Nikon Z 5 Digital Camera



Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount


Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

  • F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

24.3 million

Image sensor


35.9 × 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)

Total pixels

24.93 million

Dust-reduction system

Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)


Image size (pixels)

  • [FX (36 × 24)] selected for image area:

    • 6016 × 4016 (Large: 24.2 M)

    • 4512 × 3008 (Medium: 13.6 M)

    • 3008 × 2008 (Small: 6.0 M)

  • [DX (24 × 16)] selected for image area:

    • 3936 × 2624 (Large: 10.3 M)

    • 2944 × 1968 (Medium: 5.8 M)

    • 1968 × 1312 (Small: 2.6 M)

  • [1:1 (24 × 24)] selected for image area:

    • 4016 × 4016 (Large: 16.1 M)

    • 3008 × 3008 (Medium: 9.0 M)

    • 2000 × 2000 (Small: 4.0 M)

  • [16:9 (36 × 20)] selected for image area:

    • 6016 × 3384 (Large: 20.4 M)

    • 4512 × 2536 (Medium: 11.4 M)

    • 3008 × 1688 (Small: 5.1 M)

  • Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 3840 × 2160: 3840 × 2160

  • Photographs taken while filming movies at other frame sizes: 1920 × 1080

File format (image quality)

  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed or compressed)

  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available

  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Picture Control System

Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls


SD (Secure Digital) and UHS‑II compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards

Double card slots

The card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31



1.27‑cm/0.5‑in. approx. 3690k‑dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 11‑level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical


Approx. 0.8× (50 mm lens at infinity, −1.0 m−1)


21 mm (−1.0 m−1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

−4 – +2 m−1

Eye sensor

Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays



8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 1040k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls



Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter


1/8000 – 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV), bulb, time, X200

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; auto FP high-speed sync supported


Release mode

Single frame, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self-timer

Approximate frame advance rate

  • Continuous L: Approx. 1 – 4 fps

  • Continuous H: Approx. 4.5 fps

  • Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.


2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s


Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering mode

  • Matrix metering

  • Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame

  • Spot metering: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point

  • Highlight-weighted metering


-3 – +17 EV

  • Figures are for ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20 °C/68 °F


  • b: Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual

  • U1, U2 and U3: user settings modes

Exposure compensation

–5 – +5 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in modes P, S, A, and M

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100–51200 (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV); can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D‑Lighting

Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off

Multiple exposure

Add, average, lighten, darken

Other options

HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction



Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range

−3 – +19 EV

  • Without low-light AF: −2 – +19 EV

  • Measured in photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F using single-servo AF (AF‑S) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0

Lens servo

  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF‑S); continuous-servo AF (AF‑C); full-time AF (AF‑F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking

  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points

273 focus points

  • Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and FX selected for image area

AF-area mode

Pinpoint (available in photo mode only), single-point, and dynamic-area AF (available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF‑S) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector

Vibration reduction (VR)

Camera on-board VR

5‑axis image sensor shift

Lens on-board VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)


Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering

Flash mode

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off

Flash compensation

–3 – +1 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in modes P, S, A, and M

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

i‑TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control

White balance

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K–10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning except choose color temperature



Exposure and/or flash, white balance, and ADL


Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering mode

Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels) and frame rate

  • 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD): 30p (progressive)/25p/24p

  • 1920 × 1080: 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p

  • Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively

  • Quality selection (normal/m) available at all sizes except 3840 × 2160, when quality is fixed at m

File format


Video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Audio recording format

Linear PCM (for movies recorded in MOV format) or AAC (for movies recorded in MP4 format)

Audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Exposure compensation

–3 – +3 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in modes P, S, A, and M

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • M: Manual selection (ISO 100–25600; choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100–25600) available with selectable upper limit

  • P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100–25600) with selectable upper limit

  • b: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100–25600)

Active D‑Lighting

Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off

Other options

Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes



Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, and picture rating



Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Accessory terminal

Built-in (can be used with MC‑DC2 remote cords and other optional accessories)

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)



  • Standards:

    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Africa, Asia, Bolivia, Europe, and Oceania)

    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)

    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a (other countries in the Americas)

  • Operating frequency:

    • 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11; Africa, Asia, Bolivia, Europe, and Oceania)

    • 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5825 MHz (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)

    • 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5805 MHz (other countries in the Americas)

  • Maximum output power (EIRP):

    • 0.7 dBm (2.4 GHz)

    • 6.2 dBm (5 GHz)

  • Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK


  • Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2

  • Operating frequency:

    • Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz

    • Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz

  • Maximum output power (EIRP):

    • Bluetooth: –4.8 dBm

    • Bluetooth Low Energy: –6.3 dBm

Range (line of sight)

Approximately 10 m (32 ft) *

  • Without interference. Range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles.

Power source


One EN‑EL15c rechargeable Li-ion battery *

  • EN‑EL15b/EN‑EL15a/EN‑EL15 batteries can also be used. Note, however, that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge than with the EN‑EL15c (Battery Endurance). The EH-7P charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN‑EL15c/EN‑EL15b batteries only.

Battery pack

MB-N10 battery pack (available separately); takes two EN‑EL15c * batteries

  • EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries can be used in place of the EN-EL15c. The number of pictures that can be taken on a single charge (i.e., battery endurance) will however drop compared to the EN‑EL15c (Battery Endurance).

Charging AC adapter

EH‑7P charging AC adapter (available separately)

AC adapter

EH‑5d/EH‑5c/EH‑5b AC adapter; requires EP‑5B power connector (available separately)

Tripod socket

Tripod socket

0.635 cm (1/4 in., ISO 1222)



Approx.134 × 100.5 × 69.5 mm/5.3 × 4.0 × 2.8 in. (width × height × depth)


Approx. 675 g (1 lb. 7.9 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 590 g/1 lb. 4.9 oz. (camera body only)

Operating environment


0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)


85% or less (no condensation)

  • Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines.

  • All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery.

  • The sample images displayed on the camera and the images and illustrations in the manuals are for expository purposes only.

  • Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in this manual at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this manual may contain.

MH‑25a Battery Charger

Rated input

AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.23–0.12 A

Rated output

DC 8.4 V/1.2 A

Supported batteries

EN-EL15c/EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Charging time

Approx. 2 hours 35 minutes

  • Time required to charge battery at an ambient temperature of 25 °C (77 °F) when no charge remains

Operating temperature

0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)


Approx. 95 × 33.5 × 71 mm/3.7 × 1.3 × 2.8 in. (width × height × depth), excluding projections

Length of power cable

Approx. 1.5 m (4.9 ft), if supplied


Approx. 115 g (4.1 oz), excluding supplied power connector (power cable or AC wall adapter)

  • The symbols on this product represent the following:

  • m AC, p DC, q Class II equipment (the construction of the product is double-insulated)

EN‑EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery


Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Rated capacity

7.0 V/2280 mAh

Operating temperature

0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)


Approx. 40 × 56 × 20.5 mm/1.6 × 2.2 × 0.8 in. (width × height × depth)


Approx. 80 g (2.9 oz), excluding terminal cover

Disposing of Data Storage Devices

Please note that deleting images or formatting memory cards or other data storage devices does not completely erase the original image data. Deleted files can sometimes be recovered from discarded storage devices using commercially available software, potentially resulting in the malicious use of personal image data. Ensuring the privacy of such data is the user’s responsibility.

Before discarding a data storage device or transferring ownership to another person, erase all data using commercial deletion software, or format the device and then completely refill it with images containing no private information (for example, pictures of empty sky). Care should be taken to avoid injury when physically destroying data storage devices.

Before discarding the camera or transferring ownership to another person, you should also use the [Reset all settings] item in the camera setup menu to delete network settings and other personal information.

Supported Standards
  • DCF Version 2.0: The Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) is a standard widely used in the digital camera industry to ensure compatibility among different makes of camera.

  • Exif version 2.31: The camera supports Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) version 2.31, a standard introduced with the goal of improving the interoperability of printers and digital cameras, making it easier to produce high-quality prints. Information stored with photographs is used for optimal color reproduction when the images are output on Exif-compliant printers. See the printer manual for details.

  • HDMI: High-Definition Multimedia Interface is a standard for multimedia interfaces used in consumer electronics and AV devices. This standard ensures that audiovisual data and control signals can be transmitted to HDMI-compliant devices via a single cable connection.