Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens

Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and FTZ Adapter Kit

Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and FTZ Adapter Kit

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  • 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 Vibration Reduction
  • 0.80x 3.6m-Dot EVF with NIKKOR Optics
  • 3.2" 2.1m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 9 fps Continuous Shooting; ISO 64-25600
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens
  • FTZ Mount Adapter
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Nikon Z7 overview

  • 1Description

Mixing a new camera with the ability to use your legacy glass, the Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and FTZ Mount Adapter from B&H bundles the FX-format mirrorless camera body and standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens with the FTZ Mount Adapter.

  • Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens

    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. For storage, the Z7 has a single XQD card slot that is compatible with CFexpress for faster speeds in the future. 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.

    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 XQD memory card slot, the camera will be able to quickly save images. The slot is compatible with CFexpress, enabling support for future media.
    • 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.
    NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens
    Included with the camera body is the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens, which covers a wide-angle to portrait-length range and features a constant f/4 maximum aperture. The optical design incorporates one aspherical element as well as a unique aspherical extra-low dispersion element; both of which help to greatly reduce a variety of aberrations and distortion for high sharpness and accurate color rendering. A Nano Crystal Coating is also used to control flare and ghosting for increased contrast in strong lighting conditions. Suiting both photo and video applications, a stepping AF motor is also featured for smooth, near-silent autofocus performance.
    UPC: 018208015948
  • Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter

    Enabling the use of nearly any Nikon F-mount lens on Z-mount mirrorless camera bodies, the FTZ Mount Adapter is a sophisticated means for expanding the range of usable lenses. While compatible with approximately 360 distinct F-mount lenses, this adapter is especially ideal for use with over 90 E, G, and D-type lenses, where it fully maintains autofocus and auto-exposure capabilities for seamless use of the SLR lenses on the mirrorless body. The adapter, which is built from magnesium alloy and is weather-sealed, also incorporates a 1/4"-20 mount on the base to provide a more balanced means for working on a tripod with longer, heavier lenses.

    Lens Compatibility
    Full AF/AE supported when using:
    • AF-S type G/D/E lenses
    • AF-P type G/E lenses
    • AF-I type D lenses
    • AF-S / AF-I teleconverters
    UPC: 018208041855
In the Box
  • Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens uweyfcaxcwrtfs
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens
  • EN-EL15b Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • MH-25A Battery Charger for EN-EL15 Li-Ion Battery
  • EH-7P Charging AC Adapter
  • UC-E24 USB Cable
  • HDMI/USB Cable Clip
  • BS-1 Hot-Shoe Cover
  • AN-DC19 Camera Strap
  • BF-N1 Body Cap
  • DK-29 Rubber Eyecup
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens
    Imaging
    Lens Mount Nikon Z
    Camera Format Full-Frame
    Pixels Actual: 46.89 Megapixel
    Effective: 45.7 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 45.7 MP: 8256 x 5504
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:5, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 23.9 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MOV, MP4,
    Audio: AAC, Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type XQD
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
    AV Recordinguweyfcaxcwrtfs
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (H.264)
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps (H.264)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Optional External Mic: With Video
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Full-time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 493
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Size 0.5"
    Viewfinder Pixel Count 3,690,000
    Viewfinder Eye Point 21.00 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.80x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2 m
    Display Screen 3.2" Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (2,100,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64-25600 (Extended Mode: 32-102400)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1/8000 Second , Bulb Mode
    Remote Control MC-DC2, WR-1, WR-T10 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Matrix, Spot Metering, Highlight Weighted
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Metering Range: EV -3.0 - EV 17.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps at 45.7 MP
    Up to 5.5 fps at 45.7 MP
    Flash
    Flash Modes First-Curtain Sync
    Off
    Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
    Rear Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System iTTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Performance
    Self Timer 20 Seconds, 10 Seconds, 5 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Interval Recording Yes
    Internal Memory None
    Connectivity 1/8" Headphone
    1/8" Microphone
    HDMI C (Mini)
    USB Type-C
    Nikon DC2
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Power
    Battery 1 x EN-EL15b Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    AC Power Adapter EH-5c/EH-5b with EP-5B (Optional)
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 0 - 85%
    Physicaluweyfcaxcwrtfs
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7" / 134.0 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm
    Weight 1.29 lb / 585 g camera body only
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 24 - 70mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4
    Angle of View 84° - 34° 20'
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.0 x 9.0 x 6.0"
  • Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter
    Adapter
    Camera Mount Nikon Z
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Physical
    Tripod Mounting Thread 1/4"-20
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.8"

Nikon Z7 reviews

Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and FTZ Adapter Kit is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Nikon yet! This is my choice for best Nikon and I've owned most of them. Lighter, smaller but easily held. Fast focus and excellent VR allowing very sharp handheld photography while my compatriots on a photo trip above the arctic circle in late day light were fumbling with tripods. The FTZ adapter worked perfectly on all functions on my legacy lenses going back to an AI fisheye. The adapter's tripod mounting hole moved the weight center enough for great balance for night photography with 14-24 f/2.8 lens. The silent mode is perfectly silent for quick street photography. I had started buying Sony mirrorless but the Z7 brought me back to Nikon and my cabinet of Nikkor glass. Nikon is back in the game!
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed! I have been a Nikon user since my Nikon F2A in the 70s meaning I have a number of Nikkor lenses.  Ive had a number of Nikon DSLRs and currently have the D810.  I didnt go for the D850 because I was waiting for the mirrorless camera. (I also shoot with the Fujifilm system and love mirrorless).  The Z7 fits my hands and shooting style perfectly - landscapes, travel and some studio.  Im not a sports shooter nor a wedding shooter.  I am greatly impressed by the image quality of the camera and am extremely happy with the FTZ adapter enabling me to use all my Nikkor lenses.  To say I am a happy camper would be an understatement. My attached photo was taken with the Z7, my 14-24 f2.8 and the FTZ adapter and using the cameras Focus Shift Shooting feature to insure sharpness throughout the image. Small, light and powerful!
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Z7 is FAR better than youve heard! I absolutely love my Z7 (and the 24-70 S lens).  The build quality, how if feels in my hand, the OUTSTANDING EVF, great FULLY enabled touch screen (works in all menus), excellent AF in video and outstanding image quality make this a really wonderful camera.  Ive been all over the place since trying mirrorless starting back in 2010 and yes, Ive even owned the  Sony a7R III (10 months), but nothing quite felt right for me.  With the Z7, I feel completely content and happy again with my camera.  I havent felt this way since I bought the D700 in 2008.   Be careful about the negative reviews you read on the internet and the click-bait review videos. Unless you need a really fast action sports camera, the Z7 will impress you.  It certainly has impressed me.
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Nikon camera. . .ever! And I absolutely love it! The Z7 is my first Nikon camera. . .ever! And I absolutely love it! In just a couple weeks it has become my first choice for corporate/product marketing images/video and music cinematography. Previous work has been centered on a pro-video Sony camcorder - which I continue to employ. But the Z7 is far more compelling for hybrid shooting. And with it, I'm saying goodbye to DSLRs. Rather than repeating the Z7's long list of manifestly clear strengths, I would rather address some criticized aspects that also made this a great match for me. Attributes that have triggered the most criticism are strong contributors to why I find the Z7 so intensely appealing. For example: - The single XQD card slot supporting fast G Series memory now and a path to CFexpress is great! If there were room for anything more in the body, I would mostly have wanted more heat management so the electronics could be pushed harder. . .definitely not another card slot. - I definitely like the card slot door. While providing fast access to switch cards, it doesn't trip open by accident in my hands. I feel secure with it even in heavy rainstorms. - The native lenses are beautiful, modern, effective and precise. The system in hand inspires so much confidence that I see myself investing heavily in Nikkor Z S series glass over the next couple years as more become available. Currently I'm using the NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S and 24-70mm f/4 S lenses with much satisfaction. I have the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S on order when it is released. The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct and longer fast native lenses are high priorities for 2019 acquisitions. So, I'm expecting this kit should soon be built out with enough glass and hands-on experience to maximize on the investment of time and money. . .not too far down the road. - Focusing tools - including auto-focus for both video and stills - have been, in almost all cases, nothing less than excellent. And I've gotten quite a bit faster with them over the past couple weeks. - Achievable mage quality is breathtaking. In my. work, I don't see banding issues reported by pre-release tests. At max resolutions [which is all I can speak to], I've come to the conclusion that this device produces results that are second to none. - Battery life far exceeds expectations from published specs. I would even prefer a high performance option that burns batteries faster for higher frame rates. - Lack of a grip is a non-issue for me as I wouldn't have gone for that option. - Frame rate options are mostly good; but I would like to see them extended. The camera size and ergonomics (physical attributes, EVF, associated tooling, etc.) help me capture countless moments that I likely would have missed with a larger or lessor camera - higher frame rate or not. As I had zero investment in Nikon before this model, and there are strong mirrorless competitors in the market, I could have gone any direction, But the Z7 is what I found most compelling to move my art and business forward. Size, fit, function, performance, build quality, ergonomics, image resolution, image quality, strong video support, wireless and USB-C communications and lens roadmap were a compelling mix! Improvements I would most like to see made to the Z7 going forward: - A high performance mode that doubles frame rates without loss of image quality. . .even if that means a bolt-on component for circumstances where it is required. - Drastically improved audio, including high-end analog gain/preamps and 192 kHz stereo recording with solid 48v phantom power appropriate for two professional condenser microphones. - Internal recording of N-Log 4.2.2. and support for use of custom internal LUTs during capture. - More internal analysis tools [e.g., RGB histograms at capture] - Deeper support for external power, including battery-less USB-C operation, concurrent USB-C operation and battery charging. - More transparency about the product roadmap. - More VR tools, especially to assist with composition and creativity at capture time. Bottom Line: While the Z7 initially evoked a lot of animosity in the community, for me, it is a near perfect solution given the current state of the art. I absolutely love it!
Date published: 2018-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One week in, so far so good! I have had the Z7 w/24-70 and FTZ for a week now. I haven't had a chance to do thorough comparison with my D850 yet, but will do that. Things I love so far: The EVF is great. The ergonomics are very good for a small camera even though I have fairly large hands. The 24-70 is very sharp, edge to edge as advertised, even at wide open. The FTZ works well, and I have even been able to use my Samyang 24mm tilt-shift manual lens. Drawbacks: I do wish it had two card slots, but I'm more comfortable with an XQD than I would be an SD single slot. I have also complained to Nikon that there is no indication in viewfinder that focus has been achieved when in AF-C mode which is annoying and contrary to D850 and other Nikon DSLRs. Hopefully a firmware update will fix this. Unknown so far: I need to do more testing of auto-focus and compare with D850. So far I haven't had any issues, even in low light. But I have not tried tracking fast or erratically moving subjects as yet. Overall I am very pleased so far. The small form factor with the 24-70 makes it a great walking-around combo with no compromise in image quality. The ability to use all my Nikon lenses is great and a requirement for me.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera System Having started with the first mirrorless camera (Panasonic GF-1), I found this Z7 a good opportunity to break out of micro-4/3 to a full frame (FF) mirrorless camera. This will augment my Nikon FF DSLRs. While the mount is large for a FF camera the body isn't. It almost boarders on too small, but thats part of the draw for a mirrorless camera. Many of the controls are laid out similarly to a Nikon DSLR, but due to the size there will still be a learning curve for finger placement when the eye is up to the EVF. While CIPA indicates around 300 shots for battery life, I have found other reviewers correct - expect about 1,000 or more shots per charge. This is my first USB chargeable camera and it is great to be able to charge away from AC power. The 24-70 f/4 is a compact and high resolving lens. When I tested the 24-70 against Nikon's Z-mount 35mm f/1.8, I found that it gives up little as far as resolving power. Unless one is a stickler for absolute resolution or shallow depth of field, the 24-70 is a great one-lens option. Certainly this would be the lens to carry on a Himalayan trek. I like the fact that this lens has a 'compact' setting on the zoom ring which allows the lens to be smaller when not in use. To deploy the lens for use, merely twist the zoom ring to the 24mm focal length. The FTZ adapter is a necessity as the Z system is new and not a lot of lenses are available. It works flawlessly with my Nikkor lenses. There is one potential issue with this adapter and it is using Arca-Swiss mounting plates with it and/or an L-bracket on the camera body. The tolerances are close and using a quick-release plate may not be so quick if it must be mounted and dismounted with each use. We shall see if this is ultimately an issue.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It’s a “love” / ”not quite there” relationship….. Starting off, I am a true Nikon believer and LOVE my Nikon gear.  This review is geared primarily for pro-users that shoot many different types of events/session/competitions and identifying strengths/weaknesses of the Z7 compared to other Nikon DSLR cameras.  I shoot professionally, nearly every day of the week, mostly events, sports, artistic and portraiture (not much landscape).  I regularly carry combinations of the D800E, D810, D5 and D850 and so many of my comments are in relation to these cameras.  I photograph in both the real world and in a studio.  I have used my Z7 on 20+ events/sessions.  I ask my cameras to do many things and I push them all to the edge, so some of the negatives for me and my use cases, will NOT apply to many people - EVER.  LOVE:  Most importantly, picture quality is stunning.  Clear, vibrant, dynamic, rich, detailed.  It is on par with the D850 and that is screaming huge accolades for this camera.    Image quality is better than the D5 (must use proper technique as the high megapixels necessitate better shooting technique) and also better than the D810.  It does not handle noise as well as the D850, D810 and D5 (but noticeably better than the D800E).  While not as good as some other pro-Nikon models, the real world noise handling is still excellent, as Nikon is the very best across their camera lines at this. LOVE:  Image quality.  Build quality is great.  It’s small, but solid.  The grip is fantastic and feels good. My hands are large (but not oversized) and it is easier to hold than all of my other Nikons. The size is amazing compared to the D5 and I am much more likely to carry this camera than the D850 for personal use, primarily because of the smaller size.  Some people are talking about banding when brightening up dark areas by several stops – for me, this has ZERO importance (Doesn’t happen often and a 2 second noise reduction brush in lightroom will take care of it).  The image quality is FABULOUS. LOVE:  Stabilization in camera.  All of my lenses work better with it and it is truly an amazing feature addition to my prime lenses. It makes every lens better. What it isn’t:  This is not a D850.  It doesn’t feel like it, act like it, work like it, or focus like it.  It has the image quality of an 850 (and that is saying A LOT), but that’s it.  This is not the best “Event” camera from Nikon (Event =  party, DJ lights, low lights, lots of people and crowds moving randomly).  It does not focus in low light as quickly as the D850, D810 and not even close to the D5.  It also misses the focus more than the D850, D5 and D810 when there are many moving subjects in the display (I have seen this at both night time events and then also recently at a day time event with many rapidly and randomly moving people).  I have used it at a number of events and while it works GREAT, the D850, D5 and D810 all seem to know what I want to focus on and are more consistently accurate and faster than the Z7. The focusing system is much better than the D800E.  This is not a sports camera. If I am shooting sports, there is nothing better in the business than the D5 which just does not miss.  The Z7, when shooting sports, can focus well and the pictures are beautiful when it does, but is does not acquire or track as well as the other two best Nikon camera for this (D5, D850).   I can’t really fault it for not being as good at sports as the $6,500 D5, it’s not a fair comparison.  But it is very close in price to the D850 and that is a much better sports camera  – focusing and tracking are better and faster.  Can you use the Z7 at a sporting event or other type of night time event? ABSOLUTELY.  It is a great camera for these things but is simply not as good as other cameras from Nikon that do these things better. FOCUS:   I’ll spend some time on this as there is some interesting learning both in relation to mirrorless (see infra-red speed light below) and also other Nikon DSLR’s.   For portraiture, it has a pinpoint focus that I LOVE as it is deadly accurate.  Eyes are in focus, I can see eyelashes clearly and it is a GREAT addition to the focusing system.  Be aware, pinpoint focus is slow to set – it is so fine that when looking through the viewfinder and using the controls on the back of the camera to position it takes longer to position than other methods – 2 to 3X more button pushes. Pinpoint is fabulous if your subject is still, but more difficult if photographing kids or animals that don’t sit perfectly still and you want to move your focus point.  The spot focus is good (one step larger than pinpoint), and faster to position, but it does not have the same deadly accuracy not a big deal at F8 (or even 3.2), but can sometimes be seen at F1.8 or F1.4).  No more 3D tracking – I kind of miss it.  They have a new method and I need to experiment with it more.  I don’t like the new “wide” method because I don’t know what it is locking on in the frame – if there are subjects that are both close and far away, (and all are in the “wide” focus zone) it doesn’t offer any feedback on what the camera is specifically grabbing (the DSLR system puts little squares over the spots it is using and seems to offer more feedback).  BUTTONS:  I switch all the time between C and S focusing, as well as focus areas (pin, spot, wide, etc.)  and the Z7 is  totally different than other Nikon DSLR’s.  It’s like learning a brand new system and is not intuitive for Nikon DSLR users.  I have programmed the function buttons for this, but don’t like how cramped they are, and how easily they can be change by mistake during a busy event.  You can change focus methods through menus, but in a fast paced, event or sports environment, buttons are a necessity.  It can be learned, but is not like other Nikons so there will be a curve. I’ll get used to the new system SPEEDLIGHT INFRARED focus assist:  Nikon has confirmed for me that this feature does NOT work with the mirrorless system (the infrared focus assist light on my speedlights will not even turn on).  This is a huge feature for me at events where this focus assist is critical. This feature alone gives the DSLR’s a focusing advantage in low light.  The infrared beam carries further and is more accurate than the green focus assist light on the Z7.  I have read that this may be a mirrorless issue in general because the focusing technology in a mirrorless system can’t see infrared – so this may not be a Nikon only challenge.  Regardless, I use Nikon speedlights and often rely on the infrared focus assist, and I miss this feature with the Z7 mirrorless. OTHER COMMENTS: -        Startup speed is said to be fast, but my comparison point is to high-end Nikon DSLRS which are very fast and the Z7 does not compare.  For me, I use a hip holster and I typically turn the camera off when I am not using it.  For very quick reaction shots, I find I am missing many more shots than with other Nikons.  It takes over a second for start up and another moment to grab focus – It doesn’t sound like a lot, but if someone starts throwing cake at an event, my ability to get that shot is impacted.  This is both a MIRRORLESS issue and an issue in relation to other top performing Nikon DSLRs.  -        Batteries:  Nikon reports 300-400 shots per charge, I am seeing 700+.  Lots better than projected, but far less than the 1500+ I get with other Nikon pro-dslrs (and I get 6K+ with my D5) -        FTV:  works great, can’t wait for Nikon to come out with the 2.8 series so I can carry an even smaller rig when size is critical. -        LCD:  it’s amazing.  Love the touch screen and image quality.  Screen is very solid when pulled out and angled.  -        Memory cards:  I have grown to love XQD for speed, quality and reliability.  PLEASE NIKON add a second slot so that I can consider this a full pro-grade camera.  That safety net is VERY important. It is for this reason alone, that I shy away from using this as my primary pro-camera at an event/session.  I should NOT have to think about this each time I pull the camera out.   SUMMARY:  For specific types of photography, this camera is nothing short of amazing.  I love the build quality, size and in-camera stabilization.  For landscape, product and portraiture this camera is a rock star with amazing image quality and pinpoint focusing methods that make it a nearly perfect pro-grade camera (Please add a second card slot Nikon!).  For most shooters, the issues I experience with the Z7 will not matter at all, but as a professional that demands very high performance in every environment, I am finding that I am still opting for my D850 and D5 more often than not for client work.
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great step forward for Nikon I've been waiting for Nikon to finally come out with a mirror less camera and they may be late to the party but this camera doesn't disappoint! I do a lot of hiking and the reduced weight is really appreciated. Image quality is fabulous as expected givin the sensor is the same as their D850.
Date published: 2018-10-25
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