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Nikon Z7 II Mirrorless Camera

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Nikon Z7 II Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Dual EXPEED 6 Image Processors
  • UHD 4K60 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • 10 fps Cont. Shooting, ISO 64-25600
Improved processing, greater versatility, but familiar in design, the Nikon Z7 II takes everything that was great from the original and ups its capabilities even more. Sporting a high-resolution 45.7MP FX-format BSI CMOS sensor and dual EXPEED 6 image processors, the Z7 II is clearly aimed at the detail-obsessed image-maker.
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Nikon Z7 II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Resolution Image Making
  • 3
  • 4Second Generation Z
  • 545.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and Dual EXPEED 6 Processors
  • 6UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 7493-Point Phase-Detect AF System & Vibration Reduction
  • 8Body Design
  • 9Z7 II Firmware Ver. 1.30 (Released 10/19/2021)
  • 10
High-Resolution Image Making
Improved processing, greater versatility, but familiar in design, the Nikon Z7 II takes everything that was great from the original and ups its capabilities even more. Sporting a high-resolution 45.7MP FX-format BSI CMOS sensor and dual EXPEED 6 image processors, the Z7 II is clearly aimed at the detail-obsessed image-maker.
Second Generation Z
Improving upon their initial efforts, Nikon has revised the Z7 platform to offer more speed, faster processing, and greater versatility without sacrificing the beloved qualities of the original camera. The sensor's design omits the optical low-pass filter for greater detail recording capability and the sensor supports a native sensitivity range down to ISO 64 for lush, rich capture. Updated processing also yields faster speeds, including a quickened 10 fps continuous shooting rate and deeper buffer for working with moving subjects. UHD 4K 60p video is supported, too, with the option to record externally in 10-bit using N-Log or HLG (HDR) modes).
  • Dual EXPEED 6 image processors offer increased buffer performance, a faster 10 fps continuous shooting rate, and noticeably reduced blackout times in the viewfinder.
  • Updated autofocus now includes Eye and Face Detection for both humans and animals in the Wide-Area AF mode, for both photo and video recording.
  • Timed long exposure shooting is now possible for up to 900 seconds (15 minutes) without the need of an external remote.
  • Dual memory card slots offer more flexible file storage capabilities; one CFexpress Type B and one SD UHS-II slot permit overflow, segregated, and repetitive saving options.
  • USB Type-C port permits in-camera charging or continuous power for on-the-go charging or extended shooting times.
  • The rotation direction of the focus ring on lenses can be switched to suit one's familiarity.
  • Support for HDR (HLG) mode when recording externally gives instant HDR-suitable video files for immediate playback. N-Log is also available for enhanced control during post-production and grading, too.
  • 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 will be available in early 2021.
  • The SnapBridge wireless connectivity can be used to update the camera's firmware, instead of relying on a memory card-based system of updating.
  • Updated creative shooting modes include Multiple Exposure, 20 different Picture Control settings, and in-camera Timelapse recording. There is also a Focus Shift mode for recording up to 300 sequential frames with the focus position shifted between exposures for focus stacking applications.
  • Compatible with optional MB-N11 Power Battery Pack for additional battery life and improved handling.
45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and Dual EXPEED 6 Processors
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 clean high-sensitivity output and 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 are dual EXPEED 6 image processors, which affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including the ability to shoot continuously at 10 fps for up to 50 consecutive frames.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Utilizing the sensor and processor attributes for more than just still imagery, the Z7 II is also a more-than-capable multimedia camera. UHD 4K video recording is possible up to 60p and Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at up to 120p for slow motion playback. 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 II, including the N-Log gamma for capturing flat-looking footage that maximizes dynamic range and HLG (HDR) for recording HDR-ready footage. 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.

Firmware version 1.10 unlocks UHD 4K recording at 60p and 50p frame rates and enables raw video output to Blackmagic Design Video Assist external recorders, and also improves eye-detection performance Auto-Area AF and Wide-Area AF modes.
493-Point Phase-Detect AF System & Vibration Reduction
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.

In-body 5-axis sensor-shift Vibration Reduction compensates for up to 5 stops of camera shake regardless of the Z-type lens being used. This system also works with adapted F-mount lenses, when using the optional FTZ Adapter, where 3-axis stabilization is used.

Body Design
  • 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 OLED 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 II 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 and one UHS-II SD card slot, flexible file storage is possible with the option to use repetitive, overflow, or segregated storage methods.
  • 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. Additionally, SnapBridge can also be used as an easier method of updating the camera's firmware.
Z7 II Firmware Ver. 1.30 (Released 10/19/2021)
  • Portrait Impression Balance items have been added to the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU and MOVIE SHOOTING MENU
  • The monitor now shows the shooting display while tilted when On is selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU
  • Custom Setting f4 (Aperture lock) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU now available when an FTZ mount adapter is attached
  • The flash-ready light on SB-5000 flash units will light if a WR-R10 or WR-R11b is used for wireless remote flash photography
  • Fixed: Focus would normally remain locked if the AF-ON button was kept pressed while the shutter-release button was used to take a series of pictures, the camera would refocus without input from the AF-ON button
  • Fixed: Custom Setting a6 (AF activation) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU set to AF-ON only with Enable selected for Out-of-focus release
  • Fixed: Continuous L or Continuous H selected for Release mode
  • Fixed: Single AF selected for Focus mode
  • Fixed: Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode
  • Nikon Z7 II Specs

    Lens MountNikon Z
    Sensor ResolutionActual: 46.89 Megapixel
    Effective: 45.7 Megapixel (8256 x 5504)
    Image Sensor35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Built-In ND FilterNone
    Capture TypeStills & Video
    Exposure Control
    Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
    Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
    1/8000 to 900 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 10 fps at 45.7 MP for up to 50 Frames
    Interval RecordingYes
    Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
    Still Image Capture
    Image Sizes3:2 JPEG
    5408 x 3600
    4048 x 2696
    2704 x 1800
    1:1 JPEG
    5504 x 5504
    4128 x 4128
    2752 x 2752
    16:9 JPEG
    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
    Video Capture
    Internal Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/59.94 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100 fps
    External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
    1920 x 1080
    Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
    Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
    IP StreamingNone
    Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
    Audio Recording AAC Audio
    2-Channel LPCM Audio
    Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: CFexpress Type B / XQD
    Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
    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
    Power I/O1 x USB-C Input/Output
    Other I/O1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
    1 x Nikon DC2 Input
    WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
    Mobile App CompatibleYes
    *As of November, 2022: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
    Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
    Resolution2,100,000 Dot
    Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
    Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
    TypeBuilt-In Electronic
    Resolution3,690,000 Dot
    Eye Point21 mm
    MagnificationApprox. 0.8x
    Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
    Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
    Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
    Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 493
    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
    Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity0 to 85%
    Battery Type1 x EN-EL15c 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 69.5 mm
    Weight1.4 lb / 615 g (Body Only)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.7 x 7.3 x 5.2"

    Nikon Z7 II Reviews

    Changing from Full Frame (FF) to Mirrorless: Worth it?

    By scott
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-24

    I had my doubts. Improve on my Nikon D850? Probably not. Well, I was wrong. I am a semi-professional, landscape photographer. I don't shoot wildlife and occasionally take portraits. The negatives first: 1) The changeover is expensive and time consuming. RECO: Photograph each piece of FF equipment, catalog it, and send it to bid to the camera stores for pricing. Don't forget your local stores. 2) Mirrorless Brand hunt. RECO: Sony and Cannon had unintuitive operations. Familiarity and simplicity goes to Nikon. 3) Glass-Nikon falls short on variety and lack of third-party offerings. RECO: Will address in a moment. 4) Focus system- there are other Brands that do a far better job of tracking wildlife and shooting sports than the Z7 II. RECO: The focus system is great for landscape work. As DP Review stated, the ZII is perhaps the best Landscape camera available. The positives: 1) Nikon's intuitive operation menus, excellent 2) Lighter weight system; no longer hiking with a D850 and Sigma Art primes. Nice! 3) New Zs Glass-between the ZII processor and Zs lenses I see a better output in sharpness, clarity and edge-to-edge picture quality. I invested in the tri-fecta (Z14-24s, 24-70s, 70-200s, all f2.8). They are amazing. Where you lack 3rd party options, these more than cover my needs for landscape. 4) Worth it?...There are plenty of reviews that discuss Z7II camera customization, focus shifting, ergonomics, card slots, megapixel counting, in-camera stabilization. Relax, all these features work well. The true measure is the output-absolutely worth it!

    So far so good

    By Raphael
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-01

    Haven't had it long but so far so good, saving the tx was great.

    Frustration at its highest level!

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Date: 2023-03-26

    For many years I have been a customer of B&H. I bought my Nikon Z 7ii a year ago thinking this was the best place to purchase my gear. 11 months after my camera started to get rust around the ring where the lenses are attached. After taking notice of the rust I sent the camera to Nikon. Little did I know B&H sells Grey Market Products and Nikon USA will not fix any Grey Market Products. Now Nikon will not fix my camera and by the time the camera got back to me the warranty from B&H has expired and they will not honor the warranty even do I have explained my situation. Now I am stuck with a rusted camera that is one year old that was bought bran new. B&H... how can you sell a Grey Market Product to a US citizen that can't fix any issues in Nikon USA? Frustration at it's highest level!!

    Very inconsistent

    By Stephen
    Rated 1 out of 5
    Date: 2023-03-15

    I am very disappointment in this camera. I have been shooting since 1984. I have had at least 18 Nikon cameras. From the F3, Nicromats, D90's, D 700s and now this. The focusing is all over the place and switches at will. I get many out of focus shots. When my subject is in the middle of my screen, all of a sudden it starts focusing to another area . I have tried allfocusing modes to no avail. The screen and the viewfinder never match even though I have adjusted them numerous times. The exposures you see in the view finder are not even close to what I see on my computer and changes as you looking into the camera. I am doing twice as much editing as before. I have had my own photo and print shop for 40 years. I was a Sony dealer for a time and had a Sony mirrorless camera which was 10 times better than the Z7 at half the price. The only reson I switched back to Nikon is because I have 25 lenses and Nikon claimed they worked with their expensive adapter. Unfortunatly that's not true. I have many Sony lenses and they switched their mount as well. Don't bother with this piece of junk.

    Not worth the money

    By Charles
    Rated 2 out of 5
    Date: 2023-03-11

    This is a very unbalanced camera in my opinion. It has a great sensor that can give you excellent photos but the autofocus is awful. My D500 blows it away. So what you have is a camera that is appropriate for still photography only. At this price point this is really un acceptable from nikon. It's such a shame because it can produce great images. Truly disappointing.

    Great package

    By Ray
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-03-09

    Decided to splurge and migrate to a mirrorless camera. Price of camera and lens is pretty standard, but a great value with the accessory kit. Nice Lowepro pack and fast SD card.

    A Wonderful Tool !!!

    By Michel
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-21

    This is my 4th purchase of a Z body. I have a Z7, Z6ii, and now two Z7ii's. Why 4 cameras? I have many 4 wonderful lenses that I use on a regular basis for business purposes, and I prefer to have each lens mounted on a separate body than to continually change lenses. There is no doubt that these Nikon Z bodies and Z-mount lenses get the job done perfectly.

    Changes the way I take photos

    By Carl
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-16

    For years I shot with Nikon DSLRs and loved the D850. But I wanted cameras & lenses that were a bit lighter when hiking and traveling. I was waiting (and waiting) for the Z8 to be announced. But when I read about the expected size, weight and cost of the Z8, I decided the Z7ii was the smarter way to go for me. I didn't need the speed or video capabilities of the newer Z8 as most of my photography is landscapes. From the moment I started shooting with the Z7ii, i realized how it was much easier to shoot manual because of the ability to see the effects of changing aperture, shutter speed and iso right thru the viewfinder. And the results made me say wow! Is the Z7ii perfect? No. But together with the lighter Z lenses it accomplished my goal of smaller & lighter to carry, and it changed the way i photograph from shooting primarily in aperture to shooting in manual. Great camera for my purposes.

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    Does the camera come with a strap?

    Does the camera come with a strap?
    Asked by: Ryan
    Yes, it comes with a strap.
    Answered by: Rob
    Date published: 2020-10-23

    Is there a cable release port?

    Is there a cable release port?
    Asked by: james
    Yes, this camera has the Nikon MD-DC2 port.
    Answered by: Stephen G
    Date published: 2021-02-09

    Is nikon Z7II compatible with Nikon 300mm f/4 PF ...

    Is nikon Z7II compatible with Nikon 300mm f/4 PF ED VR and nikon FTZ adapter and Nikon TC20E III teleconverter?
    Asked by: Steven
    Yes all of that is compatible, the widest aperture you'll have is f/8, the continuous auto focus is a little jittery so it may not be great for tracking wild life if that's the plan. Otherwise it's a great combo!
    Answered by: Ryan
    Date published: 2021-10-03

    Does the Nikon Z7II have Hard Reset which ...

    Does the Nikon Z7II have Hard Reset which restores the camera back to the brand new camera settings? Thank you.
    Asked by: George
    Yes, go to the menu, then to the wrench (i.e. setup) menu, and then to "Reset all settings."
    Answered by: Yoni
    Date published: 2021-01-19

    Multiple Exposure - does Z7II- save the combined ...

    Multiple Exposure - does Z7II- save the combined multiple exposure as a raw file?
    Asked by: Carol
    No, they will be saved as JPG files only.
    Answered by: Yoni
    Date published: 2021-01-12

    In 'movie mode' still pictures. Can it track and ...

    In 'movie mode' still pictures. Can it track and auto focus in raw, and capture 2-4 pictures in the buffer after fully pressing the shutter? Akin to pro capture in the olympus M1X?
    Asked by: Snapshot
    No it can not.
    Answered by: jabarih
    Date published: 2021-10-25

    is it compatible with nikon af-s dx nikkor ...

    is it compatible with nikon af-s dx nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ed vr lenses?
    Asked by: Felixberto
    The Nikon Z7 II Mirrorless Camera is an FX camera, so the 18-300mm DX lens is not compatible--it will cause vignetting on every frame.
    Answered by: Boyd
    Date published: 2022-09-06

    How good or bad is the autofocus compared to Sony ...

    How good or bad is the autofocus compared to Sony and Canon?
    Asked by: Eduardo
    Nikon Z7 II Mirrorless Camera BH #NIZ72 offers excellent autofocus and it's at the same level or standard as Canon and Sony.
    Answered by: samikg
    Date published: 2023-01-13
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