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Entry-Level Full-Frame 24mp Nikon Z5 Announced

To add to the Nikon Z series, Nikon has announced the new 24mp Nikon Z5, a more affordable full-frame mirrorless camera, with 4K video recording and 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation. Plus there's a new 24-50mm lens, and roadmap.

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Nikon has announced the new Z5 - the Nikon Z5 is Nikon's entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera, featuring a 24mp full-frame sensor, 4.5fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording, 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, and dual SD card slots, as well as a magnesium alloy body. The Z5 is priced at £1719 with the new 24-50mm f/4-6.3 kit lens, and will be available in late Summer. The Nikon Z5 sits under the 24mp Nikon Z6, and 45.7mp Nikon Z7.

Nikon has also shared an updated lens roadmap (shown below), with a number of lenses shown, including a picture of the S-Line 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, plus two new teleconverters (TC-1.4x and TX-2.0x).


Nikon Z5 Key Features

  • 24mp Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2inch 1040K dot screen
  • 3690k dot Quad VGA OLED EVF, 0.8x magnification
  • 273 AF points, -3EV sensitivity
  • ISO100 to ISO51200
  • 4.5fps continuous shooting
  • 4K video recording (30/25/24fps)
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in


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London, United Kingdom, 21st July 2020: Today Nikon introduces a new entry-level full-frame camera to the Nikon Z family. Tough, light, and easy to handle, the Nikon Z 5 is a brilliant opportunity for anyone who wants to move into full-frame mirrorless photography. Launching alongside the camera is the portable NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3: the shortest and lightest full-frame mirrorless zoom lens around1. It’s the perfect partner for the Nikon Z 5 and a great option for any Nikon Z creator who wants a truly portable full-frame zoom lens.

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Positioned below the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6, the Nikon Z 5 is designed for anyone who wants to begin exploring the beauty of full-frame photography. Whether shooting stills or 4K movies, users will see their images take on thrilling new levels of detail, depth, and colour. Clean images with stunning dynamic range are attainable even at high ISOs thanks to a full-frame 24.3 MP CMOS sensor that takes full advantage of the ultra-wide Z mount’s light-gathering capabilities. Nikon’s 273-point Hybrid-AF system delivers sharp focus across the frame, and the same EVF as the renowned Z 6 and Z 7 offers an ultra-sharp view. Dual card slots offer flexible storage, and handling is effortless thanks to acclaimed Nikon Z ergonomic features including the deep camera grip. The camera can also be powered via USB 2—ideal if recording a long time-lapse sequence from the living-room window!

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From wide-angle primes to telephoto zooms, the Nikon Z 5 is compatible with all of Nikon’s bright and compact full-frame NIKKOR Z lenses. And the super-portable NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is included in the core camera and lens kit. Small and sharp, this versatile new standard zoom lens covers some of the most iconic focal lengths out there and delivers superb performance for stills and movies. The Nikon Z 5 is also fully compatible with the FTZ Mount Adapter which allows use of F-mount NIKKOR lenses with no loss of image quality.

Robert Harmon, Senior Commercial Planning Manager, Nikon UK, says: “The Nikon Z 5 and NIKKOR Z 24-50mm lens offer a fantastic chance to discover the benefits of Nikon Z full-frame photography. From richer colours to greater depth of field, you get stunning Nikon Z image quality in a uniquely portable package. It’s the perfect way to exercise your creativity and create the kind of full-frame images you’ve always wanted.”

Nikon will continue to expand the NIKKOR Z lens line-up with a variety of high-performance lenses that stimulate photographers' creative intent. The NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8S is scheduled to be announced later this year. A new NIKKOR Z lens roadmap is available as well.

Nikon Z Roadmap July 2020


Expand your creative playground. Nikon Z 5.

  • Stunning Nikon Z image quality: ultra-wide Nikon Z mount, powerful EXPEED 6 processor, and full-frame 24.3 MP CMOS sensor with 100-51200 ISO range.
  • Small kit, big impact: the super-portable NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is included in the core Z 5 camera + lens kit.
  • 273-point Hybrid AF: delivers smooth, fast, and precise focusing across the frame. Eye-Detection AF locks on to eyes for perfect portraits of people. Animal-Detection AF does the same for cats and dogs.
  • 5-axis Vibration Reduction: stills stay sharp and video is steady.
  • Ultra-sharp 3690k-dot electronic viewfinder: the high-definition EVF doesn’t leave anything out of the frame. Key settings like exposure, ISO, and white balance are applied in real time.
  • Nikon Z ergonomics: the deep grip feels secure and key controls are perfectly placed.
  • Tough yet lightweight: the magnesium alloy body is sealed to keep dust and moisture out.
  • Dual card slots, power via USB: accepts fast UHS-II SD cards and the camera can charge (camera off), or powered via USB 2.
  • Tilting touchscreen: touch to focus and shoot, and double-tap to see a 100 % view of the image area.
  • Smooth 4K movies: NIKKOR Z full-frame lenses enable beautiful depth of field. Create eye-popping time-lapse movies in-camera, and take stills while filming.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®. Nikon’s SnapBridge app makes it easy to transfer photos and videos, or turn a smart device into a remote monitor and controller.


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Be bold. Be free. NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3.

  • Super-portable full-frame zoom: covers a versatile 24-50 mm wide-angle to standard focal length range and allows use of 52 mm filters.
  • Retractable design: simply extend or retract the lens by rotating the zoom ring.
  • Nikon Z image quality: images are beautifully sharp and evenly illuminated throughout the frame.
  • Rich colour: ED glass and aspherical lens elements minimise distortion throughout the zoom range.
  • Constant minimum focus distance: of just 0.35 m throughout the zoom range.
  • Great for movies: focusing is quiet, and focus breathing is reduced for professional-looking results.
  • Customisable control ring: use it for aperture control, exposure compensation, or ISO adjustments.

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1 Shortest length and lightest weight among standard zoom lenses for full-frame interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras released as of 23rd July, 2020
2 Type-C to Type-C USB cable required 


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funkyaden 2 1
23 Jul 2020 1:40PM
I don't think you should call a camera that costs over 1700 "entry level". I think that phrase might be applied to the Z50, at around 1000, though even that's still hugely more than many aspiring young photographers will be able to afford. To be classed as entry level, I feel it should be significantly (30% or so) cheaper than the Z6, which it isn't. This camera has followed the recent trend of substantial price rises that's occurred over the past decade or so that is making photography increasingly difficult to afford. For comparison, I bought the Nikon D200 (significantly above entry level) for 700 as soon as I could get my hands on one after its launch in 2006 but my annual salary is about the same now as it was then.

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