Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Which is better?
With Nikon entering the Mirrorless APS-C market with the Nikon Z50, things began to get interesting for Nikon lovers and people wanting to move over to the mirrorless bandwagon.
Does the Nikon Z50 make sense when there is already a successfully evolving full-frame system with the Nikon Z6 and Z7? With constant firmware support from Nikon, the Z6 is turning into a much-vaunted camera which can hold its own against the likes of Sony A7 III and the Canon EOS R.
Or is the Nikon Z50 a much better investment since you end up saving quite a lot as compared to the Nikon Z6?
Let us go through some of the primary difference between both Cameras,
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Sensor Size
The Nikon Z6 has a 24.5MP Full frame sensor as compared to the 20.9MP APS-C sensor of the Nikon Z50. The full-frame sensor offers better resolution and much better low light performance.
If you are going to shoot a lot in low light situations, then the Nikon Z6 is the obvious choice. For a travel camera where your shooting will be mostly in daylight and under favourable conditions, the Nikon Z50 is a better fit.
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Touch Screen
There is a major difference between both again. Although both are 3.2” screens, the Nikon Z6 boasts a 2100k dot resolution screen as compared to the 1040k dot screen on the Nikon Z50.
Also, the screen on the Nikon Z50 tilts all the way up to the bottom and forward to allow you to take selfies, while the screen on the Nikon Z6 tilts up and down only for people who love to be only behind the camera.
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Lens Selection
Both the Nikon mirrorless systems use the Z mount thereby making lens selection and usage simpler. That means any lens designed for the Z6 and the Z7 will fit the Nikon Z50. However, due to the difference in sensors size, we have to take into account the 1.5x crop factor. So ideally a 50mm lens will offer the focal length of roughly 75mm on the Nikon Z50.
Nikon, however, has two lenses meant for the Nikon Z50, especially for the cropped sensor. These will be the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 kit lens and the 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 telephoto. The kit lens especially works wonders in keeping the Nikon Z50 as compact as possible thanks to it almost Pancake style construction.
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: EVF
The Nikon Z6 sports a 3.69M dot high-resolution EVF as compared to the 2.3M dot EVF on the Nikon Z50. It gets the job done but a higher resolution EVF is always welcome.
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Burst Shooting capabilities
Not much of a difference here. The Nikon Z6 tops out at 12fps with a buffer of around 43 RAW images. The Nikon Z50 caps at an impressive 11fps with a similar buffer range which is definitely not bad for what is basically a mid-ranger targeting the amateur crowd. Good Stuff Nikon!!!
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Storage
The storage choice of XQD (and CFExpress support activated through firmware updates) adopted for the Nikon Z6 speaks about how this camera was designed with professionals in mind. The only issue here is that despite this, both the Nikon Z50 and the Z6 have only 1 storage slot each. The Nikon Z50 supports SD card storage which is the ideal choice, price-wise, for beginners and amateurs.
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Battery Life
A major issue with mirrorless systems, in general, is the poor battery life they all suffer from. The Nikon systems are no exceptions here with the Nikon Z6 rated at around 310 shots from the EN-EL15b battery.
The Nikon Z50 has the smaller EN-EL25 battery also rated at around 300 shots. However, experience shows that real-world usage shows slightly better performance for the average shooter.
Nikon Z50 vs Z6: Size and weight
The Nikon Z50 is designed for portability and weighing just at around 400g (including battery), it’s significantly lighter than the 675g Nikon Z6. Hold on to it or else it may just float away. The Nikon Z50 kit lens is also significantly lighter at just 135g.
Although the Nikon Z50 is visually styled similar to the Z6 and the Z7, it is slightly smaller at 126.5 x 93.5 x 60mm, as compared to the Z6’s dimensions of 134 x 100.5 x 67.5mm. Despite this, it still retains a very comfortable grip and is an amazingly good option as a serious traveller’s camera.
Price-wise, the Nikon Z50 retails at around $850 (Body Only) or around $995 with the 16-55mm kit lens. The Nikon Z6 will set you back a cool $1995 (Body Only) or roughly $2400-2500 with the 24-70mm f/4 Lens. Add the price of the XQD card in the mix and things quickly turn costly.
Both the Nikon Z50 and the Z6 are impressive cameras in their own right. The Nikon Z50 promises excellent performance in good light at a great cost and is the perfect fit for a traveller looking for a light, but a versatile camera. It makes a powerful all-rounder camera and is excellent for beginners, amateurs and professionals looking for a back-up system.
The Nikon Z6 is focussed towards professionals with its Full Frame, Photographer centric tilt screen, Choice of storage option, higher resolution EVF and excellent low light performance.
Check out our Nikon Z6 Long Term Review here.
You can purchase the Nikon Z50 here,
You can purchase the Nikon Z6 here,