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Nikon Z30

The Nikon Z 30 is the first camera from the Japanese manufacturer that is explicitly aimed at the ever-growing vlogging community. In many areas, the camera is comparable to the Sony ZV-E10, which has also been optimized for vlogs: A rotating and swiveling touch display enables image control and a tally light indicates whether a recording is currently in progress.

Inside, the Nikon Z 30 relies on an APS-C image sensor with a resolution of 20.7 megapixels (5,568 x 3,712 pixels), which is already familiar from cameras such as the Nikon Z 50 or D7500 and in addition to good noise performance, also has a high dynamic range. Rather untypical but welcome for a vlogging camera: The Z 30 has a dedicated mode dial, which largely dispenses with scene automation and instead provides direct access to freely configurable user modes (U1-U3). The Nikon Z 30 is also characterized by a comparatively large number of controls and freely assignable buttons.

Thus, Nikon's vlogging camera is still suitable as a still camera, even though it lacks a flash and electronic viewfinder. Video recordings can be made in Full HD with up to 120 fps or 4K resolution with up to 30 fps.

Two features in particular will be missed when filming: Nikon did not provide the Z 30 with sensor stabilization either, which is why you should make sure to buy a stabilized Z lens (VR). The lack of a headphone jack is also annoying.

Which memory cards for the Nikon Z 30?

The Nikon Z 30 is rather frugal in both video and continuous shooting. For filming, inexpensive SD memory cards with U3 or V30 classifications are sufficient for all quality settings. Corresponding memory cards are marked with a logo in the table below. Meanwhile, SD memory cards with an UHS-I interface are sufficient for continuous shooting since the Z 30 does not offer a second row of contacts for faster and considerably more expensive UHS-II models.

Although UHS-II SD cards are backwards compatible, they do not provide any additional speed in the camera. Of course, it looks different when reading them in a suitable SD card reader. However, we noticed slight compatibility problems with selected UHS-II SD cards in the test, which only stored photos very slowly despite formally high speed and also did not allow 4K video recording. All three models in question can be found at the end of the table with corresponding note texts.


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