Nikon Z 5 Unveiled: An Entry-level Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

Today, Nikon moves into full-frame mirrorless market with the new Z 5 camera, announced alongside a new Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens.

The Nikon Z 5 is a new “entry-level full-frame camera” joining the Nikon Z series of mirrorless cameras. The camera is positioned below the Z 7 and Z 6 cameras, and targeted to those who want to “begin exploring the beauty of full-frame photography.”

The announcement comes soon after the unveiling of Canon’s new EOS R5 and R6 cameras.

The camera has a 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, with an EXPEED 6 image processor onboard. A 3.6m-Dot OLED electronic viewfinder compliments the 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot articulating touchscreen LCD on the back.

Shooting speed is noticeably limited, with only up to 4.5 frames per second possible.

The Z 5 has 273-point Hybrid AF which “delivers smooth, fast, and precise focusing across the frame.” There is also Eye-Detection AF, as well as Animal-Detection AF for ensuring accurate autofocus on your subject.

There is 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, possible for use in both stills and video capture, giving 5-stops of stabilisation “regardless of the lens in use.”

Video recording is possible in UHD 4K up to 30 fps, with Full HD allowing up to 60 fps. The UHD 4K resolution uses a 1.7x crop of the full-frame sensor, with Full HD using the entire sensor.

There are two SD card slots, and the camera is built from a “robust magnesium alloy chassis,” ensuring it is both dust and weather resistant.

The camera is available for pre-order at a retail price of $1400.


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