Last year Nikon released its first full-frame mirrorless camera named Nikon Z7 and Z6. Now finally, Nikon is coming up with an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera but at a lower price. The camera is named Nikon Z5 and unlike the Z50 that uses the same Z mount but had a smaller APS-C sensor, the Z5 uses a 24.3MP frame sensor. The Z5 has quite many specs similar to the Z6 including its in-body image, design aspects, and autofocus system. However, the plus point with the Nikon Z5 camera is that it is $600 cheaper than the Z6.
Features of the Nikon Z5 Camera
Below, we’ll discuss some of the important features of the Z5 camera that makes it a really significant one than others.
At first, you might assume that both Z6 and Z5 share the same sensor as both of them offer around 24MP in resolution. But in reality, the sensors they hold are a bit different. The Nikon Z5’s sensor is not widely known because it’s a brand new chip. It has a 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, not the BSI variant used in Z6. But still, it features the same Expeed 6 processor and has a native ISO range of 100-51,200. Apart from that, the Z5 has in-body image stabilization that reduces shake by up to five stops (per CIPA).
Well looking at the design, the Nikon Z5 camera is quite similar to the Z6. Both the cameras are quite compact as compared to their DSLR cameras. And they easily fit in the hand thanks to their large grips. They have solid, magnesium-alloy construction and they’re weather-sealed. The major difference between both the cameras is that the Z5 lacks the Z6’s top-plate LCD for checking your exposure settings. The top plate has been simplified, with a traditional mode dial instead of the Z6/7’s status screen. Moreover, the Z5 is the same in size and weight as the Z6.
3. Card Slots
Now here’s an interesting feature of the Z5 as compared to the Z6 camera. The Nikon Z5 camera has two card slots, while the more expensive Z camera Z6 has only one card slot. Talking about Z6, it has a single XQD card slot while the Z5 has dual UHS-II SD card slots giving it an advantage over the Canon EOS RP and EOS R, both of which have only one card slot.
The Z5 camera uses a new battery called the EN-EL 15C, unlike the Z5 Nikon camera. This battery makes Z5 to be powered by a USB while you’re using it to shoot a timelapse video or do longer shoots. You can also use EN-EL 15B batteries in the Z5, but then you won’t get the USB charging function. For those who want extra two batteries on tap, the Z5 is also compatible with the existing MB-N10 battery grip.
4. Video Skills of Nikon Z5 Camera
Compared to the Z6 camera, Z5 has several restrictions when it comes to shooting video. Initially, its 4K video mode with a fairly hefty 1.7x crop. This is significant if you’re planning to vlog or shoot video to the camera because it makes it difficult to fit subjects in the frame. The Nikon Z5 lacks any 120p slo-mo movie modes and also the option of shooting a 10-bit video externally via its HDMI output. And apart from that, another disappointing fact is that the video credentials of Z5 also lack a fully articulating screen.
The Nikon Z5 camera will be available body only for $1,399 or with an FTZ adapter in the UK for 1,589 Euros. Whereas, the Z6 is available body only for $1,799. Many users might prefer Z6 over Z5 as it offers many more specs albeit one less card slot. It’ll also be available worldwide in a kit with the new lens for $1,699, in the UK with the new lens and FTZ adapter for 1,859 Euros, and in the US with the Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.2 VR for $2,199.
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