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Q: What kinds of photography are you into?
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A: My photography is a little bit of everything, but it’s mostly based around portraiture. I also enjoy landscapes and travel photography. I love to explore different architecture, and I love shooting on the street. Different spaces intrigue my creative sense.

Q: What were your first impressions of the newest addition to Nikon’s mirrorless Z series, the Nikon Z 50?

A: First of all, the image quality and performance were impressive. The autofocus system allowed me to get great shots, especially when shooting street-style stuff. It lets me lock onto my subjects’ eyes, even when they’re moving, so I can reliably nail the focus. I love that the images look really sharp on the screen, and I can zoom in on the touch screen to make sure I captured the detail I wanted.

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I also really liked the portability and convenience of having a great camera but not having to lug around heavy equipment. TheZ 50 is light and fits perfectly in my hands. Photographers are looking for convenience. I guess that’s why so many people are shooting with their smartphones. But this camera has so many more tools than a phone; it is so light I wasn’t really thinking about it. As a result, I was able to get shots that are in line with my vision.

Q: You have more than 40,000 followers on Instagram. Will the Z 50 be a good tool for shooting your online content?

A: Absolutely. But in addition to the images, I was impressed with the Wi-Fi capabilities and the videos I was able to shoot. The Wi-Fi is so smooth and easy to set up. It’s also quick to transfer images from my camera to my phone to upload to Instagram. It’s great for on-the-go content.

For video, I can shoot a clip and trim it right in the camera. I can envision always having this camera with me, grabbing shots and videos on the street that I can upload on the spot.

Q: What else impressed you?

A: The Silent Shooting mode can certainly come in handy in my shooting when I need to be a silent observer. There are certain times when you need to be unobtrusive, like for my current job, when I’m capturing yoga or meditation. In those situations, you never want to have eyes on you. You don’t want people to think about the photographer in front of them. It’s a great tool to have.

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I also like the filter options on the camera and how I could utilize them with both stills and video.

Q: What kinds of photographers would benefit most from the Z 50?

A: The Z 50 would be great for content creators, especially with its Wi-Fi capabilities. But it’s also great for people getting into photography or vlogging—or even looking for something to complement their smartphone. It’s also a perfect camera for students to take great photos; it’s not complicated, and they’ll love the screen that flips around to take selfies. For me, between the size of the camera and the image quality, shooting on the street or on the road will give me new perspectives.

The newest member of the Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras, the Z 50 is designed around Nikon’s revolutionary Z mount—the widest lens mount of any comparable camera system. Moreover, 4K Ultra HD and 1080p slow-motion video capabilities, as well as time-lapse shooting, filters and effects are all built into this incredibly small body. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also make sharing a snap. In addition, a flip-down LCD screen activates Self Portrait mode—perfect for taking selfies and for vlogging. And when shooting photos, the Z 50’s outstanding autofocus system can lock onto the subjects’ eyes and keep focus there, even when they’re in motion, for beautifully focused portraits. It’s the perfect camera for students, hobbyists, travelers and those wanting to expand their creativity in new ways. To learn more about The Nikon Z 50, visit www.nikonusa.com/DIRNOV2019

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