ePhotozine Z50 Review - Highly Recommended
The Nikon Z50 has hit the ground running, so to speak, with a camera body that has excellent ergonomics, a solid design, great handling, and easy to access settings. The body is compact, giving you the benefits of a mirrorless camera system, but not too compact, and not at the expense of handling and ease of use. There's a larger than normal 3.2inch touch-screen, with easy to access zoom controls (for playback), and the electronic viewfinder gives a good view of the scene, with a decent resolution of 2.36m dots.
However, as a new camera system, (the Z series was introduced in August 2018) there aren't as many lenses available as other systems. There are several full-frame Z-mount lenses available from Nikon which you can use on the camera. There are currently only two DX (APS-C) Z-mount lenses, so you'll need to think about whether the lenses available suit your needs. You can, of course, use an adapter, and use Nikon F-mount lenses, or other lenses from other manufacturers.
Nikon has released a new lens roadmap for 2020/2021 showing a large number of new lenses are planned (including a number of primes and macro lenses), and so far they have been introducing new lenses at a rapid rate, with 6 full-frame Z-mount lenses per year, so it's likely you won't have to wait too long for new lenses.
If you do go for the Z50, then you'll find a high-quality 20mp APS-C CMOS sensor, that gives excellent noise performance, great colour reproduction, rapid focus, and pretty much everything else you could want from a new camera. Nikon says the camera is weather-sealed to the same degree as the Nikon D7500.
The Z50 gives the same excellent image quality we've come to expect from Nikon cameras, it's just that it's in a thinner, more compact package, with the added bonus of quicker continuous shooting (at 11fps), a larger screen, and quicker access to settings, when compared to most Nikon DSLRs.
When reviewing cameras, it's often easy to find negatives to talk about, but the Nikon Z50, there's little to complain about. The camera doesn't feature in-camera image stabilisation like the bigger Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7, but perhaps we'll see this in a future version. If Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic can all manage to fit in 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation into their small APS-C / M43 cameras, then it should, therefore, be possible for Nikon to also. In the meantime, the optical image stabilisation in the lens(es) performs well, and for video, the electronic IS helps.
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