Nikon Z5: Entry-Level Price, Full-Frame Features

The Z5 joins the full-frame market with an entry-level price

On July 21, 2020, Nikon Inc., announced their newest full-frame, mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z5.

The Z5 is touted as the, ‘entry-point into its award-winning lineup of Z series mirrorless cameras,’ with an IBIS sensor, 4K30p video capture, and expandable ISO to 102,400.

To me, the Z5 resembles a hybrid of the already existing full-frame Z6 and Z7 cameras mixed with their Z50 crop-sensor camera.

Z5 Body Available on  Amazon for $1399.95 

Z5 Body Available on Amazon for $1399.95

The Z5 features a FX-format 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, that will create ultra-shallow depth of field images with little noise in low-light environments.

From portraits that flatter, nighttime landscapes that astound and street shots that impress, the gorgeous tones, faithful colors, minimal noise, and revered Nikon color science all play a part to help users capture images that are true to their vision.



Featuring Nikon’s re-engineered EXPEED 6 processor, their fastest processor to date, the EXPEED 6 promises faster processing power and energy efficiency, ‘EXPEED 6 allows for a boost in processing power and energy efficiency while rendering subtle textures and small details with amazing results.’

When using 12-bit RAW, JPEG or TIFF in high-speed continuous shooting, the Z5 shoots up to 12 fps, and a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/8000 second.

The Z5’s silent shooting mode along with in-Body 5-Axis VR stabilization is perfect for quiet environments like weddings and church events, where there is low light and need sharp photos.

Nikon promises tact-sharp photos with 2731 on-sensor AF points and Eye-Detection AF for people and animals.


Professionals will be happy to see two UHS-II card slots on the Z5, for backup and overflow recordings.

When shooting video, the Z5 can record up to 4K UHD/30p or 1080/60p in full-frame, using phase-detection autofocus, focus peaking, electronic image stabilization, and still capture while recording.

N-Log utilizes the extensive color depth range in 10-bit HDMI output, recording richer gradation information for more effective color grading.

For existing Nikon lens owners looking to upgrade to the mirrorless format, the Z5 supports the Mount Adapter FTZ for traditional F-mount NIKKOR lenses.

Pre-order the Nikon Z6 with the Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR here or buy the body only.

Find out more about the Z5 here, or read the Nikon Z5 press release.

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