Nikon Z5 Review

Nikon Z5 Review

Nikon Z5 Review

1902 0

Excellent Mirrorless Camera

/ Categories: My Reviews

Nikon Z5 Review: It's been almost two years since Nikon jumped into the Mirrorless Camera foray, the Z7 followed quickly by the Z6 both cameras received mixed reception due to the initial focusing performance and of course the one card slot debacle. Two years have passed with firmware updates that have mostly addressed the complaints, plus Nikon's excellent release of the S line of lenses for the Nikon Z - The future is very bright indeed.

What is a Nikon Z5? It is your entry point to Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless lineup, the Nikon Z 5 offers a lot of power and capabilities at an attractive price, empowering you to begin your journey with the confidence to learn and grow as a creator.

Why would anyone now buy a Nikon Z6 at several hundred dollars more when the Nikon Z5 is available? Two Main reasons

(1) The Nikon Z6 supports upgrading to superior ProRes RAW for video.

(2) The Nikon Z6 has more video shooting options with minimal cropping in 4k mode, such as 1080p at 120fps whereas the Nikon Z5 does not support video faster than 60fps in 1080p and has a 1.8 crop when shooting 4K.  

Z5 Pros: Dual Card Slots, seems pro wedding photographers don't like the idea of shooting on a single card, and who could blame them. The missing card slot on the Z7 and Z6 was a heated topic and still is today. The Z5 is a cheaper camera option. But to complicate matters the Nikon Z50 is also available for a few hundred dollars less than any current Nikon Mirrorless Camera it being a crop sensor may put some people off, others may prefer the DX sensor. What is the point of a Z50 in mirrorless form factor - back in the day people bought DX crop bodies for one of two reasons. (1) DX DSLRs were more compact and offered smaller cheaper lenses or (2) Action/Sports or bird photography that crop sensor provided an extra 1.5x resolution.  But let's face it, None of Nikon's current Mirrorless cameras are action/sports cameras.

After using the Nikon Z5 for three days and comparing it to my Nikon Z6 I see no reason for an average shooter to buy a Z6 now unless of course, you are an avid Video shooter needing the enhanced video capabilities of the Nikon Z6. The Nikon Z5 is geared for the middle of the road camera/video shooters who require an excellent camera at a reasonable price. Buying a Nikon Z5 basically gives you everything the Z6 offers less (ProRes RAW) and the extra video capabilities the Z6 offers. Let's not forget you get two SD card slots with the Nikon Z5, using the cheaper SD cards.  Funny Nikon put two card slots in the Z5 but not the Z7/Z6 both were praised by Nikon as "Mirrorless Reinvented", but it was not Mirrorless Reinvented.  I am glad to see Nikon took notice of the "voice" for dual card slots and did make that change with the Nikon Z5.

After using the Nikon Z5 for a few days - Would I recommend the Nikon Z5 to the average buyer seeking to upgrade from DSLRs or want to experience Nikon Mirrorless, the answer is yes.

Rate this article:

Use my Affiliate Links to help support this site


This website uses my Amazon Associated Links to help cover cost of operations.

Photography Reviews, and Information

Nikon Z9

The Nikon Z9  is now available for Pre-Order - and from what I have seen is a huge step forward.

Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x Review

As a primary wildlife and Bird photographer, I am constantly looking for ways to close distance to the wildlife I am after to photograph. The Nikon teleconverter can make a big difference between success and failure.

Nissin MF18 Ring Flash Review

My main go-to for Macro Photography has been the Nikon awesome RIC1 Macro Flash system.  I decided to step outside the Nikon umbrella and get myself a Ring Flash to go along with my New S 105mm Macro Lens.

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens Review

This is not a comparison between various 70-200mm lenses 3rd party lens manufacture.  This review is based on my experience using the Nikkor 70-200 ED FL zoom lens from Nikon. My expectations when I made the purchase was very high given the price point.  So, how has this lens performed?

Nikon Z 6II Review

The New Nikon Z 6II is here and what does it bring to the table?  A lot in the shortest sentence I can type. The Nikon Z 6II is one awesome camera - and did I say it does top-notch video?

Nikon 500mm F/5.6 PF Lens Review

In August 2018 Nikon announced the release of a compact super telephoto - the 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR  Making this their second Phase Fresnel lens the first being the awesome 300mm PF PF/4. I am excited to see Nikon introduce this new prime lens at a sub 4k.  Let's run through the technical details as it relates to weight, compactness, and sharpness.  All of which are expected to be superior.

Nikon D850 Review

The Nikon D850 camera when release soon became lauded as a game-changing DSLR and now that I have mine let me give you my opinion not that Nikon Mirrorless Z cameras have become widely available.

Nikon Z7 vs Nikon Z7 II Which one to buy?

Nikon Z7 vs Nikon Z7 II: Nikon has made several key improvements to the Nikon Z7 II mirrorless camera by adding a second-generation body that supports dual card slots and a second EXPEED processor.  Now the question is which camera should you buy or should you upgrade you Z7 or DSLR?  Without the techno ramblings, this article is a simplified recommendation.

Nikon 400mm f/2.8E ED FL Review

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400MM f/2.8E ED FL VR Lens:

2020 update ... The Nikkor 400mm 2.8 ed fl is an exceptional lens known for its flexibility and amazingly sharp images. Lighter and more nimble than it's predecessors but all the while retaining and improving on an already great Nikkor 400 heritage, this lens will bring to the photographic market a continued, appreciated, and highly sought after photographic instrument.  The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400MM f/2.8E ED FL VR Lens is an excellent lens.

NIKON 400mm f2.8 lens review

Help This Site: Buy a Nikkor 400mm

Nikon 600mm f/4 FL ED Lens Review

Nikon 600mm f4 lens review: Almost 2 years since the last big 600mm lens release,  Nikon announced a stunning update to an already spectacular Super Telephoto lens; the new Nikkor 600mm f/4 FL ED VR lens, and just how could any manufacture make this wonderful lens faster, lighter, and better?  Let's find out.