This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Nikon has announced the Nikon Z 5 mirrorless digital camera with a full-size (Nikon FX format) sensor. The camera will be priced at an open price, with an estimated market price of 222,200 yen for the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens kit and 182,600 yen for the body only (both including tax). It will be released in late August.
The Z 5 is the lightest and most affordable of the Z series, and with the market for sub-¥250,000 mirrorless cameras, where Sony and Canon have roughly half the market share, Nikon is hoping that the Z 5 will encourage younger consumers and smartphone users to buy a new camera.
It has 24.32 million effective pixels and a wide normal sensitivity range of ISO from 100 to 51200. The camera is equipped with the EXPEED 6 image processing engine, which is claimed to deliver crisp photos with minimal noise, even in dark areas.
The camera has 273 focus points, the same as the Z 6, covering approximately 90% of the imaging range (horizontal and vertical), and an algorithm optimized for the FX-format sensor that automatically switches between image phase detection AF and contrast AF.
The Z 5 is also equipped with in-camera image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake by driving the image stabilization unit in five axes to provide approximately 5.0 shutter speed steps*.
*Based on CIPA Standards. This value is achieved when the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens is attached, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position.
Although this effect is also effective when using "NIKKOR F lenses" including lenses without image stabilization, the effect will be weaker than when using Z lenses because image stabilization is applied to three axes when using FTZ and NIKKOR F lenses.
The effect of image stabilization with Z 5 will be the same as with Z 6. However, the image stabilization value for the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 kit lens is not disclosed.
It also supports the recent trend of Eye-Detection Autofocus as a standard feature. While the Z 6 and Z 7 supported this feature with a firmware update, the Z 5 can be used without waiting for an update.
The 0.5-inch electronic viewfinder uses an OLED panel with approximately 3.69 million dots, and the Z 5 claims to be as comfortable to use as an optical viewfinder. The brightness can be adjusted in 11 levels, either automatically or manually.
It has a tiltable 3.2-inch LCD monitor on the back of the body, which supports touch operation. It has a resolution of approximately 1.04 million dots and a 170-degree viewing angle.
The charging terminal standard is USB Type-C, which supports the same charging as the Z 6 / Z 7 and up, as well as power supply. It is possible to take long-exposure shots while being powered by a mobile battery.
The case is made of light and sturdy magnesium alloy and has passed 200,000 endurance tests, according to the company. It measures approximately 134 x 100.5 x 69.5mm (width x height x depth) and weighs about 675 grams, including the battery and memory card.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.