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Here's Nikon’s next Z-series camera - the Z50

By Marcus Wong - on 10 Oct 2019, 2:03pm

Here’s Nikon’s next Z-series camera- the Z 50


Nikon has just released their first APS-C Z-series– the Z50. Said to bring together performance, agility and high functionality, the Z50 pairs a 20.8 megapixel APS-C sensor with the hybrid autofocus system first seen in the Z7 and Z6. That’s 209 focus points and phase detection pixels incorporated right on the sensor itself to equip the camera with eye-detection autofocus (AF) capabilities.

The camera also gets Nikon’s new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine, allowing it to operate from ISO 100-51,200. Low-light AF performance works down to –4 EV, and continuous shooting goes up to 11 frames per second, and there’s even silent shooting so the camera certainly is capable for sports or events coverage too.

Here's how Nikon see the Z50 being used.

The Z50 comes with a 3.2-inch 1,040k dots tilt type LCD panel with touch, and you’ll get access to the most commonly used functions via the i menu. Video capture goes up to 4K UHD (3,840x2,160 / 30 fps), and you’ll be able to create 4K timelapse footage within camera as well as Full HD 1,920x1,080 5x slow-mo videos.

Of course the Z50 will come with in-built Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for use with Nikon SnapBridge 2.6, allowing you to instantly share your snapshots on social media.

These are the first APS-C lenses for Nikon's Z series.

Also released are two new lenses to go with the camera– the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR. The former is has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm, VR stabilization equivalent to 4.5 stops and a weight of 135g. The latter weighs 405g, has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm at the wide end, and gives about five stops VR stabilization.

No news as to price or when these are expected to drop though, so hopefully we’ll know more soon!

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