Headlining a series of new releases and updates from Nikon is the full-frame Z 5 Mirrorless Digital Camera. Positioned as an entry into Nikon’s mirrorless Z System for FX-format photographers, the Z 5 is aimed at both Nikon newbies as well as longtime FX shooters looking to go mirrorless. Accompanying the Z 5 is the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens, an ultra-compact zoom with a versatile range. Together the new offerings make an excellent everyday kit, perfect for capturing full-frame imagery while taking up minimal space in your bag. For those looking for even more range, the Z 5 can also be purchased as a kit with the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Lens.
The Z 5 features a 24.3MP full-frame sensor paired with an EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine with a native ISO range of 100-51200, extendable to 102400, making it well equipped for a variety of lighting conditions. It is capable of up to 4.5 fps continuous shooting for capturing action and has five stops of 5-axis sensor-shift Vibration Reduction to maintain sharp capture when shooting handheld with Z Series lenses.
Among the most appealing aspects of Nikon’s Z System for veteran Nikon photographers is the ability to adapt Nikon F-mount lenses with the FTZ Mount Adapter, eliminating the need to start an entirely new lens collection. Three axes of VR are available for adapted Nikon lenses when shooting with the Z 5.
The Z 5 incorporates a 3.6m-dot EVF, which provides a sharp view whether composing a landscape or tracking wildlife. Likewise, the Z 5 has a tilting 3.2" touchscreen 1.04m-dot LCD equally equipped for still and video capture as well as review. For the manually inclined, the Z 5’s ergonomic grip and joystick control streamline focus point selection and menu navigation on the fly. Speaking of focusing, the Z 5 has a 273-point autofocus system with face, eye, and animal eye AF capabilities.
The Z 5 is capable of recording UHD 4k 30p video with a 1.7x crop factor as well as Full HD up to 60p. Electronic VR further benefits handheld capture to create smooth footage. Focus Peaking can be used when manually focusing while Zebra Stripes can be used to point out overexposed areas. Face Detect is available for video to make acquiring and maintaining focus easier. Dual UHS-II SD slots allow fast recording, extra storage, and the opportunity to backup while shooting. An 8-bit mini-HDMI port is also included for fast transfer.
The Z 5 has a 3.5mm stereo jack for connecting an external mic to record sound as well as a headphone jack for live monitoring. For long shoots, USB power can be used so you don’t have to worry about your battery dying mid-recording.
The Z 5 is packed with features for creative applications straight out of camera. Multiple exposure, 4K time-lapse, and interval shooting modes are all possible in camera. You can also pull 8MP stills from video recordings. The Z 5 features built-in SnapBridge for image transfer and remote shooting. Additionally, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities make it easy to communicate with mobile devices. Finally, the Z 5 has a magnesium alloy build with weather-sealed thermoplastic exterior so you can take it out into the wild without worry.
Announced alongside the Z 5, the new NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens is a valuable all-purpose zoom especially useful for event, street, landscape, and even portrait photography. Super compact and portable, it retracts to just 2.9" to maximize the benefits of the Z 5’s mirrorless form factor. Operation is nearly silent with no focus breathing for video recording.
Further building out the Z System, Nikon has also announced TC-1.4x and TC-2x teleconverters for use with the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens, and other upcoming telephoto optics. These teleconverters maintain full AF functionality, VR capabilities, and minimum focusing distances of attached lenses, while losing only 1 and 2 stops of light, respectively, and also sport weather-sealed designs for working in inclement weather.
Accompanying these additions to the Z System, Nikon took this opportunity to introduce a couple of developments in the works. The first is Webcam Beta software, which will allow Z Series and select Nikon DSLRs to be used as webcams via Windows. Additionally, an upcoming Z 50 firmware update will add subject tracking and animal eye AF functionality.
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