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

 The Nikon Z30 uses the same 20.9-megapixel APS-C image sensor as the Nikon Z50 and Z fc. While the sensor may be getting a bit longer, it still delivers excellent image quality. The native ISO range is 100-51200. The camera can be extended up to ISO 204800, which is a very high value. The Z30 features Active D-Lighting, which helps control highlights and shadows when recording JPEG images. As for raw images, the camera records 12-bit and 14-bit raw files.

Although the camera is primarily intended for video, its photographic specifications are impressive. The camera records images in full resolution at a speed of up to 11 frames per second. Without UHS-II, buffer depths won't be huge or processed quickly, but you should still be able to shoot some action with the Z30.



Image quality and shooting speed don't matter much if the autofocus system isn't enough. The Z30 uses a hybrid phase-detection and contrast-detection autofocus system with a lower value of -4.5EV when using low-light autofocus, meaning it should perform well in challenging, subdued conditions. The camera features 209 focus points and a range of autofocus modes, including autofocus and wide-angle AF with automatic person and animal tracking. The camera also has eye detection AF.

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.

To make it easier to give your photos the look and feel you want, the Z30 includes Picture Control features. In addition to the "auto" mode, you can also choose from different Picture Control modes for portraits, landscapes and much more. You can also adjust the image optimization settings to set the desired settings.

While the Z30 is designed for beginners who have likely never owned an interchangeable lens camera, there is room to grow with the camera. There are many automatic modes and functions, but you can also use manual controls and settings, such as aperture priority mode to control background blur and shutter speed priority mode for action photography or long exposure photography. Compared to the Nikon Z50, which is aimed at more advanced users, you don't lose much in terms of photographic capabilities.



Nikon is marketing the Z30 as their first interchangeable lens camera for content creators looking to improve the quality of their videos and, to a lesser extent, photos. We've already discussed the front-facing swivel touchscreen and the front tally light, but what about the actual video specs and performance?

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