Nikon has expanded its Z series mirrorless camera with the launch of the Nikon Z5 – light and handy entry-level Nikon full frame model. The camera also comes equipped with the new 24-50mm F4-6.3 lens, the shortest, lightest full-frame zoom lens with this focal length range for mirrorless full-frame cameras of the current market.
The Z5 is located in the Z series below the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 and was developed for all enthusiasts who want to get into full-frame photography and want to experience more detail, depth, and color fidelity in photos and 4K films. The CMOS full-format sensor with 24.3 megapixels delivers images with a large dynamic range even at high ISO values. In addition, the hybrid AF with 273 measuring fields ensures quick and quiet focusing in the entire image field. The electronic viewfinder known from the Z 6 and Z 7 offers a good view and subject observation.
There are two SD memory card slots for flexible storage of the data. With the well-known ergonomic features of the Nikon Z series, such as the deep camera grip, handling is particularly convenient. The Nikon Z5 is compatible with all Nikkor Z full-frame lenses – from wide-angle prime lenses to telephoto zoom lenses. The new and compact NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is part of the basic kit with a camera and lens. The Z 5 is also fully compatible with the FTZ bayonet adapter, which enables the use of Nikkor lenses with an F bayonet.
The Z5 features a 24-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and an Expeed 6 processor. While the Z 6 has a magnesium alloy body, the Z5 uses polycarbonate but remains dust and moisture resistant. The top panel is simplified with a traditional mode dial instead of a status screen. The Z5 is the same size and the exact weight as the Z 6 at 675 grams.
The camera features a high-resolution 3.2-inch LCD monitor with the capabilities to tilt, touch, tap, swipe, and pinch for intuitive and flexible user experience. Meanwhile, the 3.6M-dot Quad-VGA EVF ensures users can see the exposure, ISO, white balance, and creative picture controls in real-time, making the transition from optical viewfinders seamless for new mirrorless shooters.
This new Nikon full frame camera is powered by the new EN-EL15c battery, which offers 470 shots per charge using the LCD and 390 shots with the viewfinder. It has enabled constant power through the USB port, even with select portable USB power banks. For added power and grip, the camera is also compatible with the MB-N10 hot-swappable battery pack.
The Nikon Z5 can shoot videos in the 4K UHD at 30p or in 1080 at 60p (full-frame). When recording video, the PDAF system rapidly reacts, allowing users to quickly lock critical focus on subjects, and is fully customizable to fit any production style.
Price and availability
Nikon Z5 full frame mirrorless camera has been priced at $1396.95 for the body only, with the new 24-50mm F4-6.3 lens kit for $1696.95, and with the versatile 24-200 F4-6.3 VR kit for $2196.95, and it is now available to pre-order through the Bhphptovideo.com online e-shop.