Review: Nikon Z 5, 180k yen full-size mirrorless camera, declaring war on Sony α7

Small and lightweight despite its full size.

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2020年07月22日, 午後 07:23 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Nikon is releasing the Nikon Z 5, a full-size mirrorless camera to compete with the Sony α7 series, in late August. The price is 182,600 yen for the body (body only) and 222,200 yen for the lens kit. I had a chance to touch and feel the actual camera ahead of time, so I'll give you my impressions.

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While the company has released the Z 7 and Z 6 full-size mirrorless cameras in the past, they were more expensive than cameras such as Sony α7 series and used expensive XQD cards as storage media, which made them seem unapproachable to the average user.

The new Z 5 has most of the same features as the Z 6, but with a price tag in the ¥220,000 range, including the lens kit, making it a competitor to the Sony α7 series, the leading full-size mirrorless cameras under ¥250,000.

For storage media, the camera uses a double slot for the more common SD card instead of an XQD card. In addition to USB-C charging, which is supported by the Z 6, the camera also supports USB-C power supply, so you can connect it to a mobile battery for long exposures or use it as a web camera for telework while feeding power.

The Z 5 has 24.32 million effective pixels and supports an ISO range of 100-51200. The camera has 273 focus points, the same as the Z 6, and covers approximately 90% of the imaging range, both vertically and horizontally.

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, providing a correction effect equivalent to approximately 5.0 shutter speeds.

The focus is also on kit lenses aimed at full-size beginners.

The Z 24-50MM F/4-6.3 is the thinnest and lightest full-frame lens in the kit, with a 24mm wide-angle lens and a 50mm telephoto lens. The combined weight of the lens and body is 870 grams, making it nimble and easy to handle despite its full size.

So what parts of the Z 6 have been cut back on? The first is the image sensor. The Z 5 has the same 24 million pixels, but while the Z 6 uses a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which is better at capturing light, the Z 5 uses a standard CMOS image sensor.

The Z 6 also touted its dark-weather autofocus performance, saying, 'Even in total darkness, the camera is in focus, the Z 5, however, has a downgraded dark-spot autofocusing performance.

In addition, the LCD screen on the shoulder has been eliminated, and video recording has been greatly simplified. It no longer supports 10-bit HDMI output and RAW video output, which was supported by the Z 6.

Kit lenses are perfect for travel and children's photography

In practice, the angle of view of the kit lens is close to that of a typical smartphone camera, making it perfect for capturing everyday memories, whether it's traveling or documenting your kids' growth. Of course, for applications such as filming your child's sports day, you can combine it with the 24 - 200mm high-powered zoom released in July and the teleconverter to be released in September.

The high quality EVF also surprised us. The Z 6 has a high-definition EVF with 3.69 million images, and the Z 5 follows suit. It has a much higher resolution than the Sony Alpha 7 III's EVF (2.36 million images) and delivers image quality as clear as an optical viewfinder.

Images captured by the camera can be wirelessly and seamlessly transferred to smartphones using the SnapBridge app. They can be shared immediately on social networking sites.

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During my short trial period, I was impressed by the ease of handling of the camera, which can be recharged from a mobile battery via USB-C and combined with the thinnest and lightest kit lens for a full-size camera.

Although the performance of smartphone cameras has improved in recent years, it is still exceptional in capturing the atmosphere of a full-size camera. The price is relatively affordable, and I would recommend this model as an entry-level full-size mirrorless camera.


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.

 
 

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