Nikon Z5

24MP full-frame sensor | In-body image stabilization | 4K/30p video

What we like:

  • Excellent image quality
  • Superb build quality
  • Effective image stabilization

What we don't:

  • 4K video has heavy crop
  • Heavy-handed high ISO noise reduction
  • Noticeable rolling shutter
The Nikon Z5 is among the most affordable entry-level full-framer cameras ever released. It sports a stabilized 24MP CMOS chip with on-sensor phase detect AF, packed inside a robust, best-in-class body.
This camera is exceptionally well-built, offering a weather-resistant construction with two control dials, a tilting touchscreen, AF joystick, and a large, high-res EVF. It's comfortable to hold, yet reasonably compact and light-weight. Menus will be familiar to Nikon DSLR users and customization options are ample.
The Z5 is good for anyone seeking a well-priced, stills-oriented full-frame mirrorless camera
Autofocus performance is very good and just a hair behind the best-in-class. Face and eye detect both work with solid reliability, as does traditional AF subject tracking. Burst shooting speeds are typical for this class, but the buffer of 100 frames impresses. Battery life is acceptable at 470/390 shots per charge (LCD/EVF).
The Z5 delivers excellent detail capture, very good high ISO performance and solid dynamic range. JPEG color is a crowd-pleaser, though we do recommend turning down the default noise reduction.
4K video quality on the Z5 is lackluster, and a 1.7x crop makes it hard to get a truly wide-angle field-of-view. On the other hand, Full HD footage is un-cropped and decent-looking. And the body offers headphone and microphone sockets as well as in-camera IS for hand-held shooting.
The Z5 is an extremely well-rounded, still-oriented camera and easily the most-capable mirrorless full-framer body for the money, as long as capturing 4K video is not a priority.

Richard Butler


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