Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras might also seize all the headlines; however, its APS-C device has now been well rounded off with the appearance of the Nikon Z30. That’s now three cameras and three lenses overall, but is three the magic number for variety?
Compared to its siblings, little has changed on the inside. The Nikon Z50 was introduced in 2019 with a 20.9MP APS-C CMOS sensor plus 4K/30p and HD/120p video recording with no crop, all of which have carried over into the Nikon Z fc and now the Z30 in 2022.
Processor strength and outright build quality are largely comparable too, so we also now have three APS-C cameras that have been designed for beginner shooters. So what’s honestly “one of a kind”?
You only need to examine the cameras to see what is simply distinct—each one has its own address layout.
Out of the three, the Nikon Z30 is gunning to be one of the exceptional cameras for vlogging, promising higher quality and more innovative flexibility than a phone.
If video and affordability are your priorities, it is also a contender for the title of high-quality beginner mirrorless camera.
The lion’s share of this evaluation will focus on the camera’s layout. After all, the Z30 isn’t always just for vlogging in the same way that the Z50 and Zfc are pretty successful vlogging cameras, too. (Plus, those non-compulsory vlogging accessories for all three cameras.)
It ought to be said that three lenses for three cameras represents a terrible ratio, and we want to peer more glass for Nikon’s system. In fairness, the 16-50mm is a super kit lens, and what percentage of beginners absolutely buy additional lenses? There is likewise a smattering of properly-fitted compact and well matched complete-body lenses like the 40mm f/2 and 28mm f/2.8 (and the F to Z mount adaptor in case you’re genuinely stretching).
The lens roadmap rumor mill adds a 12-28mm DX lens to the combination, which can well come to be the first-class alternative for vlogging,
plus a 24mm DX lens. But as matters stand, there isn’t always a local extremely wide-perspective lens for the Z30, and pandemic international supply issues remain, no matter how new they seem.
Nikon Z30 specs
Sensor: 20.9MP APS-C (DX)
AF points: 209-point array
Memory cards: SD UHS-I
LCD: 3-inch vari-angle touch screen, 1.04m dots
Max burst: 11fps extended
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Weight: 405g (with card and battery)
Nikon Z30 Review: Design
Large and comfortable grip
Vari-perspective 3 in. contact display, but no viewfinder
USB-C charging and connectivity
in-digicam stereo mic and mic enter, but no headphone jack.
Consider the designs of the Z30 as video-centric, the Z50 as photograph-centric, and the ZFC as, nicely, nostalgia-centric. In the Z30, we have a digicam with a striking resemblance to the Sony ZV-E10. Of the two, it’s bigger and has a better defined handgrip, but it nonetheless measures up as Nikon’s smallest APS-C or full-body mirrorless camera yet.
More grips need to be like this; they give a top notch hold for taking pictures, but also for turning the digital camera onto yourself with easy access to that bright, large purple button.
Video shooters, including vloggers, compose through a display and have little need for a viewfinder (although you may omit one while taking still pictures). Omitting a viewfinder has enabled Nikon to not only make its smallest APS-C mirrorless digital camera but also its cheapest.
Currently, there may be no elective EVF (electronic viewfinder) to be had.
For its explicit vlogging purpose, the Nikon Z30 is designed very nicely. That three-inch vari-angle screen works an allure, with the whole range of contact features along with focus, playback, and menu navigation on hand. A purple border shows video mode, at the same time as a tally lamp lets you recognize that the digital camera is recording video—available stuff now not located in the Nikon Z50 or ZFC.
Nikon’s 16–50mm package lens brings vibration reduction for photos, while in-camera digital vibration reduction (E-VR) for video offers you that little bit more stabilization for hand-held shooting, although it’s not to be had for 120p slow-motion video.
There’s a 1.3x crop with E-VR in play that’s far from perfect in case you want to shoot with extensive attitude. Serious run-and-gun vloggers may need to invest in a gimbal and keep E-VR switched off.
A stereo mic is on board and provides a reasonable sound for the instances that you are caught without an outside microphone. It’s an improvement over regular in-digicam mics, plus there is a wind-discount function, and you can position an optional deadcat over those stereo mics that are positioned on both sides of the hotshoe.
Those stereo mics are quality in quiet spaces; however, we might nevertheless propose an external microphone for vlogging to make sure the quality is great. As the video enterprise announcement is going, horrific visuals are forgivable, but awful audio is not.
To that degree, it’s a real shame that there’s no headphone jack, similar to the microphone input, so one can audibly screen sound. On-screen audio degrees are certainly no longer the same as listening in stay or checking a recording on place put up-seize, plus we couldn’t discover a way to show those audio stages while the Z30 is in selfie mode. The remaining component a video creator wants is to go back from a shoot to find unusable audio.
Battery existence is average, if a bit modest, and there is no committed battery charger provided with the camera, simply the USB-C cable. However, a huge plus to the Z30 is that it can be charged via its USB-C port at home, on the go, and even while the camera is in use. Yes, USB-C charging works while streaming and even recording video. Big win.
Nikon Z30 Review : features and overall performance
4K/30p and HD 120p with no crop
Sticky subject-tracking (AF) Reliable Nikon Webcam Utility and Nikon Snapbridge apps
Up to 11 fps
Virtually all current cameras offer 4K video; however, the quality of 4K does vary. For example, 4K within the Z30 (and indeed its HD 120p sluggish motion capture) is taken from the entire width of the sensor, which means there’s no crop. This is a godsend for vlogging in the context of the shortage of extensive-angle APS-C mirrorless lenses; you can preserve the full field of view of the 16-50mm lens.
There are also unlimited video recording instances within the Z30, unlike the Z50, ZFC, and plenty of others, which are restricted to half an hour. We say unlimited; in the long run, it’s down to card capability and Nikon prices in the region of one hundred and twenty minutes.
Arguably one of the most crucial camera features for vlogging is reliable continuous autofocus and face detection AF. Overall, the Z30’s 209-factor phase/evaluation detection AF (additionally discovered inside the ZFC and Z50) doesn’t quite stay as much as the autofocus performance and flexibility of the Sony ZV-E10, but it’s plenty true enough to track a subject. . -shooter.
With the vari-perspective display screen on the front, the camera switches to a selfie mode and recognizes your face, and tracking AF reliably sticks to it. For other subjects, particularly when the display screen is rear-dealing with, tracking AF continues to be first rate, although it may be a little less dependable. Dedicated AF modes with vlogging in mind could be welcome, too, like Sony’s “Product Showcase” mode.
Photographers can make high-velocity sequences as fast as 11 fps in the “extended” mode, with non-stop autofocus and vehicle publicity. In this mode, we have been able to rattle off 30 raw and JPEG photos on a high-overall performance UHS-I SD card earlier than the digicam pauses, and there is a bit of a wait to regain complete-pace operation once more.
Continuous excessive mode is slower at 5 fps, wherein you may sustain a burst for longer, again with a chunk of wait to shoot at full potential again. This is the type of performance we expect from a decent newbie camera, being nicely suited for quick flashes of motion.
Nikon Z30: high-quality pictures and videos
All of Nikon’s APS-C mirrorless camera use the same 20.9MP CMOS sensor. And as we’ve referred to in our evaluations of the Z50 and ZFC, the Z30 will provide you with easy and colorful photographs as much as ISO 6,400 in various photography scenarios. If feasible, it is best to avoid the usage of ISO 12,800 and 25,600 if you want to avoid the unfavorable effect of noise.
There’s a colour profile for maximum tastes: “Vivid” makes the colours pop, at the same time as “Flat” is an appropriate profile for video shooters who want to make the maximum of the virtual digital camera’s
dynamic range (and who don’t think about color grading afterwards ). Flat is the closest you get to a log profile and is less complicated to grade, which makes a lot of sense for a newbie-level camera like this.
Nikon has a tried-and-tested color rendition for stills and video. One component that’s worth bearing in mind is how autofocus influences white stability. For instance, the Z30 seems to prioritize color detection for its color rendering. You can shoot an equal scene and take advantage of wildly special white balance based totally on whether or not autofocus has tracked and is locked directly to someone. But on the danger of repetition, there’s an obvious loss of APS-C lenses, and now there’s no unmarried top.
We’re cautious about camera systems with a bad digital camera-to-lens ratio; here it is three for three; that’s alarming. More APS-C mirrorless lenses, please, Nikon. Oh, and for vlogging, one that goes a bit wider.