Nikon Z FC vs Nikon Z50 Comparison

Today I’m going to compare Nikon Z FC VS Nikon Z50 and go through the improvements and some disimprovements. So, let’s have a look at some of the features on those cameras what is the differences between the Nikon Z FC and the Z50.

So, how do they compare each other the differences between the two how do the specifications compare, and somewhere along the way. So, the Z50 is a really nice compact camera with a completely different styling to the ZFC.

they’re very different styling the top plates are very different on the two cameras the handling is very different the look is very different.

they’re very different cameras the Nikon Z50 has got the kind of Nikon’s traditional grip but this is very similar in design almost identical to the likes of the Nikon Z6, Nikon Z7, or Nikon Z5.


the Nikon ZFC is very reminiscent of the original and the old style the build quality is good it has a magnesium body integrated with plastic material.

Nikon ZFC VS Nikon Z50

But the ZFC has an articulating screen so ideal for vlogging and for video production when you’re actually filming a lot both cameras are the same in many ways.

So, both cameras are weather sealed which is great for a kind of drizzling day but don’t use them in heavy rain.

Nikon ZFC VS Nikon Z50

If you look at the body design between those cameras you can see that the design is identical and where the top plate is almost exactly the same. So, the Z50 is styled very similar if not exactly the same to the Nikon Z6, Z7, and Z5.

If I compare it with the Nikon Z5 it’s got a bigger grip but essentially the designs exactly are the same. So, if you already have one of those cameras like the Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II then its great to have a camera like the Nikon Z50 because you can set all your function buttons on the Z50 exactly the same as what you’ve done on your Z5, Z6 or Z7.


the electronic viewfinder has 2.36 million dots it’s clear and crisp you can switch between the two using just a button. You can put an SD card into it and the SD you can use up to a UHS-I which is an ultra-high speed for mainly the 4K video.

Also, they have 11 frames a second shoots at 12bit raw and 9 frames a second. Nikon Z FC has a circular viewfinder on the back whereas the Z50 it’s got a square viewfinder.

Screen Type

Nikon ZFC VS Nikon Z50

So, ZFC has got the articulating screen just comes out the difference with Z50 is that on this camera basically comes up. It also goes downwards instead of articulating outwards and the monitor is located directly behind the body of the camera.

the Z50 has a 3.2″ inch screen and the Z FC has a 3″ inch screen, the Z50 has a pop-up flash and it’s going above the Z FC.


the battery on both cameras takes 300 shots each that’s not much and if you shoot a lot per day the amount that you use always exceeds, in comparison with the Z5 and the Z6 you can shoot at a thousand.

the design features take exactly the same they use the same battery you can use the same battery UHS-I card slot underneath the same for both of them.


Both cameras sound pretty much identical they use exactly the same sensor and the same processor so, you’re not likely to find any difference between them.

there is one difference the Z50 has face detection in the video which means when you switch it to video mode you basically flick the switch down on the top.

So, you can switch very quickly between photo and video but the ZFC switch for video is basically very similar it’s located on the top.

Image Quality

They shoot at 14 bit raw 12 bit processing means that every photo stores 4096 values for each color per pixel so 4096 that’s 12 bit but 14 bit stores16384 values for each color per pixel so basically you’re getting better detailed image.


They have eye and animal eye auto focus so you can pick up the eyes and faces on animals and people when you’re shooting them.

so both these cameras shoot 4k at 30 frames a second the 4k is cropped which means it’s reduced but the quality of 4k that you get out of this cameras will not be as good as the quality of 4k that you’ll get out of the Z6 or the Z7 or the Z6 II and Z7 II.

the Z FC seems to be better in auto focus in low light situations than Z50 the autofocus to be sharp and most of the time so it’s got above the Z50. So, second advantage on Z FC is that you can put continuous power supply which you can’t do with the Z50.


one of the other differences the ZFC has over the Z50 is its shutter speed, the Z50 goes up to 30 seconds and the Z FC goes up to 900 seconds.


they both take a battery called the EN-El25 it’s a little bit different from all the other batteries out there so you can’t use other Z series batteries.


they’re both really lightweight ZFC comes in at 445grams and the Z50 comes in at 450 grams so like five grams difference between them.


so why would I prefer the Z50 over ZFC is the price the difference is just a hundred dollars and is just going to be a little bit more favorable and you’re getting the same camera but a hundred dollars cheaper. the price always going to be something that’s very important when you are buying a camera.

from the perspective of what the prices are for the Z50, they retail for $850 and then the ZFC is going to come in at $950. But that’s if you purchase from another place or you get it from Adorama or any place like that or you know B&H you can check my full review about Z50 and ZFC to find better prices.

the difference between ZFC and the Z50 both cameras do the same so what you will get for the extra $100 if you think it is worth paying $100 more depends on you.


If you are still thinking about what camera to use in 2022 and beyond it’s going to be the Sony A7S III, but the only one that comes to use is the Fuji X-T30 I think that camera is at its price point is really fantastic. The Fujifilm X-T4 in itself is a great camera but it’s also a very expensive camera body for an APS-C.

So, we’ve come to the end of the comparison, and hopefully, you know which options best suit your needs and whether the extra $100 is worth it.

Release date29 June 20217 November 2019
Body Type SLR Style MirrorlessSLR Style Mirrorless
Sensor pixels 20.920.9
Sensor resolution5568 x 37125568 x 3712
Sensor size 23.5 x 15.7 mm23.5 x 15.7 mm
ISO Auto 100-51200
Expandable to 204800
Auto 100-51200
Expandable to 204800
Lens mount Nikon ZNikon Z
Focal length multiplier1.5x1.5x
Screen typeVari-angle touchTilting touch screen
Screen size3″3.2″
Screen resolution1,040,000 dots1,040,000 dots
Shutter speed1/4000 to 30 sec
Extended to 900 sec in M Mode
1/4000 to  30 sec
Video resolutionUHD 4K-30 fps
FHD 1080 – 120 fps
UHD 4K-30 FPS 
FHD 1080 – 60 fps
Recording modes H.264/MOV/MP4H.264/MOV/MP4
Video formatMPEG 4, H.264MPEG 4, H.264        
Viewfinder typeElectronicElectronic
Viewfinder resolution2.36 million dots2.36 million dots
Image stabilizationDigital video
Continuous shooting11 fps11 fps
Focus points209
TrackingFace, Eye
Face, Eye
Battery Life stills300 frames470 frames
Battery life video75 min120 min
ConnectivityUSB TYPE C 3.2 GEN 1TYPE B 2.0
PortsHDMI Type D Micro Microphone 3.5 mmHDMI Type D Micro Microphone 3.5 mm
Lens mount Nikon ZNikon Z
Dimensions127 x 94 x 60 mm134 x 101 x 70 mm
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps
TrackingAnimal eye detects Human eye detectsAnimal eye detects Human eye detects

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