So they are finally in the studio these are to Nick on the Z50 and I want to put them through their paces. So here it is the Nikon Z50 Nickens mirrorless entry into the casual camera user market Nikon brands. This as the compact entry-level Maryland DX camera. Now the first question I had in my mind. When I got this was is it really an entry-level camera for that. First, let’s take a look at the specs.
Nikon Z50 Specs
It has a twenty point nine-megapixel aps-c sensor. So that’s crop it has an ISO range of 100 250 1200. It can shoot 4k up to 30 frames per second and 1080p at 120 frames per second.and has 11 frames per second continuous shooting. It has a single SD card slot by the battery door. The touchscreen is a flip-down screen with 1.04 million dots. It has the brand new Nick on z mount which is very good because you’re gonna be able to use your full-frame z glass with this camera.
It has a beautiful OLED viewfinder with 2.36 million dots and it has 209 autofocus points with I oughta focus. So just looking at specs alone the Z 50 has some pretty generous specs things like 11 frames. Continuous shooting 4k 30 frames per second and that ISO range. Our feature shared by its older and definitely more expensive siblings. The Nikon z6 and z7 these alone build up.
The Nikon d50 is hardly just entry-level camera specs are one thing though but what really makes or breaks. A camera is an experience shooting with it I’ve had that icon Z50. For over a week now and within that week I’ve been shooting literally every day so here are some of my initial impressions.
So let’s start off with economics it’s quite noticeably smaller than the c6 and to think when I got the c6. I already thought that it was tiny. So this camera is even smaller but even so the grip is compact and feels great in the hands. It’s what you’d expect of a Nikon grip even with a 70 to 200 2.8 while shooting basketball. The grip allows for a good handle on the entire setup.
The buttons are very clicky and tactile which means you definitely know. When you’ve pressed them for some functions as a video record button. It’s definitely a welcome addition but I still personally prefer the soft shutter of the c6. The shooter of the Z 50 has two clicks one for focus and one to take the shot. The handling of the body is great the buttons are where do you expect them. To be apart from some minor changes coming from the c6. It was really easy to get used to the button placement for things like the custom function button. It was exactly where it was on the c6 except a little bit smaller.
Next up is weight this camera has no business being this light and performing. If not better than its older siblings in the Nakhon lineup. It feels lightweight but not flimsy slender but not toy-like. You can easily carry this camera around with you all day and forget that. It was even there but I don’t recommend forgetting that was even there it’s a good camera.
Next is the EVF or the electronic viewfinder the EVF of this camera is beautiful so much. So that I prefer reviewing images and videos on the EVF. Rather than on the screen, the EVF has 2.3 six million dots versus. The screens 1.04 million dots which is twice as much in terms of resolution. I also really love the fact that. You can change settings on the EVF without even putting the camera down. It can shoot up to 11 frames per second at high continuous plus and paired with a great autofocus system. It was really easy to get the shots that I wanted to remember three or four years ago when flagship DSLRs had 11 frames per second.
Continuous shooting and we all thought that was overkill. Well, it’s kind of crazy to think that’s something that’s now considered as an entry-level. The camera has the same shooting capabilities. Next up is high ISO performance now if you know me I do a lot of low-light portraits and videos in low-light. So having good high ISO performance is really an important thing. For me but in my head, there are two things that don’t go. Well, together with high ISOs and crop sensor cameras having been used to full-frame cameras. I can push up the ISO really high and still have usable footage. I was really interested to see how the z50 would fare in low-light situations. So I brought it out with me on a low-light video shoot and I used the two Z 50s.
The last thing is its tiny pancake lens. This is a 16 250f 3.5 to 6.3 lens. Now this lens pairs amazingly with the lightweight Z 50 being lightweight as well. It makes great for a walk-around kit and travel companion. The lens collapses in when not in use much like the others these zoom lenses. So overall my impression of the Nikon d50. After a week of use is that it’s the Z camera for everyone. If you’re someone who’s been interested in jumping into the Nick on Z ecosystem.
For a while but hesitated because of the high price point of the Nikon Z 6 then this camera is your best bet. It’s basically half the price of a Z 6 but can pack a really good punch. It brings the mirrorless conveniences of the Nikon z6 and z7 down to an affordable price point but doesn’t sacrifice important specs like video capabilities and ISO performance because it uses the exact same UI. It’s a nice little camera to get your feet wet with the Nikon Z lineup.