Review of the first full-frame Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera for young people
Young people choose the first camera. If it is full frame, you can avoid many detours. Today I bring you the full-frame mirrorless camera Z5 just released by Nikon. This camera has 24 million pixels, is equipped with five-axis anti-shake on the fuselage, and has excellent control performance. It is bought by young people. Good choice.
Nikon Z5 is Nikon’s fourth mirrorless camera, positioned between the Z50 and Z6. It is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera. If you compare it to similar models on the market, it can be roughly equivalent to Canon EOS RP. But from the perspective of body performance, the configuration of the Nikon Z5 is much higher than that of the Canon EOS RP.
Among the full-frame cameras at this level, the Z5 has the advantage of having a very good body workmanship and operating feel, with body anti-shake, an excellent focusing system, and good image quality. At the same time, the Nikon Z mount has many lightweight lenses to choose from.
This time released with Z5, there is also a Z 24-50mm F4-6.3 lens, this lens is an extremely lightweight kit lens, not only affordable, but also of good quality .
Nikon Z5 and Z6, at first glance, there are many similarities in parameters. Both cameras have 24 million effective pixels, have five-axis image stabilization, and both have 273-point focus. However, the Z5 cannot be simply understood as a simplified version of the Z6. The Z5’s body is a completely redesigned full-frame body, and many features are different from the Z6. Of these two cameras, Z5 is more inclined to be used by entry-level users, while Z6 is more professionally positioned and more suitable for professional users, especially video workers.
For this camera, the author is using an engineering prototype, not the official version, and the current RAW format of the camera cannot be unlocked. In the future, the author will bring more product testing content.
1. Body appearance
Although Nikon Z5 is positioned as an entry-level full-frame mirrorless, the workmanship of the body is unambiguous at all. The first is a magnesium-aluminum alloy body, coupled with a dust-proof and splash-proof design, giving this camera excellent protection. In addition, the design of the back of the fuselage is very similar to that of the Z6, with a quick selection lever for focusing on the fuselage, which makes the camera’s control more excellent.
If you want to identify Z5 and Z6, in addition to the nameplate of the camera, the most intuitive thing is the position of the top turntable. Z6 has a shoulder screen, so the mode dial is on the left side of the fuselage, while Z5 does not have a shoulder screen, the mode dial is on the left. From the front of the camera, the size of the Nikon Z5 and Z6 are almost the same. In terms of weight, the body weight of the Z5 is 680g, while the weight of the Z6 is 675g.
From the back of the fuselage, the design of the Nikon Z5 is very similar to that of the Z6, and the button design and position are almost identical. As an entry-level full-frame, this camera retains the focus lever, which is very conscience. The rich button design also ensures good enough controllability.
The screen of the Nikon Z5 is also a 2.1 million-dot reversible touch screen, with the same specifications as the Z6, and it also has an OLED viewfinder with approximately 3.69 million dots. It can be said that the viewfinder and screen specifications are very high.
The top of the camera is quite different. The Nikon Z6 has a shoulder screen, while the Z5 does not have a shoulder screen. But other than that, the buttons on the top handle of the two cameras are exactly the same.
Both cameras have an excellent grip structure, so the grip feeling is very ideal, even with a large-size lens, the two cameras can get an ideal grip feeling.
Nikon Z5 uses dual SD card slots this time, while Z6 is a single XQD card slot. In terms of memory card use, Nikon Z5 is not only more convenient, but also cheaper.
The interface design of the Nikon Z5 is very rich, and it has a monitor headphone jack. You can better try to monitor the sound when shooting videos. This is very conscience.
One point worth noting is that Nikon Z5 uses a brand new EN-EL15c battery, which is fully compatible with EL15 series battery models, but when using Z5+EL15c, it can be powered by USB Features. Power supply is different from charging, which means that the Z5 can be charged while shooting.
released together with Z5 this time, there is also a Z 24-50mm F4-5.6 lens, this lens is a telescopic ultra-lightweight kit lens. The weight of the lens is only 195g, so the weight of the Nikon Z5+ lens is only 875g. This weight is not as heavy as the body of a full-frame SLR, so it is a very lightweight combination.
This lens has a very compact design and is very small when stored, so the overall size control is ideal. In actual use, this lens has quite good image quality. In the future, we will also bring you the actual test of this lens.
Second, the camera quality
Nikon Z6 has 24 million pixels, and the camera body resolution is 6016*4016. However, I can’t solve the RAW format of the camera for the time being, so here is the JPG high-sensitivity test of the camera.
From the actual picture quality point of view, this camera is a full-frame camera with 24 million pixels, and the high-sensitivity picture quality is fully guaranteed. Below ISO 6400, ideal image quality performance can be obtained in the test environment. Starting at ISO 12800, the picture details begin to decline. Since the author cannot open the camera’s RAW format, the camera’s detailed capture capability cannot be confirmed for the time being.
It can be said that although the sensor of Nikon Z5 is different from that of Z6, it still has ideal picture quality performance, not only the detail resolution is very good, but also the noise control is ideal. I can show it through some actual photos taken.
This photo was taken by the author using a Nikon Z5, using a Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 lens with a full aperture and shooting a hemerocallis, focusing on the position of the stamen.
As you can see, the author zoomed in 100% of the photos, and the details of the photos are amazing. Focusing on such subtle points is difficult for ordinary cameras to achieve. The Nikon Z5 also has a micro-point focus function, which can use micro-point focus to perform fine autofocus.
This photo was taken by the author of the starry sky in Bulaotun, Beijing. It was taken with a Nikon F mount 14-24mm F2.8 lens with ISO 3200 sensitivity and an exposure time of 15s.
It can be seen that zooming in on the photo not only saves very rich details, but also has very little noise. It can be said that the Nikon Z5 is a high-quality entry-level micro-single, which can have excellent image quality when shooting in low light.
3. Camera shooting performance
Nikon Z5 has two major advantages in this level of camera: one is a focusing system similar to the Z6 with powerful focusing performance; the other is The five-axis body is anti-shake and has better stability during use.
Let’s talk about focusing first. This camera’s focusing system has 273 focus points and supports focusing on the eyes of people and animals. It also supports facial recognition during video shooting, so you can have a smooth focusing experience when shooting.
These two GIF images show It is the eye focus function of Nikon Z5, one is eye focus during photo shooting, and the other is face focus during video shooting. Nikon Z5 can provide very stable focus and tracking in actual shooting, even if it is used for video shooting, it can also get a smooth shooting experience.
on dynamic tracking, use this Take a few photos as an example. We took a few photos of hummingbird moths at around 7:15 in the evening in Beijing. It can be seen that in a relatively dark environment, using Nikon’s autofocus system, we can easily track the hummingbird moth and focus.
Of course, the continuous shooting speed of this camera is also relatively good. The Z6 can achieve high-speed continuous shooting at 12fps, but this camera can achieve a continuous shooting speed of 4.5fps in the focus state. In daily shooting, this The continuous shooting speed of is enough. In actual shooting, the Nikon Z5 is very sensitive to focusing on people, but when shooting animals, the focus tracking performance is the same as that of the Z6, which is not particularly ideal.
The following is the camera’s Anti-shake function. This camera is equipped with anti-shake effect like Z6 and Z7, and the anti-shake effect is excellent. Below we bring you the anti-shake test of this camera. The following figure shows the test screen and the actual screenshot area.
In the test, we use Nikon With the newly released Z 24-50mm F4-6.3 lens, the 50mm end can achieve an anti-shake effect of up to 1/5s to 1/4s, and the actual anti-shake effect is about 3.5 stops.
4. Video performance
The video performance of Nikon Z5 is quite different from that of Z6. This camera is also equipped with 4K 30P video, but it is not full frame area like Z6 6K overtakes 4K, but the center area is point-to-point, so it has a 1.7x viewing angle crop.
However, based on the full-frame sensor, the 4K image quality of this camera is still very good. We selected 100% screenshots of the screen, and the detail resolution of 4K video is still quite excellent.
In Full HD mode, this This camera does not support full HD 120P upgraded video shooting, and supports up to full HD 60P. However, this camera can choose the sampling format for video shooting. In full HD mode, whether it is 30P or 60P, you can choose to shoot in full frame area without angle of view, or DX format video shooting.
5. Shooting experience
Nikon Z5 has an excellent shooting experience. In summary, it can be summarized as follows:
1. The camera body is excellent in control, and you can get the control experience of a professional-grade camera during shooting.
2, the high-feeling performance is ideal, You can also get an ideal shooting experience when shooting at night.
3, battery life advantage, can meet the needs of long-term shooting
4, good straight-out color, can make beginner users also Get ideal photos
5. The focus is stable during daily shooting. It has the same focus experience as Z6’s 3.0 firmware, and the focus sensitivity is improved.
But the point where the author thinks the camera is relatively insufficient when shooting:
1, low-light focusing ability is not as good as Nikon Z6
2, sports scene focusing performance is not ideal
3, 4K video has a perspective crop
An entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera, the performance of this camera is actually very powerful. Nikon has always been known for its high image quality, and this camera is no exception, and the camera’s control experience is excellent, even novice users can quickly get started.
If you are new to photography, then the Nikon Z5 is a very suitable entry full-frame. If you used Nikon’s DX format camera in the past, upgrading to Z5 is also a cost-effective choice.
Finally, let’s take a look at the real shot samples of Nikon Z5.
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