Nikon recently introduced the latest addition to its Z series mirrorless interchangeable lens camera line in the Z 50, which is positioned at the lower end of the series range.

The Nikon Z 50 rings in at an $856.95 retail for the body only, $996.95 for the camera and a DX-format 16-50mm VR lens or $1,346.95 for the camera with both the DX 16-50mm VR and 50-250mm VR lens. The camera and kit options are available for pre-order now and will ship in November.

This is the company’s first DX-format (APS-C sized sensor) camera in a Z-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens classification. It features a 20.9-megapixel CMOS image sensor and will capture up to 4K/30p video.

The camera will be compatible with Nikon’s Z-mount lens system, and was launched along with two DX-format Z-mount lenses in the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 collapsible lens and 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens. Purchasers will also be able to use any Z-mount lenses with the new camera, but other lenses in the family will be subject to the DX crop factor of 1.5x.

The camera can also be used with an FTZ mount adapter for anyone with Nikon F-mount DSLR lenses.

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Other features in the camera include Nikon’s Digic 6 image processor, a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, 3.2-inch 1.04m-dot 180-degree filp-down touchscreen, 209-point hybrid auto focus system with Eye Detection AF, and up to 11 fps burst shooting capability.

The Nikon Z 50’s ISO range is listed at 100-51,200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, supporting low-light shots. It also offers Silent Photography Mode for shooting in complete silence.

For video shooting the Z 50 supports the following resolution levels and frame rates:

4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 120 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 100 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 slow-mo / 30 fps x4
Full HD 1,920×1,080 slow-mo / 25 fps x4
Full HD 1,920×1,080 slow-mo / 24 fps x5
Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps, respectively.

A built-in mic is offered along with an input for external mic options, and electronic-VR and AF are available in video shooting.

The camera also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, features a weather-resistant, durable magnesium alloy body construction, and weighs 15.9 ounces with battery and card. It has one SD card slot.

Not included is built-in image stabilization, meaning users will have to rely on VR lenses, like the ones unveiled with the camera.

By Greg Tarr

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