Nikon Z7 Review – First Nikon Full-frame Mirrorless Camera
Nikon Z is a fantastic camera line which is suitable for those who want such full-frame mirrorless camera without changing the brand or lens system. Nikon Z7 review will show some necessary specifications and pros and cons.
Users still use their old F-mount lens with the total compability via FTZ from F-mount to compact Z-mount. Nikon is very optimistc about their new Z-mount which meets all users’ photography demands.
Pros and Cons
- Great electronic viewfinder
- Good noise in high-ISO images
- Very use-responsive
- Well-working sensor-based VR system
- Awesome dynamic range
- Good compability with 3rd-part lenses
- Neutral AWB in the daylight
- More expensive than Nikon Z6
- Pretty shallow buffer-depth
- Overpriced XQD cards,
- No SD card slot, GPS
- Relatively good battery life but far from such class leading models
- Only UHD 4K without DCI 4K
- No built-in flash, second card slot.
Nikon Z7 Specifications
- Materials: Magnesium alloy
- Type: Rangefinder-style mirrorless
- Max Sensor resolution: 8256 x 5504
- Image ratio: 1:1, 5:4, 3:2, 16:9 (w:h)
- Effective pixels: 46MP
- Photo dtectors: 47 MP
- Full frame CMOS sensor
- Processor: over 6
- Color filter array: Primary
- Color space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
- ISO image: Auto, 64-25600
- Boosted ISO: 32-102400
- White balance: 12 (able to customize)
- Image stabilization: 5-axis, Sensor-shift,
- 5 stops CIPA image stabilization
- RAW uncompressed format
- Fine, normal, basic JPEG format
- Multiple autofocus
- AF lamp and manual: yes
- 493 focus points
- Tilting LCD Screen: 3.2″ with 2,100,000 dots
- Touch screen: yes
- 100% electronic Viewfinder coverage
- Live view: yes
- Magnification: 0.8x
- Shutter speed: 30 – 1/8000 sec
- Resolution: 3,690,000
- Exposure: Aperture priority, Program, Manual, Shutter priority
- External flash: yes
- No Built-in flash
- Multi-mode flashes
- Flash X sync speed: 1/200 sec
- WB Bracketing: yes
- Continuous drive: 9.0 fps
- 2, 5, 10 or 20 secs self-time
- Metering: Multi, Highlight-weighted, Spot, Center-weighted
- Exposre expensation: ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
- Video format: MPEG-4, H.264
- Multiple video modes
- Mono Speaker
- Sterio microphone
- XQD card storage
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
- USB charging
- Micro HDMI
- Microphone and headphone ports: yes
- Built-In wireless and 802.11ac + Bluetooth
- MC-DC2 or smartphone for remote control
- Weather sealing: yes
- EN-EL15b lithium-ion battery & charger
- 330 battery life
- Timelapse recording
- Orientation sensor
- No GPS
Full Nikon Z7 Review – First Nikon Full-frame Mirrorless Camera
It’s high time to give you a full Nikon Z7 Review with all seperate creterion, respectively. Let’s take more carefull looks so as to determine your unique photography purposes.
Design and Appearance
Nikon creates an aewsome Z7 camera with the best design like 2 new Nikon MLR cameras, including as total strange appearance and super simple-to-process as such DSLR ones.
In reality, it’s easy to use and control this Nikon Z7 for even starters, just by one hand to press shooting and functional buttons organized by the typical Nikon design language.
Despite one of the best compact cameras, Nikon Z7 is very sturdy with such convenient and comfortable handle. The rubber edge of the handle is higher for holding camera more stably.
Its appearance is trully fantastic with such good details, properly functional buttons like Fn1, Fn2 and bigger zoom-opening button.
Inside the coating and the leather wrapped rubber, the body is fully made from the Magnesium alloy with relative weather-sealing and durable, similar to DSLR semi Pro 850.
Nikon is really serious to orient and segmentate clearly the MRL flagship of this new Nikon Z7 camera. Similar to the Nikon D850 review, Z7 has no built-in flash. Hence, you’re mandatory to use a removable flash.
Rotating LCD Touch screen
Nikon Z7 uses a TFT LCD 3.2″ touch screen with the resolution of 2.1 million image-dots and natural rotating. These features are the same as the Nikon D750 with the view angle up to 170° and good anti-glare capability.
In terms of the touch-screen, it’s well equiped with touch-shooting or gestures so that you can see, choose and zoom images. It’s upgrades include a touch control-function in the menu like D850.
This is the back of the Nikon Z7. Despite being re-designed with the chages of position and removing the left functional buttons (like other DSLR lines) for a larger LCD touch-screen area than 3,2″, the overview design is very good.
Nikon Z7 uses the high QVGA resolution of 3.6 million image-dots with the 0.8x Magnification, 100% coverage, and 60 Hz refresh frequency for a good electronic viewfinder.
They’re the same as those of high-end MRL cameras of Sony, Panasonic and Fujifilm.
The resolution doesn’t decrease while focuing or shooting at a high speed, which is similar to other MRL lines. Interesting, there isn’t seemingly lagging phenomenon.
Nikon Z7 gets upgraded with an extra joystick button next to the up-down direction cutton for quick controlling. This feature appears at its predecessors D5 and D850.
Some people wondered why Nikon removed some functional buttons such as focus-choosing, metering modes and WB on Z6/Z7 line.
The reason is that they’re built-in them in the fast “iMenu” which is customized and called to the touch-screen. This feature is the same as the functional “Q” and “Fn” buttons on Fujifilm and Sony, respectively.
Both Z7 sides has red rubber bands on the handle, but they move to the right, not in the front of as formerly.
Common Connection Ports
Microphone, headphone, remote control and mini HDMI ports are upgrades to the USB Type C 3.1 Gen 1 port with a high speed of 5GBit/ sec.
Additionally, you can charge directly the EN-EL15b battery with this USB port without removable charger. However, you can do it while turning off the camera. Using and charging at the same time are unable.
Nikon Z7 has only one sd card slot, which makes users disappointed. Lucklily, Nikon removed completely the flimsy sd card with replacement of a more stable XQD card. Because of the high price, the XQD card is only manufactured by Sony.
You can easily connect and share images and videos with other mobile devices and smartphone via Nikon Snapbridge app thanks to the built-in Bluetooth and Wifi.
Functional button system
Z7 has a functional button group to the right with the pressing, on/off buttons and the rotating wheel in front of. They help users are accustomed to getting the hang of it.
On the above, there is an extra LCD OLED screen to display such neccessary paraments, similarly other DSLR semi Pro and Pro lines.
To the left, there’s a rotating P/S/A/M mode , some totally automatic modes and 3 modes U1,U2,U3 so that photographers shoot faster by themselves.
To the right, instead of a rubber rotating wheel behind like other Nikon camera lines, Z7 has a metal rotating one exposured outside for easier manipulation.
At the bottom, there is a storage of the included EN-EL15b battery which is capable of shooting about 300 sheets when full charging. Inspite of a quite modest number, it’s acceptable with this battery type.
You can charge directly the battery via the USB port without removing and charging externally.
In addition to the new EN-EL15b, Z7 uses some old EN-EL15b batteries on other Nikon DSLR camera lines. But, you can;t charge them via USB port while using these old ones.
New Z-mount and Transfer FTZ-mount
Nikon increases the dimensions up to 55mm larger than the available F-mount of 44mm. The distance from the lense to the focal flange is only 16mm, which is considered as the shortest currently.
With this large size, Z-mount creates more advantages of shortening the distance from the sensor to the same lens.
More importantly, it allows larger lenses, more light amount and better compability with the newest lenses of extremely large aperture like Noct. 58mm f/0.95 lens.
Tranfer FTZ mount
Nikon is very optimistic about this new Z-mount, so they’re confident to claim that their transfer FTZ mount can satify almost all demands.
Thanks to the transfer FTZ mount attached to the body, cameramen still use their old F-mount lenses with the good compability via this transfer FTZ from the F-mount to the compact Z-mount. This mount is not area-consuming and nearly part of the lens.
In terms of the quality, Nikon Z7 is as high as when you attach an F-mount lens directly. The focus speed when attaching the mount is very high. There’s no differences between when attached mount and none at the same focal lenses.
Nikon FTZ will officially be sold at the same time as Z6/Z9. The following photos are shown when attaching Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 lens and FTZ mount on the Nikon Z7.
Nikon has been interested in a majority of customers of pro and semi-professional filmers. Nikon Z7 supports video time-lapse with the resolution of 4K or 8K via Interval Timer Mode.
Also, they’re highly impressed with the enoumous improvements of video recording with the resolution of non-crop 4K UHD 30fps, full HD 120fps.
In terms of focusing while recording video, Z7 use on-sensor autofocus. Based on the practical experience, the focus transition is very gengle and smooth without lagging or jerking when shooting.
Z7 also supports recording video with N-log color profile via HDMI 10-bit, which makes post-processing easier and the video quality as high as posible.
Plus, Nikon Z7 meets all high demands of the wide dynamic range for professional cameramen.
Autofocus and vibration reduction
Nikon Z7 is equiped with the fast and accurate focusing of 493 dots with about large 90% area of the frame horizontally and vertically.
The cross-focus system uses an optimized algorithm for full frame sensor and auto-transfer between phase and contrast-focusing.
Nikon don’t opt the normal focus modes on DSLR like 3D tracking, group system of d9, d21, d51….C with F-S / AF-A. Instead, it changes the full-frame and area auto focus.
If you used to change these above focus modes on Nikon camera , it’s essential to get used to it.
The 5-axis vibration reduction on the Nikon Z7 body is the newest MRL camera up to 5 stops. Impressively, thanks to the silent photography, you can shoot under the noise-prohibitting conditions or completely silent via Live View and the electronic shutter.
Verdict and rivals
Based on above Full Nikon Z7 review, this camera model is purchase-worthy for those who are pro and semi-professional photographers.
With a wide range of upgraded features compared to its predeccessors, Z7 is the first but most superb Full-frame Mirrorless Camera. Finally, the price is relatively expensive but you get what you pay for! If you love it, why don’t you get it now!
In my opinion, two rivals which’s comparable with Nikon Z7 are Nikon D850 and Sony A7R III review.
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