The Nikon Z5 is going to be announced next week and here are the specs

Jul 17, 2020

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The Nikon Z5 is going to be announced next week and here are the specs

Jul 17, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Nikon Z5 camera is almost here. Rumours of a July announcement came last month, and now we’re only four days away from the expected July 21st announcement. And while some of the previously rumoured lenses aren’t now expected to be announced at the same time, we will apparently be hearing about one, the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 and a couple of teleconverters.

With the announcement this close, it’s no surprise that serial-leaker, Nokishita has managed to uncover the specs for the upcoming camera, and they’ve posted them to their platform of choice, Twitter.

According to two tweets by Nokishita, the specs look a little something like this.

  • 24.3-megapixel sensor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation
  • 273 point hybrid AF system
  • Eye AF and Animal Eye AF
  • 4.5 frames per second continuous
  • 4K video
  • ISO 100-51,200
  • 3.69m-dot EVF
  • 3.2″ 1.1m-dot touchpanel tilt (not flippy out) LCD
  • Dust and splashproof
  • Dual SD card slots
  • New Nikon EN-EL15C battery

The Z5 is said to have a pair of SD card slots, although no mention of their speed. It will be interesting to find out if they are UHS-II slots. If they are, it would suggest that the 4K video comes with a decent bitrate. If it doesn’t and even if you’re not a video shooter, it will be interesting to find out how large the buffer is for stills and how quickly it can be cleared if they are regular UHS-I slots.

There’s no mention of frame rates on the 4K video, either, but I wouldn’t expect more than 4K30 or 1080p60 to be honest. This is going to be placed in Nikon’s lineup below the Z6. Whether or not it’ll support raw output over HDMI at some point for use with the Ninja V is unknown, but it could make this a popular camera if that happens.

As well as the Z5, a couple of other new toys are expected to be announced…

  • Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
  • Z 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters

The Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is expected to be the new “kit lens” for the Z5, so it’s not surprising that we’d hear about this one on the same day. Placed at such a relatively low level in Nikon’s lineup, they certainly needed a new inexpensive kit lens to go with it.

No doubt we’ll see a few more leaks over the weekend, possibly some pictures of the camera, but all is expected to be revealed on Monday.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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12 responses to “The Nikon Z5 is going to be announced next week and here are the specs”

  1. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    3.69m-dog EVF??? A DOG EVF???

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Holy crap, calm down. It’s to help with the animal Eye AF ;)

    2. Michael Estwik Avatar
      Michael Estwik

      So only dogs then? What about cats? Is there a separate model for that with cat EVF?

      1. mutie Avatar
        mutie

        The world doesn’t need more pictures of cats.

        1. decentrist Avatar
          decentrist

          blasphemy!

          1. mutie Avatar
            mutie

            I figured the /s was implied, but I guess not.

  2. Vaibhav Pisal Avatar
    Vaibhav Pisal

    24-50, f4-6.3

    How low can Nikon go? They don’t even have the decency to atleast give it 24-70 range.

    1. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      Look on the bright side. It’s not f/11.

  3. pmperry Avatar
    pmperry

    It’s positive, but they really need show that they’re rethinking their AF tracking modes here.

  4. Harry Burnett Avatar
    Harry Burnett

    Come on Nikon i love Nikon for 30 yrs and no flippy screen come on

  5. Josh Godin Avatar
    Josh Godin

    Please tell me that lens is a typo. It’s like they went “ok. We have a near useless zoom range figured out. I mean, it’s really the perfect type of mediocre. Now, how can we make it just pure dog shit?” Some intern in the back slowly raises his hand and mutters, “wha.. what if.. what if we make it have the variable aperture range of an amateur starter kit lens from 1993?” All eyes narrow.. kid gets the gig.

  6. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    4.5 frames per second? in 2020?

    Sure Nikon, they’ll be lining right up for this….