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Nikon Z50 Summary

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

Nikon Z50 Assessment

The Nikon Z50 enters the APS-C mirrorless market with the wide-diameter Z-mount introduced for the full-frame Z6 and Z7. Two dim variable-aperture DX lenses were introduced with the Z50, although it works withe all native Z-mount lenses.

A 20 megapixels APS-C BSI-CMOS sensor in the Z50 captures low noise images with nice colors, great dynamic-range and good white-balance. The metering system in this mirrorless is excellent and highly reliable. Details are reasonably rendered yet show some over-sharpening artifacts, perhaps to compensate for lens softness.

This mirrorless is very responsive and generally quite fast, able to achieve up to 11 FPS with the mechanical-shutter. This is only let down by an AF system that cannot keep up with action and slows down considerably in low-light.

Usability of the Nikon Z50 is almost great. The camera is comfortable to hold securely with dual control-dials within easy reach and a protruding EVF. Two buttons, EC and Fn2 are difficult to reach though but the one major issue is touch-only controls for magnification and display modes. The EVF is quite good and even accurate most of the time, something that many cameras struggle with.

For an initial model intended for intermediate photographers, the Z50 offers a good amount of features and fair number of controls to access them. There are two surprising omissions on the Z50: Image-Stabilization and Sensor-Cleaning, both are surprising for a modern mirrorless.

Although the Nikon Z50 is highly capable, it finds itself restricted by a lack of native lenses designed for APS-C cameras without image-stabilization. Fitting a Z-mount lens is possible but would negate the advantage of APS-C while also not benefiting from Full-Frame image-quality.

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PROS CONS
Superb dynamic-range Slow AF in low-light
Low image noise Poor Continuous AF
Excellent metering Touch-only controls
Good colors accuracy Poor EC button location
Above average Auto White-Balance Preview not always Exposure-Priority
Accurate autofocus Bizarre Auto ISO
Quick and responsive Only DX lenses are dim
Comfortabe ergonmics Condensation prone
Good battery-life
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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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