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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

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 TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic 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 Auto, Manual 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
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
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

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!

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.

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...

A very good mirrorless starter

By Jibu
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-18

I been a DSLR shooter for many years and owned an array of Nikon cameras like d90, d5300, d7100, d700, d610, d600, d750, d810, d500 & d4. I sold all except d500 and wanted to move into mirrorless. I finally made my pick on Z5 as I am not a video shooter, and I see no difference between this compared to Z6, and Z7 in terms of what I plan to use this for. I will replace the Z5 when Nikon implements the stacked sensor with no blackout on an bit more affordable body. Z5 Pros - Very good image quality - Works well with all my F mount glasses - IBIS is really nice - Soft shutter - SD cards instead of extremely expensive CF/XQD - Decent buffer size Cons - When there are distracting backgrounds with less subject contrast I've noticed camera sometimes struggling with focusing even in single point mode. - Evf has a little lag with moving subjects But even with these cons and only 4.5 fps, I don't think one can go wrong with this less than $1000 option.

Excellent Full Frame Camera

By Greg
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-11

This is really a great full frame camera if you are primarily into stills photography. I don't use video, so can't comment on that. For the price point it is a great performer.


By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-11

There are countless reviews online from professionals regarding this camera. I'll leave the technical reviews to those more qualified and stick to what I can attest. For my usage, this camera offers all the features I need at the price point I could afford. I'm also more than impressed with B&H for the quick and secure shipment.

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.

Happy addition to my Nikon family

By Morrison
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-23

In a world where dealers are marking up cars with insane market adjustments and grocers are wideining their slender margins, the B&H price is still a bargain. Delivery was incredibly speedy. (And no annoying last minute upselling like we get at other online camera shops). This is not a promo - I'm happy to acknowledge a satisfying transaction. About the camera - read the technical reviews. It's everything they promise.

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