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Nikon Z5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (2020)

MSRP 1400 USDNeoscore 62%NEX score 74%

Product Overview

Nikon Z 5 is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera in the company's Z series lineup. The Nikon Z 5 combines sophisticated features inherited from the Z 7 and Z 6 and brings them to a new low price point.
As the new entry point to Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless lineup, the Nikon Z 5 offers a lot of power and capabilities. Powered by Nikon’s fast, comprehensive EXPEED 6 image processing system, the Z 5 offers fast image processing and autofocus as well as high low-light capabilities and color reproduction. With the 5-axis VR image stabilization, the Z 5 is stabilized up to five stops in up to five directions: yaw, pitch, roll, X and Y when used with compatible F-mount NIKKOR lenses.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 62% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • 5 stops of IBIS
  • Weather-sealed
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Very low 4.5 fps burst rate
  • Viewfinder with low 0.8x magnification

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent viewfinder
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No top display
  • No vari-angle display
  • Not quite as sharp as other Z lenses
  • No telephoto zoom
  • No back-side illumination
  • No back-illuminated sensor
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac (dual band) + Bluetooth

Construction

Image Size
Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Lens Mount
Z-mount
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
24 MP (6016 x 4016)
Sensor | Type
CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
70 mm / 2.76 in
Size | Height
101 mm / 3.98 in
Size | Width
134 mm / 5.28 in
Weight
675 g / 23.85 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2 inch
Display Type
Tilting TFT LCD
Resolution
1,040,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
200%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.8x
Viewfinder | Resolution
3,689,400 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

Autofocus
273 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash Sync Speed
1/200 s
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
5-axis, 5 stops
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
100 ~ 51200 (expands to 50 ~ 102400)
Processor
Expeed 6
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264
Video Recording
4K 30p, FHD 60p
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
470 shots
Max Burst Rate
4.5 fps
Shutter Speed
1/8000 - 30 s
Storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)

Production

Availability
2020-08
Battery
EN-EL15c lithium-ion battery & charger
Debut
2020-07-21

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality, high-quality LCD
  • Excellent battery life
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • No top display
  • No telephoto lens

t3[2]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-performing sensor
  • Fantastic viewfinder
  • Great build quality
Cons
  • 4.5fps maximum frame rate
  • No back-illuminated sensor

techradar[3]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Limited burst shooting speed
  • No vari-angle display

tomsguide[4]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No on-body pop-up flash
  • No telephoto zoom

trustedreviews[5]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent viewfinder
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not quite as sharp as other Z lenses
  • No back-side illumination

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon Z5 review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/nikon-z5. 2021-06-05. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
2. ^ Nikon Z5 review. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/nikon-z5-review. 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Nikon Z5 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/nikon-z5. 2020-08-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Nikon Z5 review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/nikon-z5. 2020-11-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Nikon Z5 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/nikon-z5. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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