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Nikon Z5 Review Rundown

NikonPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Very good image quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good price point for full-frame
  • Not the best for stills
  • EVF is a step down from the Z6


Nikon Z5 is the company's new entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera with a large 24MP full- frame sensor at its heart. The Nikon Z 5 combines sophisticated features inherited from the Z 7 and Z 6 and brings them to a new low price point.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Z5 feels like more of a stealthy stills camera and less of a run-and-gun 4K video platform. The battery life of the EN-EL15c pack is weighted in favor of stills at 470 shots compared to the Z6’s 380 shots. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options for connectivity with a handful of apps from Nikon.
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  • High-quality, high-quality LCD
  • Excellent battery life
  • Easy to set up and use
  • No top display
  • No telephoto lens


Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Nikon Z5 is Nikon's first full-frame camera. It's aimed at travel photographers, and those looking for a small and neat compact. You can buy the Z5 with a new “kit lens’, which gives you a 24-50mm focal length. In good lighting, the shots produced by this camera have a satisfying vibrance to them.
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  • Well-performing sensor
  • Fantastic viewfinder
  • Great build quality
  • 4.5fps maximum frame rate
  • No back-illuminated sensor


Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Nikon Z5 shares the same resolution as the Z6, but uses a different full-frame sensor. While the Z5 can shoot in 4K at 30p, it has to crop the sensor by 1.7x. You can, however, shoot in Full HD without any crop limitations at up to 60p, although there are no 120p slow-mo modes. The 273-point AF system is a very good performer, bettering rivals like the EOS RP and Alpha A7 II. Focus tracking worked well, locking on swiftly and reliably tracking our subjects.
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  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Limited burst shooting speed
  • No vari-angle display


Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Nikon Z5 shoots 4K Ultra HD/30p plus 1080/60p footage, but it is cropped. The Z5 is easy to shoot with and the in-camera image stabilization is helpful for hand-held shots. The camera uses a hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist.
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  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Good battery life
  • No on-body pop-up flash
  • No telephoto zoom


Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Nikon has kept the same very high-resolution viewfinder as found in the Z6 for the Z5. It uses the less robust SD format, rather than a single XQD slot. The 24-50mm kit lens is a good lens to get you started with, especially if you’re travelling and want to keep your kit as light as possible.
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  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent viewfinder
  • Good battery life
  • Not quite as sharp as other Z lenses
  • No back-side illumination


1. ^ Nikon Z5 review. laptopmag. 2021-06-05 Retrieved 2021-06-10.
2. ^ Nikon Z5 review. t3. 2020-11-15 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Nikon Z5 review. techradar. 2020-08-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Nikon Z5 review. tomsguide. 2020-11-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Nikon Z5 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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