25600

The above crops show the remarkably similar output of these cameras, despite a substantial difference in sensor-size. The first observation is that image-noise is virtually the same at low to mid ISO sensitivities. This is what people look at the most and shows that a modern Micro Four-Thirds camera can maintain just as low image-noise as an APS-C camera until ISO 1600. Color rendition is visibly different with these cameras but both offer a considerable degree of control over it. The more important different is that at all ISO settings, the Nikon Z50 captures more dynamic-range which is clearly visible in shadow areas. Essentially, this is the difference guaranteed by sensor-size. Wider dynamic-range requires a larger sensor which requires larger lenses that are heavier due to simply needing more glass.

Nikon Z50
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Nikon Z50 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-204800
Nikon Z Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
0.39" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.68X)Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
1 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
11 FPS Drive, 71 ImagesHot-Shoe
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingStereo audio input
3.2" LCD 1 MegapixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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