Yes Nikon surprised us yesterday and dropped by with the brand new Nikon Z7 and Z6 with 2 S-Line lenses: The 35mm 1.8S and the 24-70mm F4S. All these models were pre production so unfortunately we can’t share any samples but here are our thoughts.
Design and Construction
The Nikon Z7/Z6 bodies have got to be one of the best mirrorless bodies made, it feels exactly like a Nikon DSLR. It’s got a huge deep grip and a EVF that pops out far enough so your nose isn’t rubbed against the screen. Ergonomically the controls are great except for the positioning of the FN1 and FN2 buttons, they’re a bit awkward to reach. The construction is fully weather sealed (hell yes!), and basically completely rubberised so you don’t drop it.
The 3.2 inch touch tilt screen is on a bracket which unfortunately doesn’t go 90 degrees down but can tilt 45 down and tilt out quite flat; very similar to the D750 screen. Navigation is simple if you are a previous Nikon user as the menus are basically the same and the controls are pretty easy to navigate. For some professionals having 1 XQD slot may be a bit of a dealbreaker however this is something we will touch on later in a future review.
Overall Nikon have done a good job here, lets talk about performance.
From what we saw, both cameras performed exceptionally well. The autofocus was rapid fast and was quick when using the FTZ adapter with F mounted lenses. We had a short time with the cameras so we could not test the tracking and burst as we would’ve liked too. The EVF performs amazing, it’s bright and crisp. At times we felt there was a bit of a delay between swapping from screen to EVF but overall both cameras did well with the EVF.
We mainly focused on how the camera performed with the FTZ adapter and it is safe to say that it is brilliant. For once an adapter that is responsive and actually works. It seems to focus a bit different to the Nikon DSLRs so it feels a bit different. However nonetheless it’s awesome that you can produce sharp shots with the adapter.
We had a test with the S-Line lenses and honestly they were better than expected. The 35mm 1.8S was our favourite of the two that we got to use. It produced ridiculously sharp images from corner to corner and was super responsive. The 24-70mm F4 was a good lens but we didn’t find much excitement out of it, maybe when the F2.8 version comes out that will be a bit more thrilling.
We wish the design was a bit more in your face and looked more premium, but at the end of the day they produce amazing stills. Plus you still can use your amazing F Mount glass!
From our quick first look we love the Nikon Z7 and Z6 and really it shows where Nikon will be heading in the years to come. We’re super excited to fully review each product when they drop over time. In the meantime we’ve done a in depth video on these products, watch it below: