The Nikon Z 50 – a Compact Option for Content Creators

With the launch of the Nikon Z 50 and its accompanying NIKKOR Z lenses, content creators now have a small yet capable mirrorless camera that takes advantage of the Nikon Z mount.

Today, Nikon introduced the latest member of their Z series mirrorless camera. The new DX-format Nikon Z 50 is joined by two companion NIKKOR Z lenses: the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR. Compact, lightweight, and bearing the full advantage of the larger Z mount, these new offerings promise to bring superior photo and video quality, speed, portability, and style to creators of all kinds.

As Nikon’s first DX-format mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 50 is gearing up to be for those venturing into mirrorless photography or the Nikon Z mount system. It boasts a slim yet ergonomic design, intuitive operation, and the reliability Nikon has been known for. The Z mount promises strong image quality and optimal performance for still photos and high-quality 4K video.

The body sports an agile yet durable magnesium alloy frame that weighs only 12.9 oz, making it a perfect shooting companion for travels, vlogging, or simply exploring a new neighborhood haunt. Need to shoot low-profile? Just activate the silent shutter function, and you’re good to go. The DX-format 20.9 Megapixel CMOS sensor, meanwhile, will work together with the EXPEED 6 image processing engine to deliver sharpness, color, and tones even in low-light conditions. This is basically the sensor of the D5000 series, which places the Nikon Z 50 between the D5000 and D7000 models. With a maximum ISO of 51,200, this new camera brings the highest standard sensitivity in its class, making it handy for night street photography and concert photography.

The Z 50 also has a 209-point Hybrid AF System that covers approximately 87% of the frame horizontally and 85% vertically. It takes pride in being the first Nikon DX-format camera to utilize Eye-Detection AF, a handy feature for keeping the subject’s eyes tack sharp even when the subject is moving. The fast 11 fps (with AF/AE) continuous shooting also makes sure users never miss a shot.

Keeping up with the trend of selfies and vlogging, the Nikon Z 50 has a 3.2-inch flip-down LCD touchscreen with a user-friendly interface. The LCD also has some soft keys and icons, as well as intuitive controls. Selecting the Selfie Mode while the LCD is flipped down disables all but the essential controls, making sure that settings won’t be changed by accident while users are capturing selfie photos and videos.

Those shooting a lot of videos on the side will find useful features and new creative options in the new Nikon Z 50. These include 120p slow-motion, time-lapse, interval timer, in-camera video trimming, and 20 Creative Picture Controls. Use the Special Effect modes and Creative Picture controls to instantly transform a photo or video. Beginners can also select the Scene Modes to automatically adjust the settings for optimum performance. The built-in stabilization will also ensure smooth footage when shooting in full HD or 4K video.

Users who want to share all those photos and videos with their friends, families, and followers will not be disappointed. The Nikon Z 50 also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the latest version of SnapBridge for RAW image transfer and advanced remote capture functions. These connectivity features now allow quick and easy video transfer to a smart device.

As for the lenses, the new NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR lenses harness the potential of the Nikon Z mount through the large diameter and 16mm flange focal distance. They are designed to be fitting pairings with the Nikon Z 50 with their compact size and excellent optics. Users can shoot a variety of subjects with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 VR, while the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR will do the job for shooting subjects that require extra distance and reach. When using these new lenses, the Z 50 will be able to control the effects of camera shake through the Dual Detect Optical VR feature. These new lenses are also optimized for shooting videos, bringing reduced focus breathing, customizable control ring, and fast and quiet operation. Additionally, the in-lens optical Vibration Reduction (VR) technology will ensure smooth recording and camera shake compensation.

Aside from these two lenses, users can also mount the Nikon Z 50 with any current NIKKOR Z lenses, as well as traditional F-Mount NIKKOR lenses, using the Mount Adapter FTZ, with many of the lenses still supporting functions like VR and AF.

Sounds like the mirrorless camera for you? The Nikon Z 50 will be available beginning November 2019, as body-only for $859.95, as a one-lens kit with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 VR for $999.95, and a two-lens kit with both the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR for $1,349.95.

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