Nikon Z series NIKKOR VR Lenses - NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR - Silver

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See the big picture with the smallest of lenses.

The absolute smallest NIKKOR Z lens—the smallest DX format lens ever, in fact—the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR covers the sweet spot of the zoom range, letting you capture street scenes and landscapes as easily as portraits and close-ups. It has powerful Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization to keep your videos steady and your photos sharp. It focuses quickly and silently and supresses focus breathing—ideal for recording videos and high-speed action. And when not in use, it retracts into itself for a compact profile and added protection.


NIKKOR Image Quality

Capture vibrant street scenes, landscapes, portraits, selfies, low light, action, how-to videos and more. This little powerhouse can do so much.


Small and Mighty

Delivers big imaging power and durability in an ultra-compact package. When used on the Z 50, you've got Nikon's smallest DX interchangeable lens camera configuration ever.


Rock Steady

Built-in VR image stabilization keeps you sharp and steady, even when handheld. It also lets you shoot stills at slower shutter speeds (up to 4.5 stops*)—a huge advantage in low-light situations.


Wide or Vertical 4K Videos

The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR's zoom range is ideal for everything from interviews and how-to videos to close-ups and establishing shots. Like high-end cinema lenses, it's designed to suppress focus breathing—a common occurrence with smartphones, that makes videos look amateurish. Plus, its AF motor, focusing ring and control ring are virtually silent, so the camera's built-in mic won't pick up noise from the lens during recording.

Precision Autofocus

The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR uses a blazing fast, nearly silent stepping motor for autofocusing, and it performs brilliantly with Z series' Eye AF to keep focus right where you want it.


High Contrast

An Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens element reduces colour defects and glare for sharper, clearer images with outstanding contrast.


Customized Control

Assign your favourite function to the control ring—aperture control (great for iris transitions during video recording), ISO adjustments, exposure compensation or manual focus.


NIKKOR Z: The front line of an imaging revolution.

Designed and optimized to take full advantage of the Z system's larger mount, Z lenses like the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR gather substantially more light, providing even illumination and improved sharpness from the center of the frame to the far edges. Autofocusing is fast and quiet. Video recording is clean and smooth with highly minimized focus breathing and reduced wobbling. Intuitive on-lens controls can be customized to your individual shooting style and so much more. Z lenses are designed with a sense of consistency that combines reliability and beauty with next-dimension optical performance for complete freedom in image creation.

Lens TypeZoom
Approx. Weight4.8 oz., (135 g), , Based on CIPA guidelines, Based on CIPA guidelines,
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)2.8 in., (70mm), x 1.3 in., ( x 32mm), , Based on CIPA guidelines, Based on CIPA guidelines,
Accepts Filter TypeFront: screw-in
Focus ModeAutofocus, Manual
Filter Size46mm
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.2m at 24mm zoom position, 0.23m at 35mm zoom position, 0.25m at 16mm zoom position, 0.3m at 50mm zoom position
AF ActuatorSTM (stepping motor)
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)83°
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)31° 30'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.2x
Lens Elements9
Lens Groups7
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image StabilizationYes, , Dual detect optical VR lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs), Dual detect optical VR lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs),
Diaphragm Blades7, , (rounded diaphragm opening), (rounded diaphragm opening),
ED Glass Elements1
Aspherical Elements4
Maximum Aperturef/ 3.5-6.3
Minimum Aperturef/ 16
Focal Length Range16 -, 50mm
Zoom Ratio3.1x
Mount TypeNikon Z Mount

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