Nikon has officially released their first DX format Z Series camera and it’s called the Z50.
Nikon also finally officially released the uber expensive 58mm F0.95 ‘Noct’ lens and also updated their lens roadmap.
For those waiting for the MB-N10 battery grip that has also arrived and Nikon says that it will increase battery life by 1.8x. Unfortunately it is purely a battery holder, there are no vertical controls offered for portrait-orientation shooting.
The Z 50 is Nikon’s first DX-format mirrorless camera. It inherits its design and operability, reliability, and future possibilities as a mirrorless system from the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, further improving on those characteristics and condensing them into a compact, lightweight, and durable body capable of superior rendering capabilities and rich power of expression. It is equipped with the Z mount, which is compatible with both the NIKKOR Z DX and NIKKOR Z FX, ensuring support for all NIKKOR Z lenses and allowing users to enjoy great variety in imaging expression.
The Z 50 has an effective pixel count of 20.9 megapixels, and is the first Nikon DX-format camera to be equipped with a CMOS sensor that incorporates focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels. Adoption of this image sensor, along with the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine, has made a broad range of standard ISO sensitivities — ISO 100-51200*1 — possible for superior image quality with very little noise throughout that range.
The camera is also equipped with features such as mid-range sharpening and Creative Picture Control, enabling support for creative imaging expression equivalent to that offered by the Z 7 and Z 6. When NIKKOR Z lenses are used, the Z 50 demonstrates superior resolution and rendering capabilities with both recording of still images, and videos.
It has a 3.2-inch, approximately 1040k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD monitor that supports touch operation that smartphone users will find familiar. The tilting monitor has a wide range of movement that enables recording of still images and videos from a variety of angles, and also supports selfies.
The Z 50 also supports recording of 4K UHD movies without any crop. Further, the SnapBridge app can be used to transfer photos and videos recorded with the camera to a smart device*2, allowing users to easily share them with others via social media.
The Z 50 is a compact and lightweight, high-performance mirrorless camera that combines the rich power of expression afforded by still images and videos exhibiting superior image and picture quality with simple and intuitive operation. It empowers users looking to express their own individuality through high-quality images. Releasing the Z 50 for a wide variety of users, including those advancing from smartphone photography, will help Nikon to expand its foothold in the Z mount system mirrorless camera market.
NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Lenses
Along with the Z50 Nikon also announced the release of the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR standard zoom lens, and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR telephoto zoom lens for the Nikon Z mount system’s APS-C size (Nikon DX-format) mirrorless cameras.
- A compact and lightweight body with a total length of approximately 32 mm and weight of approximately 135 g
* NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Pre-Orders
- Support for a broad zoom range covering the 50-250 mm focal lengths
- This telephoto lens not only brings distance subjects closer, but minimum focus distances of 0.5 m at the wide-angle position and 1 m at the telephoto position also allow users to capture subjects from very short distances
- Regardless of the focal length, superior resolution can be achieved at any shooting distance, all the way from maximum aperture
- Adoption of one ED glass element provides good compensation for axial chromatic aberration and effectively reduces color bleeding
- Equipped with an optical vibration reduction (VR) mechanism that supports the maximum blur-reduction effect in the history of NIKKOR lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras with an effect equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed that effectively compensates camera shake, even with telephoto shooting
- Quiet and smooth aperture control optimized for movie recording minimizes flicker
- An electromagnetic aperture mechanism that enables stable exposure control, even with high-speed continuous shooting
- Adoption of a retractable mechanism helps achieve compact portability
* NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Pre-Orders
Nikon Z-Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/0.95 Lens
With its f/0.95 maximum aperture this is the fastest Nikkor lens ever made. It comprises 17 elements in 10 groups; three aspherical elements are included, one of which is ‘large diameter’. Nano Crystal coating helps control flare and ghosting from light entering the lens at diagonal angles, while Nikon’s newer Arneo coating has been added to deal with incident light entering the lens vertically.
The Noct has been designed with low light photography in mind. Nikon says that the lens will reproduce point light sources faithfully across the entire frame, without the smearing effects of sagittal coma flare.
It weighs 4.4lb / 2,000g and measures 102 x 153mm (4.01 x 6.02 in). The top of the lens barrel features a small display that can display focus distance, aperture and depth-of-field, plus a customizable control ring that offers quick access to aperture or exposure compensation. The lens is manual focus only.
The Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 Noct will cost a whopping $8000 and will ship later this month on October 31st.
* Nikon Z-Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/0.95 Pre-Orders
Nikon Z Lens Roadmap
Nikon has also updated their Z-mount lens roadmap.
The roadmap adds a 20mm F1.8, 50mm F1.2 and 105mm ‘Micro’ lens to the high-end ‘S-Line’ of lenses. There will also be a 28mm and 40mm lens as part of a ‘Compact Prime’ series and a non-S 60mm Micro close-up lens.
The ‘S’ line also gains a full-frame 14-24mm F2.8 zoom and a 70-200mm F2.8, along with a 24-105mm S-line zoom. An S-line 100-400mm lens is also listed.
There’s also a non-S full-frame 24-200mm travel zoom and 200-600mm zoom but no aperture details are provided. There will also be an 18-140mm APS-C zoom lens.
Nikon MB-N10 Battery Grip
Nikon has finally announced the long-awaited battery grip for its Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. However, because of the lack of electrical contacts in the z6 and z7, the MB-N10 is simply a battery holder, there are no vertical shooting controls.
The MB-N10 can hold up to two of the same EN-EL15b rechargeable Li-ion batteries used to power the Z 7 and Z 6. When the MB-N10 is used, approximately 610 stills can be captured with the Z 7, and approximately 570 stills can be captured with the Z 6. In addition, the total length of time movies can be recorded increases to approximately 155 minutes with both the Z 7 and Z6.
It features lights that indicate the charge level of the batteries inside, and a USB-C socket that allows the unit to act as a charger, providing you are using the latest EN-EL15b batteries. There’s also an a small recess for storing the camera’s battery compartment door, to prevent it being lost.
The MB-N10 is also a “hot swap” battery pack that continues to supply power even when one of the two batteries is removed, as long as the other is not exhausted.
The MB-N10 will be available from November at a price of $199. Full details here.
* Nikon MB-N10 Battery Grip Pre-Orders
Nikon Z Accessories & Lenses Guides
My Nikon Z Series lenses guide covers covers all of the Z mount lenses from both Nikon and third parties with links to the best reviews and sample photos.
Nikon Z Accessories Guide
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