Nikon Z50 Expert Review: Nikon’s first experience with APS-C mirrorless cameras!

Nikon Z50

Nikon Z50 Expert Review: Nikon’s first experience with APS-C mirrorless cameras!

The Nikon Z50 is a 20.9-megapixel mirrorless crop-frame mirrorless camera, the first time the Japanese company has used an APS-C sensor for one of its Z-series cameras.  Nikon says the camera is to attract photographers who have just entered the world of photography or people who want to move to the category of mirrorless cameras at a lower cost.

In addition to this camera, Nikon has also introduced two lenses designed for this size of sensor: the standard retractable zoom lens 16-50 mm with an aperture of F3.5-6.3 and the telephoto zoom lens 50-50 mm with an aperture of F4.  5-6.3, both of which come with built-in image stabilization (which Nikon technology can significantly reduce hand shake).

20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor and twin rotary controllers.  Sequential shooting at a maximum rate of 11 frames per second, or 5 frames per second using AE / AF and 4K live video recording mode at 30 frames per second.  2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder Touch screen with the ability to rotate 90 degrees up or 180 degrees down.  Wi-Fi with Bluetooth (via Snapbridge app) Creative image effects

The Nikon Z50 was launched in November 2019 for $ 860 for the body.  A 16-50mm zoom kit lens can increase the price to $ 1,000, and a special kit with two zoom lenses can increase the price to $ 1,350.

The Z50 is also compatible with the FTZ adapter, which allows it to use F-Mount lenses for DSLR cameras.  The adapter is not included in any of the announced kits so far and you have to buy it separately.

Although this is Nikon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera, many of its elements are interesting, with a user interface taken directly from the Z-series full-frame cameras and a sensor that is somewhat equivalent to the ones used in the D500 and D7500.  It counts.

20.9-megapixel sensor with 4K resolution film recording technology at 30 frames per second or 1080 resolution at 120 frames per second Many creative effects are designed for novice users.

The most notable differences compared to the D5600 are that the Z50 is much smaller (especially if you consider smaller lenses), also has two rotating controllers, and perhaps most importantly, a more cohesive shooting experience throughout the viewfinder and  It has a screen.  Whether in terms of performance, photography or filming.

New 20.9 megapixel APS-C sensor

The Z50 uses a 20.9-megapixel sensor, first used in the D500.  The sensor is APS-C in size and Nikon refers to it as the DX format.

The sensor version of the Z50 has a series of special elements on top of the sensor, meaning that some pixels only receive light from one side or the other.  The data of these pixels can compare the difference between the image recorded from the left and right of the lens, which is used to evaluate the depth of the scene, and is used by the phase detection autofocus system.

In addition, there are fundamental differences in other cases.  Unlike the D500 and D7500, which use a 3840 x 2160 pixel cropped area for video recording, the Z50 uses its full width.  The results appear to be a bit pixelated (instead of using the full size of the sensor), but this should offer better noise control performance than other cameras, as well as make shooting and filming with wide-angle and super-wide-angle lenses easier.  Make it more enjoyable.

Creative image effects

The Z50 can target images with a range of processable effects, as it targets photographers who share their work on Instagram.  These can be controlled in two ways, depending on whether they only affect color and contrast or whether the wallpaper is tampered with.

The first set includes Creative Picture Controls, which in addition to the standard modes, also offers Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and Flat.  Creative image effects options can be used in any photography and video mode.

Creative image effects can also be applied directly to raw Raw files, but the image must be processed within the camera itself.

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