Nikon has recently unveiled the Z30, its latest camera designed for vloggers and content creators. Featuring an APS-C sensor, 4K 30fps video recording capability, as well as a lightweight and compact form factor, the new shooter is the brand’s answer to its rivals’ entry-level mirrorless camera offerings that are outside of the full-frame segment.
The Nikon Z30 packs a 20.9MP APS-C (DX) CMOS sensor that is capable of recording up to 4K (3840 x 2160 pixel) resolution videos at 30 frames per second (fps), slow-mo at 1080p at 120 fps, and capture still images at up to 5568 x 3712 pixel resolution. It also comes with an ISO range of 100 to 51200 (expandable up to 204800), hybrid phase-detection/contrast autofocus (with 209 focus points), and up to 11 fps of continuous shooting speed at full resolution. For video recordings, the company says the camera can record up to 35 minutes of 4K footage, and a whopping 125 minutes for 1080p videos.
As mentioned earlier, the Z30 is by far the lightest and most compact mirrorless camera from Nikon – measuring at approximately 128 x 73.5 x 59.5 mm, and weighing at around 350 g for body only. In favour of a smaller form factor, the new shooter lacks an electronic viewfinder (EVF). Instead, users will have to rely on its fully-articulating 3-inch 1040 k-dot LCD touchscreen for framing their shots, which shouldn’t be a problem for vloggers. In addition, complementing its lightweight body is a deep handgrip that allows vloggers to comfortably operate it with just one hand.
Besides that, the camera also features Nikon’s Z-mount Nikkor lens support, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, a USB-C port for data transfer and charging, a Type-D HDMI connector, built-in stereo microphones, a 3.5mm jack, and a single UHS-I SD memory card slot. Meanwhile, powering the Z30 is a removable EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery. On that note, Nikon says the EH-7P charging AC adapter is not included together with the camera and has to be purchased separately.
For select markets, the Nikon Z30 is set to arrive by mid-July at a retail price of US$ 710 (~RM 3,128) for body only, US$ 850 (~RM 3,745) when included together with a Nikkor Z DX 16 – 50 mm f/3.5 – 6.3 lens, or US$ 1,200 (~RM 5,287) with a Nikkor Z DX 50 – 250 mm f/4.5 – 6.3 lens. There’s also another bundle that includes a Nikkor 14 – 140 mm f/3.5 – 6.3 lens for US$ 1,150 (~RM 5,067) ,but that’s slated for release later in November. The company has yet to confirm the pricing and availability for its latest APS-C mirrorless camera for the Malaysian market.