The Z 5 features a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor, a 3.69 million-dot Quad-VGA viewfinder, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen, which tilts, but does not fully flip around. It shoots 4K video with a 1.7x crop and lacks the top panel display of its siblings. However, unlike the Z 6 and Z 7, it includes dual UHS-II SD card slots.
The ISO range reaches 51,200 and expands to 102,400, has a shutter speed of up to 1/8,000, and can shoot raw at 4.5 frames per second.
Notably, the Z 5 features IBIS — “In-body 5-Axis VR stabilization” — giving it an edge over Canon’s full-frame budget shooter, the EOS RP, which admittedly is currently $400 cheaper and almost a third lighter.
The new camera contains an EXPEED 6 processor and features Eye-Detect autofocus which will work on both human and animal subjects.
The Z 5 is powered by the new EN-EL15c battery, which Nikon claims will offer improved performance. It’s not stated in the press release, but one would imagine that the Z 5 also accepts the EN-EL15b batteries used in the Z 6 and Z 7. The Z 5 can also be powered via the USB port, and the USB-C connectivity means that the camera can be used as a webcam.
Nikon states that the Z 5 has the same rugged build as its mirrorless predecessors, which suggests that beyond the burst speed, video capabilities, and the step down to UHS-II SD cards, there are not many compromises being made.
New Lens and Teleconverters
Tying in with the diminutive size of the Z 5, Nikon has also announced a super-compact kit lens, the Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3, which is less than two inches long when retracted and features weather-sealing. On its own, the lens will cost $399.95, but can be purchased as a bundle with the Z 5 for $1,699.
In addition, Nikon has announced two teleconverters: the TC-1.4X ($549) and TC-2.0X ($599), also available in late August.
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