Nikon USA reported the launch of the glam child of mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z5, on July 21, which is the entry-level product to its award-winning Z series. The Z5 boasts of the most prominent features of the Z6 and Z7 and also has the next generation Z mount. Nikon said that this camera is for budding content creators who are looking for quality equipment for their versatile uses.
The Z5 brags of a robust body, along with vibration reduction (VR) and image stabilization (IBIS) features, making it a seamless blend of automatic and manual controls overtaking a photograph.
As a companion to the Z5, Nikon launched the next product in its NIKKOR series of lenses. This coupled with the Z5 is supposed to give the best results. Reportedly, the new NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is the shortest, lightest, and most affordable full-frame zoom lens in the NIKKOR Z lineup. Again, this combination is designed for on-the-go creators who want to capture it all – from landscapes and cityscapes to portraits and low-light street photography – at an affordable price.
Nikon’s report of the launch says “As the new entry point to Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless lineup, the Nikon Z5 offers a lot of power and capabilities at an attractive price, empowering the next generation to begin their journey with the confidence to learn and grow as creators.”
Nikon Z5 Review, Variants, Pricing, and Key Features
1. Quality Imaging
The Z5 features a powerful FX-format 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, allowing users to get detailed shots, and helping them achieve clean low-light pictures.
Nikon has equipped the Z5 with the EXPEED 6, Nikon’s fastest image processor to date.
3. Low-Light performance
The ability of mirrorless cameras with low-light imaging is said to be inferior to DSLRs. The Z5 is the solution to this worry. With an ISO range up to 51,200 (expandable to 102,400), the camera effectively reduces noise, maintaining both high sensitivity and resolution to excel in low-light situations.
4. Shutter Speed
With shutter speeds up to 1/8000, the Z5 can capture any moving object with accuracy like never before.
5. Focus ability
The Z5 boasts of 2731 on-sensor AF points, to quickly and accurately track subjects throughout the frame, while Eye-Detection AF capabilities help precisely capture the eyes of humans and animals.
6. Battery Life
Another debatable aspect of mirrorless cameras against DSLRs is the scanty battery life that they offer. This is because mirrorless cameras have an imaging sensor that is open at all times, hence draining the battery.
The Z5 is powered by the new EN-EL15c battery, which offers significant advancements in the number of shots per charge. It is the first Nikon camera to enable constant power through the USB port, even with select portable USB power banks6. For added power and grip, the camera is also compatible with the MB-N10 hot-swappable battery pack.
7. Webcam feature
When connected via the USB-C cord, the Z5 can be used as a webcam, making the camera a great option for modern vloggers, influencers, and gamers looking to improve their live-streaming capabilities.
8. Variants and Pricing
|Variant||Suggested Retail Price|
|Nikon Z5 (body only)||$1,399.95|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3||$399.95|
|Nikon Z5 + Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3||$1,699.95|
|Nikon Z5 + Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3||$2,199.95|
|Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-1.4X / TC-2.0X||$549.95 / $599.95|
“The Nikon Z 5 offers the next generation of creators a gateway into the full-frame Z series lineup, opening the door to the limitless possibilities of mirrorless photo and video capture while providing the means to share their creativity with others,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc.
In conclusion, the Nikon Z5 along with the latest NIKKOR Z 24-50mm lens is enough to arm the modern-day content creator looking for aesthetic shots that will trend on the web. This product launch is Nikon’s try at creating affordable gadgets that are based on their high-end products, enabling Gen Z and millennials with a vision to capture the world.