Z5 Batteries

The Z5 uses a new version of the EN-EL15, the EN-EL15C. This new version has a higher capacity (2280mAh versus 1900mAh). It can be used with the Z6 and Z7 (and other Nikon cameras that use the EN-EL15), and provides more capacity than the battery supplied with those cameras. At the moment, there are no third-party EN-EL15C batteries available, which means that there are no third-party batteries that support in-camera USB charging and continuous power on the Z5. 

You can, however, use earlier versions of the EN-EL15 with the Z5:

  • EN-EL15 — powers the camera, cannot be charged via USB in the camera, doesn't support continuous USB power
  • EN-EL15A — powers the camera, cannot be charged via USB in the camera, doesn't support continuous USB power
  • EN-EL15B — powers the camera, can be charged via USB in the camera, does support continuous USB power on Z5 (not on Z6/Z7)
  • EN-EL15C — powers the camera, can be charged via USB in the camera, does support continuous USB power

A note about continuously powering the Z5 with a EN-EL15C battery and the camera hooked up to USB: Nikon is using the PD (Power Delivery) standard. That means that any USB C charger that meets the standard can power the camera; you don't need Nikon's own charger. However, you do need to be aware that there are USB 3 cables out there that don't support this standard. Be very careful to make sure you're using a PD-complaint charger and a PD-compliant cable.

There are also third-party batteries that work like Nikon EN-EL15 or EN-EL15A batteries, which the Z5 can use.

  • Nikon's official EN-EL15B
  • There are reports that a number of EN-EL15 third party batteries don't work on the Z5, so I've removed the listings of them until I can test

Quite a few chargers exist for the EN-EL15 batteries (and will charge all versions of the battery). I like the dual battery chargers that have level displays, such as these:

And you'll want something to carry your batteries in (and cards):

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