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Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50

Portability
62
Imaging
78
Features
86
Overall
81
Nikon Z5 front
 
Nikon Z50 front
Portability
74
Imaging
69
Features
84
Overall
75

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 Key Specs

Nikon Z5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 675g - 134 x 101 x 70mm
  • Announced July 2020
Nikon Z50
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 397g - 127 x 94 x 60mm
  • Introduced October 2019
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Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 Overview

Following is a in-depth review of the Nikon Z5 versus Nikon Z50, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both sold by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the Z5 (24MP) and the Z50 (21MP) is very similar but the Z5 (Full frame) and Z50 (APS-C) offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The Z5 was introduced 10 months after the Z50 and they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving right into a thorough comparison, here is a short summary of how the Z5 scores versus the Z50 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z5 over the Nikon Z50

 Z5 Z50 
IntroducedJuly 2020October 2019More modern by 10 months

Reasons to pick Nikon Z50 over the Nikon Z5

 Z50 Z5 
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon Z5 and Nikon Z50

 Z5 Z50 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3.2"3.2"Same display dimensions
Display resolution1040k1040kIdentical display resolution
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon Z5 enjoys external dimensions of 134mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") having a weight of 675 grams (1.49 lbs) and the Nikon Z50 has sizing of 127mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.4") accompanied by a weight of 397 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the Z5 versus the Z50.

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Z5 and Z50 is 62 and 74 respectively.

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to see the contrast between sensor sizes purely by going over specs. The picture below will provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the Z5 and Z50.

All in all, each of the cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The Z5 using its larger sensor will make getting shallow DOF easier and the Nikon Z5 will offer more detail using its extra 3MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos way more aggressively. The more modern Z5 is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z5 Portrait photography details
Nikon Z50 Portrait photography details
86
focusing manually
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
81
you can focus manually
MP count good (21MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon Z5 Street photography highlights
Nikon Z50 Street photography highlights
74
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
saves RAW files
comes with touch focus
weather sealing
very good ISO range (51,200)
heavier than others in class (675g)
73
screen tilts
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
provides focus via touch
environment sealing
good ISO range (51,200)
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (397 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z5 Sports photography info
Nikon Z50 Sports photography info
83
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery (470 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (4.5 frames/s)
76
MP count good (21 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon Z5
Travel photography with Nikon Z50
68
great battery (470 CIPA)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch focus
good megapixels (24MP)
heavier than others in class (675 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
77
environment sealing
has bluetooth
provides focus via touch
MP count good (21 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
more heavy than competition in class (397 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon Z5
Landscape photography with Nikon Z50
87
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
great battery (470 shots)
has double storage slots
79
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
MP count good (21 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z5 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon Z50 as a Vlogging camera
34
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic port
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
heavier than others in class (675 grams)
71
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
comes with face detection focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external microphone jack
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (397g)
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Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z5 and Nikon Z50
 Nikon Z5Nikon Z50
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Z5 Nikon Z50
Type Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2020-07-20 2019-10-10
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 6 Expeed 6
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 21MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6016 x 4016 5568 x 3712
Highest native ISO 51200 51200
Highest enhanced ISO 102400 204800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 273 209
Lens
Lens support Nikon Z Nikon Z
Amount of lenses 15 15
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display size 3.2" 3.2"
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,690 thousand dot 2,360 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.5fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 7.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/200 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 675g (1.49 lb) 397g (0.88 lb)
Physical dimensions 134 x 101 x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") 127 x 94 x 60mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 470 shots 320 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Built-in
Battery ID EN-EL15c EN-EL25
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots Two 1
Retail cost $1,399 $857