Get in the creative zone and seize the moment with the Z 30 – the lightest and most compact Z series camera to date¹. Handy in size and weighing just 350g², this is the mirrorless model built for spontaneity and surprise.
Be inspired. Inspire others.
The Z 30 is made for your inner videographer. Hit record with ease whenever inspiration strikes. Excite the ears of your audience with premium sound quality from dual microphones. Capture higher quality video with the Z 30 thanks to its sensor that is 14x bigger than your phone's.
From teasers to reels to stories to streams, this is where heroes of content are born.
Customise the dial and buttons for instant access to your unique creative process. You’re just a click or a turn away to make your content the most authentic extension of you.
No angle or position is out of reach or focus with the 7.5cm (3-inch) touch-sensitive vari-angle LCD monitor. Look up and out, explore what lies below, or flip into selfie mode.
Capture your content the way it was meant to be seen with the Z 30’s signature Creative Picture Controls. Choose from 20 real-time filters that add emotion to your frame and eliminate the need for post-processing. Breathtaking looks include Pink, Morning, Melancholic, and Sunday.
Enjoy up to 125 mins³ of continuous video. Eliminate the extra work of piecing together multiple short recordings and switch to long-form videos to save time and effort.
SnapBridge - Shoot remotely and admire the results via your smart phone's screen. Get your content online in an instant, directly from your camera. Or connect and transfer it straight to your device and share to your heart’s desire.
NX Studio - With Nikon’s signature post-production software, you can view, process and edit your stills and video anytime, anywhere. For free.
Webcam Utility - Free software that transforms your Z 30 into a portable livestreaming hub. Harness high-resolution video and amaze your followers with real-time content.
¹As at June 29th, 2022.
³In Full HD/24p/25p at 25°C/77°F. The camera's ability to always achieve the full 125 minutes is dependent on conditions like battery life or the camera's internal temperature. Approx. 35 minutes of recording time is available in 4K UHD.
1. Get inspired with stunning video
Elevate your content by boosting the image quality. Express your memories of a wonderful night richly, without image noise. Draw all eyes to yourself or your subject looking beautiful against a soft background bokeh. Engage people’s senses across your whole image, with sharp details and rich textures. The Z 30 gives you easy access to all these benefits. The key is the larger volume of light received by its APS-C size/DX-format image sensor — 14× larger and more advanced than that in a typical smartphone*. Further contributions come from the advanced-performance engine — the same EXPEED 6 found in higher-level models such as the Z 7/Z 6 — and the strikingly sharp NIKKOR Z lenses.
* 1/2.5-in. sensor.
Make your video more engaging with a constant sharp focus on the eyes — whether it’s you, your friends and family or your pets. Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF are available in wide-area AF (L) as well as auto-area AF, letting the camera more reliably pick out the eyes to focus on. This makes it easy to capture your subjects’ eyes in focus even when they are moving — in both video recording and still photography. The AF-F mode dedicated to video recording enables powerful tracking of your subjects even when they are moving or composition changes. If you want a more subtle and nuanced expression, try applying slower or faster focusing, with AF speed adjustable between 11 steps. Go faster to quickly shift focus from the item you’re introducing back to your face, or go slower to smoothly draw viewers’ attention from one subject to another.
Connect better with your audience via the Z 30’s vari-angle monitor, by simply pointing the camera and rotating the monitor toward yourself. This way, you can record selfies while making sure you look good in real-time. Adjusting exposure compensation is also easy and intuitive through checking your appearance and using touch operation on the monitor. Taking further advantage of the vari-angle monitor, you can explore more creative angles, whether it’s from waist level, higher up or very low — letting you share your life from your own unique angles.
Keep the camera rolling for up to 125 minutes*, convenient for content like makeup tutorials or product reviews. Meanwhile, connecting a portable charger or computer allows the Z 30 to record with a constant power supply, giving you peace of mind during a long take.
*In Full HD/24p/25p at 25℃/77℉. The camera’s ability to always achieve the full 125 minutes is dependent on conditions like battery life or the camera’s internal temperature. Approx. 35 minutes of recording time is available in 4K UHD.
The NIKKOR Z lens lineup offers beginner-friendly choices that are designed to be small and accessible but deliver extremely high performance. They depict every detail with superb sharpness, create soft, natural background bokeh, and are easy to operate, exceeding what’s expected from conventional kit lenses. All the DX lenses come equipped with Nikon’s vibration reduction (VR) system*, which helps stabilize the footage when recording while walking. Try using different lenses and broaden the possibilities for your content.
*As of June 29, 2022.
If you are carrying the Z 30 with you all the time to shoot your vlogs, this compact lens is for you. It’s perfect for selfie shots, either solo or with a friend, as well as for any of your everyday moments. Just take it with you everywhere and enjoy its high-definition rendering performance with amazing sharpness that makes your subject stand out beautifully, whether it’s you or a tasty dish you’ve just made. If you want to push your creativity, you can come right up to your subject and get striking close-up shots.
Capture distant subjects up close with this powerful 5× telephoto zoom lens that’s handy and easy to carry around. Even if you shoot as you move, you can record stably thanks to the strong vibration reduction (VR) effect. It’s also easy to create a large background bokeh for impressive shots of plants, flowers, or people, as well as to get interesting portrait shots, where the background appears larger than it actually is.
This versatile 7.8× high-power zoom lens covers a wide range of subjects and scenes, whether from a trip or an event, allowing you to pursue diverse expressions while reducing the number of lenses you have to carry. For wide-angle shots, you can capture the scenery dynamically, while with the telephoto capabilities, you can zoom in on faraway subjects. This lens also lets you get as close as 0.2 m/0.66 ft* to your subject for impressive close-ups, making your subject stand out against a beautiful, soft background. It’s a great all-in-one lens for everyday use.
*At a wide-angle position.
2. Effortless operation. Big results.
As the most compact and lightweight*1 camera in the Z series, the Z 30 is no burden at all to take with you. The compact body fits right in your hand and weighs about 540 g*2 even in combination with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR — not much more than a 500-ml bottle of water. Slip it into your bag or sling it over your shoulder and enjoy going out with your camera.
*1 As of June 29, 2022. *2 With battery and SD memory card.
Every detail of the camera is designed to help you tell your stories more easily. The Z 30 features a luxurious exterior design, adopting operational controls and embossed leather material commonly used in the Z series from flagship to entrance level models, offering a smooth operational feel. The deep grip ensures the compact body feels comfortable and secure in your hands, even when shooting all day long. Since you can grip the camera firmly, it helps you get steadier footage. If you want to further stabilize the camera, simply extend the camera strap taut against the back of your neck. The iconic shape of the front right shoulder means it’s also comfortable held sideways — perfect for creating vertical content.
The Z 30 helps make all your video recording smoother. The large video-record button is easy to access in every position — whether it’s a selfie, high angle, or from the waist. When recording yourself, the red light on the front body lets you confirm that you are actually recording, so there’s no chance of getting to the end of your shot only to realize you accidentally failed to capture anything.
3. Elevate your style
The Z 30’s Auto mode is not just simple to use but also enables higher-level expression. If you feel your video is too dark or too bright, you can tweak the brightness by easily adjusting the exposure, without even changing modes. This lets you achieve the look you want while confirming the result on the monitor, making it easy to capture yourself or your subject in silhouette, high key and low key.
If you want an instant natural look and colors, select Picture Control Auto, which is also used in the Nikon Z 9 flagship model and optimally designed for video recording — to easily enhance the quality of your video. With 20 kinds of Creative Picture Control you can instantly add color to your content, so you can easily get the look you want. The applied effect is visible on the monitor, helping you confirm the look before shooting. You can also fine-tune the effect level, sharpness, or other parameters to help you craft that unique look you want.
The i button offers convenient one-touch access to 12 settings via the i menu, letting you make quick changes without needing to go deep into the menus. Your setting change is immediately reflected on the monitor so you can preview each adjustment in real time. The operation is touch-sensitive, providing even speedier access to the settings you need. The i menu is customizable with your 12 most frequently used settings in the order you prefer.
Make your content stand out by capturing sharply detailed 4K UHD video at 30p, 25p and 24p. What you shoot will come out amazingly sharp with rich textures and immersive beauty. Since there is no cropping of the frame, you can maximize your lenses’ angle of view even in 4K UHD, letting you achieve wide-angle scenery shots or sizzling food shots with ease.
Add drama to ordinary moments by bringing out small details in smooth slow-motion. You can make everyday scenes feel epic, emphasizing your feelings and experiences through each subtle expression. Using the 4×/5× slow-motion options, Full-HD slow-motion videos will become automatically available in-camera with no need for editing, while Full HD/120p offers footage with sound, which you can use to create slow-motion videos in post-production.
Whether it’s your daily routine, a cooking sequence, or lights and clouds shifting across a landscape, you can bring the passage of time dynamically to life by condensing motion into a fast-paced video, all in-camera. The Z 30’s time-lapse video function automatically shoots a series of still images, and combines them together in-camera to produce stunning 4K UHD or Full HD videos — easily enriching your vlog or video content.
In order to make your shooting operation smoother, the Z 30 offers customizable options so you can directly access the settings you want. The Fn1 and Fn2 buttons can be customized to quickly recall assigned settings selected from 39 functions and change them as you shoot. The U1, U2 and U3 positions on the mode dial can be assigned to recall your frequently used settings just by rotating the dial. For example, set Animal-Detection AF to U1 to immediately react to your pet’s actions, or set your optimum setting for night scenes to U2 to immediately start shooting at night. Utilizing these customizable options, you can switch settings with just one click — without the need to go into the menu each time you change scenes.
One of the lightest, smallest NIKKOR Z prime lenses*, offering a creamy, large bokeh with a bright f/2.8 aperture, letting your main subject stand out. The standard 42-mm equivalent angle of view on the Z 30 can cover a wide range of scenes, from snaps to indoor subjects like cooking and makeup, with just one lens. You’ll be able to express yourself in new and impressive ways.
*As of June 29, 2022.
This small prime lens expands your expressive possibilities, while keeping your Z 30 compact. Used with the Z 30, it gives you a 60-mm equivalent view, and helps you capture impressive videos of subjects — including close-up shots of food or objects of interest, as well as portraits of yourself, your friends or pets. The bright f/2 aperture lets you add drama to your video, utilizing soft background and round bokeh.
Higher-class expression will be yours thanks to the outstanding resolution and soft, gradual bokeh unique to the S-Line lenses. The NIKKOR Z f/1.8 prime lens series is designed with consideration for video recording. Rendering consistent color tone across the five lenses makes it easy to match colors in editing, while the control ring on all the five lenses offers the same operational feel and lets you smoothly adjust ISO or aperture.
This mount adapter is a gateway to a world of truly unique expressions. Attaching this to the Z 30 allows you to use any of the impressive range of approx. 360 NIKKOR F lenses, including vintage NIKKOR lenses, meaning you can capture your world with a unique look and further inspire your audience.
The optional tripod grip* makes it easy to record yourself while walking, as well as shooting from a tabletop by using it as a mini tripod. You can remove the ML-L7 Remote Control from the grip and start recording from a distance, which opens up further exciting creative options.
*SmallRig Tripod Grip 3070 with ML-L7. Designed to take up to 1.5 kg/3.3 lb for the combined weight of an attachable lens and the camera body. Please note that there is a possibility the mini tripod could lose balance and fall over even when the weight is under 1.5 kg/3.3 lb, depending on the lens and usage.
Great video isn’t complete without great audio. Depending on what you’re recording, you can select a suitable frequency response option. “Vocal range” is perfect for recording yourself talking, while “wide range” works well for a variety of sounds, from music performances to the bustling hum of a city street. The optional wind muff* cuts down wind noise, helping capture your voice more clearly. If you want to pursue even better sound, attaching an external microphone will give you even higher quality.
*SmallRig Wind Muff 3859. Not all operations of Nikon-partnered brands’ equipment are guaranteed.
4. Amazing Stills, Naturally
Not only daytime but also night and low-light indoor images come out clean and free from image noise in still photography. This is thanks to the Z 30’s large APS-C size/DX-format image sensor, as well as its high ISO range up to 51200. Capturing more light than a typical smartphone*, the image sensor also creates a softer, more natural background bokeh, which helps you bring out exactly the part of the image you want to show.
The Z 30 can shoot up to 11 frames per second*. Combined with the great image-making performance and advanced AF technology, each frame comes out in beautiful quality and sharp focus, letting you choose your favorite shot from multiple frames. You’ll be able to beautifully capture those striking moments of someone jumping or your pet dashing towards you.
*With a mechanical shutter, in high-speed continuous shooting (extended), in JPEG and 12-bit RAW recording.
Turn both the camera and vari-angle monitor to face yourself and the camera automatically starts self-portrait mode. Create impressive selfies this way by checking how you look on the monitor and adjusting with a simple touch operation. In still photography mode, the large video-record button also functions as the shutter-release button for easy operation. You’ll be able to shoot thumbnail images in better quality and with greater ease.
Sometimes you want to take a picture without disturbing anyone — capturing your friends’ natural smiles or your pets’ adorable sleeping face. Use the Z 30’s silent photography mode and photograph such moments in all their spontaneity or simple charm, without the sound of the shutter.
5. Time to inspire others
Sharing videos and still images with your friends and followers becomes smoother — via the SnapBridge app*1. Even if you’re out enjoying nature, you can transfer what you’ve shot to your smart device*2 immediately after shooting. You can manually transfer video footage via Wi-Fi® to edit and post on social media, while still images can be set for automatic import via Bluetooth®. SnapBridge also allows you to shoot videos and still images remotely, using your smart device as a monitor, letting you check the image and control the camera from a distance — great for shooting high-quality self-portrait shots.
*1 Available free from Apple App Store® and Google Play™. Please check Nikon’s website for further information. *2 Compatible with iPhone®, iPad® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system.
Nikon’s free NX Studio software let you browse, process and edit what you have shot, while maximizing the full potential of the Z 30. Its Movie Editor video editing function is easy to use even for beginners, offering simple operation for creating an original video piece that includes both video footage and still images.
Elevate your live streaming and web conferences with the Z 30. Nikon Webcam Utility turns the Z 30 into a great webcam just by connecting it to the computer via a USB cable. Even if you’re streaming in a dimly lit indoor situation, your footage will look clean with a soft background bokeh. There’s no need to worry about the battery running out mid-shoot, as power can be delivered via the USB connection.
6. System Chart and Nomenclature
|1||Shutter-release button||12||Release mode button/Self-timer button||23||Playback zoom out button/Thumbnail button/Help button||33||Video-record button|
|2||Power switch||13||Delete button||24||Playback zoom in button||34||Main command dial|
|3||Lens mount||14||Display button||25||Monitor||35||Accessory shoe (for optional flash unit)|
|4||Image sensor||15||Photo/video selector||26||Eyelet for camera strap||36||Battery-chamber/memory card slot cover latch|
|5||CPU contacts||16||AE-L/AF-L button/Protection button||27||Focal plane mark||37||Battery-chamber/memory card slot cover|
|6||Lens mounting mark||17||i button||28||Speaker||38||Tripod socket|
|7||REC lamp/Self-timer lamp||18||Memory card access lamp||29||Stereo microphone||39||Connector for external microphone|
|8||Lens release button||19||OK button||30||Mode dial||40||HDMI connector|
|9||Fn2 button||20||Multi selector||31||ISO button||41||Charge lamp|
|10||Fn1 button||21||Menu button||32||Exposure compensation button||42||USB connector|
|11||Sub-command dial||22||Playback button|
Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Nikon Z mount
Image sensor format
Image sensor type
23.5 mm x 15.7 mm
Image Dust Off reference data (NX Studio software required)
Image size (pixels)
[DX (24x16)] selected for image area: (L) 5568 x 3712 ( 20.7 million) (M) 4176 x 2784 ( 11.6 million) (S) 2784 x 1856 ( 5.2 million) [1:1 (16x16)] selected for image area: (L) 3712 x 3712 ( 13.8 million) (M) 2784 x 2784 ( 7.8 million) (S) 1856 x 1856 ( 3.4 million) [16:9 (24x14)] selected for image area: (L) 5568 x 3128 ( 17.4 million) (M) 4176 x 2344 ( 9.8 million) (S) 2784 x 1560 ( 4.3 million) Photographs taken while recording videos at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 Photographs taken while recording videos at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080
File format (image quality)
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system
Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)
1 Secure Digital (SD) card
DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31
Z mount NIKKOR lenses F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
1/4000 to 30 s (step sizes of 1/3 EV), bulb, time
Flash sync speed
Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/200 s or slower; supported with auto FP high-speed sync
S (single frame), CL (continuous low-speed), CH (continuous high-speed), Continuous H (extended), Self-timer
Approximate frame advance rate
Up to 11 fps Continuous L: Approx. 1 to 4 fps Continuous H: Approx. 5 fps Continuous H (extended): Approx. 11 fps * Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
TTL metering using camera image sensor
Matrix metering Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame Spot metering: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point Highlight-weighted metering
-4 to +17 EV * Figures are for ISO 100 and f/2.0 lens at 20 °C/68 °F
Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual U1, U2 and U3: user settings modes
Range: –5 to +5 EV, Increment: 1/3 step
Luminosity locked at detected value
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 EV ; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 51200 (ISO 102400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 51200 (ISO 204800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Add, average, lighten, darken
HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction
Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF
-4.5 to +19 EV * Without low-light AF: -3 to +19 EV * Measured in photo mode at ISO 100 and a temperature of 20 °C/68 °F using single-servo AF (AF-S) and a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8
Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), AF mode auto-switch (AF-A; available only in photo mode), full-time AF (AF-F; available only in video mode) , predictive focus tracking Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
209 Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and DX selected for image area
Pinpoint AF (photo mode only), single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (photo mode only), wide-area AF (S), wide-area AF (L), wide-area AF (L-people), wide-area AF (L-animals), auto-area AF, auto-area AF (people), auto-area AF (animals)
Press the AE-L/AF-L button or press shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF-S)
TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off
-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV available in modes P, S, A, and M
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
i-TTL flash control, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync
Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K–10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning except choose color temperature
Exposure and/or flash, white balance, ADL
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor TTL metering using camera image sensor
Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 30p (progressive)/25p/24p 1920 x 1080: 120p/100p/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p 1920 x 1080 slow-motion: 30p (x4)/25p (x4)/24p (x5) * Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively * Quality selection (normal/high) available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 x 1080 slow-motion, when quality is fixed at high
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM (for videos recorded in MOV format), AAC (for videos recorded in MP4 format)
Audio recording device
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
Range: –3 to +3 EV, Increment: 1/3 step
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600; step size of 1/3 EV); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) available with selectable upper limit P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) with selectable upper limit Auto: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600)
Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Time-lapse video recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, with REC lamp
7.5 -cm ( 3.0 –in.) diagonal
vari-angle TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls
Approx. 1040 k-dot
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, video playback, photo and/or video slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, and picture rating
Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB) ; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output connector
Type D HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) 2.4 GHz band: 4.5 dBm Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2 Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth: –1.0 dBm Bluetooth Low Energy: –2.5 dBm
One EN-EL25 rechargeable Li-ion battery
Charging AC adapter
EH-7P charging AC adapter (available separately)
0.635 cm (1/4 in., ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W × H × D)
Approx. 128 x 73.5 x 59.5 mm ( 5.1 x 2.9 x 2.4 in.) (width x height x depth)
Approx. 405 g ( 14.3 oz. ) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 350 g/12.4 oz. (camera body only)
Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
BF-N1 Body Cap、EN-EL25 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, AN-DC25 Strap, UC-E24 USB Cable
1. Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines. All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery. The sample images displayed on the camera and the images and illustrations in this document are for expository purposes only. Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in this document at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this document may contain.
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