• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 50.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

Buy From

Differences

Nikon Z5 advantages over Sony A1

  • Less expensive
    $1597 vs $6498*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.16 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Sony A1 advantages over Nikon Z5

  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    150 vs 85 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/400 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More dots on screen
    1440k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.90x vs 0.80x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    50.1 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Nikon Z5

Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Canon EOS RP

Nikon Z5
Canon EOS RP
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lighter weight
Sony A1
Canon EOS RP
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon R5

Nikon Z5
Canon R5
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3899
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Top deck display
Sony A1
Canon R5
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $3899
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon R6

Nikon Z5
Canon R6
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More dots on screen
Sony A1
Canon R6
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Nikon Z5
Nikon Z7 II
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
Sony A1
Nikon Z7 II
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Top deck display

Compared to Nikon Z6 II

Nikon Z5
Nikon Z6 II
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
Sony A1
Nikon Z6 II
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Compare Other Cameras?