Last year, Nikon released its first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z7 and Z6, and now the range is expanding to a lower price with the announcement of the Z5. Unlike the Z50, which used the same Z mount but had a smaller APS-C sensor, the Z5 uses a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor.
You lose a few features compared to the Z6, but the Z5 still looks like a capable camera. There is no status screen, more plastic is used in the build, and the sensor is not backlit; it is also not ideal for 4K video due to a 1.7x crop. But elements like the OLED viewfinder of 3.69 million dots, the 3.2-inch touchscreen, the Expeed 6 processor and built-in image stabilization are all present.
The Z5 even fixes one of the biggest shortcomings of the Z6 and Z7, namely that they not only came with a single card slot, but also used the unusual XQD format. Buying expensive new maps is an annoyance, but the single slot is a deal breaker for many photographers who need the ability to keep backups in the field. However, the Z5 has two UHS-II SD card slots.
Nikon also announces a new lens for the Z series, and it is the smallest full-frame Z-mount lens to date. It’s a 24-50mm f / 4-6.3 zoom lens that is less than three inches long when not extended, making for a compact and versatile package with the moderately small Z Series bodies.
Nikon says the Z5 will be available in August for $ 1,399.95 body-only, making it $ 600 cheaper than the Z6. There is a $ 1,699.95 kit with the new 24-50mm f / 4-6.3 lens and a $ 2,199.95 option with the 24-200mm f / 4-6.3 lens. The company also plans to release a Windows 10 utility next month that will allow many Z-series DSLRs and cameras, including the Z5, to work as webcams.