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Nikon Z30 Mirrorless Camera

BH #NIZ30 • MFR #1737
Nikon Z30 Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K30p and Full HD 120p Video
  • Live Stream at 60p, In-Camera Time-Lapse
  • Vlogging-Optimized Design
Compact, connected, and designed for creators, the Nikon Z30 is a purpose-built mirrorless camera optimized for vloggers and live streamers. Pairing Nikon's noteworthy image quality, 4K video recording, and a large 20.9MP DX-format sensor with a specialized feature-set and design, the Z30 is designed to elevate your content and tag along on your everyday adventures.
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Nikon Z30 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Z30: Creator Ready
  • 34K Video Recording and Sensor Design
  • 4Vlogging Essentials
  • 5Fast, Reliable Autofocus
  • 6Connectivity and Operation
By B&H Photo's
Z30: Creator Ready
Compact, connected, and designed for creators, the Nikon Z30 is a purpose-built mirrorless camera optimized for vloggers and live streamers. Pairing Nikon's noteworthy image quality, 4K video recording, and a large 20.9MP DX-format sensor with a specialized feature-set and design, the Z30 is designed to elevate your content and tag along on your everyday adventures.
4K Video Recording and Sensor Design
Video and Streaming
At the heart of the camera is a DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor, which benefits not only video production needs but also makes the Z30 a highly capable stills camera, too.
  • UHD 4K recording up to 30p is supported for crisp, high-resolution video needs. Full HD 120p recording is available, too, for slow-motion playback.
  • Continuous recording for up to 2 hours 15 minutes is possible for documenting events or any other situation that requires longer continuous takes.
  • Live streaming is possible at up to Full HD 60p or 4K 30p, and the Z30 is compatible with a variety of web conferencing apps, meaning it can easily function as a high-quality webcam, too.
  • For longer takes, streaming, and other instances where you need constant power, the Z30 can be powered via the USB Type-C port.
Photo Capabilities
  • Versatile 20.9MP resolution suits stills needs, too, and means the Z30 is a perfect tool for capturing stills during productions or for photographing higher-resolution thumbnails and promotional images.
  • The large DX-format sensor benefits working in low-light conditions by producing imagery with low noise, high clarity, and a useful sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200, or up to ISO 25600 when recording video.
  • For photographing fast-moving action, a top continuous shooting speed up to 11 fps is available.
  • Merging stills and video, in-camera time-lapse production is possible.
  • Built-in presets and filters can also be used to refine your photos and videos straight from the camera.
Vlogging Essentials
Purpose-built for vlogging and content creation, the Z30 incorporates a series of physical touches and operational functions perfect for creators:
  • Compact body design incorporates a 3.0" 1.04m-dot free-angle LCD screen. This positionable screen can face forward for accurate selfie compositions and can close inward to protect the screen from scratches and fingerprints when not in use.
  • Selfie-style controls permit changing the focus position and exposure, as well as setting the self-timer, via the touchscreen when the screen is facing forward.
  • Front red tally lamp clearly indicates when the camera is recording.
  • Special attention is given to audio recording with the inclusion of a top stereo microphone along with the inclusion of a 3.5mm external microphone port for working with an optional mic. Also, there is an optional dedicated Wind Muff to cut wind noise and improve quality when using the onboard mic.
  • Steady your handheld videos using the digital e-VR image stabilization, which helps to reduce unwanted wobbles and shakes while recording.
Fast, Reliable Autofocus
Hybrid autofocus system uses both phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus for both stills and video applications.
  • Eye Detection AF uses facial recognition to help lock focus onto subjects' eyes.
  • Face and eye tracking can recognize people, dogs, and cats, and can lock onto these subjects and track focus as they move around the scene.
  • Ideal for product close-ups, the AF system quickly and naturally shifts focus as you hold something up to the camera and then re-shifts focus to the subject as the product is moved away.
Connectivity and Operation
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility work with the Snapbridge app for mobile devices, enabling remote camera control as well as wireless transferring of photos and videos to your smartphone or tablet.
  • Intuitive design includes a '?' button to provide a clear explanation of all camera settings, there is a dedicated Auto mode for times when you'd rather the camera optimize the shooting settings, and there's a customizable 'i' menu for quick access to your essential settings.

Nikon Z30 Specs

Lens MountNikon Z
Sensor ResolutionActual: 21.51 Megapixel
Effective: 20.8 Megapixel
Sensor Type23.5 x 15.7 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Crop Factor1.5x
Image StabilizationDigital (Video Only)
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 51,200
100 to 25,600
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-4 to 17 EV
White Balance2500 to 10,000K
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 11 fps at 20.8 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/ fps
External Recording ModesHDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p up to 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
Recording LimitNone
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
IP StreamingYes
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording LPCM Audio
AAC Audio
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input on Camera Body
Power I/O1 x USB-C Input
Other I/O1 x USB-C Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhoto, Video
Phase Detection: 209
Autofocus Sensitivity-4.5 to +19 EV
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Battery Type1 x EN-EL25 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.6 VDC, 1120 mAh (Approx. 330 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount on Camera Body
Dimensions (W x H x D)5 x 2.9 x 2.3" / 128 x 73.5 x 59.5 mm
Weight12.3 oz / 350 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.76 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.7 x 7.4 x 5.1"

Nikon Z30 Reviews

Packs a punch.

By Nigel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-23

I was shooting a live show at SXSW and wanted a portable fifth camera to complement my 4 Black Magics. It was a gamble but it seems to have paid off. Picture quality at 4K is very good and it was the only small camera I could find that shot 23.98 and it's much easier to use and figure out than my baby Sony which is going straight to E-Bay.

Easy to use

By Shravan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-23

A simple camera that's quite easy to use. The image quality is also quite nice. AF is slower compared to Sony and Canon, but if you aren't doing anything crazy like snowboarding while holding this camera, it should be fine.

Great Camera!

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-21

We bought this in October 2022 for our church to create promo videos and pics. We love it!

Love it!

By Bradley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-23

Having recently converted to a Z9 and the S lens line, I still needed something compact for vacations, flying, etc. The Z9 sets a very high bar, so I was very pleasantly surprised at the capabilities of the Z30. It's conveniently sized, easy, and produces great images. I'm totally pleased with this camera.

Punches above its weight - great product

By Attie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-15

I'm a serious amateur photographer and have much higher-grade equipment, but I was surprised at how well this camera performed. I would say it exceeds its intended purpose of a vlogging and selfie camera by some margin. The video quality is great, operating the device is easy, and it's well built with adequate weather protection for its purpose. I also use it as a Webcam through HDMI (for extra res). And it works perfectly. An easy five stars for me.

Overheats shooting 4K video - record time limited to 30 min

By Michael
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

I'm very disappointed that this camera overheats and turns off when shooting 4K video, with a max record time of less than 30 minutes. Yes, the owner's manual says that the available recording time for 4K is Approx. 28 min - but that information is not mentioned until page 593.

Determined not to like, but fell in love

By Karl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-09

Let's start out by saying I am - or was - an Electronic Viewfinder Photographer. I preferred the viewfinder and even though could use the rear screen Live View, it seemed not as precise or comfortable. This was true even with the Zfc (which is similar in size and screen as the Z30) . I preferred and almost exclusively used the EV. With the Z30, I have discovered the joys of using the screen. Although I am not entirely comfortable or see as exactly as peering through the EV, I find I can take shots much quicker and I am much more creative with my shots. Being able articulate the screen rather than my head & body really has freed me to become a much more intuitive & creative shooter. So, even though I ordered this & the Zfc to compare the two for a backup / video camera (I have a Z7ii as main), I quickly leaned to the Z30 for all its compact advantages. I am loving this camera. I find its a great camera even with the larger Z lens. I particularly enjoy using it when going macro with the Z 105mm. The articulating screen and lack of EV speeds up the adjusting & placement portion of my macro adjustments. It is also a good carry lens with the Z 24-120 and Z14-30. Overall, this camera performs extremely well and I can highly recommend as a first camera for a newer shooter or as a inexpensive backup & video camera to an existing kit.

Still getting used to it, but I like it so far

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-20

Great little camera I got for stills (travel) and video (YouTube). Nice build quality and functionality. It does want I want, and does it well, in a small package. For what it's worth, I'm fine without an EVF. The size trade off is worth not having it for me.

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Does it have IBIS?

Does it have IBIS?
Asked by: Alex
No it does not.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2022-10-27

Is the case plastic ?

Is the case plastic ?
Asked by: Arturo
Z30 materials: Metal-Strap lugs, hot shoe, lens mount, tripod socket. Plastic-Top cover, back cover, sides, bottom, battery door, every button, dial, knob and lever, top mode dial, side connector cover flaps, LCD cover and frame. Glass - None that I can see other than in the sensor; possibly the first glass-free Nikon camera, ever! Rubberized-Grip materials.
Answered by: Tomasz
Date published: 2022-10-27

Does it have a headphone jack for audio ...

Does it have a headphone jack for audio monitoring?
Asked by: John
Someone was asking about Atomos Ninja V Monitor/HDMI Recorder. It does have headphone OUT for monitoring. However buying $500 external recorder just to monitor audio from Z30 ??? If someone is buying anyway I guess it is possible.
Answered by: Tomasz
Date published: 2022-10-27

Does the 1080p recording downsample from the ...

Does the 1080p recording downsample from the whole sensor or does it use pixel skipping?
Asked by: ryan
The Nikon Z30 Mirrorless Camera is not in release yet, and information this detailed isn't available yet.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2022-07-03

Is the answer "no" it does not come with an ...

Is the answer "no" it does not come with an external battery charger- Is there one made that can be purchased? Or- can it only be charged by connecting to the computer USB Port?
Asked by: G L
not exactly accurate. my daughter's z30 only charges in a laptop and only when the laptop is on. hmmm strange. Not in a wall charger
Answered by: Yoel
Date published: 2023-01-19

Does the Z30 have back button focus capability?

Does the Z30 have back button focus capability?
Asked by: Paul
The Nikon Z30 Mirrorless Camera does not have a back button focus function.
Answered by: Lawrence
Date published: 2023-03-23

No digital viewfinder?

No digital viewfinder?
Asked by: Michael
While the Z30 doesn't have a viewfinder, it has a very versatile articulating screen. this eliminates any issues in bright sunlight, it takes a little getting used to but after a few days, i don't miss having the viewfinder.
Answered by: yossi
Date published: 2022-12-27

Does anyone know if this camera can record ...

Does anyone know if this camera can record internally WHILE it is streaming over USB?
Asked by: Tim
Yes, you can record video while livestreaming using the Nikon Z30 Mirrorless Camera.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2023-03-07
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