Nikons first ever full frame mirrorless camera has landed and we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Over the last couple of months the Nikon Z7 has been copping a lot of flack from the online community. We finally got one in our hands and decided to have a look for ourselves.
- 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine
- UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
- 493-Point Phase-Detect AF System
- Built-In 5-Axis IBIS
- 0.80x 3.6m-Dot EVF with NIKKOR Optics
- 3.2″ 2.1m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- 9 fps Continuous Shooting; ISO 64-25600
- 8K Time-Lapse Mode
Aesthetic and Construction
The Nikon Z7 (also the Z6) is easily the most comfortable mirrorless camera out right now. It feels great in your hand with a solid rubberised, deep grip. The controls will be familiar to anyone who uses Nikon with the same menu layout, and the two wheels for aperture/shutter speed. The screen is a nice tiltable 3 inch screen and probably what is the most surprising is the high quality EVF. The EVF shows barely any latency and is bright. There is an additional top screen to display settings too.
The Nikon Z7 is made out of a durable magnesium alloy meaning it is built to be solid and most importantly weather sealed. For users of prosumer to high end Nikon DSLR bodies you’ll be happy to know that it borrows the same EN-EL15a battery. In the box it comes with the EN-EL15b which is the only battery that allows in camera charging via USB-C. For people who use glasses the diopter has a locking mechanism which means that if you’re carrying the camera around it won’t just randomly knock out of place.
On the case of the one XQD slot debate although it isn’t convenient and may not be suitable for some professionals, it is a stronger well built card that really performs when you’re shooting fast paced action.
Surprisingly the autofocus wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be after watching/reading a lot of content on it. The autofocus proved to be really fast and accurate. For tracking subjects we did find it to be a problem here at times and this is especially true when using the Nikon FTZ adapter. The adapted Nikon lenses work well when focusing on a single subject or taking a single shot. When you shoot burst mode and are trying to track from left to right of frame it tends to miss a couple frames. However this wasn’t the case with the native Z mount lenses.
In low light situations when you use the camera at higher ISOs there seems to be a bit of banding but this is the case with most mirrorless cameras. The battery life on the Nikon Z7 is quite short with the EN-EL15b battery as we really only saw maybe about 300-350 shots. You get a lot more with the EN-EL15a which we saw to get more than 400 shots. Although we have seen other people get way more out of their EN-EL15a batteries than we did getting close to 700 shots.
Video wise it’s finally good to see Nikon catering to the video market. The autofocus and facial tracking features in video were pretty good, there is minimal rolling shutter and keeps its video integrity quite well. We love that you have the ability to record 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 120 fps. We really wanted to test N-Log but unfortunately we did not have a video recorder on us.
Nothing to complain here. The sensor in the Nikon Z7 is brilliant although don’t mistaken it to be the one in the D850. The dynamic range is slightly shorter than the D850, however the image quality is definitely up there. We were blown away with the results. Low light performance is amazing especially for a sensor of this megapixel count and the details are fantastic even when using an F mount lens.
The Nikon Z7 is a big entry into the game and we absolutely love it. For Nikon shooters who love that high megapixel count and are looking to go into mirrorless, here is the camera for you. This can also be a good back up body too, if you want to complement your kit, or get a camera that will be amazing for travel.
Purchase the Nikon Z7 here: https://bit.ly/2LvzP00
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