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Nikon Z50 reviews roundup: all the scores

Nikon Z50 reviews roundup: Should you buy it?

Here’s a roundup of all the Nikon Z50 reviews, ratings and impressions from the web. Discover its strengths and weaknesses here!


Released in November 2019, the Nikon Z50 features a 20.9MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a 209 focus points autofocus, a 2.36M dots OLED viewfinder, and a tiltable rear touchscreen.

Pictures can be taken in JPG and RAW format, with an up to 11 fps burst mode. The camera shoots 1080p videos at up to 120 fps, or 4K videos at up to 30 fps. It records your pictures and videos on a single UHS-I memory card slot. All snaps can be transferred through Wi-Fi. The battery will last up to 320 shots, and can be charged in-body via USB. The Nikon Z50 weighs 450 g, battery included.

So what do the critics think of the Nikon Z50?

Overall most reviews say that the Nikon Z50 is a good entry-level DSLR for any Nikon fan. The price is fair, and the specs are good enough for beginners or hobbyists. The handling and controls feel natural and intuitive. The sensor is great, offering sharp images and decent performances in low light settings. The autofocus is correct, especially for the price range.

There is unfortunately no in-body stabilization, which can make handheld shots really difficult to snap. A tripod may be needed for most situations. The battery is also very weak and a power bank or spare battery will be almost mandatory for long shooting sessions. For serious users, the Z50 may be too limited in features and specs.

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Nikon Z50 Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera with Flip Under "Selfie/Vlogger" LCD | 2 Zoom Lens Kit...
  • Compact, lightweight and durably constructed mirrorless camera
  • First DX-format mirrorless camera to use a large 55 millimeter lens mount, offering advantages in high image quality and lowlight performance.
  • 20.9 MP sensor with robust 4K UHD video features

Most reviews like…

  • accessible price
  • decent APS-C sensor
  • intuitive handling
  • great video mode
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • solid dynamic range

Most reviews don’t like…

  • impractical selfie mode
  • battery life
  • limited Z MOUNT lenses available
  • absence of stabilization
  • limiting UHS-I SD cards compatibility
  • passable weatherproofing

For more infos about the positive and negatives sides of the Nikon Z50, check out the selection of reviews below:

Websites Reviews

Camerajabber.com★★★★★ – ‘The grip is excellent and after shooting in heavy rain for 20 minutes or so, I can confirm that the camera is weatherproof.’

Dpreview.com – 85% (Gold Siver Award)

Digitalcameraworld.com★★★★★ (Gold Award) – ‘The Nikon Z 50 is not just a scaled down version of the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7. 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 Z 50 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.’

Engadget.com – 80/100 – ‘If this camera had come out even a year ago, it would have been near the top of my list. However, even though I love the Z50’s handling and form factor, it’s in second place or lower in every other category. The A6400 has better autofocus, the X-T30 better video performance, and the M6 Mark II better image quality and shooting speeds.’

Ephotozine.com★★★★½ (Highly recommended) – ‘With excellent ergonomics, and great image quality, the Z50 deserves to do well, as long as you’re happy with the lenses available.’

Pcmag.com – 3.5/5 (Good) – ‘The Nikon Z 50 is a good mirrorless camera with a lot of appeal to photographers already invested in the system, but isn’t quite as capable as its rivals.’

Photographyblog.com★★★★½ (Highly recommended) – ‘Overall, the Nikon Z50 is a very well-realised camera with a lot of plus points and not many negatives. Our main reservations are about the range of lenses, or rather the lack of them, something that we hope Nikon will address sooner rather than later…’

Photographylife.com – 4.4/5 (Silver Award)

Photoreview.com.au – 8.9/10 (Editor’s choice)

Thephoblographer.com – 4/5 – ‘The Z50 is a nice camera, it works well, ergonomically it’s near perfect, it produces nice images, but there’s nothing special about it. Because of that, it lags behind the competition.’

Techradar.com★★★★½ (Recommended) – ‘The Nikon Z50 is an excellent debut for the company in the crowded APS-C mirrorless market. It’s an ideal travel camera, and it’s also a great option for those looking to move from a Nikon DSLR, or who just love the brand. Offering great handling, excellent value and a set of enticing features, there’s a lot to like about the Z50, even if it does fall a little short in a few areas.’

Tomsguide.com★★★★

Amazon users reviews

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Nikon Z50 Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera with Flip Under "Selfie/Vlogger" LCD | 2 Zoom Lens Kit...
  • Compact, lightweight and durably constructed mirrorless camera
  • First DX-format mirrorless camera to use a large 55 millimeter lens mount, offering advantages in high image quality and lowlight performance.
  • 20.9 MP sensor with robust 4K UHD video features

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