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If you’re a big fan of the Nikon’s Z series—Z6 Z7—and looking to make an upgrade, the best mirrorless camera is the Nikon Z50. It improves upon the Z series in terms of image quality, video quality, and additional features like in-camera editing and a first ever 55mm lens mount.

Why We Like It – Nikon Z50 Review

The Nikon Z50 APS-C Mirrorless Camera Body, with Z DX lenses, captures wonderfully vibrant photos, and comes packed with an emphasis on features for taking videos.

  • Excellent image quality
  • Compatible with Nikkor Z lenses
  • Great option for professionals and photographers
  • Poor integration of subject tracking.


With a 20.9 MP APS-C sensor and a 369mm sensor size, images are nice and crisp with plenty of ISO range. While a camera like the Sony A7 III technically has a better image sensor, the Z50 does the job beautiful. You can reach a high ISO by fiddling with the shutter speed or set it automatically to adjust with the focal length. Its noise is also very low, lower than the Panasonic Lumix G7.

Nikon Z50 also makes use of a large 55mm lens mount—the “Z mount”—which isn’t common to mirrorless cameras. This betters the Nikon Z50 image quality, especially in low light situations. The z-mount lenses are much wider than other Nikon DSLR cameras. The Nikon also has built-in flash, which further helps when shots are dark and flat. Video quality is superb at UHD 4K on the Z50 Nikon DX.

Its AF system comes really close to another Z camera Nikon released, the full-frame Z6. It’s autofocus system is very fast, but it does suffer with subject tracking because you’ve got to toggle it.


For a mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z50 follows the design trend of being a small camera. Thankfully, its size won’t make it hard to handle. It’s shaped to create a handle and given a grippy finish. The touch screen can be pulled out and turned, which is especially helpful if you’re taking selfies. What’s also nice is how the Nikon Z50 is compatible with Nikkor Z lens kits, should you prefer that over


To gauge the Nikon Z50’s value, it’s best to compare it with a Fujifilm X-T30, considering they’re the same price, and both are APS-C cameras with many of the same features. Both have their strengths; the Fujifilm X-T30 arguably takes the cake when it comes to image quality, but the Nikon Z50 leans heavily into video features such as slow motion, in-camera trimming, and UHD 4K time-lapse. In other words, different strokes for different folks. Still, the Nikon Z50’s other Z cameras like the Nikon Z6. It also helps the kit lenses are reasonably priced.

Nikon Z50 Review Wrap Up

For those who love Nikon’s Z series, and looking to make an upgrade, the Nikon Z50 gives every reason to make the job. Not only is the image quality much better, and videos are better than ever, the Nikon Z50 comes with oodles of in-camera features right at your fingertips.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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