Nikon Z50 review

Nikon Z50 is the mirrorless camera for the masses, sporting an APS-C sensor and ‘influencer’ friendly credentials

5 Star Rating
Nikon Z50 review
(Image: © Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nikon Z50 is not just a scaled down version of the Nikon Z6 and Z7. Nikon has done a remarkable job of giving such a small camera such a solid one-handed grip, but quite apart from the size of the camera, we were impressed by the 16-50mm pancake kit lens which is one of the slimmest APS-C kit lenses we've yet seen and uses a 'proper' mechanical zoom rather than an electrical power zoom system. But the clincher could be Nikon's pricing. Body only, the Z50 already costs less than its chief APS-C rivals, the Sony A6400 and Fujifilm X-T30, and the pricing for the kit lens and twin lens bundles is really quite remarkable.


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    Compact size and handling

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    4K video

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    11fps continuous shooting

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    Super-slim 'pancake' kit lens


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    Single UHS I SD card slot

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    300-shot battery life

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    Awkward flip-under selfie screen

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The Nikon Z50 (or Nikon Z 50 as Nikon prefers to write it) brings Nikon's mirrorless camera technology to the hobbyist market. Nikon's full frame mirrorless cameras might be tempting, but not everyone can afford them!

Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR 1/160sec at f/6.3, ISO8000 (Image credit: Chris George/Digital Camera World)
Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR. 1/25sec at f/6.3, ISO1250 (Image credit: Chris George/Digital Camera World)
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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.