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Nikon Z5 aims to make full-frame photography more affordable

(Pocket-lint) – It had been rumoured for some time, but now it’s official: the Nikon Z5 mirrorless system camera will arrive summer 2020.

Its goal? Simple: to make full-frame photography more affordable for those wanting that bigger sensor experience. Not that the £1,719/€1,999 asking price is small, per se, it’s just under that critical two grand mark with a lens included. In the USA the body-only price is $1,399.

So what do you get for your money? The Z5 is designed to sit beneath the Z7 a Z6 models, bringing a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor to the line-up (which is almost the same resolution as that in the Z6).

Also launching is the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens, which claims to be the “shortest and lightest full-frame mirrorless zoom lens” on the market. That’s another play of the Z5: to bring a more compact form factor compared to similar cameras.

The Z5 isn’t just about stills, as it’s gifted with 4K video capture too. There’s dual card slots (SD, UHS-II) to capture files, which will be especially handy for large video files.

Here’s a quick summary of other big selling points about the Nikon Z5:

  • Built-in 3,690k-dot viewfinder (EVF) & tilt-angle LCD touchscreen
  • 5-axis Vibration Reduction (VR) stabilisation system
  • Dust & moisture sealed magnesium alloy body
  • 273-point Hybrid AF autofocus system
  • Eye-Detection AF locks onto eyes
  • Animal-Detection AF for pets
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

Sounds like a treat. The camera will go on sale “late summer” 2020 – which is probably another way of saying September. Still no word on the also rumoured Z30 model though, so expect more on that later down the line.

Writing by Mike Lowe.

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Nikon Z5 and Z30 set to expand mirrorless camera line-up

With the passing of so many major shows in 2020 – there was no CP+ in Japan, for example – there’s been a lack of exciting new camera releases. Especially from the big brands, such as Nikon. Rumour has it, however, that’s about to change in the coming months. 

With the company’s focus now on its mirrorless line-up, the Z series, 2020 will see an expansion of focus with the purported release of two new cameras: the Z5 and Z30.

The Z5 will sit beneath the Z6 (pictured), likely to hit a more appealing price point and bring slightly watered-down features to the full-frame model.

At the other end of the scale is the Z30, destined to sit beneath the Z50 – again bringing fewer features for a more accessible price point to the APS-C sensor line-up.

Perhaps the bigger rumour, however, is that in 2021 there’s a plan for a new chart-topping model: the as-yet-unnamed ‘Z9‘. This has been a long time coming – as in the middle of 2019 we wrote about the five features we’d like to see in such a camera. Inevitably it looks as though it’s been delayed.

It all seems very sensible to us if these rumours are true. The company needs to get that kit into the market to expand its range – especially with Canon already offering the M50 and R5 (likely comparable to the Z30 and Z5).

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