Easy question about IQ Z 50 vs. Z 5?

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sirhawkeye64 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,323
Re: Easy question about IQ Z 50 vs. Z 5?

bobbidog wrote:

If anybody uses a Z50 besides a Z5 i’d be happy to get my question answered … Last week i was testing the Z50 with the kit lens (16-50mm) and took some photos of landscapes i often visit when testing gear. I have to say: The Z50 performed extremely surprising – even with the kit lens (sunshine, blue sky).
The Z50 rendered finest details, even distant leaves and vegetation was clearly recognizable. All the Canon gear i tested in this particular spot (a vineyard landscape) was easily surpassed by the quality of detail the Z50 delivered. Even the Fuji XTs (XT30, XT3) were beaten. The only downside: The Z50 is really very small and the handling of the lens sometimes was a bit „hard work“. While returning the Z50 after my free of charge test i could touch the Z5 body on site in the store and fell in love at once. Just the perfect weight and dimension. Now my question: Will the Z5 reveal this level of detail in the pictures the Z50 did – also with the Z5 kit lens (24-50mm) under the same circumstances?
Thank you!

I'd say the Z5 probably has the upperhand, just because it's higher resolution, but in real world testing, it may be hard to tell the difference between the two.  The Z5 will likely have less noise than the Z50 but again, probably not all that noticeable (maybe 1/2 stop difference with advancements in noise reduction algorithms and processing).

If you like the results from the Z50, the two lens kit is a great deal though, perfect for travel, and about the same price as a Z5 body.

If I had to choose one, I would go with the Z5, partially because (for me) I like dual card slots and the better low-light performance (the Z5 is similar to that of the D750, which was a very good camera in its day, and it still is today). Also, not sure what you plan to shoot in the future, but Nikon is putting more focus on FF glass, so the DX line's options in terms of native lenses, may be limited (it is now, and who knows what NIkon will do in the future).

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