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Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera

BH #NIZ5 • MFR #1649
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
By B&H Photo's

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
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Second
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 51,200 in Auto Mode (Extended: 50 to 102,400)
100 to 25,600 in Manual, Auto 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
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 4.5 fps at 24.3 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 JPEG
3936 x 2624
2944 x 1968
1968 x 1312
1:1 JPEG
4016 x 4016
3008 x 3008
2000 x 2000
16:9 JPEG
6016 x 3384
4512 x 2536
3008 x 1668
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
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
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC Audio
LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 29.97p
IP StreamingNone
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x Nikon DC2 Input
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
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, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
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)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
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

Moving up in the world

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-10

After many years of not having a DLSR and using various point-n-shoot cameras as well as a long zoom "bridge" camera, I decided to get back into photography more seriously. Much thought was given to buying a used Nikon D810, the D850 being beyond my reach. I wanted a goodly number of pixels but the prices for such cameras was more than I could justify. After reading many reviews I decided to take the plunge into the mirrorless world. The Z5 thus far has been a great camera for me. Complicated yes, but very much worth the learning curve. The 24-200 zoom is nice travel lens. While I would have preferred to have a fixed aperture lens, this gets my foot in the door while I find my way. The rest of the kit fills out my current needs and skill level. A good purchase!

Works well with vintage lenses

By Ajit
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-30

I got this for use with my old manual focus Nikon lenses, and it's working well so far. Manual focus with the display or viewfinder is way better than my experience using a traditional DSLR. Buttons are very customizable, and let me optimize the interface for manual focus lenses.

My wife loved it!

By Dr. Douglas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-18

It's the perfect camera for her as she continues the journey to become a better photographer!

First full size mirrorless

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-09

Still transitioning from my D750. Still learning the specifics of this camera but so far very pleased. Controls and features are fairly intuitive if you are accustomed to Nikon dslrs. The 24-200 lens is versatile. Photo quality is on par with other Nikon zooms that I have owned.

Fantastic Camera Set

By Michael Leslie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-08

The Nikon Z5 is a great camera, all shots are clear and more than enough for me (amateur) and the Peak Design bag fits all components easily. I highly recommend!

best value camera that I could imagine

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-17

I shoot Pentax, Nikon, Leica and Rollei and I have many film and digital bodies. This little beauty is by far the best value in a camera that I have ever experienced....and the most fun to use because I can mount my many Pentax and Leica lenses as well as my Nikkors. The image quality is absolutely stunning! Easily the equal of my Pentax K1 despite the lower resolution....but with much more flexibility. I am exclusively a still shooter, never having taken even a single video with any of my digital bodies and most of my shots are focused manually so I can't comment on action performance. I can say that with my 200mm f/2 VR2 Nikkor lens and the FTZ, focusing is instant in any light...and more consistently accurate than any of my D bodies. There is one caveat. You must always be sure that the little rectangle is where you want to focus. I always use the center and the rectangle has this annoying tendency to move around. And this can get you wondering what's going on as it hunts focus because you are inadvertently on a blank area. Fortunately, there is a button on the back that instantly centers the rectangle to the center. My main use is with the 58mm f/0.95 Noct Nikkor and with that lens a telephoto is almost redundant since radical crops to 300mm equivalent look fantastic. I will get the z7II next for the even higher resolution.

Great second Z body to back up the Z9

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-01

I bought this as a second camera for my wife to second shoot with at weddings. It allows us to share my growing collection of Z glass. I shot exclusively with it for several weeks while waiting for the Z9 to arrive, and I have to say I really warmed up to this camera. The size is great, and the feature content is surprisingly nice for the price point. The 24-70mm f4 is great for my needs. I previously had the 24-70 f2.8 for my DSLR and I don't miss the extra stop. I do enjoy the smaller size and reduced weight.

Great camera

By Carl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-30

Easy to use, thoroughly modern mirrorless camera that easily competes. Lens pairing is wonderful too, the 24-70 is wonderful and surprisingly light/compact compared to most of the other Z lenses. I've put this body/lens combo through moderate use in snow, and some in light rain, and the weather sealing seems to be pretty bombproof. A durable, comfortable, easy-to-use camera that produces great images. JPGs are excellent, no need to compulsively shoot raw for basic events or everyday shooting. Battery life is decent but nothing special. Autofocus is fast and tracking is adequate. I really enjoy using this (relatively) simple but powerful camera. I haven't done much video work with this setup so I can't comment on that.

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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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