Today, Nikon added an APS-C mirrorless camera to its Z lineup with the Nikon Z50. Nikon entered the mirrorless world only about a year ago with their full-frame Z6 and Z7 cameras. Before, if a customer wanted to switch over to mirrorless, it was a hefty price at $2,000 and $3,400 respectively. Now, with the Z50, switching to mirrorless is easier and more affordable than ever.
The 20.9 MP DX sensor, more commonly known as APS-C, allows the Z50 to have a light, compact body and only weighs in at 14 ounces compared to 23.6 ounces on the Nikon Z6. Although, even with the smaller sensor and body, it still features the same Z-mount featured on both the Z6 and Z7 cameras. This means that the Z50 can use the same interchangeable lenses that Nikon has been coming out with since the launch of the full-frame Z cameras.
Speaking of the Z lens lineup, Nikon also released its NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens. With a 0.95 aperture, the Noct lens is made to be shot with wide open. An incredible lens for low-light and control of depth of field. It features manual focusing for pinpoint accuracy and provides intense bokeh. The lens comes with its own truck case and lens hood for a whopping $7,999.95.
The Z50 features the same magnesium-alloy frame and is weather-resistant, although, not to the same capacity as the full-frame cameras. Nikon has created features within this camera to attract vloggers such as a 3.2-inch touch screen with the ability to be flipped down 170 degrees and supports a mic in jack for better audio options.
Other impressive features include:
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- 209-Point Hybrid Autofocus
- Eye Detection Autofocus
- Native ISO 100–51,200
- EXPEED 6 Image Processing
- 4K Ultra HD Video Recording
- 11 FPS Full Resolution Stills
- 120 FPS Slow Motion Video
The Z50 also comes with features such as Multiple Exposure Mode, allowing you to combine multiple shots together for a more unique image. It also has special effects from Night Vision, Super Vivid, Pop, Photo Illustration, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Camera Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key and Low Key. You can even adjust what you see before you take the photo with Creative Picture Control.
Now, let's talk about what you’ve all been wondering—the price. For the body only, the Z50 is $856.95. The Z50 is also available in a kit that includes a Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens for $996.95, or with the 16-50mm lens and a Nikkor DX Z 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 lens for $1,346.95. The Nikon Z50 will be available in November.