Nikon Z 5 review: the first full-frame mirrorless real experience for young people
As we all know, full-frame has obvious advantages in digital cameras. Even the current APS-C format with excellent performance cannot shake the position of full-frame at all. They have the same effective pixels, but there are qualitative differences in image field, sense of space, sense of height, etc. Getting started with photography, buying a camera is often just the first step, and this first step is enough to scratch your scalp. The parameters of the camera are quite complicated. Even if beginners do their homework and carefully read the parameters, there will definitely be a lot of question marks in their hearts. , The final outcome may be to find a photographer friend around me to recommend, and bought the first camera in my life when I was confused.
unconsciously , I found that the first professional camera of many of my friends was Nikon, including my own first SLR, which was also Nikon’s D90. Perhaps the reason is that Nikon is one step ahead of entry-level cameras. Nikon released the entry-level full-frame mirrorless single Z 5 on July 21 this year. The positioning is also very accurate. It became the “brother” of Z6 and Z7, just like the line in Aunt Joan’s drama “It is here to join this.” The family is not here to dismantle this family”. Although it is an entry-level, full-frame strength lies there. It would be good for beginners to buy their first camera with a higher price/performance ratio. The market needs a product like this. So does it fit your mind about a full-frame mirrorless camera? The PConline evaluation room analyzes the strength of the Nikon Z 5 through a few days of in-depth use.
Nikon in the whole There are already two heavyweight products, Z 6 and Z 7, in the product line of the format mirrorless single. Z 5 can be regarded as the “friendly version” of these two products.
Nikon Z 5 appearance evaluation
I believe that many small partners have experience in comparing evaluations of the same series, and some products can already be distinguished by their appearance, such as what metal shell Change the plastic shell and the like. The Nikon Z 5 almost inherits the Z 6 and Z 7 in appearance, and I feel it around. The size of the body and the material of the shell are similar to those of the Z 6, which shows that Nikon is full of sincerity.
want to say different , Nikon Z 5’s handle position is thicker by about 2mm, but the actual grip is not much different from Z 6.
forget the comparison , Let’s get to know the Nikon Z 5. The size of the whole camera is about 134 x 100.5 x 69.5mm, which is about the same size as a mobile hard disk, and the weight is only about 590g. This volume and weight, light and without losing the professional temperament of full-frame mirrorless.
same as Z For the bayonet series cameras, the Nikon Z 5 can also take advantage of the large diameter of 55mm, which means it can gather more light. And more light means faster performance and clearer images. On the other hand, the flange distance of the Z bayonet is very short.
Nikon Z 5 The layout of the buttons on the back is reasonable. The upper left is for photo playback and deletion. Most of the buttons are set on the right. When you operate with both hands, you will feel like running water. The distinctive “i” key can call up a menu of frequently used camera settings and quickly change camera settings. Of course, the menu can be customized to personally used settings, thereby further simplifying the work process.
Nikon Z 5 It has a 1.04 million dot flip screen, which can be flipped up and down like the Z6 and Z7. The Z 5’s flip screen does not support selfies, but the intimate Nikon has launched the SanpBridge mobile app, which can control the camera to take selfies only by connecting the camera’s WI-FI.
Nikon Z 5 There is no shoulder screen, the buttons and dials on the camera shoulder are all concentrated on one side, and most functions can be operated with one hand. It is worth mentioning that the shutter button and the video button are separate. When the camera switches to the video mode, the shutter button also plays the role of taking pictures. The advantage of this is that photos and videos will not be confused, and the wonderful moments in the video mode can be taken in the form of photos.
a little bit Unexpected surprise, Nikon Z 5 has added dual card slots, and it is a friendly dual SD card slot. To some extent, this can be regarded as an upgrade! In addition to providing extra storage space, dual SD card slots can also back up material and record photos in two different formats. For example, slot 1 stores RAW and slot 2 stores JPG.
Nikon Z 5 The interfaces are 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone, Type-c, HDMI, and shutter release ports.
This time and The Nikon Z 5 also released a 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens. The size is very small. For a full-frame mirrorless camera, it can be equipped with a biscuit head similar to the size of the lens. Traveling will be very convenient, and it is also in line with the positioning of Z 5. Next, Nikon Z 5 plus 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens will be used throughout the evaluation.
Nikon Z 5 image quality evaluation
Nikon Z 5 is equipped with a piece of about 24.32 million Full-frame CMOS with effective pixels, current mainstream full-frame digital cameras have between 20 million and 30 million pixels. Some people may think that the larger the frame and the larger the image field, the better the picture quality. In fact, too high pixels will make the pixels too dense, loss of high sense, not enough pixels will affect the post-cutting, Nikon Z 5 about 24.32 million effective pixels is already very sufficient. Next, we will conduct a file-by-file ISO image quality evaluation, take two screenshots and show them in 100% magnification.
Nikon Z 5 noise review test
ISO screenshot one screenshot Two 1002004008001600320064001280025600 51200
Nikon Z 5 in EXPEED 6 With the support of the image processor, the purity of the photos is good. The screenshot can maintain a very clean picture at ISO6400. The watershed appears at ISO12800, and the noise is significantly increased. The second screenshot shows the details, and almost no details are lost at ISO1600. On the whole, if you want a clean picture and retain more details, I think SO3200 and below are all in the range of excellent picture quality.
Nikon Z 5 anti-shake evaluation
This 24-50mm f/4-6.3 set lens released with Nikon Z 5 There is no anti-shake function, but the body of the Nikon Z 5 comes with five-axis anti-shake, let’s take a look at the actual performance.
50mm f4. 0 ISO100 1/10
The proofs were shot with a 1/10 shutter in a low light environment. The focus area is very clear. Welcome to click on the picture to enlarge it. The tattoo master is not in a static state, nor does the image blur due to shaking. The five-axis anti-shake support for photo shooting is very strong.
Nikon Z 5 focus performance evaluation
Nikon Z 5 also has 273 AF points, covering 90% of the screen area. Needless to say, the importance of focusing is that the subject of a photo is not in focus, which is devastating. Nikon Z 5 has powerful focusing performance, which can be said to be one of its highlights.
Guangzhou this year The summer heat is so hot that it melts people. I can go to the convenience store several times a day to buy water and drink. It just happened that I captured the kittens in the store. The animal eye recognition and focus are very accurate.
Nikon Z 5 features
Nikon Z 5 has added the function of shooting while charging, which is very practical. Greatly improve the available time of the camera.
Nikon Z 5 Built-in “one key” to generate time-lapse video, the method of use is very simple, after setting the “exposure three elements” shutter, aperture, ISO, directly enter the function menu to enter the interval time and shooting time, Z 5 can automatically calculate the video Time-lapse video will be automatically generated by clicking start.
Nikon Z 5 The retouch menu provides rich and practical image correction tools, such as NEF processing, cropping, correction and so on.
Nikon Z 5 proofs
24-50mm f/4-6.3 is enough? It’s quite enough for beginners. The wide-angle end of 24mm can shoot landscapes and other subjects, and the end of 50mm is close to the human eye to observe the focal length, which is also a focal length that is more used and easy to use. If you feel that the 50mm focal length is not long enough and the Nikon Z 5 supports switching DX format shooting, then 50mm is equivalent to about 75mm.
Nikon Z 5 PConline summary
Nikon Z 5 excellent image quality and focus system , With a 24-50mm F4-6.3 head, suitable for carrying and creating at any time. The Nikon Z 5 is not an all-around machine, so it compromises a part of its performance. For example, the continuous shooting is only 4.5 frames per second, but this does not mean you experience the charm of the Z mount. As an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera, Nikon Z 5 is a lightweight full-frame camera very suitable for daily use.
Looking forward to the future, except for the Z 5 and 24-50mm F4-6.3 lens, Nikon is expected to have more heavy product releases this year. What unexpected new gadgets will Z mount bring? The future can be expected.
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