Lightweight Micro Single New Choice Nikon Z 50 Brief Review

[Bestbuy618 Digital Channel]Nikon Z 50 Compared to last year, when image manufacturers competed in the full-frame microsingle market, it is clear that they have shifted their focus this year to the half-frame microsingle market. Canon and Sony have updated their own popular half-frame micro-single products of the follow-up upgrade, and the old half-frame manufacturers Fuji have also launched in the second half of the weight of new products, so this year’s half-frame micro-single market competition is no less intense than last year’s full-frame micro-single market competition. Nikon did not show weakness in the face of the strong siege of rivals, introducing the half-frame micro-single Nikon Z 50 to meet the challenge. Let’s look at the configuration of Nikon Z 50, this half-frame micro-single with about 20.88 million effective pixels CMOS sensor, equipped with EXPEED 6 image processor, ISO 100-51200 sensitivity range, with 209 focus points covering the horizontal about 87 percent, vertical about 85 percent of the image area, with The Nikon Z 50 also supports 4K UHD time-lapse video and interval shooting, and it has the same Z-mount on the front as the Z 6/Z 7, so it retains the benefits of a large mount for flexible lens design.

The Nikon Z 50 comes with two DX Z-mount lenses: 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. Both lenses not only cover the standard focal lengths for everyday shooting, but they also include VR stabilization in the mirror body to compensate for the Nikon Z 50 body’s lack of stabilization. Furthermore, the Nikon Z 50 storage chose a single SD card slot instead of the single XQD card slot on the Z 6/Z 7, greatly reducing the cost of people.

The Nikon Z 50 panel values, Nikon will be the performance of this camera to create a very comprehensive, whether it is still photos or dynamic video, can meet the mainstream of today’s shooting needs, and micro-single light and easy to use so that novice photographers can easily manage the Nikon Z 50. So the actual performance of this camera is how we together through the test to verify the following. Nikon Z 50 appearance

As previously stated, the Nikon Z 50 is built with a Z-mount, preserving the benefits of the Z-series microsingle system. Despite the large 55mm mount on the front of the body, Nikon’s control of the overall size of the new camera is not affected; the Nikon Z 50 volume of about 126.5 * 93.5 * 60mm, weighing about 395g (body only), can be said to be quite compact and lightweight. The Nikon Z 50’s portable body does not interfere with the comfort of its grip in any way, and its grip comfort is unquestionably among the best among half-frame cameras.

Because the Nikon Z 50 does not use XQD cards as storage media, there are no slots on the right side of the grip. When compared to its own full-frame body, the back of the camera body is simplified, with some of the physical buttons retained on the right-hand side of the control area, and another part of the buttons integrated into the touch screen side, so that most of the user’s operations can be completed through the touch screen.

The 3.2-inch LCD screen on the back of the Nikon Z 50 not only provides smartphone-like touch operation, but also allows for multi-angle folding for portrait photography. The back screen also has a 180-degree flip down feature for easy selfie framing, which can be useful for both still photos and motion video selfies. In addition to back screen framing, the Nikon Z 50 has an OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36 megapixels, which is especially useful when framing outdoors.

The right side of the electronic viewfinder has a toggle to turn on the built-in flash on top of the camera, which can be turned on in dimly lit scenes, giving the Nikon Z 50 a good fill light effect.

The Nikon Z 50’s mode dial is located on the right side of the camera’s top, alongside other commonly used physical dials and buttons. Nikon Z 50 interfaces are concentrated on the left side of the body, there are 3.5mm microphone, USB and HDMI mini three ports, functionally meet the needs of daily shooting. Perhaps due to Nikon’s body positioning considerations, the Nikon Z 50 does not use the USB Type-C interface like the Nikon Z 6/Z 7, but the good news is that it still supports USB charging. When it comes to battery life, the Nikon Z 50 uses the EN-EL25 battery with a capacity of 1120mAh, and considering that it can be charged via USB, you don’t have to worry too much about its battery life for daily shooting.

Furthermore, the memory card slot is located at the bottom with the battery compartment, and it supports UHS-I SD cards, SDHC cards, and SDXC cards. Overall, the Nikon Z 50 is a qualified level of hardware configuration, all designed to meet the needs of everyday photo and video shooting, making it an excellent choice for photography enthusiasts. Furthermore, the camera’s portable size and convenient control do not preclude it from becoming a backup camera for photography enthusiasts.

ISO test Of course, the size and control alone may be too rash to become a backup camera for photography enthusiasts, and whether the camera’s performance is up to par may be the deciding factor. The first option will then be tested for sensitivity.

We will fix the aperture to F8, then gradually increase the sensitivity for shooting (jpg RAW).

jpg I believe that the majority of people still use the jpg format, and the Nikon Z 50’s performance in this format is still quite impressive. According to the test results, the standard sensitivity can be set between ISO 100 and 12800. We can see that dark details are lost at ISO 12800 but remain visible until ISO 25600, when there is a clear sense of smearing and more obvious noise is seen in the extended ISO. This is quite a good performance for an APS-C format camera.

RAW In RAW format, the Nikon Z 50 takes things up a notch, with the usual ISO 100 to 25600 sensitivity settings. The 51200 ISO is actually detailed enough to see, but the green noise detracts from the overall look and feel. To explain why the Nikon Z 50 sensitivity performance is so good, I believe it is due to its low pixel density, which allows each pixel to receive enough light, resulting in significantly improved overall high-sensitivity performance.

So it’s not just about having a lot of pixels to be a good machine. Tolerance test Let’s take a look at the Nikon Z 50’s tolerance using the same shooting method as before (jpg RAW).

jpg The overexposed portion of the exposure 3 stops is clearly not pulled back in jpg format and appears off-color. In addition, noise appeared in the image’s exposure-3 stops. So, when shooting only in jpg format, try not to overexpose or underexpose the image as much as possible to avoid problems saving the image in post. RAW Under the same shooting conditions, the performance of RAW format is impressive.

The picture’s exposure 3 stops and -3 stops are able to pull back perfectly. I’m even a little disappointed that I didn’t test it at two more stops to see how it performed in extreme conditions. I can say that the Nikon Z 50’s RAW format performance is quite impressive, and it is perfectly capable of serving as a backup camera for photography enthusiasts.

In daily shooting, the Nikon Z 50’s 11 frames per second shooting speed can already meet most people’s needs, and the built-in eye detection autofocus can better target the subject’s eyes during portrait photography. When we zoomed in at 100 percent, we could still see the details of the subject’s body clearly. For video, the Nikon Z 50 is capable of shooting 4K 30p video with no crop.

4K Video Screenshot Full HD Video Screenshot The ability to shoot 4K video is extremely useful for many creators who require high quality work.

When zooming in on a screenshot of the same location, it is clear that there is a significant difference in sharpness between the two. The Nikon Z 50 has good performance in both still photos and motion video. Two Z-mount DX lenses For those who are concerned about the Nikon Z 50’s release, you should know that the camera is also available with two half-frame DX lenses: 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.

I believe Nikon SLR users are familiar with DX lenses, but this time the DX lenses use the same Z-mount as the full-frame microsingle. The two lenses cover the main focal lengths of wide-angle, standard, and telephoto very well, and the VR logo on the lenses indicates that they both have optical stabilization design, which complements the Nikon Z 50 body very well.

The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR features a 7-group, 9-blade optical structure that includes one low-dispersion ED lens and four aspherical lenses, which not only effectively control multiple aberrations, reduce The focal length range is extremely broad, equivalent to 75375 mm in 35mm format, and it can handle a wide range of subjects, including portraits and ecology. It also provides approximately 5.0 stops of VR reduction.

NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR resolution test

The center of the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR wide-angle end is held at a decent level throughout, while imaging at the edges appears a little soft, which is noticeably better with two stops of aperture closed. However, imaging drops off at both the center and the edges at the smallest aperture of F22. 50mm standard end In the 50mm focal length, high imaging at the center position remains until F16 and then drops off. The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR image quality is in line with the requirements of a wall-mounted lens, as long as you avoid shooting at too small an aperture.

The NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR has excellent resolution at the 50mm focal length’s center, with high imaging quality at full aperture. However, imaging at the edges appears to be less satisfying. 250mm telephoto end After seeing edge imaging at the 50mm focal length, my first reaction when taking test samples at the 250mm telephoto end was to look at the edge imaging.

The Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR performs much better at the telephoto end than at the 50mm focal length, with good performance from F6.3 to F16 at both the center and the edges. Overall, the Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR performs much better at the telephoto end, which is consistent with its own telephoto lens positioning.

Summary: The Nikon Z 50 performs well in both still photos and video, and the two custom-made DX lenses give the Nikon Z 50 a strong competitive advantage as soon as it is released. However, it is clear that the Nikon Z 50 has no major flaws, but it also does not appear to have particularly bright features. The overall performance can only be described as moderate, but for Nikon’s first foray into the half-frame micro-single market, this is adequate.

However, if Nikon wants to carve out a niche in the half-frame micro-single market in the future, it still has a long way to go.