Today, Nikon announced the latest addition to its full-frame mirrorless lineup—the Nikon Z 5. The Z 5 is now the third full-frame mirrorless camera joining the Z 6 and Z 7 and is specifically designed for those looking for an entry-level camera. The Z 5 comes with a 24.3 MP sensor which is similar to the Z 6, only it doesn't come with BSI or the backside-illuminated sensor that the Z 6 has, meaning it won't be as good in low light. It has a newly developed sensor but it's comparable to the one on the D750.
Z5 vs Z6 Specification Chart
|Nikon Z5||Nikon Z6|
|Mount Type||Z Mount||Z Mount|
|Sensor Resolution||24.3 MP||24.5 MP|
|Sensor Type||CMOS||BSI CMOS|
|Sensor Size||35.9 x 23.9mm||35.9 x 23.9mm|
|Low Pass Filter||Yes||Yes|
|Image Size||6,016 x 4,016||6,048 x 4,024|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 6||EXPEED 6|
|In-body Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes|
|Native ISO Sensitivity||100-51,200||100-51,200|
|Boosted ISO Sensitivity||50, 102,400||50, 204,800|
|Dust Reduction/Sensor Cleaning||Yes||Yes|
|Viewfinder Type||(Electronic) EVF||(Electronic) EVF|
|Viewfinder Resolution||3.69 million dots||3.69 million dots|
|Storage||2x SD ( UHS-II)||1x XQD/ CFexpress Type B|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||4.5 FPS||12 FPS|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 sec||1/8000 to 30 sec|
|AE Bracketing Range||±5 EV||±3 EV|
|Auto Focusing System||Hybrid Phase-detection||Hybrid Phase-detection|
|Number of AF Points||273||273|
|AF Detection Range||-3 to +19 EV||-3.5 to +19 EV|
|Video Max Resolution||4K 30 FPS / 1080P 60 FPS||4K 30 FPS / 1080P 120FPS|
|1080p Video Max Frame Rate||60 FPS||120 FPS|
|Video Crop Factor||1.7x||N/A|
|Audio Recording||Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone||Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone|
|LCD Resolution||2,100,000 dots||2,100,000 dots|
|Shots Per Charge||470 shots||310 shots|
|Dimensions||5.3 x 4 x 2.8 in||5.3 x 4 x 2.7 in|
With the Expeed 6 processor, it matches the ISO of the Z 6 with a range of 100-51,200 natively. When it comes to autofocus, it has 273 phase-detect autofocus points which cover 90% of the sensor, very similar to what you'll see in the Z 6. It also comes with both animal and human eye detection AF which is based on the same eye detection used in the Z6 with firmware update 3.0. For video, you can use face detection. To make it simple, the Z5 has the same autofocus system as the Z6.
One aspect that differs from the Z 6 is its continuous shooting speed. The Z5 can shoot at 4.5 FPS compared to 12 FPS in the Z6. It has 1/8000 max shutter which is nice since most entry-level cameras typically only come with a max of 1/4000 of a second. So, if you're using a bright 1.8 aperture, you have the option of using a higher shutter speed to get the right exposure. The viewfinder has a 3.67 million dot resolution, following the footsteps of both the Z 6 and Z 7. Not to mention it has powerful in-body 5-axis VR image stabilization.
As far as physical features, the Z 5 body is very similar to both the Z 6 and Z 7. One main difference is the mode dial is located where the LCD screen is on the top of the Z 6 and Z 7. The rest of the dials on the back are exactly the same. One major improvement that the Z 5 has over the Z 6 and Z 7 is two UHS-II card slots.
Video is where you'll notice the biggest difference from the Z6. It can shoot at 4K UHD/30FPS with a 1.7x crop factor but a full pixel readout and 1080P/60FPS with no crop. For an entry-level camera, these video capabilities are more than enough to meet the intended user's needs. Basically, the Z 5 is intended for amateur photographers rather than videographers.
When it comes to battery life, the Z 5 comes with a new version of the previous EN-EL15b battery—the EN-EL15c. This battery allows 470 shots per use and 120 minutes of video. There also is an option for an external battery grip, although, you might not need the battery grip since now there is an option to charge in-camera via USB-C even while in use. This is the first Nikon camera that can let you shoot indefinitely using the USB power. you just have to be using either an EN-EL15b or EN-EL15c battery. In addition, it comes equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in for advanced connectivity.
Nikon also announced the Z 1.4x and 2x teleconverters which, as of right now, will only work on the Z 70-200 F2.8. The Z 70-200 F2.8's ship date has been pushed back and is said to be shipped out either late August or the beginning of September.
The Z 5 is now available for pre-order and will be expected to ship out late August. The body only is listed for $1,399 which is only $400 cheaper than the Z 6 and $400 more when compared to its competitor, the Canon EOS RP.