Last year Nikon released its first mirrorless full-frame cameras, the Z7 and Z6. With the announcement of the Z5, the range is now being expanded at a lower price. Unlike the Z50, which used the same Z bracket but had a smaller APS-C sensor, the Z5 uses a 24 megapixel full frame sensor.
You lose some 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 building and the sensor is not backlit. Due to the 1.7-fold cropping, it is also not ideal for 4K videos. However, elements such as the 3.69 million-point OLED viewfinder, the 3.2-inch touchscreen, the Expeed 6 processor and image stabilization in the body are present.
The Z5 even fixes one of the Z6 and Z7's biggest flaws, namely that it not only came with a single card slot, but also used the unusual XQD format. It is annoying to have to buy expensive new cards, but the single slot is a deal breaker for many photographers who need the ability to store backups on site. However, the Z5 has two UHS-II SD card slots.
Nikon also announces a new lens for the Z series. It is the smallest full-frame Z-mount lens to date. It is a 24-50mm f / 4-6.3 zoom that is less than three inches long when not extended. This results in a compact and versatile package with the relatively small housings of the Z series.
According to Nikon, the Z5 will be available in August for only $ 1,399.95, 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 an option for $ 2,199.95 with the 24-200mm f / 4-6.3 lens. The company also plans to launch a Windows 10 utility next month that will allow many DSLRs and Z-series cameras, including the Z5, to work as webcams.