Nikon Z30

20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor | 4K video up to 30p | Twin microphones and mic input

What we like:

  • Excellent ergonomics and menu system
  • Clean 4K/30p video
  • Good built-in stereo mic and option for ext mics

What we don't:

  • No headphones for audio monitoring
  • No sensor stabilization
  • Limited lens choice
The Nikon Z30 is a 20MP APS-C mirrorless camera aimed at vlogging and content creation for social media.
The Z30 is relatively small, relying entirely on a fully-articulated rear screen and lacking a viewfinder. Its controls are well-placed and its menus are well-organized (albeit a bit over-stuffed). A simplified touchscreen interface makes the camera easy to control while pointed towards you.
Autofocus is good in stills but not always reliable when shooting video, with the tracking target sometimes wandering off the subject. Face and eye detection work well, though, so it does a good job of staying focused if you're addressing the camera directly.
The Z30 is an effective tool for vlogging and social media creators.
Video quality is good in both 1080 and 4K modes, though there's appreciable rolling shutter/jello effect in the 4K footage. The video is taken from the full width of the sensor, making it easier to get a wide-angle view. The internal mics work well, but note that there's no in-body image stabilization, leaving you dependent on lens IS and digital correction.
Image quality is good, with attractive, Instagram-ready JPEGs. There are some strong tools for re-processing Raw files if you want to give your images a tweak before sending them across to your phone.
The Z30 is a likeable camera that will do a good job of generating images for social media. The Z-mount lens system is relatively new and doesn't have a lot of options that work well with such a small, comparatively affordable camera, which is worth bearing in mind when considering a purchase.

Gannon Burgett

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