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Nikon Z 50 as Video Camera

Testing the Z 50 4K video, during the day and at night, using the two kit lenses. This seems like a very good video camera (oversampled 4K, manual audio control, zebras, full hybrid AF capabilities in video, modest rolling shutter, good dynamic range). The Nikon Z DX 50-250 zoom has little focus breathing, is close to parfocal, and is sharp with amazing optical stabilization. These were shot using the Flat Picture style (no Log) and lightly graded.


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Audio test, with cheap Sony stereo lapel mic:


Neighborhood stroll with 50-250mm lens:


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Shot with the Nikon DX 16-80mm ED VR lens (eq. 24-120mm), which has a good reach for this setting and is fast enough for indoor sports (F2.8-F4). Also, the lens behaves parfocally (note the zoom), which is great for sports.
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I have the z6 and love its video...if the z50 improves on z6 then hell yea even better.

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By and large this is a very good hybrid video camera. The only real downside IMO is the Z system came out far too late. Now almost everyone who shoots video either as a hobby or for professional/commercial work is already using some other system and would unlikely want to plunk down more money into the very costly new lenses and accessories to make the system work. Forget as well about Nikon's legacy F lenses being adaptable to the new Z cameras. Those lenses have never been designed for videography in the first place e.g. noisy focus motor, focus breathing, too many crippled limitations in the automatic video shooting modes etc. In fact, you might as well mount the F lenses you already have on other cameras such as the Sony A or Panasonic G, GH series and get better results via 3rd party adapters.
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By and large this is a very good hybrid video camera. The only real downside IMO is the Z system came out far too late. Now almost everyone who shoots video either as a hobby or for professional/commercial work is already using some other system and would unlikely want to plunk down more money into the very costly new lenses and accessories to make the system work. Forget as well about Nikon's legacy F lenses being adaptable to the new Z cameras. Those lenses have never been designed for videography in the first place e.g. noisy focus motor, focus breathing, too many crippled limitations in the automatic video shooting modes etc. In fact, you might as well mount the F lenses you already have on other cameras such as the Sony A or Panasonic G, GH series and get better results via 3rd party adapters.
What? Nonsense. You are out of touch. While I agree that focus breathing, parfocal zooms, and silent AF are key video features of lenses, your characterization of who has good video lenses is bizarre. First, many of the above videos were shot with the Z camera attached to an F lens, specifically the DX 16-80mm ED VR lens. This lens has minimal focus breathing and is essentially parfocal. I post videos to demonstrate rather than to pontificate, and you can see what the camera/lenses can do.

Second, my experience with almost all Panasonic lenses is that they are never parfocal and have bad focus breathing - you cannot zoom while shooting and you cannot pull focus. But, look at the zoom in the above video with the F lens. See earlier videos with the Z lenses, with zooming.

The fact is almost no system lenses, Panasonic, Canon EF and M included, are lenses ideal for video, they focus breath and are far from parfocal. Nikon's newer lenses, however, emphasize focus breathing and parfocal behavior in PR literature and in performance. The two new cheap dx Z lenses for the Z 50 are silent, have superior ois, minimal focus breathing and are essentially parfocal. As shown above. There is also a video above shot with the F DX 10-20mm Nikon, with zooming.

There is an active market for used lenses. It is easy to go from one system to another, or to get adapters that allow the Z to work with Canon lenses, for example, although there is no real point since there are no video oriented EF lenses. Nikon, surprising to me, seems to have been focusing more on video priorities recently than Canon or Sonyin its hybrid cameras and lenses. Nikon is the first to permit ProRes RAW recording among the major camera manufacturers, for example. They don't yet have the processors to implement 10bit internal, but I am sure that will come in new Z's. They have no cinema line hardware to protect.

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My point is the Z system is not a bad system, never said that. If you start out from zero, it is one of the better systems for videography actually. The problem is it came out too late behind all the competitors. None of the people I know who shoot video regularly have bought into the system and not because it's bad or not good enough. It's mainly because they don't want to spend more $$$ into another new system and wait for more lenses to come out after the Sony, Canon or Panasonic, even Olympus they have already invested a good fortune into. They probably hate losing money selling off the stuff they have more than getting the new Z system. And my point is if you get one of these Nikon Z models in hope of utilizing the long dormant F lenses you might have, chances are you would be very disappointed.
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