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First Mirrorless APS-C camera from Nikon: Nikon z50

So, now Nikon just launch a Sony a6400 competitors called Nikon z50. Nikon z50 is the first Mirrorless APS-C camera from Nikon which comes with 20.9 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and 3.2 inch rear tilting display. Undoubtedly z50 is the most affordable Mirrorless camera from Nikon.

First Mirrorless APS-C camera from Nikon: Nikon Z50

It is using the same Z-series mounting system as it’s full frame counterparts like Nikon z6 and z7. Nikon is claiming this to offer a better low light performance to z50.

Nikon Z50 will start shipping from November at a price point of USD $859 (roughly converted at 61,000 in Indian rupees) for body only.

Nikon Z50
Nikon Z50

Specifications:

  1. 20.9MP CMOS image sensor
  2. EXPEED 6 image processor
  3. Single SD card slot
  4. OLED viewfinder with 2.36million dot resolution
  5. Hybrid-AF with 209 phase detection AF
  6. 4K video recording at 30 FPS and timelapse
  7. Twin control dials
  8. ISO 100-51,200
  9. Native Bluetooth and wifi connectivity
  10. 3.2-inch rear tilting touch screen
  11. 11 FPS continuous shooting

Nikon has also introduced 2 new DX format lenses, 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens and 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3, both of them are priced at USD $999.95 (around Rs. 71,000) and USD $1349.95 (around Rs. 96,000) respectively.

It comes with a flip down rear display but it’s literally unusable for vlogging and taking selfies if you use any tripod or any gimbal for this. Although, it boasts a touch screen which can literally be used to change settings as well unlike Sony cameras.


Nikon z50 also offer 4K video recording at 30fps (without any crop over APS-C) and 1080p or Full HD at 120 FPS although there is no inbody image stabilization. It comes with a magnesium alloy construction with some level of weather resistance.

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For some reason Nikon has decided to use micro-B instead of USB-C and a UHS-I SD card slot instead of UHS-II, so this is something to consider before buying this. Nikon z50 also comes with all new EN-EL25 battery.

Conclusion:

This for sure is a special addition to Nikon’s portfolio of mirrorless cameras but it’s no way close to Nikon z6 or Nikon z7. Clearly Nikon is looking to attract vloggers and those who are looking for a better quality selfies compared to their smartphones. But there are clearly better options than this available at this price point.

The lack of availability of lenses for Nikon’s Z-series mount is also something worth noting, although Nikon is working on it it’s gonna take time for sure. Currently, the availability of lens options for Nikon Z50 is just the 2 new lenses launched by Nikon and the lenses compatible with z6 and z7 which are already expensive. Even if there is an adapter which is separately sold by Nikon using which you can use budget Nikon lenses on z50 body. The adapter itself cost more than the nifty 50 or Canon’s 50mm prime, which doesn’t really make any sense.

Nikon z50's flip-down screen
Nikon z50’s flip-down screen

Overall it’s a good package which offers decent value for money. It will start shipping in November 2019. It will be very interesting to see what effect does the Z-mount has on the image and video quality of z50.

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