( indoor Photography )Nikon z30 Photography & Videography Test in Portrait Photography, photo studio, vlogging & 4k video

 What does the back of the camera look like without the EVF? Much like the Z50 and Z fc, just without the eyecup. There's still a shoe for a flash or other accessories like a shotgun microphone, but without the EVF, the top of the camera is almost perfectly flat. Unlike some cameras without an EVF, you can't attach the optional EVF using a shoe as Nikon doesn't make one. The back of the camera features many of the same buttons you'd expect on a Z-series camera, such as a directional pad selector, an "i" button to bring up a customizable on-screen menu of a dozen camera settings of your choice, a Menu button, a toggle switch for switching between photo and video modes, a button sequence mode, play and delete buttons and more. The zoom-out button also doubles as a help button that you can press while scrolling through the menus to get more information about the highlighted setting. It's an in-camera guide to help beginners understand the various options and settings.

A large part of the back of the camera is taken up by the tilt/rotate touchscreen. Because the Z30 is compact, its display is slightly smaller at 3.0 inches, rather than the 3.2 inches of other Z cameras. The display has approximately 1,040,000 dots. It's a small difference. You can flip the display to its side and rotate it up and down, or rotate it completely and use it as a selfie screen. This should be especially useful for video makers to see themselves while recording to ensure good framing. The front light notifies you that the camera is actively recording.



The top of the camera looks a lot like the Z50. The camera features a rotary mode dial with P, S, A and M shooting modes, an automatic mode, and three customizable user mode slots. Like many recent Nikon cameras, the Z30 includes a dedicated record button near the rear command dial, but now it's slightly larger. Near the shutter button are exposure compensation and ISO buttons. The camera also includes a front command dial. The front of the Z30 also has a pair of Fn (function) buttons, an unusual but welcome inclusion for a basic camera.

Tested Features of Z30

  1. slow-mo
  2. 4k video
  3. iso
  4. grains
  5. color tone
  6. W.B
  7. picture style
  8. blur
  9. bokeh
  10. low light
  11. picture quality
  12. touch screen
  13. auto light optimization
  14. burst shoot
  15. autofocus 
  16. Sharpness

Z30 features a rating in Photography

  • iso range: 10\10
  • color tone: 9\10
  • white balance: 9\10
  • background blur: 10\10
  • bokeh effect: 10\10
  • grains coverage: 10\10
  • highlights & shadows detail: 10\10
  • autofocus: 10\10
  • jpeg quality: 9\10
  • continuous shooting speed: 10\10
  • depth of field: 10\10
  • live view photography: 9\10
  • eye tracking: 10\10
  • flashlight photography: 10\10
  • HDR mode: 10\10
  • Touch Screen Focus: 9\10
  • sharpness: 10\10
  • image stabilization: 9\10

Key features of Z30

  • Nikon's smallest and lightest Z series camera
  • 20.9MP APS-C image sensor
  • Native ISO range is 100-51,200, expandable to 204,800
  • Hybrid AF system with 209 AF points
  • Tracking autofocus
  • Eye-detect AF
  • Flip-out selfie screen
  • Front tally lamp to let you know when you're recording
  • 125-minute continuous recording limit
  • Built-in stereo mics, plus mic input
  • HDMI output (micro HDMI)
  • USB port for USB power delivery with compatible USB-C to USB-C cable
  • 4K/30p video
  • FHD/120p video
  • Available as a body only for $710 and in three different kits ranging from $850 to $1,200.

The Z30 has one SD card slot, which is UHS-I and not UHS-II. That's not surprising given the entry-level camera, but a UHS-II slot would be nice. In terms of ports, the Z30 has a USB-C port, an HDMI type D (micro) connector and a stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm). You can charge the camera via USB, although this requires a certified USB PD USB-C to USB-C cable, which is not included with the camera. In fact, the Z30 doesn't even come with a charger. It comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable that you can use with various standard wall chargers to charge your camera battery. The Z30 uses an EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery and promises roughly 330 shots or 75 minutes of recording (CIPA). Based on our CIPA rating experience, you should expect better battery life than in real life use. The battery uses the EH-7P charger, which is available separately. As for wireless connectivity, the Z30 has Bluetooth (version 4.2) and Wi-Fi.



We mentioned that the Z30 is compact. The Z30 is Nikon's smallest and lightest Z-series camera yet. Its dimensions (width x height x depth) are 128 x 73.5 x 59.5 millimeters (5.1 x 2.9 x 2.4 inches). The dimensions of the Z50 are 127 x 94 x 60 mm (5 x 3.7 x 2.4 in). As you can see, the absence of an EVF does a lot to make the new Z30 much shorter than the Z50's reasonably compact camera. The Z30 weighs approximately 405 grams (14.3 ounces) with battery and SD card. That's about 50g less than the Z50.
Even though we haven't got our bearings yet, let's take a short "subjective" look at the Z30. The Z30 without the electronic viewfinder is interesting. As a stills camera, the Z30 feels less user-friendly than the Z50 or Z fc. However, the absence of an EVF is probably not such a big problem for video work. You'll be using the rear display for most video anyway, and being able to use it as your own screen is excellent. Aside from the missing EVF, there's a lot to like about the controls on the Z30. There's no joystick to control the AF point, but you can use the touch screen or directional pad. The two front function buttons are a great inclusion and can be useful for people who use the camera for video with a selfie screen.

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