Nikon Z7 Summary

46 Megapixels46 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts XQD memory.Accepts XQD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Nikon Z7 Assessment

The Nikon Z7 is a worthy contender in the Full-Frame Mirrorless market. It is remarkably polished for a first camera in a completely new platform.

This mirrorless takes a 46 MP BSI-CMOS sensor paired with an EXCEED 6 processor to deliver a high throughput with 9 FPS at full-resolution. Its 5-axis built-in image-stabilization system adds stabilization to all lenses with great efficiency, while the 493-Point built-in Phase-Detect AF system is highly sensitive, completely accurate and quite fast. In single-shot AF, it locks focus quickly, although it has trouble following fast-moving subjects in contiuous autofocus mode.

Image quality is what one would expect from a flagship model, matching the highly-acclaimed D850 in all aspects but dynamic-range. This remains among the best performance available today from any camera. Rendition of details and colors is excellent and highly tunable to taste. Combined with a native Z-mount lens, the Z7 can capture incredibly sharp details.

Video performance is very strong on the Z7, capturing full-width 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS and 1080p Full HD video at 60 FPS without crop or 120 FPS with crop. Audio input and stereo output help capture and monitor audio while filming.

The Z7 is fast and efficient to use. Its ergonomics are a mix of new and Nikon-classic controls. Much has been improved and a few things remain the same, including the strange Auto ISO behavior and some renduncy. Still, dual control-dials, the traditional mode dial and a large number of buttons make changing important parameters quick and efficient. The new 3.7 MP 0.5" EVF with 0.8X magnification, 100% coverage and an essential Eye-Start Sensor deliver a view to behold. Certainly this is among the best EVF on the market, although not quite perfect since it sometimes previews the wrong exposure or white-balance.

The Nikon Z7 is a very compelling choice for Nikon users that can use their existing lens via an F-to-Z mount adapter in order to complete the initially small Z-mount lens lineup. The lens series is certain to become larger with Nikon already having announced a 2-year roadmap. Landscape photographers in particular are certain to be rewarded by the new Z7.

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PROS CONS
Excellent detail capture Shallow Buffer-Depth
Very low image noise Poor EC button location
Excellent metering Poor Continuous AF
Effecive 5-Axis Image Stabilization Artifacts from built-in Phase-Detect pixels
Good colors accuracy Not Exposure-Priority
Reliable Automatic White-Balance Occasionally incorrect WB preview
Highly sensitive AF Bizarre Auto ISO
Quick 493-Point AF Very short battey-life
Very responsive Pricey
Ultra-Sharp EVF
Natural EVF contrast
Solid build quality
Excellent +Excellent + Excellent +

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Nikon Z7 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm

Full-Frame Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

46 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 32-102400
Nikon Z Mount
1X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-30s
5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5-Stop ImprovementFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.50" Built-in EVF 3.7 Megapixels (0.80X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
WeatherproofStereo audio input
Built-in Dust ReductionLithium-Ion Battery
9 FPS Drive, 25 ImagesXQD
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording
3.2" LCD 2.1 Megapixels
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