Z50 for wildlife?

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Brueghel Senior Member • Posts: 1,246
A large Yes and a small No

DiscoDale wrote:

Thinking of acquiring Z50 for occasional wildlife/Birdlife shoots and also as second body for casual use/travel/street.

Thoughts on suitability for birding?

The examples on this thread are all excellent. ANAYV in particular has some spectacular results.

But you should also consider :

1- the lens they used (the ones I checked did not have this info). The lens chosen is extremely important (in my uneducated eyes I believe the lens contributes to 60 to 65% of the IQ)

2- the % of keepers (compared with mirror cameras)

I do not believe your overall results will be as good as the ones you would get with a D500 eg. Probably on par with a D7500

The AF does not perform very well in some circumstances (a busy forest in the background eg) but does a good job on a clear day with a nice blue sky behind.

Also: max shutter speed is 1/4000 not 1/8000. It will make a difference in some cases (some ducks fly in an extremely agitated fashion :-))))

More importantly: the Z50's initial reaction is much slower than the D7xx. There are tricks to keep it awake and kicking longer but the almost instantaneous response time of a mirror camera is gone. I have missed many opportunities because of that. You just cant keep half pressing the shutter button all the time...


My assessment is that it is anywhere from OK to good for birds. This has more to do with mirrorless than with the Z50 per se.


This said: I love my Z50 and do not regret at all having bought it. I lost a bit of quality on the BIF side but for all the other use cases (including birds nice sitting somewhere), it is great.

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