The Nikon Z50 offers the best quality in out-of-photographic camera JPEGs among APS-C mirrorless cameras nosotros’ve tested then far, making information technology a fantastic photographic camera to buy for first-time camera buyers. As a professional person’southward 2d kit, information technology falls a flake brusk.
When Nikon finally took the mirrorless camera segment seriously, it began right at the top with the Nikon Z6 and Z7. The Z6, which nosotros reviewed final year, ranked among the all-time performing full-frame cameras that you can buy at around Rs 1,50,000. However, Nikon realised that lofty, full-featured full frame cameras may not be for anybody, and in February this year, introduced the Nikon Z50. Featuring a 21-megapixel APS-C back-illuminated CMOS sensor, the Z50 borrowed much of the goodness from the Z6 – both in terms of blueprint and overall performance.
With its base of operations, Z-mount 16-50mm kit priced at around Rs 75,000 in India now, the Nikon Z50 is pretty much the equivalent of Nikon’due south much-vaunted D7xxx-series of DSLRs, which were one time hailed as the ultimate bridge between Nikon’s amateur and professional camera lineups. The Nikon Z50, on this note, plays a laudable role of a highly able APS-C mirrorless camera, and in fact, ranks equally one of the very all-time in its segment right at present.
Well-nigh photographers who buy the Nikon Z50 may not be professionals, and every bit such, are probable to rely more on direct in-camera JPEG conversions, rather than processing their ain RAW files. The first matter that we focus on, hence, is the overall epitome quality of the Nikon Z50’south JPEGs, which produce some of the most impressive results in this segment. The Z50 shoots well, with a back-illuminated, 20.9-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor paired with the Expeed 6 prototype processor. On paper, the Z50 offers the lowest image resolution output amidst competitors – Catechism’due south EOS M6 II features a 32.5-megapixel sensor, Fujifilm’s X-T30 has a 26.1-megapixel sensor, and the Sony a6400 features a 24.ii-megapixel sensor.
Nikon Z50. 16mm, ane/1600″, f/iv.five, ISO 640. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
The deviation somewhat shows in the overall photographs, with the Z50 falling behind the Sony a6400 and the Fujifilm X-T30 in terms of overall sharpness and fine details. This does not immediately evidence in smaller displays, so as long as your primary usage device is a smartphone, the extent of touch on on overall sharpness remains limited. Some images with high amounts of intricate details practice have the tendency of exhibiting moire, which the other semi-pro APS-C mirrorless cameras don’t prove thanks to richer sensors. The Z50 is non bad per se, and offers reasonably accurate coarse details. Some amount of resolution impact can be seen in high contrast shooting, such equally monochrome photography under sharp incident daylight, where the edges of subjects look soft-edged.
Nikon Z50. 16mm, 1/4000″, f/four.5, ISO 320. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
That said, what the Nikon Z50 lacks in terms of summit output resolution, it more than than makes up in terms of overall operation. The Nikon Z50 offers the all-time colour accuracy, dynamic range and tonal residue in this segment, which leads to super sharp and detailed colour (and fifty-fifty monochrome) performance. This volition particularly benefit those who shoot in RAW, giving plenty of room to shoot in RAW. The Nikon Z50’due south photographs have enough of room to melody shadows, and even direct JPEG conversions bear witness impressive particular and colour accuracy in tricky areas such as sharp highlight spots and deep shadows in a neutral color landscape.
Nikon Z50. 50mm, 1/thousand”, f/half-dozen.3, ISO 320. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
The fantastic color accuracy allows you to toggle around with motion-picture show control aplenty, which in plough helps you notice the ideal ground for your shooting style. For case, setting a neutral moving picture control volition help you obtain better results for processing RAW images. However, you can as well go all the way upward to vivid moving-picture show control for high dissimilarity, direct JPEG shooting. The Nikon Z50 produces brilliant yellows and greens, which is already what nosotros expect from Nikon, only also eats into Canon’southward territory with splendidly rich and highly detailed reds. Well-adjusted levels of blues sum up all the basic colour palettes, hence bringing out a vast range of composite shades. The biggest advantage of this is that you can simply transfer an image directly from your camera to your smartphone using Nikon’s SnapBridge wireless image transfer service, and upload information technology to your social media handles, without requiring all-encompassing postal service-processing.
Nikon Z50. 16mm, 1/4000″, f/4.5, ISO 320. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
The wide dynamic range, coupled with corking tonal rest, is what makes the Nikon Z50 specialised in something very specific – black and white photography. The dynamic range helps preserve details in shadows and brings out a vivid amount of monochrome texture, and the tonal residual helps accommodate the difference in overall luminosity of different areas of an paradigm. This helps preserve details in aspects such as reflections on water surface, light clouds in the heaven and brick textures on sunlit walls, all in monochrome. In fact, it is this performance that leads us to believe that the Nikon Z50 is past far the best APS-C mirrorless camera in the semi-professional segment – one that volition accommodate beginners, simply particularly impress professionals too.
Autofocus and Video quality
The ane area where Nikon has improved leaps and premises in comparison to its competitors over the years is autofocus, and the Z50 is a great example of this. The hybrid autofocus system features a 209-indicate module, and on overall terms, works super accurately. In most situations, Nikon’s AF tracking organization works absolutely smoothly, fifty-fifty in minute dissimilarity difference situations. It locks on to the bailiwick well, and retains the focus smoothly even if you shift focal length when using a zoom lens. In comparative terms, the Nikon Z50’s autofocus organisation appeared to work far smoother than the Sony a6400, which had minor inconsistencies, and also the Fujifilm X-T30’s. We are yet to test the Canon EOS M6 II extensively.
Nikon Z50. 22mm, 1/800″, f/4.five, ISO 320. (Photograph: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
The same aspects reverberate well in videography performance as well, and it is this that rounds up the Nikon Z50 as 1 of the most versatile cameras around. The Z50 produces great oversampled 4K videos at up to 30fps, and tin shoot 1080p videos at all the way up to 120fps. The Z50 combines its crisp colour performance with a good corporeality of details that atomic number 82 to impressive rolling shutter functioning. To help shooting, the camera also comes with focus peaking and zebra line alarm, which makes life easy for professional users. What’s really impressive is the conspicuously bifurcated picture show settings, which can be switched to using the ane-switch toggle between photography and videography. This tin can assist you retain the last used video settings, and simply switch to it in a jiffy – something that is super helpful when y’all are shooting a natural scene over which you have minimum control. The Z50 likewise uses the full sensor width for 4K shooting, therefore producing splendid 4K footage.
Build, treatment and battery life
In almost every fashion, the Nikon Z50 is a mini Z6. To the rear, it gets the aforementioned LCD display size – iii.two-inch, but gets lower screen resolution with one.04 million dots. It all the same offers 100 percentage frame coverage, and instead of more physical buttons on the Z6, gets three bear on buttons to the side of the display. Additionally, information technology does not get the quick view LCD plate on the top of the camera, and instead gets physical toggles on the meridian.
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The Nikon Z50 is significantly smaller and lighter than the Z6, which also means that information technology is far, far easier to utilise and acquit around. It is this that makes shooting with the Z50 even more fun, and it is very, very smooth to carry around and shoot. The overall ergonomics mean that you don’t get fatigued likewise often, and Nikon’s largely improved touchscreen carte interface also makes figuring out shooting options a breeze. It is this that farther makes the Nikon Z50 1 of the all-time handling cameras in its segment, one that is super easy to use.
The overall battery life is not that not bad, though – Nikon promises 320 shots as per CIPA standard, and paired with video shooting of about 30 minutes, we still drew out shut to 350 shots in one charge cycle with some conscientious corporeality of switching off when not shooting actively, as well as judicious use of the LCD viewfinder. While that is also rather middling, the presence of USB charging makes the Nikon Z50 adequately easy to top upwardly, when on the move.
Despite the lower resolution sensor, the Nikon Z50 is ane of the very all-time cameras in this segment. It is easier to apply than the Sony a6400 and the Fujifilm X-T30, and too offers better overall colour functioning across a wider choice of scenarios. You can actively play around with ISO equally well, since the Z50 offers good high ISO racket rendering likewise. But, at the end of the solar day, if you process RAWs and demand a second kit every bit a professional person, the Z50 falls a bit brusque due to its lack of resolution. Information technology is the best in its segment for direct JPEGs and ease of usage – no questions asked. All things considered, at Rs 75,000 with the Z-mount 16-50mm ‘stock’ lens, the Nikon Z50 is a fun camera to own.
Nikon Z50. 22mm, ane/4000″, f/iv.5, ISO 320. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
Nikon Z50. 34mm, 1/4000″, f/4.5, ISO 320. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
Nikon Z50. 50mm, one/3200″, f/half dozen.three, ISO 320. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
Nikon Z50. 50mm, 1/4000″, f/6.three, ISO 320. (Photo: Shouvik Das/News18.com)
Nikon Z50. 41mm, 1/4000″, f/five.half dozen, ISO 320. (Photograph: Shouvik Das/News18.com)