Nikon Z50 Overview

Announced Oct 10, 2019 •
21 megapixels | 3.2 screen | APS-C sensor
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Product description
Announced Oct 10, 2019

The Nikon Z50 is a compact mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor (known as DX-format in Nikon-speak) that uses the company's Z-mount. It uses a 20.9MP BSI CMOS sensor (derived from the D500's) with on-sensor phase detection, but not in-body image stabilization like the full-frame Z6 and Z7. The lightweight Z50 has a touchscreen that tilts downward and a 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder. It supports face and eye detection, and the Z50 can shoot continuously at 11 fps with continuous AF. The camera can record 4K/30p video, albeit with a 1.5x crop. It has numerous special effects that can be used for both stills and video. The Z50's connectivity includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5568 x 3712
Effective pixels 21 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 204,800)
Lens mount Nikon Z
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 450 g (0.99 lb / 15.87 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 94 x 60 mm (5 x 3.7 x 2.36)
GPS None

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Our review

The Z50 is a capable and comfortable camera to use, for a wide range of photography. The autofocus system is a little more awkward than it needs to be, but generally it's a hugely competitive camera. If the lenses you want to use exist, it should be on your list of cameras to consider.

Good for: Travel and everyday photography.

Not so good for: Landscapes and high resolution imagery. Team sports.

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