Nikon Z50 APS-C mirrorless takes on Canon EOS M50 and Sony A6400 – CNET


The Nikon Z50 with the Z 16-50mm lens.

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Nikon’s not precisely late to the mirrorless social gathering; it was there within the early days with its Nikon 1 collection, an odd line primarily based round a 1-inch sensor which finally fizzled away. However it’s final to carry an APS-C fanatic mannequin to a market section dominated by the Sony A6400 and Canon EOS M50, and to a lesser extent, the cheaper and extra entry-focused Olympus Pen E-PL9. Primarily based round Nikon’s full-frame Z mount, it is accompanied by two new lenses which might be extra according to what photographers at this degree want in the case of value and options, and the bundle ought to undoubtedly attraction to Nikon followers.

Although smaller than the corporate’s entry-level SLR, the D3500, it is nonetheless roughly the identical dimension and weight because the A6400; the M50 is a little bit smaller and lighter as a result of it is primarily based round Canon’s smaller EF-M mount. 

The Z50 would not have the identical physique as its full-frame siblings, the Z6 and Z7, nevertheless it does have an identical huge cozy grip, magnesium alloy physique and simply barely off-center viewfinder.  It helps the identical mount adapter for utilizing F-mount lenses, however Nikon would not bundle it because it does for the higher-end cameras. The sensor is identical because the one discovered within the D500.  

It is acquired all of the aggressive options, together with a flip-down touchscreen show with a selfie-specific mode, 4K video and the power to document 1080/120p slow-motion video in-camera, time lapse and interval timers, an OLED viewfinder, eye-detection autofocus and so forth. 

The one function that continues to be frustratingly absent from these cameras, in-body picture stabilization (IBIS), stays absent right here as effectively. 

The 2 new equipment lenses, typical slow-ish 16-50mm and 50-250mm fashions, collectively cowl the most well-liked general-purpose taking pictures vary and incorporate optical stabilization with roughly Four.5 to five stops of compensation, respectively. They’re manually collapsible moderately than energy zooms, which suggests you get the annoying message telling you to increase the lens (with an additional rotation of the zoom ring) each time you begin up. On the Z50, the 16-50mm lens does make an attractively compact bundle.

A management ring, which you’ll program for any variety of changes, has a easy moderately than stepped motion so you do not hear a click on when taking pictures video and designed for minimal focus respiration, the slight however irritating reframing that happens once you’re focusing video.

The Nikon Z50 will ship in November 2019 in three kits: body-only for $860, a equipment with the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f3.5-6.Three VR for $1,000 and a dual-lens equipment with the 16-50mm and Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.Three VR lenses for $1,350.  


The Nikkor Z 58mm f/zero.95 S Noct lens

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On the different excessive, Nikon additionally debuted its much-anticipated reboot of its ultrafast Noct movie lens, the Nikkor Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct, which is optimized for evening taking pictures — a small LCD shows lens settings for viewing at the hours of darkness — and reproducing level mild sources. It is acquired each of Nikon’s prime coatings, Arneo and Nano Crystal Coat, and naturally fluorine on the entrance component for cover.

There’s quite a lot of glass in it, so it is fairly heavy. And so’s the worth: will probably be $eight,000 when it ships on the finish of October. 

Comparative specs

Canon EOS M50

Nikon Z50

Sony A6400

Sensor efficient decision

24.1MP Twin Pixel CMOS


24.2MP Exmor CMOS 14 bit

Sensor dimension

22.Three x 14.9mm

23.5 x 15.7mm

23.5 x 15.6mm

Focal-length multiplier








Sensitivity vary

ISO 100 – ISO 25600/51200 (exp)

ISO 100 – ISO 51200/ISO 204800 (exp)

ISO 100 – ISO 32000/ISO 102400 (exp)

Burst taking pictures

7.4fps 47 JPEG (10fps with fastened focus and publicity; Servo AF not supported with uncooked)

11fps n/a

11fps 99 JPEG/46 uncooked

Viewfinder (magazine/ efficient magazine)

EVF zero.Four in/10mm 2.4m dots n/a

OLED EVF zero.Four-inch/10mm 2.Four million dots 100% protection 1.02x/zero.68x

OLED EVF zero.Four in/10 mm 2.Four million dots 1.07x/zero.7x

Sizzling Shoe





143 factors phase-detection AF (with particular Canon lenses); 99 factors

209-area Section detection

425-point section detection, 425-area distinction AF

AF sensitivity

-2 – 18 EV

-2 – 19 EV

-2 – 20 EV

Shutter pace

30 – 1/4000 sec.; bulb; 1/200 x-sync

30 – 1/Four,000 sec; 1/200 x-sync (additionally auto FP high-speed sync)

30-1/4000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 x-sync


384 zones


1,200 zones

Metering sensitivity

zero – 20 EV

-Four – 17 EV

-2 – 20 EV

Greatest video

H.264 QuickTime MOV 4K UHD/24p at 120Mbps, 1080/60p, 720/120p

H.264 QuickTime MOV, MP4 UHD 4K/30p; 1080/120p

XAVC S at 100Mbps; UHD 4K/30p; 1080/120p


Stereo; mic enter

Stereo, mic enter

Stereo, mic enter

Guide aperture and shutter in video




Most best-quality recording time per clip


29:59 minutes


Clear HDMI out





Twin Sensing IS (Optical with gyro knowledge despatched from physique)




Three-inch/7.7 cm Articulated touchscren 1.04m dots

Three.2 in/eight cm Tilting, flip-down touchscreen 1.04m dots

Three-inch/7.5cm Tilting, flip-up 921,600 dots

Reminiscence slots

1 x SDXC

1 x SDXC

1 x SDXC

Wi-fi connection

Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), NFC, Bluetooth





Wi-fi flash




Battery life (CIPA ranking)

235 photographs (875 mAh)

320 photographs (VF), 280 photographs (LCD) (850 mAh)

360 (VF), 410 (LCD) (1,zero20 mAh)

Measurement (WHD)

Four.6 x Three.5 x 2.Three in 116 x 88 x 59 mm x Three.7 x 2.Four in 127 x 94 x 60 mm

Four.eight x 2.eight x 2.Four in 120 x 67 x 60 mm

Physique working weight

13.eight oz (est.) 390 g (est.)

14 oz (est.) 397 g (est.)

14.Three oz (est.) 403 g (est.)

Mfr. value (physique solely)

$629.99 £539.99 n/a


$899.99 £949 AU$1,499

Major equipment

$799.99 £649.99 AU$949 (with 15-45mm lens)

$999.95 (with 16-50mm f3.5-6.Three VR lens)

$999.99 £999 AU$1,699 (with 16-50mm energy zoom lens)

Launch date

April 2018

November 2019

January 2019


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