Nikon Z5: Three reasons why novices should buy Z5

Samuel Alekseeva

Samuel Alekseeva

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September 23rd 2020

 Nikon Z5 is Nikon's latest generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Its positioning is different from that of Z6 and Z7. The launch of Z5 is to allow more users to try full-frame cameras and experience full-frame cameras. Although it is positioned as an entry-level full-frame mirrorless single, the Nikon Z5 has more competitiveness than products with the same positioning. Today, Rocking Review will systematically explain the Nikon Z5 through three aspects and the reasons why it is suitable for novices.

 1. The Nikon Z5 is a full-frame camera

 Regardless of positioning, price and other factors, the Nikon Z5 is first a full-frame camera. It uses a 24 megapixel-level full-frame sensor design, so it has the performance and image quality that a full-frame camera should have.

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When it comes to image quality, you may think of many aspects, such as the details and sharpness of the picture, the ability to control noise in low-light shooting, the color of straight out JPG photos, the latitude of RAW format files, and so on. We will do it for you. One by one display.

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 It can be seen that in a well-lit environment, the picture quality of the Nikon Z5 is excellent, not only the sharpness of the picture is remarkable, but the recording of the details is complete and flawless. The details of the main body of the picture are presented clearly and completely, and the blur effect brought by the full frame with a large aperture lens is very beautiful, which enhances the viewing of the picture.

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 When shooting in a dim environment, we usually use a higher ISO for handheld photography. We can see that the noise control ability of the Nikon Z5 camera is also very good. Even if ISO 2000 and ISO 4000 are used, the picture is still very clean. The noise control effect has obvious competitive advantages. Under high ISO, the details are recorded clearly and completely, and there is no deviation in color, and the restoration is very accurate. In addition, the Nikon Z5 uses the same 273 phase detection + contrast detection composite AF point focusing system as the Nikon Z6, so the focusing experience is excellent whether it is day or night.

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 The above four pictures are JPG straight-out photos taken by Nikon Z5. It can be seen that even if it is straight-out photos, the picture quality of Nikon Z5 is still very good. Straight-out photos are generally photos that have been calibrated, processed, and packaged by the processor. Therefore, they reflect the algorithm and capabilities of the camera processor. You can see that the Nikon Z5 has excellent performance in straight-out photos, whether it is color restoration or the overall picture. The hues are consistent with the scenery we see with the naked eye.

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Then there is the part of tolerance, which reflects the later ability of RAW files. As you can see, the first picture is the original picture taken by us against the light, and the second picture is the photo after Photoshop post-processing. In fact, we only corrected the brightness of the dark part of the picture in the later stage. It can be seen that the latitude performance of the Nikon Z5 camera completely inherits Nikon's consistent advantages. After the correction, not only the details are perfectly restored, but the picture is completely free of color irritability or discoloration. This kind of performance can help Nikon Z5 users to take pictures in bright light ratio with more confidence, and to perform post-operations with more confidence.

2. Nikon Z5 has excellent handling

  Although the pursuit of a camera is high image quality, the experience of taking pictures is also crucial. Nikon Z5 has very good handling, so in the process of shooting, you can leave a deep impression on users. The overall volume and weight control of the camera is in line with the title of a mirrorless camera, and there is no pressure even if it is carried for a whole day, especially when paired with the newly designed lightweight Z-mount lens Z 24-50mm F4-6.3, the advantage is even more obvious.

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Nikon Z5's button layout is very reasonable, almost the same as Z6 and Z7, so the adjustment experience is very good. It can help users respond quickly during daily shooting and complete the adjustment process of parameters and settings. The handle size of the Nikon Z5 is also very good, and the grip feels very good, even if it is held for a long time, it is very comfortable.

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 The screen of the Nikon Z5 is worth mentioning. This screen not only has a very good display effect, but also supports a large-angle folding experience, which can help users in daily framing and composition. In addition, this screen supports touch operation, so we can perform menu settings, parameter adjustments or focusing and taking pictures through the screen, which simplifies the operation to a greater extent.

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  Nikon Z5 uses a dual SD card slot design, which is also Nikon's tradition. Many Nikon cameras use dual card slot designs. The user can choose in the menu whether the dual card slot is for backup use or extended use, which is very practical, and this is also an intimate design that I like very much.

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 In addition, the endurance of the Nikon Z5 is excellent in itself, which can meet the needs of most users for endurance. It uses the EN-EL15c battery design and supports USB Type-C interface charging, so for high-intensity shooting, it can be charged with an external mobile power supply, so the battery life is unlimited.

 3. Nikon Z5 has excellent video capabilities

  Nowadays, many users, even entry-level users, have not only the camera requirements, but also the excellent video shooting capabilities. After all, video is now the most popular way of presentation, and users also hope that their cameras can record their lives in the form of video. The video performance of the Nikon Z5 is worth mentioning. Nikon Z5 supports 4K 30p and Full HD 60p video format shooting, which is absolutely sufficient for users.

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 In order to make it easier for everyone to read, we converted the video images into GIF pictures. The above two pictures are  videos taken by Nikon Z5 handheld. Since the Nikon Z5 supports five-axis body anti-shake, we can see that the picture is also very stable when shooting handheld. In addition, you can see that the video quality of the Nikon Z5 is very good, with accurate color reproduction, excellent detail performance, and powerful focusing system capabilities. For users, all they need to do is to frame the picture, and the rest is left to the Nikon Z5.

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  It can be seen that although the Nikon Z5 is a full-frame mirrorless camera with an affordable price of $1309.95, its overall performance and configuration performance completely exceed this price range. This camera has excellent picture quality, whether it is video or taking pictures. At the same time, it has the same level of tolerance as other Nikon cameras. It also has certain advantages in terms of controllability. For novice users, it completely exceeds everyone Expectations.

  In addition, Nikon Z5 is equipped with Nikon’s Z mount system. The Z mount is Nikon’s new bayonet system for full-frame mirrorless cameras launched in 2018. The inner diameter is large enough and the flange distance is short enough, which means the Z card. The aperture system lens has a larger aperture and better picture quality, and the communication between the lens and the camera is more efficient. Therefore, after purchasing the Nikon Z5, users can also choose a Nikon Z mount lens that is more suitable for them to use, and the level of photography will be more efficient.

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