Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens

Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and Accessories Kit

Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and Accessories Kit

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  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens
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Nikon Z7 Overview

  • 1Description

Comprising the essentials needed to begin shooting, the Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and Accessories Kit from B&H bundles the sleek full-frame mirrorless body and NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S standard zoom lens with a memory card and a protective camera bag.

  • Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens

    Nikon has taken the next step in their imaging journey with the Z 7 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 Z 7 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 Z 7 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 Z 7 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 Z 7 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 Z 7 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 Z 7. 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 Z 7 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 Z 7 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
  • Sony 32GB XQD G Series Memory Card

    Supporting enhanced data read and write speed, the 32GB XQD G Series Memory Card from Sony can be used to record a variety of content up to and including 4K video. In addition to recording 4K content, the 440 MB/s read and 400 MB/s write speeds make it easy to capture photos in both burst mode and in RAW format, as well as streamline workflows. This XQD G Series Card from Sony also supports both PCI Express Gen. 2 and USB 3.0 interfaces, allowing it to be used with a wide range of devices.

    Compliant to XQD Format Version 2, both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB 3.0 interface are supported on a newly developed controller for high performance.
    440 MB/s read and 400 MB/s write speeds.
    Supports EB Streaming between card and Sony camcorders enabling constant 2-way communication and insuring stable recording while avoiding speed degradation.
    UPC: 027242900028
  • Ruggard Journey 24 DSLR Shoulder Bag (Black)

    Store, protect, and transport your compact DSLR or mirrorless camera with an attached lens, flash, and related accessories with the lightweight, black Journey 24 DSLR Shoulder Bag from Ruggard. This handsome bag features a large flap with a quick release buckle, and double-pull zipper closure. The main compartment has four padded, touch-fastening dividers for organizing equipment. A light gray interior lining makes it easier to locate gear in low light. Under the lid is a large, zippered, mesh accessory pocket. Small accessories are easily accommodated in the front exterior zippered pocket. Inside this pocket are two slip-in pockets, two memory card pockets with touch-fastening flaps, and a zippered mesh pocket.

    Photographers will appreciate the neoprene water bottle/accessory pocket located on the exterior left side of the bag. On the opposite side is a strap for attaching accessories. Carry the Journey 24 Shoulder Bag by the padded top handle, or wear with the removable, adjustable, padded shoulder strap. The strap has swiveling snap-hooks that attach to metal D-rings on either side of bag. And on the back of the bag is a trolley strap that comes in handy when traveling with rolling luggage. Two strips of plastic feet on the bottom of the bag help protect it against abrasion. This well-made bag is constructed from weather-resistant polyester and ballistic nylon.

    UPC: 847628000520
In the Box
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens
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    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 Recording
    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
    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 Resolution 3,690,000 Dot
    Viewfinder Eye Point 21 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.8x
    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 to 25600 (Extended Mode:32 to 102400)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 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 to EV 17.0
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
    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 2, 5, 10, 20 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 (Not Included)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity 0 to 85%
    Physical
    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 1
    Focal Length 24 to 70mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4
    Angle of View 84 to 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"
  • Sony 32GB XQD G Series Memory Card
    Card Type XQD
    Storage Capacity 32 GB
    Data Transfer Read Speed: 440 MB/s Maximum (Burst)
    Write Speed: 400 MB/s Maximum (Burst)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.5 x 3.9 x 0.7"
  • Ruggard Journey 24 DSLR Shoulder Bag (Black)
    Material Exterior: Weather-resistant polyester
    Front Flap: Ballistic nylon
    Lining: Polyester
    D-Rings and Zipper Pulls: Metal
    Type of Closure Zippers, quick release buckle
    Carrying/Transport Options Padded grab handle
    Removable, padded shoulder strap
    Rear trolley strap
    Interior Dimensions 7.8 x 4.5 x 6.0" / 19.8 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm
    Exterior Dimensions 8.7 x 6.7 x 6.7" / 22.1 x 17.0 x 17.0 cm
    Weight 15.0 oz / 425.2 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 7.0 x 6.5"

Nikon Z7 Reviews

Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens and Accessories Kit is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Camera! First impressions of the Nikon Z7: This camera is amazing for my purposes; I do macro, landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits. The image quality of the Z7 is mind-bending! If you use good techniques while shooting, the results will rock your world. All my lenses work with the adapter, even the DX ones. Also, the shutter is super quiet even when its not in silent mode. Furthermore, LCD screen...wow! Very nice user experience, I didnt know an LCD screen could be so pleasant to use. Theres still a lot to learn, but Im plugging away getting used to the functions and differences. Its amazing to be able to take a FF digital camera and just plunk it into my bikes pannier!
Date published: 2018-12-06
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 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 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 2 out of 5 by from Silent mode - live performance The camera overall seems great. However, the main reason I bought it was to shoot live performance on silent mode. I photograph live dance performance and often with very quiet music and often I’m embedded in the audience. So a silent solution would be great for me. The lights at the 2 different shows I shot both out out pursing light beams. On silent mode, the images had light stripes. Non-silent mode was fine. But silent mode was not fine. All of my images had stripes and this is why I’m returning the camera. My Nikon rep said all mirrorless cameras have this problem on silent mode.
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent camera but why cripple it with a small buffer? Nikon stupidity is mind boggling. When Sony comes out almost 2 years ago with the Alpha a7R III 42.5MP camera which shoots 14 bit + jpg at 9 frames/sec has 76 shot buffer, Nikon comes out with this Z7 which shoots 14 bit at 8 frames/sec and has 19 shot buffer.  No wonder this camera does not sell, no pros want a camera with a ridiculously small buffer.  I happened to be OK with it since I use it only for landscapes and the image quality is excellent. The new Z series S lenses are the best Nikon lenses I ever owned, But come on Nikon if you want the pro market you better come out with a Z7 II which has at least 3x the buffer size.
Date published: 2019-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good camera. Still lacking lenses Coming from a D850 and D5, the focusing quality is expected not to match up but it's pretty decent. Not encountered a situation where it would cause frustration. Camera has a nice heft to it and handles well. Battery life is good. 800 shots on average. Dual card slots would be good to have but hoping that future iterations would have it. I've found performance using the FTZ adapter to be great. In fact I actually prefer to adapt the lenses. Newly released lenses are not ultra wide aperture which is disappointing. Releasing a 1.2 or 1.4 lens would be great. I find myself getting better image quality from adapted lenses. 3rd party lenses like sigma works very well now as fine tuning is no longer required. images are always tack sharp! conclusion. good camera but the lack of quality lenses even at launch makes the system disappointing, for now.
Date published: 2018-10-14
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
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