A First Look at the Cheap and Portable Nikon Z 50

The Nikon Z 50 is the latest mirrorless camera from the company and the first to offer a DX format (crop) sensor. Along with that smaller size is a smaller price, making it an intriguing option for photographers and videographers looking for a portable camera or a good backup option. This great video takes a first look at the new Z 50.

Coming to you from Andrew Marr, this excellent video takes a first look at the Nikon Z 50. The Z 50 is quite the interesting camera, as it offers Nikon's latest mirrorless tech in a very small package, and it comes in at just $850 (or only $1,200 in a kit with two lenses). Despite that low price, it offers a lot of great features that make it rather capable in a lot of situations. It comes with an impressive 11 fps continuous shooting rate, making it excellent for fast action and sports photography, 4K 30p video for filmmakers, a 209-point hybrid autofocus system, and a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body for anyone working in the elements. Altogether, the Z 50 looks to be a quite versatile camera for photographers and videographers alike that offers an affordable entry point to Nikon's new mirrorless system. Check out the video above for Marr's full thoughts. 

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No matter how good the Nikon APS-C bodies get, unless Nikon changes its tune in regard to lenses, I would never recommend them.
Nikon doesn't respect APS-C at all. Nikon DX has been around for 17+ years and what did we get? 4 primes in total. Two of them macros, one a fisheye. It's pathetic. No 35mm or 85mm or 28mm equiv. Laughable and sad. The zoom situation isn't much better. It took them 15 years or something to come up with an affordable wide-angle zoom (and of course there are no wide-angle primes either). There are no professional DX zoom lenses except the 17-55 which hasn't been updated in ages.

Nikon DX had one thing going for them (except niche cases like d500 for wildlife): Great performance/cost ratio, not least thanks to great and affordable 3rd party choices like the Sigma 17-50/2.8. But of course Nikon stubbornly doesn't share their lens protocol and who knows when and if Tamron, Sigma and Tokina will produce for Z mount.

I find it borderline unethical for reviewers who know about the lens situation not to heavily emphasize it in every review. A new buyer can't be expected to know that.

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I am a Nikon user, and I don’t know why but I felt that this guy was going a bit out of his way to give the camera a good review, kind of obliged to review it positively.
Just an impression based on other reviews I have seen of the same camera.