Nikon just announced their budget-friendly Nikon Z5 full-frame mirrorless camera. In addition, the company also unveiled a couple of new teleconverters and a new Nikkor Z 24-50mm f4-6.3 budget zoom lens. The entry-level Z5 inherits most of the design from its Z 7 and Z 6 brethren, however it lacks most of the advanced video features of the higher-tiered models.
Entry-level Nikon Full-Frame Entry into Z Lineup
Nevertheless, those of you itching to get into the Z mirrorless world, but don’t have the cash to splurge on a Z6 or Z7, well the Z5 was made just for you.
According to Nikon, the more compact Z5 ‘will exceed expectations‘. Now, that’s a phrase that we normally associate with the upcoming A7s III from Sony, which Sony top brass have continuously referred to as ‘will exceed expectations’. With the A7s III announcement scheduled for next week, we’ll see if this statement stands. However, for now, let’s take a look at the new Z5 from Nikon.
Sporting a new 24 MP full-frame sensor, the Z5 is equipped with in-camera vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization (IBIS). The body design is almost identical to the Z6 and Z7, with the mode dial replacing the top LCD. However, the interesting design change here is that the Z5 has 2 x SD UHS-II card slots, unlike the Z6 and Z7.
Nikon also unveiled the new NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3, the shortest, lightest and most affordable full-frame zoom lens in the NIKKOR Z lineup.
New 24 Megapixel Full-Frame Sensor
In addition to the new FX-format 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, the Z5 borrows the EXPEED 6 image processor from the top line Z6/7 cameras. It is worth noting that this sensor is not the same as on the Z6, which uses a 24.5MP BSI CMOS sensor.
Furthermore, Nikon says their new Z5 has excellent low-light performance with an ISO range up to 51,200 (expandable to 102,400).
4K UHD up to 30p Video *Cropped
Sadly, when it comes to 4K video, the Z5 underwhelms in specs. Of course, this is an entry-level model priced at $1400, so don’t expect anything ground breaking.
The Nikon Z5 shoots 4K UHD in 24, 25, and 30p or in Full HD up to 60fps. However, in 4K/UHD in all frame rates there is a substantial 1.7x crop. If you want to shoot full-frame video without a crop, then you have to shoot in 1080p.
Naturally, this can be a deal breaker for many, but at least it is a full pixel readout in 4K. I mean, it has to be. Line-skipping on a 4K window would just be silly. Plus the image processor is fast enough, so that’s that.
However, you do get autofocus in video, which according to Nikon is ‘rapid to react, allowing users to quickly lock critical focus on subjects, and is fully customizable to fit any production style’.
IBIS and Dual SD Card Slots
To compliment the video features in the camera, the Z5 also sports In-camera VR image stabilization and electronic VR reliably eliminate the shake when shooting video. In addition, you also get focus peaking and the ability to capture stills while recording.
Moreover, complimenting the traditional interval timer and in-camera time-lapse modes, the Nikon Z 5 is equipped with a new Time-Lapse Movie mode that gives users the best of both worlds for more streamlined movie making – the ability to use images from interval timer mode and create a time-lapse in-camera.
The Z5 is equipped with 2 x UHS-II card slots for overflow, backup or separating RAW and JPEG photos.
Check out this Nikon Z5 first look by Nikon Canada below:
NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Super-Compact Kit Lens
Super compact and lightweight, one can easily mistake this lens for a prime. Optically designed to take advantage of the advancements of the wide Z mount, the Nikkor 24-50mm is said to deliver ‘…sharpness across the entire frame and a versatile zoom range for everyday use’. Expanding to less than three inches long when retracted, this lens is perfect for shooters seeking a versatile yet compact option for lightweight travel and street photography.
New Z Tele-converters 1.4x and 2x
Designed for photographers and videographers who need more telephoto reach in their kit, the new Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4X and Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0X bring added versatility with 1.4x and 2.0x magnification to select NIKKOR Z lenses.
The new tele-converters maintain superior rendering performance and minimize various lens aberrations, while retaining focusing speed, VR functionality and minimum focusing distance.
As an added benefit, the new teleconverters allow Nikon Z series cameras to retain functionality on all focus points up to f/11, making it easy to focus on and track subjects throughout the entire frame.
Featuring the same robust construction as NIKKOR Z lenses, the tele-converters are designed with a fluorine coating on the front and rear elements to resist dirt and smudges, and offer a durable, weather-sealed body to protect against the elements.
New Webcam Utility Software Coming in August 2020
In addition go the new entry-level camera and lens, Nikon announced that the company will be releasing a beta version of the Webcam Utility software for many Nikon DSLR and Z series mirrorless cameras, including the new Z5.
At launch, the software will be available for Windows 10, and will allow compatible Nikon cameras to be used as webcams via USB.
Pricing and Availability
And finally, the Nikon Z5 is scheduled to ship in August for $1,400 body-only, or in a lens kit with the new NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 at $1,699.95. Alternatively you can buy the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens on its own for $400, which is also due to ship in August.
In addition, Nikon will be shipping the Z5 + NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR lens kit for $2,199.95 MSRP.
The new Z Teleconverters TC-1.4X and TC-2.0X be selling for $549.95 and $599.95 respectively and will be available in late August.
Nikon Z5 Pre-order:
- $1,397 – Z5 body-only at B&H
- $1,697 – Z5 Kit with NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
- $2,197 – Z5 Kit with NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3
Head over to Nikon’s website here to explore the Nikon Z mirrorless sytem and see sample photos captured with the new lens.