Reasons to Give the Nikon Z50 Some Consideration

If you haven't yet taken the mirrorless camera plunge, before you buy, ask yourself if you've given the Nikon Z 50 enough thought. If you haven't, this video offers some reasons to do so before you make a move.

In this video from Gemini Connect, we see five reasons that beginners thinking about a new (or first) mirrorless camera should take a look at the Nikon Z 50. Essentially, the Z 50 is Nikon's crop sensor mirrorless body, designed with the non-professional in mind, while still packing a strong toolkit that covers the bases and can deliver professional results.

Having seen this camera on display at a local store, I can say that the Z 50 is insanely compact and lightweight (which makes sense, as the larger Z 6 and Z 7 are Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras). As I've come to expect from Nikon, the ergonomics are outstanding, and the camera feels spot-on in the hands. Something definitely worth noting here, though, is that this body does not come with the stabilization that Z 6 and Z 7 do.

Obviously, what you shoot, what you're looking to do (both from a photo and video standpoint), what you already know, your budget, and what the camera does well all factor into the decision-making process. Bear in mind that this is a camera that's designed to be very, very beginner friendly. This could be the best thing about it or a limiting factor, all depending on the user. Have you looked the the Z 50 spec sheet or tried one in store? If you have thoughts on this particular model or the Nikon Z line in general, chime in and leave your thoughts below.

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Lael Williams's picture

Fits into my needs. Am not a pro, so FF Z6+7 are beyond my needs Heavily invested in DX from the 3200 to the 7500 with some FX lens. Gets me into Nikon mirrorless cheap because DX. Just what I have been waiting for.

jim hughes's picture

I have a Nikon Z6 but recently bought a Z50 because I like a smaller, lighter camera for travel. It's been totally great and I don't think the "beginner"designation applies at all. The controls pretty much match the Z6 and to be honest I now realize that I could do almost everything I do with just the Z50 and would seldom see a significant difference in results. The pancake zoom is excellent.

I used to use a Sony a6300 which is of course very good but has awkward controls and ergonomics. The Z50 makes the Sony feel like a toy.

In the midst of an outpouring of doom and gloom about Nikon's future in the industry, they nevertheless managed to disregard the "full frame" drumbeat and a create a solid and totally likeable camera with few compromises.

Here's a link to some Z50 photos from a recent trip.

https://gallery.jimhphoto.com/Hawaii/

Vincent Alongi's picture

Nice imaging. How does the build quality feel? Odd question, I know. I'm just intrigued. I didn't think I would be with their first crack at mirrorless (especially with a crop sensor), but a compact body for street and travel does pique my interest.

jim hughes's picture

It feels like a real Nikon. But I'm not an expert on the fine points of its construction.

Joshua Boldt's picture

Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

I’ve had this camera for about a week and I love it. The sensor is great and the Z glass is really impressive. (I rented the Z 50 1.8). I’m currently using an F 35mm 1.8G and that works great as well. This will suit me just fine until I’m ready to add a Z6 to my lineup. :)

Joshua Boldt's picture

I was quite impressed with the Z50 my aunt bought. She brought it at Christmas time and I got to spend the evening with it. For what she paid that is one heck of a camera. The focusing with the kit lens was stellar. Locked onto people's faces perfectly all night.

I wish there had been a jack for a manual shutter release. I do nighttime photography and Astrophotography and was hoping I had found the right camera I never thought to check if it had the ability to use a manual shutter release, not just Bluetooth. It is to cold to be without gloves where I live. Now I just hope that someone will come up with a adapter

Hans J. Nielsen's picture

It is a Nikon camera.
Just use Exposure Delay Mode.
https://photographylife.com/exposure-delay-mode/amp

I love my Nikon full frame DSLR and, although not a professional, I am far from a beginner photographer. I recently bought a Z50 because I wanted a smaller, lighter camera for everyday and for travel. I love it, and have found that it surpasses my expectations and that it will do almost everything my DSLR can do. Will it do everything? No, but for the price, I am thrilled.

It may be the best mirrorless camera for a beginner, but I would say that it is far more than just that.

If it had IBIS I would be all in.