May 16, 2022

Our Nikon z5 Review Is Updated with a New Autofocus Test

Update February 2022

As soon as again with findings from the newest firmware issued, weve updated our Nikon z5 review. This brand-new firmware upgrade mainly provides “enhanced performance” when using a flash and autofocusing in low light. At least, thats whats supposed to take place. In our findings, something is amiss here. You can head to our Nikon z5 Review or scroll down to see our findings.

According to Nikons Website, the current Firmware update since February 2022 does the following:

– Added assistance for:

FTZ II mount adapters
NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f4 S lenses
NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f2.8 lenses
Improved face/eye detection efficiency and the presence of subjects in pictures taken utilizing an optional flash unit.

I originally tried this test at a local bar using the Godox TT685 II N. (And prior to I go on, no, the flash brand name wasnt the issue since the Nikon Z5 believed it was a Nikon flash.) But then I moved it into my office and my own home. To get this functionality to work, you need to set your cam to AF-S or AF-C mode, and after that set it to all-area autofocus. Face and eye detection require to be enabled. The picture above was shot using a single-point autofocus selection, whichs the only method I had the ability to get it to work.

This test, quite truthfully, was one of the most aggravating and undetermined tests Ive conducted with a Nikon camera. I called the Nikon z5 back in after we reviewed the Nikon z9. Relatively speaking, the Nikon z5s autofocus feels archaic.

After thats done, the Nikon z5 will still have issues focusing on your face in low light. Nor would we utilize AF-Assist from the flashs infrared beam.

Ive likewise realized Nikon does not have body detection and this is a big defect. In the end, the Nikon z5 has an issue with glasses and total it still isnt as excellent as Canon, Leica, or Sony.

To ensure I wasnt going nuts, I examined it by a reader, who concurred that I wasnt incorrect about the autofocus efficiency.

In a call with 2 Nikon representatives, we got clarification on what this firmware does. Its supposed to impact the “Apply Settings to Live View” function. Nikon consumers can set about shooting with their video cameras with the Live View setting effect triggered. For more typical terms, we simply call this exposure preview. And for several years, manufacturers throughout the board have stated it impacts autofocus performance. When a flash is connected to the Nikon z5, the Live View effect setting will be handicapped.

I called the Nikon z5 back in after we evaluated the Nikon z9. Nikon sent us the 28mm f2.8 Z lens with the Nikon z5. With the Nikon z6 and Nikon z7, you can go to a13 and turn it off. The Nikon z5 and the Nikon 35mm f1.8 Z S did a much better job focusing in low light together than the 28mm f2.8 did. The Fujifilm X Pro 3 with the original 23mm f1.4 R lens far outmatched the Nikon z5 and the brand-new Nikon 28mm f2.8 Z. For comparison, the X Pro 3 is older than the Nikon Z5 and the 23mm f1.4 was one of the very first Fujifilm lenses to come to market.

Once you do that, you run into another prospective concern: handbook focus override. To get rid of it with the Nikon Z5, you need to literally disable it on the lens within the menu system. With the Nikon z6 and Nikon z7, you can go to a13 and turn it off. However thats not available with the z5. This will prevent you from accidentally turning the focusing ring.

When shooting a wedding or something, this suggests you can go from shooting with flash and without flash with ease. When you require it and handicapped when you require it, your exposure preview will be allowed. Overall, its a terrific function to have and a great idea!

However, the Nikon z5 and the Nikon 35mm f1.8 Z S did a much better task focusing in low light together than the 28mm f2.8 did. However in general, it was still quite horrible. The brand-new OM-System OM1 did a much better task in a comparative scenario and even with disadvantages tossed at it. The Fujifilm X Pro 3 with the original 23mm f1.4 R lens far outpaced the Nikon z5 and the new Nikon 28mm f2.8 Z. For comparison, the X Pro 3 is older than the Nikon Z5 and the 23mm f1.4 was one of the first Fujifilm lenses to come to market.

The issue happens with autofocus performance in low light. Nikon sent us the 28mm f2.8 Z lens with the Nikon z5.