Nikon Z5’s user experience

Nikon Z5 still has the traditional head shape of a DSLR warship, and the wide handle is better to hold than Sony, which is similar to Canon. Among the three giants, Sony is relatively aggressive, while Canon and Nikon are more stable. Having come all the way from the era of DSLR, I naturally prefer the design style of Canon and Nikon.

The front is with very Nikon style, you can see the two custom buttons and the lens release button, but for me, the hand is too small to reach the two custom buttons in the full grip state.


The reason for not completely eliminating the ship’s bow is for better viewfinder view. The original position of the SLR mirror is now directly replaced by an electronic viewfinder. If you are a photo-oriented user, the Z5 design won’t disappoint.


Back view, a 3.2-inch flip screen, a 369-watt pixel 100% viewfinder electronic viewfinder, and the back button layout is almost the same as the Z6.


Until now, the most important role of electronic viewfinders has been to assist in taking photos. The screen can hardly be seen clearly in bright light, and if you don’t take photos, you don’t care about electronic viewfinders.


Just like Canon, in order to take care of this flip screen, the original row of buttons on the left side of the screen are all cancelled, which will be somewhat unsuitable to some extent.


On the back, it’s very easy to switch between videos and photos, so I have to make fun of my R6. Canon is also easy to switch between videos and photos, but the R6 can’t switch between photos and videos quickly when shooting, which is a big failure.


The rapid movement of the five-dimensional joystick is very convenient for the focus, which is also my experience of using the R6 for more than a month. Nikon Z5 also adopts this excellent design, and the experience of taking photos continues to add points.


The thumb area is very wide, and I can easily rest on it when taking a photo.


The top can distinguish the flagship model Z6 and Z5, and the difference between the Canon R5 and R6 is the same. The Z5 lacks a shoulder screen compared to the Z6, and the function wheel on the left has been moved to the original shoulder screen position.


The area around the shutter is the same as the previous Nikon design.


There is nothing to say about the side, it is still the familiar taste of Nikon, only the red hook has moved the position.

The controller is full and has two front and rear wheels, a dual wheel design for improved control, and the skin feels very good, similar to the Canon and better than some of the Sony and Olympus models I’ve used.


Double card slot contact area is large, and is integrated with the thumb holding position design, open will be very easy.


The matching head is 24-50/4-6.3. The biggest feature of this lens is its small size and light weight, of course, the picture quality is also affected to some extent. In my opinion, a 24-50 F4 head will be more attractive than this head.

This lens needs to be rotated until the limit is lifted before it can be used.


For a full-frame lens, the Nikon is extremely small, much smaller and lighter than the M43 Olympus 12-40 F2.8.


Local production, bayonet is not surprisingly plastic, Z bayonet electronic contacts for 11, second only to Canon RF bayonet, so many contacts can achieve a lot of functions.


After the fit is quite harmonious, the first grip is small and light.

Forget the ports, the headphone port, the 3.5mm microphone port, and the mini HDMI port, the Type-C multi-purpose port that can provide power, and the shutter cable, are practical enough.

Nikon Z5 uses a 2432W pixel sensor, which is a bit familiar, but not the same sensor as the Z6, but consumers shouldn’t worry too much, the Z5 sensor is still much better than the Canon RP and R sensor, Nikon has not been much compromise in terms of picture quality.

The control aspect of the Z5 is not too much castration, but for users who have been used to the Canon three wave wheel, Nikon only has two wave wheel, ISO, exposure compensation need to be combined operation, take time to get used to.

Give a double card slot, Canon and Sony on this point coincidentally used a single card slot.

Photo experience


Because the aperture of the socket is too small, I am a firm user of large aperture, I currently have Canon, Olympus lens, 2.8 aperture is the minimum acceptable value, so directly rented from Lentor 35 1.8 Z aperture lens, to expand the shooting experience.


Photos, I care about tolerance, Gao Gan, stabilization, the human eye (face) animal eyes and face recognition focus, followed by bringing some practical functions, such as I used since Olympus take star track synthesis they can’t throw away, in addition to the common timelapse and nikon that also provides a time-lapse photography video options.


In terms of camera focus, since phase focus began to popularize, focus has not been a problem. We SLR users who have experienced nine times of focus have been inseparable from this kind of focus mode in this no-reflex trend.


However, Nikon Z5 does not provide the options of human eyes, human faces and animals in the menu, nor does it set the focusing mode separately like R6. Only the automatic area AF is set in the autofocus area, and when the face or animal face appears in the viewfinder, the yellow frame will appear for automatic recognition.

Even if you wear sunglasses, you can also accurately focus.

For users who like to take pictures of animals and people (girls), there’s no qualms about focusing.