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Nikon mirrorless cameras and lenses in 2021: what's new and what's coming next

Nikon mirrorless cameras and lenses
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The Nikon mirrorless camera system is still very new. It made its debut in 2018, but already there are four cameras in two different sensor sizes, and an increasing number of lenses on the Nikon Z lens roadmap.

We suspect there are more Nikon Z cameras to come. You can find out the latest speculation in our Nikon camera rumors article, where we reveal talk of a new APS-C model below the Z 50 and two new full frame Z models delivering high resolution and high burst speeds respectively. 

Nikon has also been busy developing new Z lenses. These were include the brand new Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S, due to arrive in March 2020. This has been delayed, however, with no definite release date so far. Like so many companies, Nikon has been hit by the COVID-19 crisis and is facing production delays and uncertainties. 

The Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S is a constant aperture professional telephoto lens, but at the other end of the scale, Nikon has announced the Nikon Z 20mm f/1.8 S, its widest Z mount prime lens yet, and we hope to bring you a full review very shortly.

We have reviewed the spectacular Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct lens, however. No, that's not a misprint – it really does have a maximum aperture of f/0.95. This is very much a showcase lens designed to demonstrate just what the Nikon Z system can do, and it's priced well beyond most people's budgets, but its performance is pretty spectacular.

Nikon mirrorless cameras are not just amongst the best Nikon cameras you can buy right now but also the best mirrorless cameras from any maker.

Nikon is probably best known for its DSLR cameras, and these are still going strong. In fact, it's just launched the brand new Nikon D780. You can read more about the pros and cons of these different camera types in our DSLR vs mirrorless cameras article.

The latest Nikon mirrorless models are the Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II - updates to the original Z full-framers, which now sport a much-asked-for twin memory card slot.

The current baby in the range is the Nikon Z 50, an APS-C mirrorless camera aimed at hobbyists and influencers, and a whole lot smaller and less expensive than the full frame Nikon Z 6 and Z 7. The Z 50 also comes with two new Nikkor Z DX lenses: the rather good Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR kit lens with a super slim retracting design, and an inexpensive but equally impressive Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR telephoto zoom.

The best news of all is that the Z 50 uses the same Nikon Z lens mount as the full frame models, and can use the same FTZ mount adaptor to fit Nikon DSLR lenses.

Read more:

Nikon Z 50 review
Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR review
Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR review
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Nikon mirrorless cameras don't have a DSLR's mirror and viewfinder system. This means the body is slimmer and lighter and Nikon has been able to design a wider and more versatile 'Z' lens mount and a new range of lenses. (Image credit: Nikon)

Thats not the only Nikon news, however. The company has also issued a series of firmware updates for the Z 6 and Z 7 to enhance both their performance and their features. 

• October and November 2019 brought improvements to both cameras' eye AF performance, and a new function (ISO control) to the function ring on Z lenses.

• In December 2019 Nikon released a firmware update to allow the XQD card slots in the Z 6 and Z 7 to support the new and physically identical CFexpress format. 

• Nikon also announced a deal with video specialist Atomos to allow ProRes raw video recording via HDMI to suitable Atomos devices (though this will require a hardware upgrade at a service center).

Designing a new camera system meant that Nikon could also return to the drawing board with its lens designs, developing a new ‘Z-mount’ that’s wider than its DSLRs’ old F-mount and closer to the sensor itself, thanks to the absence of a mirror.

This has given Nikon’s lens designers and opportunity to design new and exotic lens designs with optical specifications and performance that could not be achieved with its older Nikon F mount, such as the remarkable Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct.

This does mean that Nikon has had to start from scratch with a new range of Z-mount lenses for these cameras, but there are two advantages:

1) Nikon's designers have been able to rethink conventional lens design and produce, for example, retracting lens designs for the 24-70mm kit zoom and 14-30mm ultra-wide zooms. These are mirrorless lenses small enough to complement  smaller mirrorless bodies.

2) You can get a relatively inexpensive Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter, often sold bundled with the new Z series cameras, which lets you use any current Nikon DSLR lens with no exposure or autofocus restrictions.

Nikon's full frame mirrorless cameras have in-body image stabilization, though this has not been included in the smaller Nikon Z 50, which relies instead on stabilized lenses. (Image credit: Nikon)

Nikon mirrorless cameras and lenses in 2021

Nikon Z cameras

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1. Nikon Z 6

It's the cheaper Nikon Z model, but better for video and more affordable

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame CMOS | Megapixels: 24.5MP | Monitor: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage | Continuous shooting speed: 12fps | Viewfinder: EVF | Max video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p | User level: Enthusiast/Professional

Well-designed body and controls 
Superb high-ISO image quality
Full frame 4K video
Weak 310-shot battery life

The Z 6 is the cheaper of Nikon’s two current Z-series cameras, with a 24 megapixel sensor rather than the 45.7 megapixel sensor in the Z 7. It’s not exactly the poor relation, though, because the Z 6 has a lot going for it besides its tag. For a start, it has a faster continuous shooting speed than the Z 7, better image quality at high ISO settings and the ability to capture ‘uncropped’ 4K video – so your angle of view doesn't become narrower when you switch to video mode. You can buy the Nikon Z 6 body on its own, but we’d recommend getting it with the space-saving retracting Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 kit lens – and if you already have a Nikon DSLR camera and lenses, make sure you get the Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter too. 

Read more: Nikon Z6 reviewNikon Z6 II review

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2. Nikon Z 7

Huge resolution, high-speed shooting, 4K video... it's a brilliant camera

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame CMOS | Megapixels: 45.7MP | Monitor: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage | Continuous shooting speed: 9fps | Viewfinder: EVF | Max video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p | User level: Professional

Great handling
Superb electronic viewfinder
Not many Z-mount lenses yet
Single XQD card slot

The Z 7 was the first of Nikon's Z-series cameras to hit the market, and it made an instant impression. Even though it was the first model, Nikon seemed to have made a near-perfect camera right at the start. The Z 7 combines an ultra-high-resolution 45.7-megapixel sensor with a 493-point hybrid autofocus system and the ability to capture images at up to 9 frames per second and without needing an add-on battery grip. There has been some controversy. Both the Z 6 and Z 7 use a single XQD memory card slot. This is an uncommon format, but Nikon has now released firmware updates which make the Z 6 and Z 7 XQD slots compatible with the next big thing in high-performance storage – CFexpress memory cards. We really rate the Nikon Z 6 for affordability, video and all-round performance, but it's a close-run thing, and if ultimate resolution is high on your list of priorities, then the Z 7 is the obvious choice.

Read more: Nikon Z7 reviewNikon Z7 II review

Nikon Z50 (Nikon Z50)

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3. Nikon Z 50

The Z 50 brings Nikon's Z mount to the smaller APS-C format

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 20.9MP | Monitor: 3.2-inch, 180-degree tilting touchscreen, 1.040k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 11fps | Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36m dots | Max video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p | User level: Intermediate

4K uncropped video
11fps continuous shooting
Small size
16-50mm retracting 'pancake' zoom
No in-body stabilization
UHS I card slot (not UHS II)
Only two DX-native lenses so far

The new Nikon Z 50 has a similar look and feel to the full frame Nikon Z cameras, but in a much smaller, lighter and more affordable body. For such a small camera it offers a surprisingly good grip, and the amazing 16-50mm pancake kit lens hardly extends further than the front grip when it's retracted. Nikon is pitching the Z 50 at the same level as the Nikon D7500 DSLR, but it's smaller, lighter and cheaper and offers a faster frame rate. The sensor resolution is the same as the D7500 at 20.9 megapixels, but the Z 50 sensor is new, with the addition of 209 phase detection AF points covering 90% of its width and height. The Z 50's pricing is very competitive and it's aimed at hobbyists, content creators and Nikon DSLR upgraders, and even though it's Nikon's first APS-C mirrorless camera, it feels 'right' straight away. You can also use your existing Nikon DSLR lenses via Nikon's FTZ adaptor.

Read more: Nikon Z 50 review

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4. Nikon Z5

The latest full-frame model, aimed at upgraders

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame CMOS | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Monitor: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage | Continuous shooting speed: 4.5fps | Viewfinder: EVF | Max video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p | User level: Enthusiast

Solid, robust feeling build
Good EVF and tilting rear screen
Twin memory card slots
Only 4.5fps continuous shooting
4K video is cropped

The newest camera in the range is a bit of a curious fish – as although pitched at those wanting to upgrade to full-frame photography, we think the Nikon Z6 is a better value option. The camera is also sold with a new 24-50m kit lens, which feels like it is not good enough to make you get the full advantages of full frame.

Nikon Z rumors

Nikon Z 30

The Nikon Z 50 is the smallest Z-system family, but we hear there may be an entry level Nikon Z 3 or Z 30 at some point this year. According to rumors from Japan, this could be a super-small DX format camera with no electronic viewfinder, a fixed LCD screen, a single microSD card slot and a 24 or 26MP sensor. Recently leaked designs appear to confirm these rumors. It sounds as if this camera, if it happens, might compete with other entry-level cameras such as the Fujifilm X-A7 and the Panasonic Lumix GX80.

Nikon Z 8

When the Nikon Z 7 came out it set new standards for resolution (megapixels). But now Sony has dropped a bombshell by announcing its 61MP Sony A7R IV. It’s widely known that Sony makes sensors for many other camera makers, and we’re expecting a Nikon Z 8 with that same 61MP sensor. This is more than just guesswork. Nikon has apparently signed up to purchase the 61MP Sony Exmor R sensor, which we hear will power a Z8 featuring dual CF Express memory card slots, improved image stabilization, a new resolution shift mode to capture 240MP images, and an ISO range of 64 to 25,600 (expandable to 32-102,400). 

Nikon Z 9

Professional cameras split into two groups: those designed for resolution, and those designed for speed. Cameras for sports, press and wildlife photography swap resolution for better low-light performance and faster continuous shooting – and we think there may be a Nikon Z 9 body to meet these needs. This could be a mirrorless version of the mighty Nikon D5 or the imminent D6, with a big battery built in, a high-speed shooting capacity of perhaps 20fps and dual memory card slots. Nikon would surely love to have camera that would challenge the Sony A9, now that it has models to rival the Sony A7 series. 

Nikon mirrorless Z Lenses

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

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1. NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

This is the ideal ‘kit lens’ for the Nikon Z system; compact, and very good

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 14/11 | Diaphragm blades: 7 | Minimum focus distance: 0.3m | Filter thread: 72mm | Dimensions (WxL): 77.5x88.5mm | Weight: 500g

Compact, retracting design
Light weight and portability
The f/2.8 ‘pro’ lens is faster
Not exactly cheap

On paper, the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 looks unambitious, but its small size, light weight and great optical performance make it an exceptional companion for the Nikon Z-series cameras. It’s the closest thing these cameras have to a ‘kit lens’, and we’d certainly recommend buying either camera with this lens, as it is cheaper than buying them separately. While it’s easy to see this as a ‘kit lens’, its optical performance (and, alas, its price) are on a different level. Optically, it’s very, very good. Physically, it’s about the only standard zoom lens we’ve used that feels the right size for a compact mirrorless body. 

Read more: Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S review

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

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2. NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

A modest-sounding but optically superb prime lens for the Z system

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 12/9 | Diaphragm blades: 9 | Minimum focus distance: 0.4m | Filter thread: 62mm | Dimensions (WxL): 76x86.5mm | Weight: 415g

Incredibly sharp
Beautiful bokeh
Quite long for a 50mm f/1.8
No distance scale

Nikon’s Z-mount has paved the way for lenses that set new benchmarks for optical quality. In focal length terms the Z 50mm f/1.8 S prime may be ‘standard’, however in every other respect this lens is anything but. Its resolution and all-round optical performance is outstanding, and while the f/1.8 maximum aperture might seem relatively modest compared to some of the f/1.4 and even f/1.2 lenses we see right now, it can still produce quite superb background blur and bokeh. This was one of two prime lenses (the other was the 35mm f/1.8) designed to showcase the optical potential of the new Z-mount system, and it certainly does that.

Read more: Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S review

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

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3. NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

The perfect prime lens for street photography and great in low light too

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 11/9 | Diaphragm blades: 9 | Minimum focus distance: 0.25m | Filter thread: 62mm | Dimensions (WxL): 73x86mm | Weight: 370g

Light, compact and unassuming
Superb optical performance
Expensive for a 35mm f/1.8
No focus distance scale

This is the second of two f/1.8 prime lenses Nikon launched alongside its Z-mount cameras. Like the 50mm f/1.8, it’s not remotely flashy, either in its design or its optical specifications (there are plenty of faster f/1.4 lenses around). Instead, it’s a simple, elegant and relatively lightweight lens that showcases the optical possibilities of the Z-mount and Nikon’s determination to produce lenses with a whole new level of performance. In the old days you wouldn’t really have attempted to use an f/1.8 lens wide open and expect much sharpness or contrast; with this one you can shoot at f/1.8 without a second thought and still get excellent definition and clarity.

Read more: Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S review

NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S

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4. NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S

This ultra-wide lens doesn’t just give a wider angle, it’s compact too

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 14/12 | Diaphragm blades: 7 | Minimum focus distance: 0.28m | Filter thread: 82mm | Dimensions (WxL): 89x85mm | Weight: 485g

Compact, retracting design
Excellent optical quality
Costs as much as some f/2.8 lens
No focus distance scale

Every lens range needs an ultra-wideangle zoom, and this one is a little beauty. Like the 24-70mm f/4 ‘kit’ lens for the Nikon Z series cameras, it has a lightweight, retracting design, so although its maximum aperture is quite modest at a constant f/4, this lens makes up for it with its small size and portability. At some point, Nikon may introduce a faster f/2.8 pro ultra-wide lens (it’s not on the roadmap just yet), but until then the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S will do the job very well, and is likely to appeal not just to travel photographers but to landscapge photographers too, because unlike many ultra-wideangle zooms, this one lets you fit filters to the front.

Read more: Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S review

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

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5. NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

This is the ‘pro’ standard zoom lens for the Nikon Z system

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 17/15 | Diaphragm blades: 7 | Minimum focus distance: 0.38m | Filter thread: 82mm | Dimensions (WxL): 89x126mm | Weight: 805g

Excellent optical performance
Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture
Size, weight and cost
Doesn’t focus as close as the 24-70mm f/4

We’d still recommend the cheaper Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 as a kit lens for enthusiasts and travel photographers, purely for its size and affordability, but for professionals and experts the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is a clear winner. It’s a top quality professional lens at the leading edge of optical performance, and pretty much a default lens specification for pros. It offers excellent resolution and general optical performance, customisable controls and even a data display panel. The only things against it (apart from its higher cost) are its size and weight – and it doesn’t focus quite as close as the 24-70mm f/4 lens, either.

Read more: Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S review

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

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6. NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

A new fast prime ‘portrait’ lens for the Nikon Z cameras

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 12/8 | Diaphragm blades: 9 | Minimum focus distance: 0.8m | Filter thread: 67mm | Dimensions (WxL): 75x99mm | Weight: 470g

Compact size, light weight
Relatively affordable
F/1.8 rather than f/1.4
No distance scale on the lens

The Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S is very new and we haven’t had time to review it yet, but if it lives up the to performance of the existing 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses, we’re not likely to be disappointed. Like the other Nikkor Z prime lenses, this one is slim, elegant and light, and while it doesn’t match the f/1.4 maximum aperture of other classic ‘portrait’ lenses on the market, f/1.8 is not very much different – and it should make this lens much easier to handle. With a weight of just 470g, it’s going to be a lot less tiring to use, and it has an equally modest 67mm filter thread, so you won’t have to invest in any outlandish filter sizes.

Read more: Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S review

NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S

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7. NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S

This is a brand new prime lens for the Nikon Z system that we’ve yet to try

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 12/10 | Diaphragm blades: 9 | Minimum focus distance: 0.25m | Filter thread: 72mm | Dimensions (WxL): 78x96.5mm | Weight: 450g

Neat, uncluttered design
f/1.8 maximum aperture
Not cheap for a lens of this type
No focus distance scale

This is the fourth f/1.8 prime lens for the Nikon Z system and went on sale in October 2019. It bears a strong family resemblance to all the others, with a clean, cylindrical shape and fuss-free design – though this does means there’s no focus distance scale, which is a little disappointing in a prime lens and means there are no traditional depth of field markings either. Tis does promise to be a very useful lens for interiors and environmental portraits, and it matches the optical performance of Nikon’s other f/1.8 Z-mount prime lenses, it’ll be a lens you can use wide open with confidence, to give a degree of background blur and spatial depth despite the wide angle of view.

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8. Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct

Nikon's ultra-fast prime lens is amazing but VERY expensive

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 17/10 | Diaphragm blades: 11 | Minimum focus distance: 0.5m | Filter thread: 82mm | Dimensions (WxL): 102x153mm | Weight: 2,000g

f/0.95 maximum aperture
LED info panel
Long-travel manual focus ring
Manual focus only
The price!

The Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 NOCT is a big lens, but is not nearly as big as we had imagined, or as heavy. Even on the small Nikon Z50 it feels something that is actually usable. Used at f/0.95, the limited depth of field is incredible. With portraits you can get the eyelashes pin sharp, but leave the eyes noticeably blurred. In the right hands, and with care, this gives you an incredibly creative too. Beautiful out-of-focus circular highlights, like full moons, appeared behind the model - which portrait photographers and cinematographers will be dying to use. It is expensive, but for most pros this is a lens that will like be hired for a shoot rather than bought outright.

Read more: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct review

Nikon mirrorless cameras and lenses

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9. Nikkor Z 20mm f/1.8 S

This is Nikon's widest Z-mount prime lens yet

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 14/11 | Diaphragm blades: 9 | Minimum focus distance: 0.2m | Filter thread: 77mm | Dimensions (WxL): 84.5 x 108.5mm | Weight: 505g

Nikon's widest Z-mount prime yet
Expensive, unfortunately!

This is the fifth f/1.8 prime lens in the range and a very interesting addition. Even wider than the 24mm f/1.8 it should prove popular with landscape, travel and architectural photographers. We will bring you a full review just as soon as we receive a sample.

FTZ Mount Adapter

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10. FTZ Mount Adapter

An essential accessory for anyone migrating from a Nikon DSLR system

Mount: Nikon Z/F | Elements/groups: None | Diaphragm blades: None | Minimum focus distance: N/A (depends on lens) | Filter thread: N/A (depends on lens | Dimensions (WxL): Not quoted | Weight: Not quoted

Use Nikon DSLR lenses with your Nikon Z
In-body stabilization for unstabilized lenses
Lengthens the camera-lens combo
A stopgap solution ultimately

If you’re buying a Nikon Z camera as your first full frame camera system then you won’t really need this lens adaptor because you’ll be buying new Z-mount lenses anyway. But if you already have a Nikon DSLR system, this is a brilliant way to ‘migrate’ to your new mirrorless setup, or even use your existing DSLR kit alongside your new camera. There are some restrictions with older lenses – the adaptor doesn’t have mechanical linkages for old-school aperture control for example – but it works brilliantly with new and current Nikon DSLR lenses. It’s cheaper to get this adaptor with the camera when you buy it than it is to buy it separately.

Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR

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11. NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR

This is the kit lens for the new Nikon Z 50, and it's so SMALL!

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 9/7 | Diaphragm blades: 7 | Minimum focus distance: 0.2m | Filter thread: 46mm | Dimensions (WxL): 70 x 32mm | Weight: 135g

'Pancake' design
Handy 24-75mm equivalent range
VR built in
Plastic construction and rear mount
Only f/6.3 at full zoom

The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is the standard kit lens for the new Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera. It's designed specifically for the smaller APS-C, or 'DX', sensor size in this camera, which explains the 'DX' in the name. It covers an equivalent focal range of 24-75mm, so it's a little 'wider' than the typical kit lens, but probably more useful as a result. This lens's big feature, though, is its retracting mechanism, which shrinks it down to the size of a 'pancake' lens when it's not in use. Better still, it's a purely mechanical mechanism with no awkward locking buttons or slow and wearisome electrical 'power zoom' mechanisms. For such a compact and inexpensive lens, it performs really well, and complements the Z 50 perfectly.

Read more: NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR review

NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR

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12. NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR

It's a low cost, lightweight telephoto zoom perfect for the Nikon Z 50

Mount: Nikon Z | Elements/groups: 16/12 | Diaphragm blades: 7 | Minimum focus distance: 0.5m | Filter thread: 62mm | Dimensions (WxL): 74 x 110mm | Weight: 405g

Light and compact
75-375mm equivalent zoom range
Only f/6.3 at longest zoom setting
Plastic construction

The NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR is a low cost, lightweight telephoto zoom lens launched alongside the Nikon Z 50. It's designed for the smaller ASP-C sensor in this camera, hence the 'DX' in the lens name – this also means it can be made lighter and cheaper than a full frame Nikon Z lens. The construction is plastic and the cost is low as this is a lens aimed at hobbyists rather than professional photographers. Nevertheless, Nikon has great confidence in its new mirrorless Z mount, claiming it offers the opportunity to create better optical quality in a way that wasn't possible before, so although the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR is quite cheap to buy, our lab tests confirm its performance is extremely good for a telephoto lens in this price bracket!

Read more: NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR review

Nikon mirrorless lens roadmap

We have a whole article devoted to the Nikon Z lens roadmap, but here's a summary of what we know of Nikon's plans so far, the lenses it intends to release, and when.

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Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S (2020): A 70-200mm f/2.8 is a must-have lens for any professional photographer – fast aperture telephoto zoom is an essential workhorse for weddings, news, and sports. When this lens arrives it will suddenly make Nikon's Z system a whole lot more appealing to pro photographers.

Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S (2020): This will be a much faster 50mm prime lens than the current 50mm f/1.8, and should prove popular with documentary and street photographers – though that f/1.2 maximum aperture is likely to mean that this lens will be both heavy and expensive.

Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S (2020): This will complete the holy trinity of f/2.8 pro zooms for the Z system. Every professional lens system a has constant-aperture f/2.8 super-wide zoom like this one. The existing 14-40mm f/4 lens is compact and effective, but this new lens will be the one that really makes professionals sit up and take notice.

Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR (2020): This will be the first superzoom lens for the Nikon Z system – allowing you to tackle most subjects with just the one lens, making it ideal for traveling. It is a full-frame lens for use with the Z6 and Z7, but also features VR image stabilization making it a great partner for the Z50 too (where it will have an effective focal length of 36-300mm). It was slated to go on sale in April 2020 for at £849/€1049 (this lens was originally on the roadmap for 2021) but is currently delayed.

Other lenses scheduled for release in 2020-21, for which only basic details have so far been released are:

200-600mm full-frame supertelephoto zoom
28mm compact prime
40mm compact prime
60mm Micro macro lens
105mm S Micro macro lens
24-105mm S  standard lens
100-400mm S  telephoto zoom
18-140mm DX  zoom for the Z50

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