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Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera

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Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 24.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K and Full HD Video Recording
  • 3.6m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
Compact and capable, the Nikon Z5 is an FX-format mirrorless camera with a well-rounded feature-set to suit both photo and video needs. Its 24.3MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 processor afford wide sensitivity to ISO 51200, quick shooting at 4.5 fps, and UHD 4K video at 30 fps.
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Nikon Z5 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 224.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Image Processor
  • 3UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 4Sensor-Shift Vibration Reduction
  • 5Body Design and Connectivity
  • 6Other Camera Features

Compact and capable, the Nikon Z5 is an FX-format mirrorless camera with a well-rounded feature-set to suit both photo and video needs. Its 24.3MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 processor afford wide sensitivity to ISO 51200, quick shooting at 4.5 fps, and UHD 4K video at 30 fps.

The imaging capabilities further translate to a refined autofocus system with 273 selectable points, and is a hybrid focusing system that uses both phase-detection and contrast-detection methods for high-speed, accurate focusing with adept subject tracking. Face Detection can be used in both stills and video modes while the more precise Eye Detection benefits portrait photographers working with either human or animal subjects.

Complementing the sensor and processor is a sleek but versatile physical design that includes a magnesium alloy chassis with a weather-sealed construction to suit working in inclement weather. A high-resolution 3.6m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder allows for high-res eye-level viewing while a rear 3.2" 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD accommodates working from high and low angles. Additionally, for easy sharing, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work in conjunction with the Nikon SnapBridge app for wirelessly transferring photos and videos and remotely controlling the camera from your mobile device.

24.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Image Processor

The full-frame, FX-format 24.3MP CMOS sensor is paired with an EXPEED 6 image processor to provide a versatile mixture of high sensitivity, nuanced image quality, and fast overall performance. A native sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200 permits working in a broad array of lighting conditions and can be further expanded up to ISO 102400 for extreme low-light conditions. The mixture of resolution and sensor size also contributes to clean image quality and smooth color transitions with reduced noise throughout the sensitivity range. In addition to benefitting image quality, the EXPEED 6 processor also affords useful speed throughout the camera system, including a top full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 4.5 fps as well as the ability to take 8MP when recording video.

Besides imaging, the sensor's design also incorporates a 273-point hybrid autofocus system that uses both phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus for both stills and video applications. This focusing system supports Eye Detection AF, which uses facial recognition to help lock focus onto subjects' eyes, along with Face Detection for both stills and video and for both humans and animals.

UHD 4K Video Recording

Capable of recording more than just stills, the Z5 supports UHD 4K video recording at up to 30 fps and Full HD recording at up to 60 fps, with the ability to save movie files to the in-camera memory cards or to an optional external recorder via HDMI out. UHD 4K recording uses a 1.7x crop of the center portion of the frame while Full HD recording uses the entire full frame. Additionally, in-camera time-lapse shooting is also possible with the ability to produce a finished UHD 4K video file directly from the camera.

Sensor-Shift Vibration Reduction

Built-in to the body is a 5-axis sensor-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism that compensates for up to five stops of stabilization regardless of the lens in use. This system also works with adapted lenses, when using the optional FTZ Adapter, where 3-axis stabilization is used. Also, benefitting video recording, Electronic VR is available to help steady footage to suit handheld shooting.

Body Design and Connectivity

  • A large 3.2" 1.04m-dot LCD screen is available for bright, clear, and vivid image playback and live view shooting. The screen has a tilting design to suit working from high and low angles and it is also a touchscreen for more intuitive operation, navigation, and settings control.
  • A 3.69m-dot electronic finder is present for comfortable eye-level viewing.
  • Dual SD memory cards slots both support up to the UHS-II protocol for high-speed and efficient photo and video file saving.
  • A robust magnesium alloy chassis is both dust- and weather-resistant to benefit working in harsh climates and inclement conditions.
  • Built-in SnapBridge connectivity to enable seamless transfer of low-resolution imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and Wi-Fi enables communication between the camera and a smart device and, additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.
  • Included EN-EL15c rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 470 shots per charge, and in-camera charging is supported via USB, even when the camera is in use. Additionally, it is also compatible with optional MB-N10 multi-battery power pack for extended shooting times.

Other Camera Features

  • Creative Picture Controls: Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, and Carbon.
  • Multiple Exposure mode lets you combine several exposures into one frame for creative effects.
  • Focus Shift mode automatically takes a series of up to 300 sequential images while advancing the focus position in each shot. These images can then be stacked into a single image with extended depth of field, making it ideal for close-up shooting of smaller objects as well as for landscapes and other still subjects.
  • Language support: English, French, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish.
UPC: 018208016495

Nikon Z5 Specs

Lens MountNikon Z
Sensor ResolutionActual: 24.93 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel (6016 x 4016)
Sensor Type35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Crop FactorNone
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Exposure Control
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Second
Bulb Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Matrix
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 17 EV
Continuous ShootingUp to 4.5 fps at 24.3 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
External Recording Modes8-Bit via
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 29.97p
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution3,690,000 Dot
Eye Point21 mm
MagnificationApprox. 0.8x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Full-Time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 273
Autofocus Sensitivity3 to +19 EV
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Curtain Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
Battery Type1 x EN-EL15c Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 470 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.28 x 3.96 x 2.74" / 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mm
Weight1.3 lb / 590 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 7.3 x 5.4"

Nikon Z5 Reviews

Unusable AF indoors

By Joel
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-20

First the good: nice grip, great control layout and Fn buttons, good battery life, fantastic image quality, and (in daylight) the best EVF I've ever used. Ok, now the bad: even with a Nikon f/1.8 Z lens, this thing is slow as molasses to focus indoors. I'm talking a normally lit room, not in the dark. With the f4 24-70 zoom, forget about it... I have contrast detect cameras from 2003 that are faster - I'm not exaggerating. Going into the menus and switching on "Low Light AF" helps a bit, but who's ever heard of a camera with a "low light" AF mode that you have to turn on and off? Why can't it work right all the time without fiddling in the menus? My micro4/3 cameras don't have this issue, neither did my D750. Second, in lower light the beautiful EVF turns into a noisy blotchy mess. Again, I feel like I'm using a first generation digital camera. I think my Olympus C-8080 had less noise in the EVF indoors. Third, you can only assign some functions to some Fn buttons, but not others... for no apparent reason. It's maddening. Fourth, although the top plate is metal, everything else on the Z5 is plastic, and not good plastic - it looks and feels cheap. I understand that this is an entry level FF model, and they needed to cut corners somewhere, but this camera is simply not up to Nikon's standards. If I didn't already have a large Nikkor lens collection, I would have looked elsewhere.

More than good enough

By L Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-30

I debated between the Z5 with a 24-70mm F4 lens and a Z6II with the same lens. I ended by buying the the Z5 and then a bit later also bought the Nikon Z 14-30mm lens, for a total price of about $300 more than the Z6II with the 24-70mm lens. I think I got the much better deal. The reviews said that the Z6II focuses better in low low light, and in fact the Z5 has struggled finding faces and eyes using AF-C in very poor light, but did fine using AF-S single point. Also, the noise in the same group of pictures was slightly disappointing. But I rarely shoot in poor light. I was testing the Z5 to understand its limits. Its limits are far beyond what I do in normal picture taking. I assume also that in certain circumstances, maybe the Z6II and of course the Z7II would do better with extreme printed enlargements or moderate enlargements of cropped pictures. But I rarely do those either. Most of my pictures are viewed on monitors and unless I'm pixel peeping, I can't see much (usually any) difference between moderately cropped pictures and others. I wonder about the Z5's modest fps ability. I take pictures of flying birds about once a year, so I suppose I might miss a picture or two of birds that I would have gotten with a Z6II, but I will have gotten a lot more keepers from my Nikon Z 14-30mm, which I would not have bought if I had bought the Z6II. So the Z5 with the 24-70mm and the 14-30 lenses are more than good enough for what I do. I am very happy with my choice.

Nikon Z5 Review

By Zach
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-26

Just picked this up to replace my D3400 and its a total night and day difference. Still getting used to all the new features but would recommend to anyone trying to get into the full frame mirrorless world at a more entry level price point.

High Tech.

By Akpata
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-20

The little I have explored from the camera is amazing. Much better performance.

The sweet spot for enthusiasts

By Garry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

This Z 5 with 24-200mm lens replaces a D 7200 with 16-85 and 70-300mm lenses. The Z 5 kit is a big upgrade from the D 7200. The full-frame Z 5 body is smaller than the crop-frame D 7200 body. And, when packed, the single lens Z 5 kit is the volume and much lighter than the two lens D 7200 kit. This makes the Z 5, with a 24-200mm zoom lens, the perfect travel and all-purpose camera. Being full frame and with more advanced imaging technology, it gains image quality across the board over the D 7200, which was very good to begin with. Lower noise and higher dynamic range are very noticeable. A combination of a better, faster focus system and in-camera / in-lens image stabilization adds up to very sharp photos. The Z 5, compared to the Z 6II, looses the top display and has half the burst rate - but is $900 less. The Z 5 is the sweet spot for most photo enthusiasts. Pros: Light and compact (relatively) High image quality Fast, accurate focus with tracking and face recognition Intuitive Nikon controls and logic Excellent eye-level view finder Two memory slots Good connectivity Cons: No top screen Mild burst rate

Fantastic...except for one silly omission

By Andrew
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

As long as you don't need a fast frame rate and the best video capture (understandable and well documented compromises to keep costs down), then this is a fantastic camera! HOWEVER, there is one silly design/programming flaw that frustrates the heck out of me...the shutter timer has NO memory on it. I shoot a lot of landscapes and use a 2 second shutter delay to reduce camera shake but every time the camera is turned off the shutter timer defaults back to instant shutter release. Back into the menu I have to go every time I turn the camera on to reset the timer shutter release to my preferred setting. C'mon Nikon...


By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

Blows the Z50 away. I'll never go back to my D7500 after this!

B&H is amazing!!

By Jeorgena
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-13

The first time I purchased from them and I'll be back to buy more, I had it overnighted and it arrived the very next day, everything was securely packaged and came exactly as I expected. The Nikon Z5 is awesome, I cannot wait to use it. The lens is perfect too!! Thank you B&H!

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Does this body accept the standard Nikkor lenses ...

Does this body accept the standard Nikkor lenses that I use on my D750?
Asked by: Charles
Though there is the FTZ adapter which allows the following: 1) Only Nikon AF-S Lenses remain fully operational 2) All other Nikon lenses switch to manual AF 3) All non-Nikon lenses switch to manual AF
Answered by: Mohamed
Date published: 2021-11-27

Any information on third party lens compatibility ...

Any information on third party lens compatibility for the Nikon Z5?
Asked by: Chukwudi
No NEF raw file compatibility with 3rd party lenses and FTZ. Currently, 9/9/20) these raw files can’t be opened for processing in LR, PS, C1, or NX-D. You’re stuck with jpgs only until a bug fix is released.
Answered by: Bobby
Date published: 2021-02-05

Is it BSI?

Is it BSI?
Asked by: Daniel
It is not back-side illuminated.
Answered by: Kevin
Date published: 2020-07-21

Is the 8-bit 4K30 output to the Ninja V at 4:2:0 ...

Is the 8-bit 4K30 output to the Ninja V at 4:2:0 or 4:2:2?
Asked by: Robert
The Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Digital Camera has an HDMI Output of 8-bit 4:2:0 with no N-Log capability.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2021-07-04

can I use dx lenses on the Z5?

can I use dx lenses on the Z5?
Asked by: Scott
Yes, it will put the camera in crop mode and you will only get 40% resolution.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-11-16

Does this camera have an electronic shutter? Is ...

Does this camera have an electronic shutter? Is 4.5fps the machanical one? Also I am assuming that the sensor is not BSI, correct?
Asked by: Jibu
According to Nikon, this camera does have an electronic shutter but due to the nature of the sensor being non-BSI it isn't capable of fast readouts, thus 4.5 fps is the max.
Answered by: Kevin
Date published: 2020-09-14

can you use Nikkor AI-S lenses with the Z5?

can you use Nikkor AI-S lenses with the Z5?
Asked by: Scott
In order to use those lenses you would need an adapter like the Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter linked here. With this adapter they can be used, but there would not be any communication between the camera and the lens. Focusing and exposure would need to be controlled manually, and the camera would not be able to read the aperture setting from the lens.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2021-02-12

Can I find out the shutter count on the used Z5 ...

Can I find out the shutter count on the used Z5 I'm interested in? Some of the used cameras have a note of the shutter count but this one doesn't.
Asked by: L.
Yes, if there is something you'd like to know about a used product that isn't listed on the product page for it you are welcome to email [email protected], to initiate a chat, or to call our used department at (800) 606-6969, option 2.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2021-08-15
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