Nikon Mirrorless Camera Comparison: Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7

We compare the Nikon Z50 with the Z6 and Z7 to see how the specs of this trio of Nikon mirrorless cameras compare.

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Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7

 

Mirrorless cameras aren't anything new, they've been around for over a decade, but there's been a surge of releases lately and Nikon has been at the forefront of that wave with the Nikon Z6/Z7 launch and now, the Nikon Z50 has joined the Nikon mirrorless camera line-up. 

The Nikon Z50 is an APS-C mirrorless camera which uses the same Z-mount as the already released Nikon Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras but, apart from the Nikon branding and shared lens mount, do they have anything else in common? We thought we'd find out the answer to this question by sitting all three mirrorless cameras side-by-side so we can compare their specs in more detail.  


 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: The Differences Summarised 

Nikon Z50 (11)
 

The most obvious difference is the sensor type/size, which we'll cover in more detail below, but the LCD monitor resolution is also slightly different as is the ISO ranges and varied continuous shooting fps. There's also no in-body image stabilisation on the Nikon Z50, different USB connections are used (USB-2 on the Z50 and USB-C on the Z6/Z7), the battery isn't the same on all three cameras and they all have slightly different dimensions/ weight. Plus, as you'd expect, they all have different prices

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Target Audience 

Nikon Range Z50 DSLR October 2019 2000
 

Nikon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z50, is considered to be an enthusiast camera and it sits next to the D7500 and D500 in the Nikon ILC line-up. The Nikon Z6 is also aimed at enthusiasts, sitting next to the Nikon D750, but, obviously, are interested in the full-frame sensor while the Nikon Z7 is aimed at the Pro wanting a full-frame camera and can be found at the top of the hierarchy next to the popular Nikon D850 and the Nikon D5. 

Nikon is suggesting that the Nikon Z50 is a great choice for those wanting to upgrade from a D5000 / D7000 cameras, too. 

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Image Sensor 

Nikon Z50 (5)
 

The Nikon Z50 has a 20.88MP, APS-C CMOS sensor while the Nikon Z6 and Z7 have a Full-frame Back-lit CMOS sensor (24.5MP on the Z6 and 45.7MP on the Z7). On paper, this means the Nikon Z6/Z7 should capture images of a higher quality than the Nikon Z50 with the Nikon Z7 capturing the best photos out of all three with its 8256x5504 pixel sensor size compared with the 6048x4024 on the Z6 and 5568x3712 on the Nikon Z50 but, of course, sensor size isn't the only thing that determines how good a photo is...

  • Nikon Z50 - 20.88MP, APS-C CMOS sensor, 5568x3712 pixel size
  • Nikon Z6 - 24.5MP, Full-frame Back-lit CMOS sensor, 6048x4024 pixel size
  • Nikon Z7 - 45.7MP, Full-frame Back-lit CMOS sensor, 8256x5504 pixel size

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Camera Body Weight, Size & Design 

C13 Z50 Front Copy
Z50 (not to scale)
Z6 Front
Z6 (not to scale)
Z7
Z7 (not to scale)

 

The Nikon Z50 is the smallest and lightest out of all three mirrorless cameras weighing in at 450g and having dimensions just that bit smaller than the Z6 and Z7. 

As for the design, all three cameras do look very similar with a textured deep grip and the overall shape looking almost identical. Some of the dials are in different places on the Z50 in comparison to the Z6/Z7 but, generally, they're all much of the same. 

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: LCD Monitor

Nikon Z50 Selfie Screen
 

All three cameras have a 3.2in touch screen but the resolution is slightly better on the Z6/Z7 cameras (2100k dots vs 1040k dots on the Z50) but the screen does tilt down on the Z50 for those who want to capture selfies or often do pieces to camera and need to see how they look in the frame. 

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Image Stabilisation

Nikon Z6 Z7 With Adapter (3)
 

There's no in-body image stabilisation on the Nikon Z50. Instead, the camera relies on in-lens optical image stabilisation, which Nikon call VR (Vibration Reduction). This comes with “Dual detect” optical VR, which has gyro sensor information to give high levels of image stabilisation in the new DX 16-50mm VR and DX 50-250mm VR lenses. The Nikon Z6 and Z7 both have in-body image stabilisation. The 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation system works with Z mount lenses when they are used, but also works when you use a Nikon F lens with VR, with the FTZ adapter, so that you can benefit from both image stabilisation systems. The system is said to give up to 5-stops of image stabilisation.

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: ISO 

1/6 sec | f/8.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 100
 

There are some slight differences in the ISO range of each camera which are as follows: 

  • Nikon Z50: 100 - 204800
  • Nikon Z6 - 50 - 204800
  • Nikon Z7 -  32 - 102400

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Continuous Shooting

Nikon Z7 (3)
 

Continuous Shooting is rated at 9fps (frames per second) on the Nikon Z7, 12fps on the Nikon Z6 and 11fps on the Nikon Z50. On test, the continuous shooting speed was very good on the Z6/Z7 cameras and we expect the Z50 to be no different. 

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Video 

Nikon Z50 (12)
 

All three cameras capture video in FullHD and 4K at the following FPS (frames per second): 

Video FPS

  • Nikon Z50: 4K UHD 30, 25, 24fps, FullHD 120fps
  • Nikon Z6 - 4K UHD 30, 25, 24fps, FullHD 120fps
  • Nikon Z7 -  4K UHD 30, 25, 24fps, FullHD 120fps

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Battery 

Nikon Z6 Body (1)
 

The Z50 uses an EN-EL25 battery while the Z6/Z7 cameras feature an EN-EL15B battery type. The Z7 offers the most shots (CIPA rating) on one charge at 330 but the Z6 and Z50 aren't that far behind at 310 and 300 shots, respectively. 

 

Nikon Z50 vs Z6 Vs Z7: Price  

The Nikon Z50 is priced for £849 body only or £989 with a 16-50mm lens. The dual-lens option is priced at £1199 while the Nikon Z6 is priced at £1681 body only, £2249 with a 24-70mm lens, £2375 with a 24-70mm lens and mount adapter or £1699 with just a mount adapter

The Nikon Z7 body-only is priced at £2649 or you can purchase it with a 24-70mm lens for £2979. Add a mount adapter to this lens/camera combo and it's priced at £3149 or you can purchase the Z7 with just the mount adapter for £2719

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Final Thoughts

We were impressed with the performance of the Z6 and Z7 when we put them to the test and we look forward to seeing how well the Z50 mirrorless camera captures photos when we get a unit in for review. In the meantime, have a read of our 'Top 13 Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras 2019' list. We also have a 'Best Entry Level Mirrorless Compact System Cameras 2019' top list or, for options which are a bit more expensive, take a look at our '22 Best Premium Compact System Cameras 2019' recommendations. 

If you want to learn more about the Z6/Z7 cameras and how they compare with the Nikon D850 DSLR, we have a 'Vs' article just for you: Nikon D850 DSLR vs Z7 & Z6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras.

 

Comparison Table

Nikon Z50Nikon Z6Nikon Z7
ManufacturerNikonNikonNikon
Image Sensor
Pixels20.88Mp (Megapixels)24.5Mp (Megapixels)45.7Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)556860488256
Pixels (H)371240245504
Sensor TypeCMOSBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor SizeAPS-CFull-frameFull-frame
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm35.9mm35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)15.7mm23.9mm23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in3.2in
Screen resolution1040K dots2100K dots2100K dot
Touch ScreenYesYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Eye Detection
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 20480050 - 20480032 - 102400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5+/-5
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution2.36m dots3.6m3.6m
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting11fps12fps9fps
Video
Movie modeYesYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS4K UHD 30, 25, 24fps, FullHD 120fps4K 30fps, FullHD 120fps4K 30fps, FullHD 120fps
Stereo SoundYesYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoYesYes
Interface
HDMIYesYesYes
USBUSB 2USB-CUSB-C
Wi-FiYesYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • XQD
  • XQD
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL25EN-EL15BEN-EL15B
Battery Life (CIPA rating)300shots310shots330shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo DataNo Data
Dimensions
Weight450g675g675g
Width126.5mm134mm134mm
Height93.5mm100.5mm100.5mm
Depth60mm67.5mm67.5mm
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Comments


josa 7 25 Czech Republic
10 Oct 2019 5:50PM
Can you use FF lenses on Z50? Do you need a mount adapter? Thanx!

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joshwa Plus
9 905 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2019 8:07AM
Hi Josa,

You can use any Z-mount lens, including full-frame Z-mount lenses, with the camera using the middle of the lens, and giving a 1.5x crop, so a 50mm lens would be equivalent to a 75mm lens (for example).

Thanks,
Josh
13 Oct 2019 11:09AM
Nice comparison. However, Z6/7 both have touch AF and eye AF as well, think the lower viewfinder resolution 2.36/3.6 and 1.5 crop on 4K video are both quite important points as well. Sure this will do well though as with the two new lenses it makes a very nice compact high performance package for 1199 for the two lens kit.
mike0101 15 30 3 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2019 1:24PM
That 'range positioning' chart's a bit baffling. Given the lack of features & controls on the Z50 it's nearer the D5600 or even the D3500. Lets hope they bring out a Z60 and a Z70.

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