Nikon is looking for a new market with the next addition to its Z series bodies—the Z50 Mirrorless Camera. The Z50 is a smaller version of Nikon’s popular Z6 and Z7 cameras, so it comes with a smaller sensor, but also a smaller price point that will appeal to a new segment of shutterbugs.
The Z50 is targeting those that aren’t quite beginners, but haven’t made that next step yet either. Comparable to the mid-level DSLRs (the D7500 and D500), the Z50 might be an option for those looking for a travel version of the Z series. As a Z, the Z50 comes with a 20.9 megapixel APS-C format sensor. It also uses a wide Hybrid-AF autofocus system with the included Eye AF. You can use either the 2360-dot electronic viewfinder or the tilting 1040k-dot LCD monitor to view your photos. The screen can also be tilted to face all the way forward for a dedicated selfie mode. The Z50 has a single UHS-I SD card slot. It can also capture uncropped 4K video at up to 30fps as well as Full HD< slow motion, and time-lapse.
The Z50 uses the same mount as other Z series cameras, so you can use other lenses, but Nikon is releasing two new lenses meant specifically for the Z50. First, there’s a 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 pancake zoom lens, which comes standard with the Z50. The other lens is 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 zoom. Nikon will be offering both lenses as a “travel package” if you want to pick up both. You can also pick up a FTZ mount adapter so that you can use DSLR lenses with the Z50.
The Z50 is expected to be on sale November 7 and will be priced at $850 USD for the standard offering or $999 for a kit including the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens.