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Nikon announces Z 50, two DX Z lenses

Nikon has unveiled the enthusiast-oriented Z 50, a APS-C format camera which has a 20.8-megapixel BSI CMOS APS-C sensor housed in a compact and lightweight body. Announced alongside the Z 50 is two DX kit lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR.

Nikon Australia didn’t provide local pricing or availability, however overseas the Z 50 will be available from November for US$859 (body only).

‘This camera kit is perfect for capturing everyday moments, street, travel or adventure photography and will deliver extraordinary optical performance and unmatchable imaging quality in a portable package,’ said John Young, general manager of marketing at Nikon Australia. ‘These lenses are perfect for photography and videography enthusiasts, enabling them to capture both wide angle and close up shots, making it the perfect camera kit to travel with.’

The Z 50 has inherited the same hybrid autofocus system of the premium Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, making it the first Nikon CMOS with phase-detection AF. But the Z 50 hasn’t been gifted with other primo features like in-body image stabilisation.

Nikon has included a new Expeed 6 imaging processor inside the compact camera, providing a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51,200.

The camera is capable of shooting 4K UHD and Full HD 120p with audio, as well as capturing in-camera slow motion footage or time-lapse and interval timer photography. .

The camera has an EVF and 3.1-inch 1040k-dot touch-screen monitor, that’s tiltable to please the self-takers and vloggers. Changing the settings is simple and does not require venturing into the deeper menu layer. By accessing the ‘i menu’, users have access to basic settings. Pressing the i button also provides quick access to the menu on the monitor or EVF.

Lastly, the camera comes with equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR
‘Don’t let life’s amazing moments pass you by, instead capture them,’ Nikon says, with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR standard zoom lens.

There’s not much to be said about the lenses, so we’ll run the specs as dot points:
– One ED glass element and four aspherical lens elements control colour bleeding and distortion across the entire frame from the centre to the periphery;
– In-built optical VR system that provides an blur-correction effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.5 stops faster;
– Weighs 135g.

NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR
‘If close-up portraits are not your thing’, Nikon has it covered with the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR medium to super-telephoto lens.

‘Capture your favourite musician performing at a concert or friends having fun at a carnival or festival,’ Nikon suggests.

So, the specs:
– Effective compensation of axial chromatic aberration, resulting in reduced colour bleeding, with the employment of an ED glass element;
– VR system that provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 5.0 stops[1] faster, the maximum in the history of NIKKOR interchangeable lens.

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