Nikon Z5: Picture Perfect
September 17, 2020

This full-frame mirrorless camera delivers.

In a time where smartphone cameras are now getting more advanced, we’re getting fewer reasons why investing in a full-fledged camera is still an option. Unless of course photography is your game, investing in an expensive camera isn’t always a choice, and the large and bulky builds of DSLRs made them less desirable to carry around.

Which is why there was an increasing interest with mirrorless cameras, flagship models managed to fit full-frame sensors in smaller bodies that make it easier to carry. Enter the Nikon Z5 to that list – it sits comfortably between the Z7 and the Z6 and offers a more affordable option compared to its bigger brothers.

The Z5 offers a 24-megapixel resolution just like the Z6, but it has to tone down some specs to keep the price down. One of these is the mediocre 4.5 FPS shooting speed that might disappoint some fans and a cropped 4K video capture.

Let’s look at the hardware – the Z5 comes with a plethora of ports housed on its left side that includes dual 3.5 mm ports for the microphone and headphones, a USB 3.2 Type-C port, mini HDMI, and a remote shutter release port. The other side houses a dual SD card slot with the battery placed just below it. Other specifications of the Z5 include a 273-point autofocus system plus a 100-51,200 native ISO.

The camera also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, letting you connect the camera to any device without any wires. I hooked it up with my iPhone where I managed to view the images immediately as I took them. You can even use your smartphone as a remote viewfinder with various image and video modes accessible.

The Z5 has some substantial weight to it, but I personally didn’t have any problem using it with one hard. At the back is the tiltable 3.2.-inch touchscreen LCD that responsive and offers excellent colors enough to see the details in the images you’ve taken. There’s also an electronic viewfinder that activates once you bring your eye close to it.

Taking images with the Z5 with the was great, and it generally produces crisp images with deep blacks and brilliant colors. It also performed well in low-light, despite some grain present. The Z5 can also take 4K video at 30fps but at 1.7x crop – casual users may not notice the difference, but you want to get everything in the frame, then you can choose 1080p instead.

Overall, the Nikon Z5 is the perfect choice if you want a mirrorless camera as an upgrade from shooting from your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera. It delivers the basic shooting capabilities that you may need when you’re traveling or shooting a vlog. Despite its flaws, the Nikon Z5 stands as one of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras available. 

We Like:

+ Dual memory card slots

+ Excellent image quality

+ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

We Didn’t Really Like:

– Cropped 4K video

– 4.5 fps shooting speed

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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