July 23, 2020
Nikon enthusiasts are welcoming another more affordable model into the mix. The new entry-level Nikon Z5 uses the company's Z-mount with the ability to use an adapter for F-mount lenses. It uses a 24MP CMOS sensor similar to that found in prior generation full frame Nikon DSLR cameras. It shares its processor, autofocus performance, 5-axis in-body stabilization, and electronics viewfinder (EVF) with the top-of-the-line Z6 and Z7 models. The built-in image stabilization sets it apart from the entry-level crop sensor camera, the Nikon Z50.
The Z5 is perfectly capable for the casual video shooter with support for 4K/30p video recording with a 1.7x crop factor. More serious videographers should put in the extra money towards the Z6 instead.
The body is very similar to the Z6 except the exposure mode dial has moved towards the shutter side of the camera body in place of the Z6's top LCD.
The Nikon Z5 body has a suggested retail price of $1,399.95US for the body only or $1,699.95 with the new Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 kit lens. It is expected to become available in August.
We plan to offer a new housing to offer full functionality with the new Nikon Z50 camera. Expect details on the housing to be released in the upcoming weeks.