Nikon Australia has announced the vlogger-friendly Z 30, a 20-megapixel APS-C mirrorless camera capable of capturing 4K UHD video, featuring a built-in microphone and flippy screen. Nikon Australia didn’t provide pricing or availability, however it’s available for pre-order with a 16-50mm kit lens for $1349.
The Z 30 is so vlogger-friendly that Nikon has done away with the viewfinder, and users are limited to using the 3-inch, 1.040,000-dot articulating monitor screen for composition.
Nikon describes the camera as ‘dedicated to video filming’. This is backed by a capability of up to 125 minutes of shooting time, and Eye-Detection AF and Full-time Autofocus, which are ‘perfect for those who enjoy creating vlogs’. Oh, and the camera can auto switch to ‘self-portrait mode’ when the flippy screen faces the front.
Over to the press release.
Express Yourself and Be Inspired with the Nikon Z 30
Compact yet big on potential, the new Z 30 aims to inspire with its high-performance video capabilities, ergonomic design, and impressive customisation
Sydney, Australia – 29 June 2022 – Nikon Australia introduces the Z 30, a camera made for self-expression and storytelling. Compact and easily portable in a backpack or handbag, the unobtrusive APS-C size/DX-format mirrorless camera in the Z Series range captures unique perspectives of the world in lifelike colours and clarity. Create desired videos and stills with a camera that features a design of simplicity – optimal positioning of buttons and easy user interface, dedicated focus modes, long video recording time, and beautiful outputs even in low light environments.
Video creators and vloggers will find a dependable companion in the Z 30 with its prominently placed built-in microphone, a REC lamp that notifies users when a recording is in progress, auto switch to self-portrait mode when the monitor faces the front, and an angle of view that is approximately 100% even in 4K UHD/30p.
“The Z 30 offers video capabilities that are simple and practical for aspiring users who are venturing into digital content creation. The impeccable performance and versatility of the camera empowers creators to express and document their unique stories in amazing details and textures, supporting individual creativity,” said John Young, General Manager, Marketing, Nikon Asia.
Z 30 Primary Features
Inspiring Creativity with Mighty Features
The Z 30 is a camera that is dedicated to video filming. With up to 125 minutes (1) of shooting time, an Eye-Detection Autofocus and Full-time Autofocus (AF-F), the camera offers unmatched consistency and delivers a focused shot in any setting – perfect for those who enjoy creating vlogs. For more freedom in focusing based on subject type, more focus modes are available to choose in Auto mode including Single Autofocus (AF-S), Continuous Autofocus (AF-C), and Manual Focus (MF).
The Z 30 is also equipped with Animal-Detection AF that detect the eyes of pets for focused framing in both video and stills. The camera also fosters the ability to capture clarity and textures even in low-light settings, with an ISO sensitivity of up to 25600 for videos and up to 51200 for still images.
When filming and creating makeup tutorials or food flat lays, the Z 30 has the ability to capture minute details in 4K UHD video with approximately 100% angle of view, providing a wider angle in narrow spaces. Get imaginative and turn up the dial on the ingenuity of storytelling with Full HD/120p for slow-motion filming and 20 types of filter effects from Creative Picture Controls to choose from.
A responsive camera for those who enjoy vlogging on-the-go or documenting moments while travelling, the Z 30 comes with a 7.5cm vari-angle touch-sensitive monitor to give users the flexibility to get creative with their shooting. Ideal for extended periods of shooting or carrying around, the camera is encased in a compact body weighing approximately 350g (2).
Further enhanced with an array of compatible accessories and a suite of Nikon ecosystem from the vast range of NIKKOR lenses, to Webcam Utility for livestreaming, and to NX Studio for quick and easy video editing, the Z 30 is the embodiment of function and ease. Not forgetting with SnapBridge, users will enjoy the possibility of remote shooting as well as experience a fuss-free and seamless experience as the application enables the immediate sharing from camera to smart devices (3).
Interweaving Performance and Practicality
Evoking meaningful stories with stills has never been easier. Users can further expand their expressions with exposure compensation in Auto Mode to easily balance the light and shadows of an image. For creators who are particular on having flexibility in reflecting the exact nuance of an intended portrait shot, Picture Control comes in handy with its three parameters of adjustments.
With the same image-processing engine used in the award-winning Z 7, and Nikon’s very own CMOS sensor, the Z 30 also delivers up to approximately 11 frames per second in high-speed continuous shooting (4) (extended) or approximately 5 frames per second in the regular setting.
Shooting in venues or moments that require minimal interruptions is also made accessible when silent mode is turned on, so the shutter makes no sound at all when it is released.
Feeling and Looking Good
Providing users further stress-free experience, the Z 30 offers an effective arrangement of operational controls inherited from high-end Z Series camera models. The camera comes equipped with a mode dial that can save up to three original settings, custom buttons for assignment to frequently used settings, and a photo/video selector that allows for fast and easy switching. Get comfortable with a practical yet elegant design of a deep embossed leather grip paired with an ergonomically shaped front right shoulder for added comfort.
(1) May not reach 125 minutes depending on battery life and internal temperature of the camera.
(2) Body only.
(3) iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ devices to which the SnapBridge app has been installed can be used. The SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store® and Google Play™. See Nikon’s website for further information.
(4) With a mechanical shutter, in high-speed continuous shooting (extended), in JPEG and 12-bit RAW recording.