Easiest camera to use ever

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Franglais91 Senior Member • Posts: 1,123
Easiest camera to use ever
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It is very easy to get good results with the Z5. Exposure and light balance are usually right and when they aren't it's visible in the viewfinder. I shoot RAW and I've noticed that there are only minor corrections to make to my images to have them the way I like - certainly less than on my D850.

I chose the Z5 as my travel camera after a disastrous summer season with the D850 (sand in the camera, persistent dust on the sensor). I wanted something "expendable" but with the same features as the D850 and if possible lighter.

When the Z5 appeared with the 24-200 I went for it. I've been delighted with this combination as a walk-around kit, able to do even landscapes (lens is sharp from edge to edge). It fits in my backpack or in my shoulderbag and isn't too tiring.

I have now added 35mm f1.8, 50mm f1.8 and 85mm f1.8 Prime lenses and I am extremely impressed with the look of the images. I am now using the Z5 for most of my model shootings.

Things I like about the Z5:

- two SD cards. I have lots of SD cards and not having to buy an expensive CFExpress card suited me fine

- only 24Mpix sensor. This is enough for most of what I do. I reserve the D850 for high-quality landscapes and model shootings by flash where I want a brilliant, sharp look

- realistic viewfinder. First time I looked in the Z5 viewfinder I forgot that it was electronic. I hate the look of Sony viewfinders

- good feel. I like to have a camera in my hands which feels solid but not too heavy. It's compact but not small

- minimal corrections to make in post processing - less than on the D850. It gets exposure and white balance pretty right and when it's off you can see it in the viewfinder and correct

- battery life is very good, much better than I was expecting though not as good as the D850. I usually get 1000 or so shots on a full charge. However I only use the viewfinder not the LCD screen and I don't spend ages reviewing my shots

- works pretty much like the D850

Things I don't like about the Z5:

- continuous focussing is way short of the D850. The D850 never misses while on my first Z5 shooting 30% of the images were out of focus. Single shot is much more reliable. Eye focussing works - sort of - but sometimes it goes back into face-detect which is all the D850 can do anyway and it works pretty well

- when I review images on the rear LCD they appear to be unsharp (unlike on the D850). This worried me till I realised that the LCD on the Z5 is only 1MPix

 Franglais91's gear list:Franglais91's gear list
Nikon D850 Nikon Z5 Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4G Nikon AF Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF ED +18 more
Nikon Z5
24 megapixels • 3.2 screen • Full frame sensor
Announced: Jul 21, 2020
Franglais91's score
4.5
Average community score
4.6
bad for good for
Kids / pets
great
Action / sports
mediocre
Landscapes / scenery
great
Portraits
great
Low light (without flash)
great
Flash photography (social)
great
Studio / still life
great
= community average
Nikon D850 Nikon Z5
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