Nikon reveals lightweight Z 50 mirrorless vlogging camera

Nikon has revealed its next Z series mirrorless camera: the DX-format Nikon Z 50. It may look small, but Nikon is confident it will deliver in terms of power.

According to Nikon, the Z 50 takes full advantage of the Z mount and will be both compact and lightweight. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a powerful camera. Far from it. With support for 4K video shooting, built-in 120p slow-motion and time-lapse interval timers, there seems to be a lot to be excited about in this camera.

Z 50's back shot
Here’s the Z 50’s back

The Nikon Z 50 should be great for traveling vloggers

In total, the Nikon Z 50’s body weighs just 14.0-oz. With its compact lightweight design, it seems like it’d be a great camera for any traveling vlogger. “It’s effortless to carry while vlogging a vacation, hiking the backcountry or exploring a new part of town,” says Nikon.

There’s also a 3.2-inch flip-down LCD touchscreen. This is a very important feature for any vlogger and the Z 50 has it. The LCD screen has soft keys and icons and a Selfie Mode. The Selfie Mode automatically disables everything but the essential controls when the camera’s screen is flipped down. It will help prevent accidental settings changes when the screen is flipped out.

Z 50's 3.2-inch flip-down LCD touchscreen
The Z 50 has a 3.2-inch flip-down LCD touchscreen

Video shooting

Inside the Z 50, there’s a DX-format 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor. Additionally, it has an EXPEED 6 image-processing engine that should help achieve “excellent” low-light performance, according to Nikon. The camera has an ISO range of 51,200. So users should be able to shoot concerts and night-time street photography.

As said earlier, the camera can shoot 4K video (or Full HD) along with 120p slow-motion and time-lapse. There’s also in-camera video trimming and 20 Creative Picture Controls. Those controls and Special Effects modes can adjust your image depending on what you select. Also, Scene Modes automatically adjusts settings. This mode is geared towards beginners and should help them get an image they are happy with.

Image shot by Z 50
This image was shot with the Z 50


As for the autofocus, the camera locks focus with a 209-point Hybrid AF System. The system offers coverage of about 87% of the frame horizontally and 85% vertically. Notably, this is the first Nikon DX-format camera with Eye-Detection AF. Additionally, we’ll see support for 11 fps continuous shooting on the Z 50.

Additional features

The Nikon Z 50 supports built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also supports the new SnapBridge version 2.6 app. This app can share still images and videos to people’s family, friends or followers. The latest SnapBridge supports RAW image transfer and advanced remote capture functions.

Pricing and availability

The Nikon Z 50 will be out in November 2019 and will be $859 for the body only. To learn more, visit

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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