(Pocket-lint) – It had been rumoured for some time, but now it’s official: the Nikon Z5 mirrorless system camera will arrive summer 2020.
Its goal? Simple: to make full-frame photography more affordable for those wanting that bigger sensor experience. Not that the £1,719/€1,999 asking price is small, per se, it’s just under that critical two grand mark with a lens included. In the USA the body-only price is $1,399.
So what do you get for your money? The Z5 is designed to sit beneath the Z7 a Z6 models, bringing a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor to the line-up (which is almost the same resolution as that in the Z6).
Also launching is the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens, which claims to be the “shortest and lightest full-frame mirrorless zoom lens” on the market. That’s another play of the Z5: to bring a more compact form factor compared to similar cameras.
The Z5 isn’t just about stills, as it’s gifted with 4K video capture too. There’s dual card slots (SD, UHS-II) to capture files, which will be especially handy for large video files.
Here’s a quick summary of other big selling points about the Nikon Z5:
- Built-in 3,690k-dot viewfinder (EVF) & tilt-angle LCD touchscreen
- 5-axis Vibration Reduction (VR) stabilisation system
- Dust & moisture sealed magnesium alloy body
- 273-point Hybrid AF autofocus system
- Eye-Detection AF locks onto eyes
- Animal-Detection AF for pets
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
Sounds like a treat. The camera will go on sale “late summer” 2020 – which is probably another way of saying September. Still no word on the also rumoured Z30 model though, so expect more on that later down the line.
Writing by Mike Lowe.