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Nikon Z 5 Arrives: Entry-Level FX-format Z Series Camera for the Masses

Simon Skinner - 3 weeks ago

Hot on the heels of Canon’s recent EOS R5 and R6 full-frame mirrorless camera announcement, Nikon has followed with the announcement of a new, entry-level model in their Z-Series range; the Nikon Z 5. Not only this, but there’s a new lens, too. The NIKKOR Z 24-50MM F/4-6.3.

Nikon Z 5 24-50mm full frontal

In Nikon’s press release, we’re told that the new camera has been launched to, “enrich creative activities with the superior power of expression and reliability of the Nikon Z mount system”. The Nikon Z 5 is of course, compatible with the brand’s growing range of compact full-frame lenses, fitting with the widest full-frame lens mount int he current market, and is being touted as a capable and compact solution for those shooting stills or video content.

The Z 5 has an effective pixel count of 24.3 megapixels being produced from its Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. This combination promises to cover a wide range of standard ISO sensitivities; ISO 100-51200, facilitating clear rendering of textures and details while containing noise. It’s also loaded with an in-camera vibration reduction [VR] system that employs a 5-axis VR unit to give camera-shake compensation equivalent to a 5-stop increase in shutter speed. On top of this, a dedicated electronic VR function for video runs with in-camera VR promising effective camera-shake compensation with.

The new Nikon Z 5 offers users 20 ‘Creative Picture Controls’ with each producing a unique blend of hue, tone, saturation, and other settings tuned for distinctive effects. The individual parameters of each can be tailored to suit individual preferences. Creative Picture Controls can also be used with video recording at all sizes, including 4K UHD.

Nikon Z 5 24-50mm overhead body only

Nikon Z 5 Key Features

  • EXPEED 6 processor
  • Full-frame 24.3 MP CMOS sensor with 100-51200 ISO range
  • 273-point Hybrid AF
  • 5-axis Vibration Reduction
  • 3690k-dot high-definition EVF
  • Tough & lightweight
  • Dual card slots plus power via USB
  • Tilting touchscreen
  • 4K video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®
Nikon Z 5 24-50mm rear square

NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Lens

Along with the announcement of the Nikon Z 5, there’s an all-new, pretty much all-round and portable NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens to get excited about. This new lens is included in the core camera and also the lens kit. A versatile standard zoom lens, the new 24-50mm covers some of the most iconic focal lengths and promises to deliver excellent performance for both stills and video shooting.

Nikon Z 24mm - 50mm right side tilt

NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Key Features

  • Portable full-frame zoom lens that takes 52 mm filters
  • Retractable design
  • Constant minimum focus distance of 0.35 m throughout the zoom range
  • Quiet focus for great video performance
  • Customisable control ring – aperture control – exposure compensation or ISO adjustment
Nikon Z 24mm - 50mm right side

Pricing and availability

Quite vaguely, Nikon’s official release states that the Nikon Z 5 and NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Lens kits will be available ‘late summer’ 2020. Less vague is the price; that comes in at £1,719 [RRP].
See more at Nikon’s dedicated web page HERE.

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.