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Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera

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Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 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
Nikon has taken the next step in their imaging journey with the Z7 Mirrorless Camera, dubbed "The Perfectionist," and the revolutionary Z System. This high-resolution FX-format camera introduces the Z Mount, a large diameter design with a short 16mm flange distance that allows Nikon to create compact, yet powerful cameras and develop more advanced optics. The Z7 is among the first in the series, and brings with it a 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine, delivering outstanding image quality and speed with a native sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600.
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Nikon Z7 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Nikon Z System
  • 345.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Processor
  • 44K UHD Video Recording and 8K Time-Lapse
  • 5493-Point Phase-Detect AF System
  • 6Body Design

Nikon has taken the next step in their imaging journey with the Z7 Mirrorless Camera, dubbed "The Perfectionist," and the revolutionary Z System. This high-resolution FX-format camera introduces the Z Mount, a large diameter design with a short 16mm flange distance that allows Nikon to create compact, yet powerful cameras and develop more advanced optics. The Z7 is among the first in the series, and brings with it a 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine, delivering outstanding image quality and speed with a native sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600.

On the sensor you will find an advanced phase-detect autofocus system using 493 points covering 90% of the image area and the sensor features 5-axis Vibration Reduction technology for stabilized photos and video regardless of the lens used. This advanced hybrid AF system will also benefit video. The Z7 features UHD 4K recording at up to 30p and can use the N-Log gamma profile along with the camera's 10-bit HDMI output to create cinema-quality video. The camera's high-resolution sensor also permits the use of an 8K Time-Lapse mode.

As with many mirrorless systems, the Z Series boasts a much more compact form factor than its DSLR counterparts. The Z7 is no exception with its slimmed down design and lighter build, though it maintains the weather sealing and ergonomics for which Nikon is known. The camera features multiple displays and screens for ease of use, including a 0.80x 3.6m-dot EVF with NIKKOR optics and a Fluorine coating, ensuring clear viewing. The rear of the camera is equipped with a 3.2" 2.1m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD while the top offers a dot-matrix OLED for quickly checking settings. Additionally, the body is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Nikon Z System

Introducing the Z mount, Nikon's full-frame mirrorless system promises to deliver class-leading image quality and optics in a compact form factor. The Z mount itself makes much of this possible with a 17% larger inner diameter than the F mount, enabling the use of more advanced optics and lens designs, including ultra-fast f/0.95 options. For minimizing camera and lens size, the Z mount features a 65% shorter flange distance, measuring just 16mm, which allows for dramatically slimmed down body designs. The larger mount also supports faster and larger-volume communications between the body and lens to improve overall performance throughout the system.

45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Processor

A 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor is used for high-resolution shooting, impressive low-light quality, and fast readout speeds to benefit continuous shooting, movies, and time-lapse recording. The back-illuminated design of the sensor affords noticeably cleaner high-sensitivity output for reduced noise when working at high ISO values, up to a native ISO 25600, as well as vivid and smooth quality at sensitivities as low as ISO 64. The sensor's design also omits the conventional optical low-pass filter in order to achieve the greatest sharpness and resolution from the sensor. Benefitting the sensor is the apt EXPEED 6 image processor, which affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including the ability to shoot continuously at 9 fps in raw.

4K UHD Video Recording and 8K Time-Lapse

Utilizing the sensor and processor attributes for more than just still imagery, the Z7 is also a more-than-capable multimedia camera. Video recording is possible at UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) using either the full-frame area or a DX crop area in 30p, 25p, or 24p frame rates. Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at up to 120p for slow motion playback, and video files can be saved to the in-camera memory cards or as an uncompressed file to an optional external recorder via HDMI out.

Advanced video functionalities have been added with the Z7. This includes the N-Log gamma for capturing flat-looking footage that maximizes dynamic range. Other additions are the ability to output high-quality 10-bit data over HDMI and an Electronic VR function for smooth handheld shooting. Focus Peaking can be used to benefit manual focus control and a Zebra Stripes option is also available to help detect over-exposed areas within the frame. Audio recording can be handled using the built-in stereo microphone or an optional external mic can be added via the 3.5mm stereo jack for greater control over quality, and live monitoring is possible via the headphone jack.

Further complementing video capabilities, the Z7 is eligible for an optional ProRes RAW upgrade, enabling the camera to output ProRes RAW footage to a compatible Atomos external recorder. This upgrade provides greater color grading flexibility with the ProRes codec along with the ability to output uncompressed 12-bit raw footage over HDMI. This upgrade requires sending the camera to Nikon's Service Department for installation.

The Z7 also blends both still and video capabilities with the ability to produce 8K time-lapses using the Interval Timer Mode or in-camera 4K time-lapse movies, with the ability to record up to 9999 exposures for either method. This system also makes use of a silent interval timer, which produces no shutter noise, does not contribute to wear on the shutter mechanism, and is energy efficient to maximize battery life.

493-Point Phase-Detect AF System

Located on the sensor is an array of 493 phase-detect autofocus points covering 90% of the image area both vertically and horizontally. This provides fast and accurate focusing for both stills and video and with a wide coverage area, subject tracking will work out to near the edges of the frame. Hybrid AF is available for video, which will automatically switch between phase- and contrast-detect systems to provide smooth focus during shooting. Additionally, the latest NIKKOR Z lenses are optimized for silent operation.

Body Design

  • Built-in to the body is a 5-axis sensor-shift Vibration Reduction mechanism for up to 5 stops of stabilization regardless of the lens used. This system also works with adapted lenses when using the optional FTZ Adapter where 3-axis stabilization is used.
  • A large 3.2" 2.1m-dot LCD screen is available for bright, clear, and vivid image playback and live view shooting. The screen has a tilting design to benefit working from both high and low angles, and it is also a touchscreen for more intuitive operation, navigation, and settings control.
  • A 3.6m-dot electronic finder is present for comfortable eye-level viewing. It has a high 0.80x magnification and uses NIKKOR optics to guarantee a sharp, clear image. The finder also has a Fluorine coating for easier cleaning.
  • The top panel of the Z7 is configured with a dot-matrix OLED. This low-energy display provides quick access to important camera settings.
  • Configured with one CFexpress Type B/XQD memory card slot, the camera will be able to quickly save photo and video files.
  • A robust magnesium-alloy chassis is both dust- and weather-resistant to benefit working in harsh climates and inclement conditions.
  • The ergonomic grip and overall form factor is shaped to benefit handling for extended periods of time and is further accentuated by an anti-slip material and a joystick for seamless settings and focus point selection.
  • Built-in SnapBridge connectivity to enable seamless transfer of low-resolution imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and Wi-Fi enables communication between the camera and a smart device and, additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.
  • Included EN-EL15b rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 330 shots per charge, and in-camera charging is supported. This camera is also compatible with EN-EL15 and EN-EL15a batteries, however do not support in-camera charging.
UPC: 018208015917

Nikon Z7 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountNikon Z
Sensor ResolutionActual: 46.89 Megapixel
Effective: 45.7 Megapixel (8256 x 5504)
Sensor Type35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto/Video
64 to 25,600 in Auto Mode (Extended: 32 to 102,400)
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 17 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 9 fps at 45.7 MP
Up to 5.5 fps at 45.7 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes1:1
5504 x 5504
4128 x 4128
2752 x 2752
16:9
8256 x 4640
6192 x 3480
4128 x 2320
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:5, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC Audio
2-Channel LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes10-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)Full HD (1920 x 1080)
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: CFexpress Type B / XQD
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x Nikon DC2 Input
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.2"
Resolution2,100,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Size0.5"
Resolution3,690,000 Dot
Eye Point21 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.8x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 493
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
General
Battery Type1 x EN-EL15b Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.3 x 4 x 2.7" / 134 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm
Weight1.29 lb / 585 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.75 x 7.45 x 5.25"

Nikon Z7 Reviews

I'm impressed!

By Raymond
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-08

I don't shoot video so I can't offer an opinion on that but for images this is an excellent camera! I recommend it without reservation.

Nikon Z7

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-30

Very happy with the Choice move. to Z7

Nikon Z7

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-30

Very happy with the Choice move. to Z7

Great landscape camera.

By Cynthia
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-26

I have a Z6 II, which I also think is a very versatile camera, but for landscape photography wanted to try the Z7 with better resolution. In my opinion it provides more detail and better color saturation than the Z6 II, which I like in landscapes. I'm now using the Z7 for landscapes and portraits and the Z6 II for everything else. I love the new Z series, and love the lenses even more than the bodies. I gave only 4 stars because it only has one card slot - otherwise I would give it 5 stars. However, I consciously chose the Z7 over the Z7 II (which has 2 card slots) because of price. The Z7 was $500 off, and thought I could use that money toward a Z Macro or 100-400 when they finally come out. This Z7, and the Z6 II and all of the lenses I have are worth switching from F-mount DSLR in my opinion. I actually switched systems because of the lenses. I just can't believe how sharp they are edge to edge and the colors they produce.

Got the z7 instead of the z7II

By Darryl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-10

Decided on the z7 instead of the z7 II since I already own the Nikon D850. The z7 is $500 cheaper and image quality is identical to the z7 II.

Not worth all the costs

By Jay
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-18

For the price, I thought I was getting a better camera than my other mirrorless Fuji. Image quality was the same or worse than my Fuji in my estimation. Not worth the money for the expensive body and expensive lenses -or the weight- to buy this system. My Fuji blows this out of the water in terms of ergonomics, ease of use, and Fuji film simulations.

Very good mirrorless camera

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-23

I've been slowly transitioning from my trusty Nikon D800 to the Nikon Z system. I have been using the Z6 for about 2 years, and decided to go for the extra resolution of the Z7. I shoot mainly landscapes and nature and this camera, coupled with Z series lenses, certainly delivers great images. There's been a lot of criticism about the original Z6 and Z7 only having one card slot and issues with autofocus. These have been addressed with the updated series ii versions. Personally I am not concerned about one card slot, and have concluded that the focus systems are very reliable. They are somewhat different from previous Nikons, and do require learning how and when to use the different focus strategies. To me the series ii didn't justify the extra money. Having been involved with photography long before autofocus and autoexposure existed, I've never been willing let the camera make all the decisions. Quibbling over how the a particular autofocus mode compares to another camera isn't important to me. The Z7 performs very well. Image quality is excellent. I'd recommend it to anyone who is a reliable high resolution camera.

Nikon Z7

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-30

Very happy with the Choice move. to Z7

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