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Nikon Z7 Review - Verdict

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Nikon Z7 (2)

Value For Money

The Nikon Z7 is available for £3399 body only or £4099 with 24-70mm lens and adapter, making it a substantial investment, particularly up against the competitively priced Sony Alpha A7R III. Alternatives include the following cameras: 

Canon EOS R + EF-EOSR Adapter, £2349
Canon EOS R + 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens + EF-EOSR Adapter, £3269
Nikon Z6 (24.5mp) + Mount adapter, £2199
Nikon Z6 (24.5mp) + 24-70mm lens + Mount adapter, £2799
Nikon Z7 (45.7mp), body only, £3399
Nikon Z7 (45.7mp) + 24-70mm lens + Mount adapter, £4099
Sony Alpha A7 III (24mp), body only, £1999
Sony Alpha A7R III (42mp), body only, £2899

Have a look at more mirrorless compact system cameras in our Best Premium Mirrorless Cameras, or if you're looking for a Full-Frame DSLR have a look here. You'll also need to buy an XQD memory card (if you don't have one) and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Nikon Z7 Verdict

The Nikon Z7 offers a top of the range full frame Mirrorless camera, with the benefits of a more compact camera body (than a similar specification Nikon DSLR such as the D850), as well as benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder. You'll also find fast continuous shooting (9fps from the Z7 and 12fps from the Z6), an electronic shutter, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

What's nice about the Z system, is the introduction of a number of fairly compact lenses, in addition to this, Nikon has published a lens roadmap, so that you can see if future lenses are what you're looking for. However, there are currently only three lenses available, so for anything else, you will need to use an adapter.

Image quality is excellent, easily matching the D850, with good noise performance, and Nikon's tried, tested (and loved) colour reproduction. Nikon should have great success with the Z series, and as new lenses (and camera bodies) are introduced the appeal of the system will grow. Its a shame the battery life doesn't match the Sony A7 Mark III cameras, and there will be people who will find one memory card slot an issue. There will also be those that prefer SD cards due to the wide support for them (for example, built-in card readers in laptops), but with the inclusion of a free XQD card and reader with pre-orders, this is quite easily resolved.

Focus performance is very good, with a high success rate, much improved compared to a DSLR, thanks to on-sensor phase detection focus points. The lack of eye detection focus will be disappointing to those who have used it and seen the benefits, such as having every single portrait photo correctly focused on a subjects eye.

Of the two most recent full-frame mirrorless camera announcements (ie Nikon and Canon) for cameras that are actually available to buy, the Nikon Z7 (and Z6) cameras offer the most appealing package, with an interesting and good looking lens roadmap, as well as performance to compete with the Sony A7 range of cameras. However, Sony has a clear advantage with 30 full-frame lenses available and a range of camera bodies (with dual card slots and double the battery life) thanks to having a 5-year headstart with FF Mirrorless cameras.

With a camera this good, it's clear to see that the Nikon Z series is the future direction for Nikon's full-frame cameras - and one we'll be watching with close interest.

Nikon Z7 Pros

  • High-resolution 45.7mp sensor
  • More compact body than Nikon D850
  • Excellent image quality possible
  • Very low noise at low ISO speeds
  • High-quality 4K video without crop
  • Compact lenses available
  • 3.2inch tilting touch-screen
  • High-resolution electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in 5-axis image stabilisation

Nikon Z7 Cons

  • Price
  • Single XQD card slot
  • Short Battery life

Overall Verdict

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Photographs taken using the Nikon Z7

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LenShepherd 12 4.2k United Kingdom
10 Oct 2018 6:24PM
Five quick comments as a Z7 owner for 2 weeks.

Initially the Z7 comes with a 64 GB XQD card included.
Mine came with a fast 64GB Sony G type.

The single XQD card slot may at first seem a handicap.
The much improved wi-fi transmits a 2 MB jpeg to a smartphone or lap-top in 1 second using free to download Nikon software.
Some could put forward a good case for this being safer as well as cheaper compared to a second in camera card.

You do not say much about the FTZ adaptor which costs 100 when bought with a body or lens package.
It adds 3 stops VR to any none VR lens though it looses D type lens support for AF.
I can now hand hold and get decently sharp images with the 200mm macro at 1:1 at 1/60; otherwise impossible without VR/IS at 1:1 magnification.

New for Nikon (though not some other body manufacturers) is being able to choose what Auto AF tracks within the focus area. The D850 etc can only track the closest subject.
With the Z7 you can select auto AF to track a face, a person or even a flying bird almost anywhere in the frame area, including while changing composition or zooming.

Although there is no conventional dof preview button there is a full dof preview function available.
In the Custom Settings Menu F2, function button Fn2 can be set to operate as a conventional dof button at apertures smaller than f5.6.
Why smaller than f5.6?
The Z7 has real time shooting aperture, stopping the lens down (without using Fn2) to selected apertures between f1.4 and f5.6 as soon as the camera is switched on.

Other customisation is possible via the Fn1, AF-on, sub selector, sub selector centre, video record button, S mount lenses focus ring and on Z mount lenses with an Fn button. The S 24-70 does not have an Fn button option.
mannypr 9 9 Puerto Rico
11 Oct 2018 12:44AM
Like the skin tones and general color , very well balance colors , not over done but not subdued either
14 Oct 2018 4:26AM
Only 1 sample from 35mm f1.8??

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