Nikon Z5 system camera

The Nikon Z5 will be on the market at the end of August 2020. It is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera, aimed at beginners and Nikon SLR enthusiasts. What are the differences with the Nikon Z6 and Z7? What features does the Nikon Z5 have? What are reviewers currently saying about the Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera? And what advantages and disadvantages does the camera have? You can read it all in this article.

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Important features Nikon Z5


Nikon does not specify a price for a separate body, but shops ask 1599 euros for the Nikon Z5. The system camera plus a Nikon 24-50 mm f / 4-6.3 kit lens is 1899 euros. Do you still have Nikon lenses with an F mount and do you want to use them on the Nikon Z5? Then you can choose the combination with an FTZ adapter and the aforementioned lens. At the time of writing, this costs 2049 euros.

Megapixels and sensor

The Nikon Z5 has a full-frame CMOS sensor and 24.3 megapixels. About the same as the Nikon Z6 (which has 24.5 megapixels).Nikon Z5 system camera


The continuous shooting speed is 4.5 fps (frames/frames per second). This makes the camera less suitable for action photography.


You have 273 autofocus points at your disposal, which you can select by tapping on the touchscreen. You can lock the focus by pressing the shutter button halfway.

Face detection, Eye-AF, Animal Eye-AF

The Nikon Z5 can recognize faces and focus on the eyes of your model (Eye-AF). In addition, this entry-level model also has Animal Eye-AF. The device therefore also focuses on the eyes of (pets) animals.


The Nikon Z5 resembles the Nikon Z6 and Z7 in terms of construction.

One important difference: there is no display on top of the Nikon Z5.

The mode dial is located in this position. You can operate the ISO with a button on the top. At the top left of the LCD screen is the button to view photos. On the back is a button to activate autofocus. The Nikon Z5 has a magnesium alloy and plastic housing. The system camera is dust and splashproof, but not shock resistant.


The Nikon Z5 is suitable for Nikon lenses with a Z mount. If you want to use lenses with an F mount, you need an FTZ adapter. Separately, this adapter costs 275 euros (or you can buy the aforementioned combination with device, lens and FTZ adapter for 2049 euros).Nikon Z5 camera


has a hot shoe (hot shoe) available, but no built-in flash. With an external flash, you do have more flash options.


With bracketing, a camera takes several pictures with, for example, different lighting. You merge these photos into one good shot during post-processing. The Nikon system camera has different types of bracketing: exposure and/or flash, white balance and so-called ADL bracketing (Active D-light). The latter type preserves details in sharp light and shadows. In practice, only bracketing is used for exposure, which is a fairly standard function that we also see on Nikon’s 5000 series ( SLR ). Only the 3000 series does not have this (for example Nikon D3000 to D3500).


The Nikon Z5 has an ISO range of 100-51,200. Whether you opt for auto ISO, the system camera determines the most suitable ISO value itself.


The full-frame system camera has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI (mini, type C) and USB (type C).

Electronic viewfinder

The electronic viewfinder has an OLED screen and a resolution of 3,690,000 pixels.

LCD screen

A tilting LCD touchscreen of 8 centimeters (3.2 inches) with a resolution of 1,040,000 pixels.

File format

You can photograph in: RAW, JPEG (fine, normal) and RAW + JPEG.

Image stabilization

Built into the device (IBIS). The letters IBIS stand for In-Body Stabilization.


The system camera weighs 675 grams (including battery and memory card). Just as heavy as the Nikon Z6 and Z7.


An EN-EL15C Li-Ion battery of 2280 mAh. With a full battery, you can take about 470 photos. This battery is also suitable for the Nikon Z6 and Z7. The MH-25a charger is included with the purchase of the z5 digital camera


This information is not yet known.

Memory cards

The Nikon entry-level model is suitable for the following memory cards: SD, SDHC and SDXC. Fast memory cards that can store up to 260 MB per second and read 300 MB per second. These types of cards are also called UHS-II cards. The camera has two memory card slots.

Charging time

Not yet known.

Difference Nikon Z5, Z6 and Z7

  • All three are full-frame system cameras.
  • The Z5 has about as many megapixels as the Nikon Z6 (it saves 0.2 megapixels).
  • The Nikon Z7 has 46 megapixels.
  • The number of focus points is the same for the Nikon Z5 and Z6 (273). The Nikon Z7 has 493 AF points.
  • The Nikon Z6 and Z7 both have a BSI-CMOS sensor. This sensor is more sensitive and reduces noise .
  • There is a big difference in the speed of the three full-frame system cameras. The Z6 makes 12 frames per second, the Z7 9 fps and the Z5 4.5 fps. This makes the Z5 not an all-round camera when it comes to moving subjects.
  • The resolution of the LCD screen of the Nikon Z6 and Z7 is 2,100,000 pixels, that of the Nikon Z5 is 1,040,000 pixels.
  • The battery of the Z5 is the strongest. With the Z6 and Z7 you can take 330 photos with a full battery, with the Nikon Z5 470 photos.


Construction has only seen others holding the camera. “The system camera is slightly smaller than the Z6 and Z7, but good grip.” With the joystick, you can change the AF point, just like with the Nikon Z6 and Z7. The mode dial is located to the right of the viewfinder. With the Nikon Z6 and Z7, it is on top, next to the hot shoe, writes.z5 nikon says the Nikon Z5 is very similar to the Z6 and Z7, with a few notable differences. “Where you have a display on the Nikon Z6 and Z7, the Z5 has the mode dial. There is no XQD card slot, but two memory card slots are a great deal for many users. That is one of the biggest problems with the Nikon Z6 and Z7. ” The reviewer regrets that only the front and top are made of magnesium alloy.

The Photo Show ( says the buttons and functions are exactly the same as on the Nikon Z6 and Z7. There’s not that much of a difference from the Z6, the site says. “So why should you buy the Nikon Z5?” says: “You lose a few options compared to the Z6, but the Z5 looks like a good camera.”

They consider the kit lens to be the most compact full-frame Z-mount lens that has been released to date. calls “the Nikon Z5 the cheapest full-frame camera that Nikon has brought to the market so far”. They also write that the top LCD screen has been removed, “which can be annoying for people who were used to it”. But: “This was one of the ways to make the Nikon Z5 cheaper.”

Speed says the Nikon Z5 has the same image sensor as the Nikon Z6, but not the same speed. “The Nikon Z5 shoots a maximum of 4.5 frames per second, which is much slower than the Z6, which achieves a speed of 12 fps.” is also not very pleased with the speed: “With 4.5 frames per second, the Nikon Z5 will not win a prize in terms of speed, but it is fast enough to photograph certain sports.” says the Nikon Z6 is much faster than the Nikon Z5, “making the Nikon Z6 much more suitable for action photography”.

LCD screen (touchscreen) says the LCD screen is larger than average, “but the resolution is to be expected and not groundbreaking”. says the touchscreen has a lower resolution than the 2,100,000 pixels of the Nikon Z6 and Z7. “The screen is the same size as that of the Nikon Z6 and Z7.”nikon z5 price regrets that you can only flip the screen up or down. He doesn’t seem very enthusiastic about the LCD screen anyway. “The brightness of the LCD screen is not adjusted automatically, this is done with the electronic viewfinder.”

Electronic viewfinder is happy with the electronic viewfinder. “The viewfinder is very good for an entry-level full-frame camera. In fact, it is the same viewfinder as on the Z6 and Z7. That’s good news, these types of viewfinders work very well and show a natural image. ” states that the electronic viewfinder is the same as the Nikon Z6 and Z7. is also very satisfied: “This electronic viewfinder remains one of our favorites. It gives beautiful, detailed images and great contrast. ”

Advantages of the Nikon Z5 in a row

– The same electronic viewfinder as on the Z6 and Z7;
– Touchscreen (the autofocus can also be operated in this way);
– Dust and splash-proof;
– Two memory card slots;
– Animal Eye-AF;
– Liveview;
– Image stabilization in the device;
– Rechargeable via USB.

Nikon Z5 disadvantages in a row

– No built-in flash (you are obliged to buy an external flash);
– Not fast with continuous shooting (4.5 photos per second is too little for more serious sports or wildlife)
– Not much difference with the Nikon Z6;
– Casing not completely made of magnesium alloy;
– Not shock resistant;
– LCD screen is of a lower quality than the screen of the Z6 and Z7;
– About the same price as the Nikon Z6 at the moment.
– Nikon offers relatively few lenses with Z-mount and they are expensive.
– The FZ adapter is relatively expensive and the need for an adapter is not optimal.

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