Nikon Z7 Summary
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.
|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|
|Natural EVF contrast|
|Solid build quality|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
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Nikon Z7 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|46 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 32-102400|
|Nikon Z Mount|
|5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5-Stop Improvement||Full 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 sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Weatherproof||Stereo audio input|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|9 FPS Drive, 25 Images||XQD|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording|
|3.2" LCD 2.1 Megapixels|
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