Nikon Canada Inc. announced the next Z series mirrorless camera, the DX-format Nikon Z 50, along with two new companion NIKKOR Z lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR.
The Z 50, which takes full advantage of Nikon's larger Z-mount, is Nikon's first DX-format mirrorless camera, delivering a more compact lightweight system to those upgrading to mirrorless or discovering the Nikon Z mount system.
The easy-to-carry, compact and lightweight 15.9-oz body of the Z 50 is designed with intuitive controls and an agile yet durable magnesium alloy frame. Since it's mirrorless, you can activate the silent shutter function for low-profile shooting in sensitive situations.
The DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor delivers superior image quality, sharpness, colour and tones, even in low light. The EXPEED 6 image-processing engine helps achieve low-light performance and the highest standard sensitivity in its class for still-image shooting - ISO 51,2001 - so you can capture high-resolution photos in challenging lighting conditions, like concerts or night street photography.
It quickly locks focus with a 209-point Hybrid AF System that enables broad coverage of approximately 87% of the frame horizontally and 85% vertically. It's also the first Nikon DX-format camera to employ Eye-Detection AF, which makes portrait photography simple by recognizing and instantly focusing on a subject's eyes, even if they are moving. What's more, with fast 11 fps (with AF/AE) continuous shooting, you can keep up with fleeting moments.
The Z 50 features an easy to use interface with a 3.2-inch LCD flip-down touchscreen that's ideal for selfies and vlogging. The LCD features familiar soft keys and icons, and intuitive controls. Selfie Mode automatically disables all but essential controls while the LCD is flipped down to make it easy for the photographer to turn the camera on themselves and capture flattering photos and videos without worry of accidental changes in settings.
There's also built in 120p slow-motion, time-lapse, and interval timer, as well as in-camera video trimming and 20 Creative Picture Controls. Scene modes automatically adjust settings to optimize performance for beginners. For smooth footage, the camera also incorporates additional built-in stabilization while shooting Full HD or 4K video.
Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity along with support for the new SnapBridge version 2.6 app allows you to seamlessly share still images and videos. In addition to automatically sending images to your phone, you can now also easily transfer video to smart devices quickly. The latest version of SnapBridge also supports RAW image transfer and advanced remote capture functions.
The new NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm standard zoom and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm telephoto zoom lenses are designed to complement the Z 50. The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is a slim zoom lens that lets you capture a wide variety of scenes, from landscapes to candid portraits. The compact telephoto NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR allows anyone to go the extra-distance and capture far-away subjects, like city skylines or birds in flight. When paired with the new lenses, Dual Detect Optical VR is enabled on the Z 50 to control the effects of camera shake when shooting.
The new NIKKOR Z DX lenses are also optimized for video capture when paired with the Z 50. Both lenses promise reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth control of aperture or exposure compensation, as well as fast and quiet operation. Additionally, the new lenses offer in-lens optical Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to allow for smooth recording, with camera shake compensation equivalent to 4.5 stops and 5.0 stops, respectively.
Beyond these two new lenses, Z 50 users can enjoy greater variety in imaging expression by mounting any of the current lenses in the NIKKOR Z lineup. A selection of traditional F-Mount NIKKOR lenses is also available to shooters via the Mount Adapter FTZ, with many lenses retaining functions such as VR and AF.
The Z 50 will be available in November 2019 in several configurations including a body only for an MSRP of $1,169.95; a one-lens kit with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR for an MSRP of $1,399.95; or a two-lens kit with both the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR for an MSRP of $1,879.95.
Additionally, Nikon has also released the NIKKOR Z 58MM f/0.95 S Noct, which it says it the fastest NIKKON lens ever made.
The NIKKOR Z NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is an exclusively manual focus prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/0.95 for dramatic depth of field and next-level low light performance.
It offers low light ability and extreme sharpness, with vast depth-of field control, bokeh, and point-image reproduction.
The original Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 was released in 1977, its name said to be derived from "Nocturne." Made for nighttime photography, this lens became renowned for its ability to reproduce point light sources as point images. The design of the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct evolves with advanced optical technology, boasting an f/0.95 maximum aperture, low light ability, and bokeh characteristics.
Even when the distance between the subject and the background are insufficient, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct can still capture sharp images with beautiful background blur due to the reproduction of an extremely sharp focus plane and vast shallow depth of field. Additionally, shooting point light sources at maximum aperture would normally produce sagittal coma flare, says Nikon. However, with the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct the causes of sagittal coma flare are eliminated across the entire frame with point light sources being reproduced as tack-sharp point images even at the peripheries, for clear and crisp portraits, night landscapes and astronomical shots.
A lens like the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is possible today because of the large Z mount, which allows for more light capture and faster data sharing between lens and camera, as well as improved flexibility for lens optics and design. The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct also boasts a large-diameter ground aspherical lens element crafted from glass with "outstanding surface accuracy," providing a higher refractive index that would otherwise be unobtainable. This pro-level lens is constructed with an optical formula consisting of 17 elements in 10 groups, ensuring a well-balanced lens.
Like the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens announced earlier this year, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct includes an ARNEO Coat, which provides anti-reflection performance to combat incident light reaching the lens surface from a vertical direction. Alongside the Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively reduces incident light from a diagonal direction, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct can capture clear and sharp content with minimal ghosting and flare effects across a wide variety of backlit situations that are normally challenging for photographers. Additionally, it includes a lens information panel allowing photographers and videographers to confirm aperture, focus distance, and depth of field at a glance. You will also enjoy the increased number of functions that can be assigned to the lens Fn button, matching the Fn1/Fn2 buttons on both the Z 7 and Z 6 cameras. Additionally, an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism is incorporated, providing stable aperture control even during continuous shooting. The fluorine coat of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct acts as a dust, dirt and moisture repellent coating.
The focus ring enables accurate manual focusing, allowing for the appropriate amount of torque and a large rotation angle, even for the extremely shallow depth of field afforded at f/0.95. The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct also adopts a control ring, where functions like aperture setting, and exposure compensation can be assigned. Furthermore, the inside of the lens hood is felt-lined, delivering clear rendering by effectively preventing light reflection inside the hood.
The new MB-N10 battery power pack is an optional accessory for both the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6. The battery pack significantly enhances battery life and adds an additional hand hold. It can hold two EN-EL15b batteries, effectively increasing the number of shots possible and movie recording time by approximately 1.8X, based on CIPA standards. The MB-N10 offers the same weather sealing and modern design of the Z 7 and Z 6, plus it will support USB charging.
The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct will be available in November 2019 at an MSRP of $10,999,95 and will come with a special premium custom padded Trunk Case (CT-101) in addition to the HN-38 Hood.
Also available in November 2019, the MB-N10 battery power pack will have an MSRP of $269.95.