Nikon Z 50 Digital Camera

  Type Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mount Nikon Z mount
  Compatible lenses
  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses
  • F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter; restrictions may apply
Effective pixels
  Effective pixels 20.9 million
Image sensor
  Image sensor 23.5 × 15.7 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon DX format)
Total pixels 21.51 million
Dust-Reduction System Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)
  Image size (pixels)
  • DX (24×16) image area
    5568 × 3712 (Large: 20.7 M)
    4176 × 2784 (Medium: 11.6 M)
    2784 × 1856 (Small: 5.2 M)
  • 1 : 1 (16×16) image area
    3712 × 3712 (Large: 13.8 M)
    2784 × 2784 (Medium: 7.8 M)
    1856 × 1856 (Small: 3.4 M)
  • 16 : 9 (24×14) image area
    5568 × 3128 (Large: 17.4 M)
    4176 × 2344 (Medium: 9.8 M)
    2784 × 1560 (Small: 4.3 M)
  • Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 × 2160: 3840 × 2160
  • Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1920 × 1080: 1920 × 1080
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression
  • 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
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge
  Viewfinder 0.99-cm/0.39-in. approx. 2360k-dot (XGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 7-level manual brightness controls
Frame coverage Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification Approx. 1.02× (50 mm lens at infinity, −1.0 m −1)
Eyepoint 19.5 mm (−1.0 m −1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment −3 – +3 m −1
Eye sensor Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
  Monitor 8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 1040k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and 11-level manual brightness controls
  Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
Speed 1/4000 – 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV), bulb, time
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, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer
Approximate maximum frame advance rate (measured under Nikon-specified test conditions)
  • Low-speed continuous: 1–4 fps
  • High-speed continuous: 5 fps
  • High-speed continuous (extended): 11 fps
Self-timer 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 8 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame
  • Spot metering: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
  • Highlight-weighted metering
Range (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) –4 – +17 EV
  • b: Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual
  • Scene modes: k portrait; l landscape; p child; m sports; n close up; o night portrait; r night landscape; s party/indoor; t beach/snow; d sunset; e dusk/dawn; f pet portrait; g candlelight; j blossom; z autumn colors; 0 food
  • Special effect modes: 4 night vision; V super vivid; T pop; U photo illustration; 5 toy camera effect; 6 miniature effect; 7 selective color; 1 silhouette; 2 high key; 3 low key
  • U1 and U2: user settings
Exposure compensation –5 – +5 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in P, S, A, M, h, and q modes
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. 1 or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Multiple exposure Add, average, lighten, darken
Other options HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction
  Autofocus Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
Detection range (single-servo AF, photo mode, ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

−4 – +19 EV

  • Without low-light AF: −2 – +19 EV
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); AF mode auto-switch (AF-A; available only in photo mode); full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking
  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus points (single-point AF, photo mode, DX image area) 209
AF-area mode Pinpoint, single-point, and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint 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) or by pressing A (L) button
  Built-in flash

Manual pop-up flash raised via flash pop-up control

Guide Number: Approx. 7/22, 7/22 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Charging time Approx. 3 s
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 Fill flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync + red-eye, rear-curtain sync, auto, auto + red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync + red-eye, flash off
Flash compensation –3 – +1 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in P, S, A, M, and h modes
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or 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, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync
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 except choose color temperature with fine-tuning
  Bracketing types Exposure, 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; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
  • 1920×1080 (slow-motion); 30p ×4, 25p ×4, 24p ×5

Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available except at sizes of 3840 × 2160, 1920 × 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 × 1080 slow-motion, in which case quality is fixed at m (high)

File format MOV, MP4
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM, AAC
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 P, S, A, M, h, and q modes
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
  • M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600; choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) available with selectable upper limit
  • P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) with selectable upper limit
  • b, h, q (excluding 4): Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600)
  • 4: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 4)
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Other options Time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction
  Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) 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
  USB Hi-Speed USB with Micro-B connector; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output Type D HDMI connector
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
  • Standards:

    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the following European countries: Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Tajikistan)
    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac (other European countries, Uzbekistan, 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, Oceania, and the following European countries: Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Tajikistan)
    • 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5320 MHz (other European countries, Uzbekistan)
    • 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):
    2.4 GHz band: 6.9 dBm
    5 GHz band: 10.2 dBm
  • 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: 1.4 dBm
    Bluetooth Low Energy: –0.1 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-EL25a/EN-EL25 rechargeable Li-ion battery 1, 2

To use the EN-EL25a, the camera's firmware version must be C: 2.50 or later.

The number of shots that can be taken (battery life) differs because the battery capacity differs when using the EN-EL25a and the EN-EL25.

Charging AC adapter EH-73P charging AC adapter
Tripod socket
  Tripod socket 0.635 cm (1/4 in., ISO 1222)
  Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 126.5 × 93.5 × 60 mm (5 × 3.7 × 2.4 in.)
Weight Approx. 450 g (15.9 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 395 g/14 oz. (camera body only)
Operating environment
  Temperature 0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)
Humidity 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-32 Battery Charger

Rated input AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.21 A
Rated output DC 8.4 V/1.12 A (MAX)
Supported batteries Nikon EN-EL25a/EN-EL25 rechargeable Li-ion batteries
Charging time

Approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes (EN-EL25a), approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes (EN-EL25)

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)
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 67 × 94 × 28 mm (2.7 × 3.8 × 1.2 in.), excluding plug adapter
Weight Approx. 99 g (3.5 oz), excluding plug 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-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Type Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Rated capacity 7.6 V/1120 mAh
Operating temperature 0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 34 × 50.5 × 18 mm (1.4 × 2.0 × 0.8 in.)
Weight Approx. 53 g (1.9 oz), excluding terminal cover

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.

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 option 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 in which information stored with photographs is used for optimal color reproduction when the images are output on Exif-compliant printers.
  • PictBridge: A standard developed through cooperation with the digital camera and printer industries, allowing photographs to be output directly to a printer without first transferring them to a computer.
  • HDMI: High-Definition Multimedia Interface is a standard for multimedia interfaces used in consumer electronics and AV devices capable of transmitting audiovisual data and control signals to HDMI-compliant devices via a single cable connection.