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Nikon Release DX-Format Nikon Z 50

With the mirrorless era now totally upon us, we’re going to see more and more innovation. Nikon’s latest is the Z 50, a compact alternative to their popular Z 6 and Z 7 bodies.

The Nikon Z 50 is their first DX-format mirroless camera, sporting an APS-C size sensor but borrowing the majority of its characteristics and build from the Z 6 and Z 7.

Nikon states that the Z 50 has taken the best features and is “condensing them into a compact, lightweight and durable body capable of superior rendering capabilities and rich power of expression.”

Powering the Z 50 is a 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor, with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels. Alongside is Nikon’s EXPEED 6 image-processing engine, which combined with the DX-format sensor provides a ISO range of 100-51200.

This is the highest ISO in its class for still image shooting, whilst producing little noise throughout the range. Popular Z 6 and Z 7 features such as Creative Picture Control and mid-range sharpening are also on offer, for added expression in camera.

The Z 50 is fitted with the Z mount, meaning both NIKKOR Z DX and NIKKOR Z FX lenses can be used, ranging from super-wide to telephoto lenses.

Released alongside the camera will be a NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lenses. The S-Line lenses can also be used with the Z 50. An FTZ mount adapter is also compatible, meaning approximately 360 NIKKOR F-mount lenses from AI Type onward can be used.

A 3.2-inch, 1040k-dot TFT touch-sensitive LCD monitor sits at the back of the camera, and has a “wide range of movement” to allow for varied angles when shooting stills or video. It can also be front-faced, which is ideal for vloggers.

4K UHD recording without crop is supported, and the SnapBridge app allows for instant sharing to a smart device for uploading to social media.

The Nikon Z 50 is available for pre-order in a variety of options, starting at £849 for a Z 50 and FTZ adapter, £989 for the Z 50 and 16-50mm lens with FTZ adapter, and £1,199 for the Z 50 with 16-50mm lens and 50-250mm lens.

For more, visit Nikon’s website.

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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