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Nikon announces small and lightweight Z50 mirrorless camera, less than a $1,000

The new crop-sensor camera uses the Z mount and costs under $1,000


Nikon is today introducing an entry-level, crop-sensor camera that uses the same Z-mount system as the current Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The new Z50 costs $859 body only, and Nikon is also introducing two new DX-format lenses alongside it. You can bundle the camera with a 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens for $999.95…can you believe it…less than $1,000. That is great news for those who want to get into Vlogging / Travel. The Z50 is made for the Instagram generation and for people who want a “real” camera for video at a point-n-shoot type of camera weight.


Obviously these cameras are targeted at very different audiences. Nikon says the Z50 will ship in November.

The Z50 has a 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor, weighs under a pound, and has a flip-down rear display for selfie photos and vlogging. (There’s even a Selfie Mode that disables most controls when the screen is down so you don’t accidentally mess up the camera’s settings.)

You can immediately feel and appreciate the Z50’s smaller size and weight when compared to Nikon’s pro-level mirrorless cameras. Thankfully it retains an electronic viewfinder (2.36-million dots) and 3.2-inch rear LCD, and the grip was comfortable for my large hands. Nikon says the benefits of the Z mount (such as the shorter flange distance) carry over to a crop sensor for an upgrade in image quality.


As a New York based Beauty & Fashion Photographer, I can truly appreciate the smaller thumbprint of the Z50. It’s one of those cameras I can just put in my backpack and hit the streets of NY for some cool street photography on the fly.

So add this new Nikon Z50 to your daily content production backpack and enjoy a pain free experience of not logging around a heavy weight.


Antonio Martez

Fashion & Beauty Photographer