Nikon Z30 review

The Nikon Z30 is Nikon’s cheapest Z-series mirrorless camera. It drops the viewfinder in favour of vlogging features

Nikon Z30 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

While Nikon has aimed the Z30 firmly at a vlogger audience, with a focus on ease of use for shooting video, the underlying video specs are very similar to Nikon’s existing DX-format Z-series cameras. Likewise, it remains a very capable stills camera. If you’re of the generation of shooters happy to forego a viewfinder, the Z30 offers the cheapest route to Nikon’s astounding Z-mount optics.

Pros

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    Best-in-class build quality

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    Nikon’s most affordable Z camera

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    Great image quality

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    Proper vari-angle screen

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    Access to Z-mount and F-mount optics

Cons

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    No headphone socket

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    Absent EVF limits stills potential

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    It's a shame there's no 4K 60p

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    No in-body stabilization

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    Limited Z DX lens range

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Nikon’s third mirrorless Z-series camera with a DX (APS-C) sensor has arrived in the guise of the Z30. It joins the original Nikon Z50 – launched over two years ago – and the more recent Nikon Z fc, which is essentially the same camera with retro-themed, direct-access controls. The Z30 feels very much like the same camera again – this time sans-viewfinder to appeal to vloggers, and perhaps a generation of photographers brought up on smartphones.

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  


While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks. 

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