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:
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.
The Sony World Photography Awards are a highlight of the photography scene every year, inviting photographers of all types to submit their best images in a variety of categories and genres to be judged against each other.
Countless photos are submitted, and the final shortlists and winners are almost always jaw-dropping, whether for their beauty or harshness, or any number of other reasons. This year’s main awards have just been announced, and we’ve gathered together some of our favourite images from the lists for you to browse right here. Prepare to be amazed.
Seeds of resistance
The overall winner of Sony’s competition this year is Pablo Albarenga, a photographer whose series documents the threat posed against environmentalists in Brazil who are trying to protect habitats and areas from deforestation and damage.
They’re pictured literally laying down their lives, contrasted with the area they protect in a stitched-together amalgam.
This is another from Albarenga’s series, and showcases another of his chosen details – the landscape on the right has the first signs of deforestation at play in it, shining a spotlight on exactly how the environments these citizens care about could be threatened so gravely.
The winner of the Architecture section, Sandra Herber, has created an amazing series of images by simply and sparsely photographing fishing huts on Lake Winnipeg, in the cold of winter. The freezing conditions positively chill you as you look but the individual character of each hut is also manifest.
We love the painted fish on this hut from Sandra Herber’s series – it’s a splash of vibrant colour in a landscape that’s largely monochromatic, and sets off the isolation of the hut really nicely.
Jonathan Walland’s photos of buildings look like something created in a laboratory – he cleverly dials back all colour and focuses only on the building in focus to create a sort of silhouette of their shape and lines, which strips them down to their architectural essentials.
This, another from Jonathan Walland’s series, shows that even when a building is constructed with a more modern aesthetic, and curved lines, Walland can still distil it into an essential form, something that looks like the very first sketch its designer might have come up with.
José De Rocco’s series came third in the Architecture bracket, and features stark images of buildings framed in such a way that their surface details become the story of the image itself.
Take the side of this supermarket – its red tiling dominating the frame but that security camera also drawing the eye inescapably.
Dione Roach took second place in the Creative category for this series, boldy titled Kill Me With an Overdose of Tenderness, which collages together snapshots from the online world in a punk-rock aesthetic that applies a grungey layer to our sometimes clinical social media channels.
The items photographed by Luke Watson in this series are all recovered from conflicts, some as old as the First World War, and repurposed into rudimentary pinhole cameras.
It’s a repurposing that prompts you to think about the object’s original intended use, and the creative potential that countless everyday items therefore implicitly carry with them.
This helmet from Luke Watson’s series is another starkly clean image demonstrating how something can be given a new lease of life. The tech world is particularly shabby when it comes to re-use, so this is a challenging photographic idea.
The medium is the message
The bleached-out landscapes from Hashem Shakeri’s series Cast Out of Heaven showcase a large-scale housing project near Tehran, but do so with the harsh sunlight and blanched building making for a stunning, heavenly sort of environment.
This image of a blank advertising hoarding has something distinctly dystopian about it, too.
This image is another example of how interesting Shakeri’s photos are – the focus is shared by multiple levels of depth in the image, with the huge blocks in the foreground just as detailed as those behind, all of them huge to the point where it’s actually quite hard to grasp a real sense of scale.
Hugh Kinsella Cunningham’s photos showcase the experience on the ground dealing with Ebola in the DRC – carefully stained in a dark-room while being developed, adding to the palpable sense of threat you get from looking at images of so deadly and transferrable a virus.
Playing their part
The Hong Kong protests have inspired many over the last year or so, and have also started to offer blueprints for other protestors around the world. Chung Ming Ko’s images of protestors are dramatically lit and carefully framed to humanise them.
The phenomenon of lifelike dolls being used by people as emotional aids has been around for a while, and unfairly lambasted without sufficient empathy, and Didier Bizet’s photos go to great lengths to remind people that these dolls are not toys or oddities, but almost always more complex figures.
The reality behind the label
Youqiong Zhang explores the ethics and realities of mass-production in Africa in their series, which showcases just what a factory looks like and is actually like to work in, without dehumanising or overlooking the experiences of its workers.
Robin Hinsch showcases some of the devastating impact of industrial exploitation and fossil fuel extraction in the Niger Valley. It contrasts the brutality of the environment that oil extraction leaves behind with the citizens being forced to live in the shadow of fossil fuels.
This image might be hard to decode initially, but once you realise that it’s a series of pelts stiched together into one piece, things become clearer. Álvaro Laiz’s series shines a light on the life of the Chukchi on the Bering coasts.
It’s sometimes hard to remind yourself that so much agriculture in the modern world isn’t out in the open but in enormous warehouses like this one, carefully monitored to ensure even growth – it’s like a bizarre, managed version of a forest, as captured by Luca Locatelli.
Who needs the sun?
Another of Luca Locatelli’s images, this showcases how smaller plants are grown in banked shelves of lit-up beds – it’s taking farming to the next level, and again is a photo that obviously forces us to reconsider how we think about the source of even our plant-based food.
World in miniature
We can’t get our heads around this photo – nothing we do stops it looking like a miniature set from Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. Ronny Behnert’s images are framed with a great distance and white out the oceans around the Torii pictured to create surreal, serene landscapes.
There’s a lot of interesting facets to the photos submitted by Florian Ruiz, not least the fact that they are subtly stitched together from various images, giving them that slightly off, wobbly look. The industrial landscape pictured is near Xinjiang in China, a dried-up salt lake where the dust blows around like the Old West.
The final image we’ve selected comes from Chang Kyun Kim, who has taken a haunting look at some of the remaining sites of Japanese concentration camps in the US from the Second World War, where buildings are still standing testament to the imprisoning of so many innocents. As Chang Kyun Kim observes, most were in locations so harsh and unwelcoming that nothing has been built there to replace them.
Sony’s annual photography awards are always a superb excuse to drink in some absolutely unbelievable photographs, spanning all sorts of categories and subject matters, and the 2020 shortlist is no exception to that rule.
That list of contenders was recently unveiled for the Open category of the awards, which is the section that’s open to all comers and entrants. The winners won’t be unveiled until early June, but until then we’ve got plenty of time to enjoy browsing the amazing selection of photos.
There’s something hugely satisfying about the lines of colour and texture in this wintery photograph, with the various strata of the building drawing the eye differently, while the two shuttered windows actually look much like a pair of heavy-lidded eyes themselves.
The division between metropolis and green space is rarely as clear and obvious as in this aerial picture taken in Guangzhou, China. The clustered, crowded buildings are mirrored by the overgrowth of the trees and plants, with that clear dividing road between the two.
Bridge to nowhere
This cove in Newfoundland has countless fishing baskets waiting to be used on a pier, piled up in their multitudes. The prominence of timber in the construction of the pier makes this photo have an almost historical feeling to it.
It’s almost inconceivable to us that this is a photograph, not a painting, so gorgeous and smooth is the imagery. There’s no overbearing sharpness or clarity here, just superb colour and a wonderfully chosen point of view.
Land to sea
This Icelandic vista has a mind-blowing range of colours and textures to take in, as water runs out to sea over various types of rock and silt, taking on peculiar and memorable tones as it does so. The ripples on the surface of the water in the middle of the frame are extremely pleasing, too.
This rower’s pose, fashion and hairstyle all combine to make her seem somehow out of time – it’s credible that this photo could have been taken in any of the last multiple decades, we’d argue. It’s a superb portrait capturing her taking a breath as she works.
This looks like a nice, simple exploration of light and darkness until you look more closely through the car’s windows and see that there’s far more to interpret. What are those otherworldly lights? What’s going on inside the car? All these are up to your imagination.
The historical techniques used to take this photo shine through in the soft, monochromatic look of it. The contrast between the far cow, viewed from the side, and its closer friend looking directly into the lens, is nice, while the seascape in the distance is enigmatic.
This action shot from the Palkhi Festival in Pandharpur, India, is bustling with energy and happiness, the sole drummer rising above the crowd to steal your focus while the foregrounded clapping hands frame the entire shot.
The setting sun provides gorgeous lighting for this motion-capturing shot of a boat being piloted with a bit of fun in mind, and the endlessly random ripples and eddies it leaves in its wake are eye-catching.
Ablaze with colour
The day of the dead is a well-known festival, but its costumes and pageantry don’t get any less entertaining to observe, as this extraordinarily colourful costume demonstrates. The look she’s serving the camera with could scare anyone.
Taking the plunge
There’s nothing quite like the pure joy of a dog enjoying playtime, and this shot also shows off the sheer chaos that groups of pooches can foster. There’s a lot going on, but the core of the image is that dog frozen mid-dive as it jumps back into the pool, clearly for neither the first nor the last time.
Planned demolitions make for satisfying viewing in video form, provided everything goes right, but this amazing frame shows that they can be just as awesome in photographic form. The setting sun is the perfect ingredient to tie it all together with great colour.
It took us absolutely ages to work out what on earth was happening here, but once you clock that the blurred orange sheen in the top of the frame is falling snow, things start to make more sense in terms of perspective.
This image is a stunning evocation of the quiet resonance of places of worship, helped by the clean quality of its morning light and the total lack of people in the frame. It looks like a truly calm space in which to think.
This mind-bending sculpture is very real – it’s called 38° Parallelo by Mauro Staccioli, and the black and white photography here makes it stand out all the more from the natural landscape in which it’s set.
Those of us in the UK know this sort of image all too well from annual storms battering our coastlines, but this is a particularly artistic version, with the cracks in the sea wall catching the eye once you look away from the wave itself.
If you know much about fish you might be confused by what’s poking out of this little guy’s mouth. Sadly for him, it’s a tongue-eating parasite, so not exactly the happy-go-lucky photo you might have first taken this for.
Seeing right through you
Staying with the ocean, this negative image of a bizarre octopus was taken at night, but looks for all the world like a still from a laboratory environment. It’s completely weird in a really captivating way.
Seagulls can be mighty possessive of any potential food, as we know all too well from trying to eat chips at the seaside, but the way these three are fighting over an utterly helpless starfish is amazing. The timing required to get this shot beggars belief.
Still and serene
With this photo, meanwhile, it must have been more about patience, waiting for a lack of disturbance to be able to capture the totally still landscape and these stunning dancing mangrove trees in Indonesia.
This Brazilian dancer’s hair, hat and skin tone combine wonderfully to make a delicate palette for this image, while the way her hair blocks her face creates a shield of anonymity.
This looks for all the world like a shot straight out of Tolkien’s Fangorn Forest, not a lane in Tenerife, but the latter is the reality of the situation. That mist is perfect for evoking memories of countless fantasy novels.
This frame is simply saturated in subtly different shades of red, a portrait of a Theyyam ritual in India. The costume is elaborate, delicate and hugely complex.
Not all portraits of parenthood require humans, and the bond between this baby Orangutan and its mother is clear to see at a glance. The amusing grimace on mum’s face is a picture of perseverance, meanwhile.
We love this portrait of a young man in South Africa, his oversized jacket seeming to say a lot about the expectations he’s been saddled with, while the arid landscape behind him is chastening, too.
We find this image almost menacing, as a result of that yawning black void creeping down from the top of the frame as these men blithely take selfies and take photos on their phones.
This photo captures an Alpine landscape using infrared technology to present a colourscape unlike anything any human eye would normally see, and leaving you with the impression of an almost alien landscape.
Groom with a view
Another beautiful shot of parenting in action, this mutual grooming by a young cheetah and its mother showcases the duality of big cats – terrifying hunters one moment, and adorable oversized fluffballs the next.
This shot of Extinction Rebellion protestors on the London Underground feels like an impactful statement on modern times – not least because of the fact that they’re being quietly ignored by most of the commuters in the shot.
This huge gang of rare cownose rays, on the Ningaloo Reef off Australia, produces an amazing image where the group almost appear to be moving as one seething ball of ray.
We love this jaw-dropping photograph for how it draws your eye to the horizon, where you’re confronted with the immediate rise of that range of mountains at the back of the frame. It’s an amazing landscape, that’s for sure.
This ice cave is so smooth and shiny that it almost looks like a riptide wave that’s been frozen in time. The two hikers leaving it give you valuable context on just how massive it is, too.
Smiling in the rain
There’s nothing like a rainy day at a festival to showcase human spirit – conditions that should breed misery bounce off people having the time of their lives, like these girls capturing the moment with a selfie.
The look this girl is giving the camera just screams power, while the amazing outfit she’s wearing is nearly limitlessly interesting to look at. Her hair is stunningly made up, while lens-flare style bubbles on the frame are a great, odd touch.
This still life looks like it must have taken ages to organise, if the cat’s body language is anything to go by. It’s offbeat and coy, that banana taped to the wall a possible reference to the great modern art story of 2019.
This mountainous landscape, photographed from above, reveals an amazing range of colours emanating from the river carving out a valley in the middle of the frame.
Reflecting on it
We’re entranced by the beauty of this shot, from the gentle slope and that still iceberg to the slightly rippling reflections of them both. It’s got a strong environmental message to hit home with, as well.
This unbelievable display is created by some 17,300 students in North Korea, moving as one, just as the regime directs them. It’s an astonishing site, beautifully captured, while the fact they’re creating a rainbow feels grimly ironic.
Fighting the good fight
Firefighting often feels like pushing back against a powerful inanimate beast, but the blackness of this photograph also makes the fight look more hopeless than it is. The gushing black smoke and blackened rooftop are opressive.
You could be forgiven for thinking this was a picture of a microchip or some other piece of technology, but it’s actually the side of a building, artfully shot to remove its context and look like something it isn’t.
This study of light and colour has a variety of enticing textures and shades to give up, with that strong shaft of light beaming through its centre at an angle.
This is an image that appears beautiful until you piece together that it’s not a natural phenomenon. It’s actually from a salt mine, showing the impact that human shave on huge landscapes.
The brutalism of this shot, and the architecture it captures, are both memorable. You might assume it’s somewhere more totalitarian or industrialised than the ancient city of Athens, where it was actually shot.
All the pretty horses
This beautiful shot is perfectly framed with three horses each owning their slice of the photograph, while the colour of the sky and mountains at the top are almost improbably gorgeous.
Paradise on earth
We end with a slice of paradise, an aerial shot of Exuma which makes us yearn for a proper holiday. The blue of the ocean and the white of the sand is utterly transporting.