Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR review

The Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is Nikon's first superzoom lens for its Z-mount mirrorless cameras, and it's rather good

5 Star Rating
Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This superzoom lens doesn’t go overly large in telephoto reach but there’s plenty of wide-angle scope. More importantly, the conservative overall zoom range and cutting-edge Z-mount design enable excellent image quality, similar to what you’d expect from a pair of seriously good standard and telephoto zoom lenses. It’s refreshingly compact and lightweight and has a highly effective 4.5-stop optical stabilizer. All in all, it’s an ideal travel lens for capturing both stills and video.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Weather-seals and fluorine coating

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    4.5-stop optical stabilizer


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    As usual, no focus distance scale

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    Aperture shrinks to f/6.3 at the long end

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We all love the versatility of interchangeable-lens system cameras, but we’re not always so keen on actually swapping lenses. That’s especially true for even the best mirrorless cameras, where the image sensor is exposed to the elements every time you switch optics. So there’s a lot to be said for a superzoom lens, with a mighty zoom range that caters to a huge range of shooting scenarios. The drawback is that, compared with prime lenses and zooms with a more modest range, there’s usually a substantial compromise in image quality, especially when it comes to sharpness and distortions. Let’s see if this new Z-mount lens can do any better.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.