The upcoming Nikon Z50 APS-C mirrorless camera recognizes the competition in the space is Sony and wants to position the camera as a head-to-head with the a6400. New rumors surrounding the specs are coalescing around the idea Nikon is breaking down the award-winning D500 for parts. 

What are the Nikon z50 Features?

If you want an approximate DSLR analog for the Z50, you’ll find it in the D7XXX range. It just so happens Nikon is slashing prices on refurbished units of the D7500, which most call a baby D500.

The announcement date is expected on October 10, with the price set under $1000.

  • 20MP APS-C sensor (based on the D500 sensor)
  • Single SD card slot
  • 3-inch pivoted LCD
  • 11 fps
  • No IBIS
  • Fixed EVF 
  • New Nikon EN-EL25 battery
  • Rear LCD can be tilted downwards for selfies but it will not work with selfie sticks.
  • 4k video
  • Maximum shutter speed: 1/4000

Alongside the Z50 will come two APS-C mirrorless lenses. Both will be kit lenses and should make up the standard bundles Nikon sells around its APS-C line. The first is a 16-55mm f/3.5-6.3, and the second should be the Z-Nikkor 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3.

As for competing against the Sony a6400, that remains to be seen. We need the actual camera out first, but as a start, it’s close. 4K video means different things to various camera manufacturers. What kind of crop will we see? Video autofocus.

Autofocus in general. What should we expect on Nikon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera? If it’s borrowing the D500’s sensor, how about the AF system. If that’s the case, it suddenly becomes compelling as a true a6400 competitor, which borrows heavily from the Sony a9’s autofocusing system. 

On the sensor front, the megapixel count favors the a6400, but don’t discount the sensor D500. It racked up awards for a reason. It’s best to take a wait and see before latching onto a number. 

The good news is we only have a few days left to wait. All signs point to a Nikon announcement on October 10.

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