Finest in Class Dealing with and Stills, However Falls Simply Quick in Particulars


When Nikon lastly took the mirrorless digital camera phase severely, it started proper on the prime with the Nikon Z6 and Z7. The Z6, which we reviewed final 12 months, ranked among the many finest performing full-frame cameras that […]

When Nikon lastly took the mirrorless digital camera phase severely, it started proper on the prime with the Nikon Z6 and Z7. The Z6, which we reviewed final 12 months, ranked among the many finest performing full-frame cameras that you would be able to purchase at round Rs 1,50,000. Nonetheless, Nikon realised that lofty, full-featured full body cameras will not be for everybody, and in February this 12 months, launched the Nikon Z50. That includes a 21-megapixel APS-C back-illuminated CMOS sensor, the Z50 borrowed a lot of the goodness from the Z6 – each when it comes to design and general efficiency.

With its base, Z-mount 16-50mm equipment priced at round Rs 75,000 in India now, the Nikon Z50 is just about the equal of Nikon’s much-vaunted D7xxx-series of DSLRs, which have been as soon as hailed as the final word bridge between Nikon’s beginner {and professional} digital camera lineups. The Nikon Z50, on this observe, performs a commendable position of a extremely ready APS-C mirrorless digital camera, and actually, ranks as one of many perfect in its phase proper now.

Picture high quality

Most photographers who purchase the Nikon Z50 will not be professionals, and as such, are prone to rely extra on direct in-camera JPEG conversions, relatively than processing their very own RAW recordsdata. The very first thing that we give attention to, therefore, is the general picture high quality of the Nikon Z50’s JPEGs, which produce a number of the most spectacular outcomes on this phase. The Z50 shoots nicely, with a back-illuminated, 20.9-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor paired with the Expeed 6 picture processor. On paper, the Z50 presents the bottom picture decision output amongst opponents – Canon’s EOS M6 II encompasses a 32.5-megapixel sensor, Fujifilm’s X-T30 has a 26.1-megapixel sensor, and the Sony a6400 encompasses a 24.2-megapixel sensor.

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Nikon Z50. 16mm, 1/1600″, f/4.5, ISO 640. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

The distinction considerably exhibits within the general images, with the Z50 falling behind the Sony a6400 and the Fujifilm X-T30 when it comes to general sharpness and superb particulars. This doesn’t instantly present in smaller shows, so so long as your main utilization gadget is a smartphone, the extent of impression on general sharpness stays restricted. Some photos with excessive quantities of intricate particulars do have the tendency of exhibiting moire, which the opposite semi-pro APS-C mirrorless cameras don’t present because of richer sensors. The Z50 will not be unhealthy per se, and presents fairly correct coarse particulars. Some quantity of decision impression might be seen in excessive distinction taking pictures, reminiscent of monochrome pictures below sharp incident daylight, the place the perimeters of topics look soft-edged.

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Nikon Z50. 16mm, 1/4000″, f/4.5, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

That mentioned, what the Nikon Z50 lacks when it comes to peak output decision, it greater than makes up when it comes to general efficiency. The Nikon Z50 presents the very best color accuracy, dynamic vary and tonal stability on this phase, which results in tremendous sharp and detailed color (and even monochrome) efficiency. This can significantly profit those that shoot in RAW, giving loads of room to shoot in RAW. The Nikon Z50’s images have loads of room to tune shadows, and even direct JPEG conversions present spectacular element and color accuracy in tough areas reminiscent of sharp spotlight spots and deep shadows in a impartial color panorama.

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Nikon Z50. 50mm, 1/1000″, f/6.3, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

The unbelievable color accuracy means that you can toggle round with image management aplenty, which in flip helps you discover the perfect floor to your taking pictures fashion. For example, setting a impartial image management will provide help to get hold of higher outcomes for processing RAW photos. Nonetheless, you too can go all the way in which as much as vivid image management for prime distinction, direct JPEG taking pictures. The Nikon Z50 produces good yellows and greens, which is already what we anticipate from Nikon, but in addition eats into Canon’s territory with splendidly wealthy and extremely detailed reds. Nicely-adjusted ranges of blues sum up all the fundamental color palettes, therefore bringing out an unlimited vary of composite shades. The largest benefit of that is that you would be able to merely switch a picture instantly out of your digital camera to your smartphone utilizing Nikon’s SnapBridge wi-fi picture switch service, and add it to your social media handles, with out requiring in depth post-processing.

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Nikon Z50. 16mm, 1/4000″, f/4.5, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

The huge dynamic vary, coupled with nice tonal stability, is what makes the Nikon Z50 specialised in one thing very particular – black and white pictures. The dynamic vary helps protect particulars in shadows and brings out an excellent quantity of monochrome texture, and the tonal stability helps regulate the distinction in general luminosity of various areas of a picture. This helps protect particulars in facets reminiscent of reflections on water floor, mild clouds within the sky and brick textures on sunlit partitions, all in monochrome. In actual fact, it’s this efficiency that leads us to consider that the Nikon Z50 is by far the very best APS-C mirrorless digital camera within the semi-professional phase – one that may go well with novices, however significantly impress professionals too.

Autofocus and Video high quality

The one space the place Nikon has improved leaps and bounds compared to its opponents through the years is autofocus, and the Z50 is a good instance of this. The hybrid autofocus system encompasses a 209-point module, and on general phrases, works tremendous precisely. In most conditions, Nikon’s AF monitoring system works completely easily, even in minute distinction distinction conditions. It locks on to the topic nicely, and retains the main target easily even for those who shift focal size when utilizing a zoom lens. In comparative phrases, the Nikon Z50’s autofocus system appeared to work far smoother than the Sony a6400, which had minor inconsistencies, and in addition the Fujifilm X-T30’s. We’re but to check the Canon EOS M6 II extensively.

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Nikon Z50. 22mm, 1/800″, f/4.5, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

The identical facets replicate nicely in videography efficiency as nicely, and it’s this that rounds up the Nikon Z50 as one of the versatile cameras round. The Z50 produces nice oversampled 4K movies at as much as 30fps, and may shoot 1080p movies in any respect the way in which as much as 120fps. The Z50 combines its crisp color efficiency with quantity of particulars that result in spectacular rolling shutter efficiency. To assist taking pictures, the digital camera additionally comes with focus peaking and zebra line warning, which makes life straightforward for skilled customers. What’s actually spectacular is the clearly bifurcated film settings, which might be switched to utilizing the one-switch toggle between pictures and videography. This might help you keep the final used video settings, and easily swap to it in a jiffy – one thing that’s tremendous useful when you find yourself taking pictures a pure scene over which you may have minimal management. The Z50 additionally makes use of the complete sensor width for 4K taking pictures, due to this fact producing splendid 4K footage.

Construct, dealing with and battery life

In virtually each manner, the Nikon Z50 is a mini Z6. To the rear, it will get the identical LCD show measurement – 3.2-inch, however will get decrease display screen decision with 1.04 million dots. It nonetheless presents 100 % body protection, and as an alternative of extra bodily buttons on the Z6, will get three contact buttons to the facet of the show. Moreover, it doesn’t get the short view LCD plate on the highest of the digital camera, and as an alternative will get bodily toggles on the highest.

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The Nikon Z50 is considerably smaller and lighter than the Z6, which additionally implies that it’s far, far simpler to make use of and carry round. It’s this that makes taking pictures with the Z50 much more enjoyable, and it is extremely, very clean to hold round and shoot. The general ergonomics imply that you simply don’t get fatigued too typically, and Nikon’s largely improved touchscreen menu interface additionally makes determining taking pictures choices a breeze. It’s this that additional makes the Nikon Z50 among the finest dealing with cameras in its phase, one that’s tremendous straightforward to make use of.

The general battery life will not be that nice, although – Nikon guarantees 320 photographs as per CIPA customary, and paired with video taking pictures of about 30 minutes, we nonetheless drew out near 350 photographs in a single cost cycle with some cautious quantity of switching off when not taking pictures actively, in addition to even handed use of the LCD viewfinder. Whereas that can also be relatively middling, the presence of USB charging makes the Nikon Z50 pretty straightforward to prime up, when on the transfer.


Regardless of the decrease decision sensor, the Nikon Z50 is among the perfect cameras on this phase. It’s simpler to make use of than the Sony a6400 and the Fujifilm X-T30, and in addition presents higher general color efficiency throughout a wider choice of eventualities. You’ll be able to actively mess around with ISO as nicely, for the reason that Z50 presents good excessive ISO noise rendering as nicely. However, on the finish of the day, for those who course of RAWs and wish a second equipment as an expert, the Z50 falls a bit quick on account of its lack of decision. It’s the finest in its phase for direct JPEGs and ease of utilization – no questions requested. All issues thought-about, at Rs 75,000 with the Z-mount 16-50mm ‘inventory’ lens, the Nikon Z50 is a enjoyable digital camera to personal.

Further samples

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Nikon Z50. 22mm, 1/4000″, f/4.5, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

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Nikon Z50. 34mm, 1/4000″, f/4.5, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

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Nikon Z50. 50mm, 1/3200″, f/6.3, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

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Nikon Z50. 50mm, 1/4000″, f/6.3, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

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Nikon Z50. 41mm, 1/4000″, f/5.6, ISO 320. (Picture: Shouvik Das/

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