Nikon Z50 Hands-On REVIEW:: This is an official preview of the Nikon d50 crop sensor mirrorless camera. Now I would love to call to real-world review but we can’t. Because the cameras and lenses that we were using we’re still pre-production units as well as pre-production firmware on the camera bodies.

Now with that being said, I will tell you that the results that we captured that you will see throughout this article. I’m pretty happy with what we got even though this is a pre-production camera with pre-production firmware.

It is a new concept Nikon z50.It’s so small, so lightweight 395 grams

So what did we shoot well we only had a couple of hours to play with this camera and originally I wanted to go to the zoo with little Dan which is Dan’s son but the problem is I didn’t want somebody noticing me out there with a different camera in my hands and then end up on Nikon rumors like

what happened with another camera brand when I was in Florida since we didn’t go to the zoo we decided to go to a park the great part about the park is there’s a place for little Dan to run around but also a place for Blake to skate and to get us good portraits so all of the photos that you see

throughout this preview were taken with the Nikon Z 50 and a couple of the kit lenses and some other lenses that you will see later on in this preview but also all of the on location video was shot with the Nikon Z 50 as well before we head out on location to use this camera in the real world let’s

take a look at the body now this is a brand new body since this is Nikon’s first foray into a mirrorless crop sensor camera and the body is very similar to a Z 6 or Z 7 it’s basically a mini version of those two cameras but unlike other camera manufacturers named Canon there is one mount so where the Z 6 and 7 have the Z mount the Z 50 also maintains that Z mount so all of

your other Z lenses will fit onto this body and with an F to z adapter all the same lenses that work with autofocus will still work with autofocus on the z50 you will find a single uhs-1 SD card slot in this camera now if you’re searching for it and trying to see where it’s actually at it’s not on the side it’s

inside of the door next to the battery so the batteries on the bottom that is where the SD card goes as well this is a small camera it weighs in at 14 ounces which is two-thirds of the weight of the z6 now it’s also much thinner than the z6 as well but keep in mind because it has a z mount it has

to be able to fit that mount which means it can’t be super tiny and small but that is perfectly fine with me because one mount is what each one of these manufacturers should be doing one mount to rule them all [Music] [Music] now it’s time to get to the real-world aspect of this preview where we took

little Daniel out to the park so that he could run around and I could attempt to chase him and try to capture images now I will say one of the hardest things to do is capture a two-year-old running around because they rarely ever sit still also we had to contend with a super bright Sun that was high

up in the sky because it was about 11 o’clock I also had to contend with that Sun going in and out of the clouds so I had to keep an eye on my exposure with that  being said I don’t dumb down how I shoot because I’m using a

less expensive camera what I mean by that is I don’t shoot as if I’m gonna use the LCD and hold it out like some amateurs might do with this I’m gonna shoot the same way  with an inexpensive camera as I would with the most expensive camera that means I’m taking control of my settings and

just using what is in front of me to the best of my ability announced at the same time as the Z 50 are two new Z mount DX lenses the first one is the kit lens is a 16 to 50 millimeter f-35 to 6.3 which is giving you a 24 to 75 millimeter equivalent now it kind of looks like a pancake lens because it

retracts it’s not officially called a pancake lens but it is really small and super light I didn’t expect it to be this small when it retract but it is a small and light lens Nikon was nice enough and I really mean smart enough to add VR inside of this lens you get four and a half stops of vibration

reduction and the second lens is a 50 to 250 millimeter 4.5 to 6.3 which is a 75 to 375 millimeter equivalent now this one has five stops of VR as well as a control ring and has a 62 millimeter filter thread I will say that I found myself using the 50 to 250 quite often and you’re gonna see that in both of

the photo shoots that seems to be a must-have lens in my opinion because it gives you a lot of reach where you wouldn’t be to get any other lenses that are native to the crop sensor camera at this point now the same thing goes for the 16 to 50 it is a super dainty light lens I will tell you it doesn’t seem to

be the sharpest tool in the shed I kind of questioned it a little bit when I was looking at the images closer in the computer but for most people looking for a kit lens this is one of the only options and it’s gonna get the job done I’m just so used to using the best of the best with honors sir that when I see this I’m kind of scratching my head a little bit and I have to remind myself it’s a

hundred and fifty dollar lens to  start off shooting in the park I decided to go with the fifty to two hundred and fifty millimeter kit lens where I was shooting on manual exposure with the camera as well as using the dynamic area focus that I’m used to using now I only use that focus mode for like one

or two shots because little Dan was moving around so much I didn’t feel as confident using that focus mode so I switched into I AF really quick and when I put it on it found his eye I’m like holy shit this got much better than I ever remembered it so to have iaf find his eye to find a kid’s eye that’s

running around makes my job much easier and it’s gonna make your job much easier as well the reason I chose the 52 250 millimeter lens to start off with is because I could be further away from little Dan and he can just ignore me like most people do while I’m shooting I can just be ignored so he

can do his thing and I can reach out and zoom in and grab photos of him where I wouldn’t be able to do that with the 16 to 50 because every time I started to get close to him with the 16 to 50 later on in the shoot he would laugh and run away and not keep still the images you’re seeing right now

we’re taken with the Nikon Z 50 and edited using fro PAC 1 now if you’re looking for a great starting point or to speed up your RAW workflow we created 14 custom Lightroom presets that you can check out right now at

froknowsphoto.com slash presets you can see the befores and the afters and if you decide that they’re for you they are currently 40% off now let’s back into the video inside of this camera you will find a twenty point seven megapixel aps-c size sensor that’s powered by an updated expeed six processor in terms of native ISO you go from 100 up to 50 1,200 now in this

preview video because it was bright outside we really didn’t push the ISO too far we’re gonna have to wait till we get a full production unit to take it out into a darker situation but because we only had a couple of hours to use it with we used it to shoot the subjects outside one of the things I stress for

photo shoots is make sure you try to tell the best story possible shoot the wide shoot the medium shoot the tights and shoot the details and the 50 to 250 millimeter lens allowed me to do that there are 209 auto focusing points that are covering most of the frame but in order to move those focusing

points around when you are looking through the EVF you need to use the d-pad why because there is no joystick the first thing I did when I tried to move focusing points was move my thumb to a place where the joystick should have been but was not so instead you have to use the d-pad or rely on something like iaf since I had the 16 to 50 kit lens in the bag and that’s

the lens that most people are gonna use when they purchase this Z 50 as a kit I decided to put it on because I had an image in mind that I saw happening when I had the longer lens on little Dan would slide down the slide and then when he would get to the bottom roll over and try to crawl back up it I noticed that the reflection on the slide was bouncing an

awesome fill light back into his face and the 16 the 50 would give me the ability to get wider to get a cooler shot so I lined myself up in a great spot waited for him to go down he looked up he smiled I got the shot and like little kids like to do they ran away the 16 to 50 is a well-rounded lens you

just have to get used to how small it is and that you don’t actually put your fingers in front of the lens because it’s easy small when you try to zoom it but a 24 to 75 is a very nice range to have when you’re trying to get some cool photojournalistic shots of little Dan running around I got two nice ones

that I converted to black and white one he’s at more of a distance but I love it in black and white because it moves the focus right to him verse the background this camera has a 2.6 million dot EVF that is smaller than the Z six and z7 zvf but it’s sharp it’s clean it’s colorful it looks really good and I

didn’t really find an issue with it being slightly smaller unlike when I use something like an a 6400 or that a 6000 series on Sony’s side that EVF is super tiny and small and this one in the Z 50 I liked it a lot so after chasing little Dan around for about 20 to 30 minutes it was time for snack time for me I needed I needed a little snack except it wasn’t for me it was for little

Dan so he sat down on the stairs to eat these gummies I decided this was a good opportunity to put on the 105 1.4 F lens and adapt it using the f2z adapter the only problem was he was eating so it didn’t make for good pictures but as soon as he was done he went over and sat on a red bench he

probably didn’t do that on his own I probably said hey Dan put your son on this red bench it’s gonna make for good pictures but it did the autofocus works seamlessly I mean this is one of the best lenses you could ever use

and adapted to this camera it worked perfect the picture looks super sharp super nice nice colors nice tones whether it’s in color or black and white it worked out really well what was cool around the bench where the shadows so I threw the 50 to 250 back on the camera got a couple of cool shots with the shadows and then little Dan ran away to sit by this blue pole and this is

one of my favorite shots of the entire shoot and I do have to say that I am was a joy to use inside of this camera I would tell you if it sucked it actually didn’t suck I didn’t expect to be using iaf for this camera for this preview but as soon as I turned it on I was like I love shooting with iaf one of the

ways that nikon saves some money inside of this camera is by not putting Ibis in side of the body now that means that any of the Z lenses that you currently have that do not have image stabilization will not have image stabilization in this camera now with that being said Steven had to decide what lens he wanted to use with this Z 50 when we were out there shooting

and normally he would use a 24 to 70 Z lens the S one the brand new 2.8 because he had the image stabilization in the Z six and Z 7 but on this body he didn’t have that stabilization and the footage wouldn’t look as good not stabilized so we had to use an f2 z adapter and the older 24 to 70 2.8 VR lens just to get some image stabilization keep in mind that all of the Z mount

lenses that are out right now don’t have image stabilization built in so as we were winding down to move on to the next section little Dan went behind the fence now being that I had the 50 to 250 still on I relied on iaf and I captured this image now the reason I bring that up is that in crop sensor

cameras that our DSLRs you may not have a focus point up at that height in the frame so being that it’s a mirrorless camera you can almost go edge to edge with your focusing points that helped me get this image right next to the kids park is the big kids park aka a skate park now I called Blake aka balakay to come out and skate as well as be a model he is one of the best

skaters I’ve ever seen he’s also a good looking guy who makes for some great portrait photos here’s a carry over function that’s nice to see in the Z 50 that’s also in the Z 6 and Z 7 is that the I menu button is split between Stills and video so if you set it one way for stills you can also set it another way for video so that  when you flick the switch the I menu changes let me

cut it in here real quick and say would you like to take better pictures in only 11 days well if so I created a free mini video course that you can sign up for right now at froknowsphoto.com slash 11 days now let’s get back to the before we send palaka out to skate I took him out of the harsh light and sat him on top of one of the ramps which was shaded by a tree still using

the 50 to 250 I got a nice full body portrait as well as zoomed in to 240 millimeters to get this tight portrait now look at the eye it’s super sharp it’s super contrast II the entire image looks fantastic since we already had Pollock a sitting in the shade I threw the 16 to 50 millimeter lens on to get

this image what I love about the image is that he’s not making eye contact but he has a really cool smile on his face now when I said earlier that I’m not sure that the 16 250 is one of the sharpest lenses ever this is what I was talking about because when I’m shooting wide I’m trying to figure out even at f/4 is this back focused on the fence or is it focused on him and it is pretty

hard to tell because at 16 millimeters and f/4 it’s almost like you’re getting infinite focus with this lens like the z space 6 and z space 7 the Z 50 does have two function buttons next to the Z mount now I didn’t even realize they were there at first but I put my fingers there and I was like oh wait there’s too little dinky buttons here that I could set for function 1 and

function – I don’t personally use that very often but it’s nice to have it there so that you could map certain functions to the 1 and 2 buttons so since I was questioning the sharpness of the 16 to 50 I decided to throw on the 85 z lens now isn’t it great that there’s only one mount one z mount for full frame as

well as crop sensor that means you can take those full frame z lenses and throw it on the Z 50 like I did with this 85 and the portraits that I got are super tight super sharp the eye is really nice and focused the only time I noticed it out of focus is when I got super close to Blake filled the frame and relied on iaf it was kind of hitting that eyelash AF just a little bit now keep

in mind this is only when you get super close to the subject and go beyond filling the frame with just the eye I’ve seen this happen when I’ve used the Sony’s as well where I AF just stops working when you get super close to that subject but what I will say is when I backed up with the 85 this is a

beautiful lens the images are sharp they’re beautiful and I did notice with IAF something that I’ve coined ping-ponging meaning that the IAF is deciding between the left eye and it’s like no I don’t like the left eye let me go to the right eye then let me go to the left let me go to its ping-ponging it’s nice that I can hit the d-pad and switch between the left and right eye but

I’ve noticed this with the Z 6 and the Z 7 is that it ping pongs a lot and I wish I could turn it off so that I could just hit an eye and then select a different eye and then select a different eye when I want it to happen how many frames per second can you shoot you can get five-and-a-half frames a

second in the normal high mode which will give you a blackout when you are taking the pictures but if you’d like to speed that up and have blackout free which is a little bit herky-jerky you can get up to 11 frames per second and it actually works pretty well next it was time to unleash bola Kai on the skatepark and let him do his thing I switched over back to the 52 250

millimeter lens went to 11 frames a second in the dynamic area focus mode to take photos of him skating right towards me and just let it rip to see how the camera did one of the toughest things for a camera is to do continuous autofocus as a subject is coming towards the camera and in this case it did very well on the back of this camera you will find a 3.2 inch 1 million dot

tilting all the way down touchscreen now this is interesting because if you’re a vlogger you can actually flip the screen all the way down so when the lens is facing you the LCD is facing you underneath the camera now of course that’s not a great place for it because if you have it on a monopod or a gorilla pod or a switch pod you’re gonna be blocking the LCD screen now we found that it was actually useful when shooting video and Steven

needed to hold the camera up that he could actually turn the screen down further than he could ever do before one of the issues with DX cameras is the fact that all of your lenses need to be x 1.5 when you’re shooting on Nikon now means you don’t get that extra wide sixteen millimeters gives

you a 24 millimeter equivalent so I wanted to go wider so I phoned up Dan back at the studio said hey bring me my fisheye because I’m photographing a skateboarder now that I had the fish eye lens adapted using the f2z adapter now keep in mind this is an F mount lens adapting to this Z 50 I wanted to get Blake grinding around the bend correct me because I don’t know what the hell that’s called in skating term so you guys leave it down

below but I wanted to get him going around the bend so I pre-focused on him right in the middle because my goal was to shoot at 11 frames per second when I wanted to get him frozen right in front of me so I set the camera down low and because I couldn’t see through the viewfinder I

flipped the screen down and I tried to keep my angles as straight as possible focused on Blake switched it over to manual focus and then sent him on his way to come and skate around and grind this bowl thing correct me down below this is a very unique LCD touchscreen because not only does it work as a touchscreen there’s actually some touch function buttons that I thought didn’t actually do anything you can zoom in zoom out change the display

functions and this was something that I looked at on the back of the screen and was like well does this actually do something and Stephens like yeah they’re actually functioning buttons normal skaters would ollie the gap not balakay he kickflips it the image that I saw in my head that I wanted to capture was super low and super wide that’s why the circular fisheye was

the perfect lens but I also wanted to keep my lines and angles straight I wanted symmetry now because of that I chose to pre focus on Blake and then sent him to do his trick so that I could shoot at those 11 frames a second and then pluck out that perfect one when he was right in front of me I also couldn’t get low enough so I held the camera down low flip the

screen out so that I could look down on it and take the pictures now let’s talk about the video features you will find inside of this camera you have full with 4k up to 30 frames a second unfortunately it’s not sick kay downsampled like the z6 so it may not be as detailed but out on location

you are seeing the video shot with the Z 50 we’re using the Z six right here for this type of shot you do have the ability to shoot slow-motion video at 1080 at 120 frames a second with no additional crop since it’s already a crop sensor camera now you can film with  or without audio as well so they

didn’t really hinder the video features inside of this camera but what they did hinder is they didn’t put in a headphone jack now you do have a mic jack but if you need to monitor audio you won’t be able to do that from this camera so for my second attempt to get this photo I decided to go eight millimeters to get that circular fisheye look that’s where you can see the

barrel of the lens now because it’s not full-frame you’re gonna only get partial barrel or a partial circular fisheye effect but this is very reminiscent of the 90s when I was shooting skateboarding which I didn’t actually shoot in the 90s this is the first Nikon mirrorless camera to have a built-in flash no it is a dinky little flash but at least you have the flash if you want to take a

picture of somebody that’s within like eight feet in front of you and finally since this camera has a built-in flash and a lot of skateboard photographers utilize flash to put some fill light back into the subjects face I decided let’s pop the flash and see what we could do now this is interesting because you can’t motor drive with the flash you have to take one shot and anticipate

that action to get him perfect right in front of you so I got down on a low angle waited for Blake to do his jump in kickflip and then shot one photo to capture him perfect right in the center of the frame now I say perfect in terms of composition but what it turns out is that this flash isn’t powerful enough to overpower the Sun outside because it is slightly smaller like I

said earlier because it’s such a small flash it’s going to be fine for a group right in front of you within a couple of feet but not for freezing action shots this we would need to bring in an external speed light that can throw more power out in order to freeze him this video is brought to you by

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the camera and charge at the same exact time speaking of batteries you have a different battery than in the Z 6 and the Z 7 and this one does not have one of those chips in it that gives you a percentage reading of how much battery life you have left now the CEPA ratings say 300 shots per

charge in all honesty I shot over 800 pictures and I didn’t have to change the battery once knowing the time that we were shooting Stephen went through close to 2 batteries for shooting video I always recommend this with batteries like this that you have at least two with you at all times so how much does this all cost while body only is eight hundred and fifty nine dollars and 95 cents if you add the sixteen to fifty millimeter kit lens you’re

up to nine hundred and ninety nine dollars and ninety-five cents and if you throw in the 50 to 250 millimeter lens it’s another four hundred dollars coming in at fourteen hundred bucks in my opinion if you’re gonna pick up a Z 50 and you don’t have any lenses right now I would go with the two lens setup I wouldn’t just buy a 16 to 50 because it’s gonna be very limiting

especially if you have a kid who’s running around and I suspect that a lot of people with kids are gonna look at a camera like this so definitely add that 50 to 250 millimeter lens like I said earlier we only had a few hours to spend with this camera and lenses and I think we did a really good job

giving it a well-rounded test in a real world situation and remember these are pre-production cameras and lenses and firmware but in all honesty it didn’t hold back me shooting stills or Stevens shoot video I shot this camera like I would have shot any other camera and honestly it was a very familiar camera for me to use because it was very similar to the Z 6 and Z 7 it fits

nice in the hands it doesn’t feel really small even though it’s half the weight of a Z 6 I enjoyed using it and as I said time and time again that iaf worked really well that it surprised me so who is this camera for well if you have a crop sensor DSLR and you’re looking to graduate into the mirrorless world because you’ll want that EVF you want the auto focusing points that go to

the edges you want the iaf then this would be a very nice upgrade but if you’re just starting out looking for a camera to photograph your kids with or just to have as your family type of camera then I highly recommend that you get the 16 250, as well as the 50 to 250 millimeter kit lens, buy them together because you’re gonna want to have that nice range from 16 all the

way out to 250 that’s 24 millimeters out to 375 millimeters and you can always get an adapter and adapt other lenses so that means once you get into the Z system you can graduate to the full-frame Z system if that is what you would like to do so that’s it guys that is the real world preview of the

Nikon d50 and those two kit lenses if you have any questions comments or concerns please leave them down below don’t forget to hit that like button and go ahead and subscribe and that is where I’ll leave it


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