In July, Nikon announced the Z 5, a compact, full-frame mirrorless camera for beginners. It doesn’t leave too many of the high-end specs of its more expensive siblings behind, but how does it work as a wedding shooting tool?

Taylor Jackon photographs a variety of weddings each year, so his thoughts on how the Z 5 functions as a wedding photographer’s camera provides some valuable insight. What’s refreshing to me is that Jackson often shoots in HD and doesn’t feel like his customers are missing out if they’re not filming in 4K – something the Z 5 only does at 30 frames per second and a 1.7 -fold harvest makes.

While it’s a bit more expensive than its direct competitor, the Canon EOS RP, the Z 5 offers a wedding photographer a big advantage: two card slots. Map errors are rare, but there probably aren’t too many wedding photographers out there who are comfortable without redundancy, especially when it’s a standard feature on so many other cameras.

Add in IBIS and weather protection, and the Z 5 feels a lot more like a professional choice, despite its stripped down specs, while the RP may feel more like a solid support body.

Are you shooting at the Z 5 or are you thinking about buying? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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