Camera Review: Nikon Z50 Review
Feb 28, 2020
Smaller in design but bigger in image quality, the Nikon Z50 allows you to unleash your creativity from day one. Unlike the Z6 and Z7 full-frame cameras, the Z50 is the first cropped sensor mirrorless camera from the manufacturer. It combines well-thought out camera operation with the unparalleled potential of the Z-mount system, allowing you to capture stunning images.
- 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 6 Image Processor
- Up to 11 FPS Shooting with AE/AF
- 3.2-inch Tilting Touchscreen
- Hybrid AF Autofocus
- ISO 100–51200 (Expandable to 204800)
- 4K Video at Up to 30p from 1.5x Crop of Sensor
- 2.36M-dot OLED Viewfinder
- Twin Control Dial Interface
- Creative Picture Control Effects
- Built-In Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
- Battery: Up to 280 Shots
Design and Handling
The Nikon Z50 features an ergonomic and sleek design. It could be physically lighter and smaller sized than full-frame Z models but still has the similar deep grip that is very comfortable to carry. The design features weather-sealing and magnesium build. It has fewer buttons as compared to Z7 and Z6, but contact icons replace a few of the functionality of the camera’s physical control keys. Included in Z50’s body are a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and a pop-up flash.
The sensor of Z50 is similar in terms of quality to the DSLR-style DX lineup from Nikon. For the cost of the camera, this is a very strong sensor. It offers larger pixels which means better dynamic range performance, leading to more capturing details from the shadows and the highlights, as well as less image noise, for better overall image quality. In fact, the image quality of Nikon Z50 is the highest for a cropped sensor camera.
The Z50 is capable of recording up to 4K UHD video at 24p/25p/30p. The footage provided is detailed as the video capture is from the center of the sensor. Full HD 1080p 60 fps recording is also supported. Vibrant, sharp video recording at high resolution is just the beginning with Nikon Z50. The camera also features built-in 120p time-lapse, slow-motion, and interval timer as well as 20 Creative Picture Controls and in-camera video trimming. The camera also features additional built-in stabilization while recording for smooth footage.
The autofocus performance of this camera is excellent. Thanks to a 209-point Hybrid AF System, the camera locks focus very quickly and accurately, even in incredibly low light. Z50 is also the first DX-format camera from Nikon to employ Eye-Detection AF, which recognizes and focuses on a subject’s eyes instantly, even if they are moving. This makes portrait photography efficient and simple. Nikon Z50 uses the Proprietary EN-EL25 battery which allows it to capture 280 shots per charge. You may get many more than this with better use of OVF and LCD combination.
The Nikon Z50 is an excellent all-round performer. It is lighter and smaller, which makes it an ideal option for traveling. It is capable of shooting with high ISO speeds and providing great results in low light environments. The ability to record 4K UHD video is icing on the cake. In a nutshell, the Z50 is a great all-round enthusiast camera for anyone looking for their next mirrorless camera with reliable performance and excellent image quality.