After dominating the mirrorless camera segment with the launch of its Nikon Z6 and Z7 last year, now Nikon is planning to same in the APS-C camera segment by launching the Nikon Z50 in February earlier this year. Unlike the Nikon Z6 and Z7 both of which are sort of professional full-frame cameras, the new Z50 is more for the amateur or hobbyist photographer.
Nikon Z50 Review
Nikon Z50 is available in India at a price point of Rs 75,000 along with its base and Z-mount 16-50mm kit. If you are wondering, the APS-C sensors are used in those cameras that come under the full-frame camera range and comparatively smaller in size as well than full-frame cameras. Nikon likes to call them DX-format, which comes at an affordable price and best suited for traveling. New Apple Glasses May Launch Soon
Nikon Z50 Key Specifications
- 20.9 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- Twin Control Dial Interface
- Up to 11 fps shooting with AE/AF, 5 fps with live view
- 4K video recording up to 30fps
- 2.36 M dot OLED viewfinder
- Rear touchscreen tilts up by 90° or down by 180°
- Bluetooth enabled and Wifi
- Creative picture color effects
- Z-Mount same as Nikon Z6/Z7
- Expeed 6 image processor
Nikon Z50 16mn Image Quality
As we mentioned above, Nikon Z50 is not a best-suited camera out there for the professionals who are looking to processor their own RAW photographs but it is specially optimized for the users who rely on the direct in-camera JPEG conversions. At this price range, undoubtedly Nikon Z50 delivers the most impressive results and overall image quality is great as well.
With the help of a 20.9 back-illuminated APS-C CMOS sensor combined with the image processing power of Expeed 6, Z50 is able to yield some great shots. In terms of the resolution as compared to its competitors, Nikon Z50 offers the lowest resolution- Sony A6400 offers a 24.2 MP sensor, Canon’s EOS M6 II offers a 32.5 MP sensor, and Fujifilm’s X-T30 offers a 26.1 MP sensor.
If we talk about the fine details and overall sharpness of the photographs, Nikon Z50 fall short as we compared with its peers Sony A6400 and Fujifilm’s X-T30. The difference is not such immense, you won’t be able to notice the anomaly if you are small screen user such as a smartphone. Although one might find moire patterns in some images that consist of complex and sophisticated details while using the other APS-C cameras we don’t encounter any such issues due to their higher megapixels sensors.
Apart from this, the overall performance of the Nikon Z50 copes the lack of peak resolution issues to a great extent. The reasons why Z50 has emerged one of the best are its color accuracy, dynamic range, tonal balance, super sharp, and detailed colored images. Even in the monochrome shooting, it performs well than others.
Z50 could be proven a great deal for those who want to shoot RAW images and then tune it later as per their needs. Due to Expeed 6, Nikon’s direct in-image JPEG conversions have processed some greatly detailed images even in the trick spaces like sharp highlighted spots and deep shadows in neutral color background.
Since the color accuracy is up to mark, it gives the photographer liberty to do some experiments and help them to find their optimal shooting style as well. By setting the neutral picture control, you can shoot some amazing raw images on the other hand by switching to the Vivid picture control you can produce awesome direct in-image JPEG images. As we know, Nikon is always good at pulling yellow and green shades but this time with Z50, it also starting marking the Canon’s territory of elegant and detailed reds.
Another advantage is the Nikon’s SnapBridge wireless image transfer service, through which you can share the image directly from the camera to the smartphone without any hassle of post-image processing.
In the black and white photography, the reasons why Nikon Z50 stands out from the others are its wide dynamic range combined with the exceptional tonal balance. With the help of both the dynamic range as well as tonal balance, Z50 is able to retain the details like reflections on water, sunlit brick textures, the luminous intensity of different areas, and that too in monochrome. Due to such immense performance of Nikon Z50 in such conditions, we think that this could be one of the best in the APS-C mirror mirrorless camera segment not only for the beginners but also for the professionals.
Nikon Z50 Autofocus and Video Quality
Let’s talk about the autofocus first, we all have to accept the fact that Nikon’s Autofocus is far better than any of the other cameras no matter which segment we talk about. For instance, the Nikon Z50 that uses a hybrid autofocus system is one the most precise and accurate in the price range. It focuses well on an object and can detect even a minute difference in contrast. Compared to its peers AF tracking of Z50 is way smoother and consistent than Sony A6400 and Fujifilm’s X-T30 as well.
And the same goes for the videography performance, due to this Nikon Z50 is emerged as a great all-around camera in this price segment. The camera can shoot 4K videos at up to 30 fps and can shoot 1080p videos at as high as 120 fps. There are some additional features available like focus peaking and zebra line warning for the professional users. If we talk about the overall performance then we think Z50 is able to shoot videos with crisp colors coupled with a decent amount of details which leads us to a great video experience. Even in the 4K shooting, Z50 uses the full sensor width thus resulting in an impressive cinematic experience.
Build, Handling, and Battery Life
After reviewing the Z50, we can now say that Nikon Z50 is a mini Z6. The rear LCD screen is the same 3.2-inch screen used in the Z6 but with a lower resolution of course (1.06 Million dots). It also gets three physical buttons on the side of the display. As compared to Z6, Nikon Z50 is smaller and lighter which makes it easy to carry and travel with. Shooting becomes very easy due to its ergonomics and user-friendly touch interface.
We will not say that its battery life is great but it’s not that bad either. You can shoot around 350 shots in one charge, however, you have to remain cautious while using the LCD viewfinder and may need to turn off in between when not using. Although with the help of USB charging, it will be not that bigger issue while traveling.
Even though the pixel density of the Nikon Z50 is significantly lower than its competitors but still Z50 is rated as one of the best in this segment. With the state of the art image processing and easy to use than Sony X6400 or Fujifilm X-T30, Z50 provide immensely experience at this price point. Extraordinary color accuracy, ability to play with ISO, and in-image processing all combined, no doubt Nikon Z50 is a great camera at Rs 75,000 not only for amateur photographers but also acts as a secondary kit for Pro.