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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
  • 2Second Generation Z
  • 345.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and Dual EXPEED 6 Processors
  • 4UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5493-Point Phase-Detect AF System
  • 6Vibration Reduction
  • 7Body Design
  • 8Z7 II Firmware Ver. 1.30 (Released 10/19/2021)

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.

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). The sensor also incorporates a 493-point phase-detection AF system, which now supports Eye-Detect AF in Wide-Area AF modes and during movie recording, and permits focusing in low-light down to -4.5 EV. Additionally, 5-axis in-body Vibration Reduction helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake with any mounted lens.

Balancing the imaging, the Z7 II retains its overall physical design, however it has been updated with a new dual memory card slot interface to hold one CFexpress Type B card and one SD UHS-II card for more flexible storage. Both a high-res 3.6m-dot OLED EVF and rear 3.2" 2.1m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD lend versatility to image composition and playback, and SnapBridge wireless connectivity can be used for remote camera control, image sharing to a mobile device, and even over-the-air firmware updates.

Firmware version 1.10 unlocks UHD 4K recording at 60p and 50p frame rates, enables raw video output to Blackmagic Design Video Assist external recorders, and improves eye-detection performance when using Auto-Area AF and Wide-Area AF modes.

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.
  • 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

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.

Vibration Reduction

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
  • UPC: 018208016532

    Nikon Z7 II 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
    Crop FactorNone
    Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Exposure Control
    Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
    1/8000 to 900 Seconds
    Bulb Mode
    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
    Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 45.7 MP for up to 50 Frames
    Interval RecordingYes
    Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
    Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:5, 16:9
    Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
    Bit Depth14-Bit
    Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/59.94p
    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
    External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    Interface
    Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: CFexpress Type B / XQD
    Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
    Internal MemoryNone
    Monitor
    Size3.2"
    Resolution2,100,000 Dot
    Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
    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 (C), Full-Time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    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%
    Battery Type1 x EN-EL15c Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    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 Weight3.14 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.7 x 7.3 x 5.2"

    Nikon Z7 II Reviews

    Great all around

    By Cary
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-17

    The autofocus and tracking aren't the best for wildlife and sports, but the Z lenses and high megapixels make it a great all around camera. Hopefully the Z8 will be out this year.

    Nailed it.

    By Carter
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-19

    From D850 to Z7II an easy transition, I am spoiled. focus, meter, I love the AF tracking its a great camera.

    great camera

    By Jim
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-14

    My first mirrorless had it for 7 months now. Great low light photos, captures birds in flight with my ftz and 200- 500mm . I'm not a pro but this camera has improved my shooting by leaps and bounds still learning all the different ways to use. got a z mount 105 macro yesterday and i love it. Great service from B&H.

    Awesome Camera

    By Nicholas
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-14

    Love this z series camera!

    Perfect for my landscape work

    By Betty
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-17

    I have been at this for many decades. There was a time when I would look to others to tell me what I should get and what I should like. The truth is, all reputable camera makers and equipment suppliers make great products. Must if the time when someone does not like something, it's because it did not fit their needs. The Z7ii was exactly what I needed for what I do. The features, reliability, and price point were exactly what I was looking for. Could other cameras do some things "better"?. Sure. But those cameras would not fo what I needed as well as this camera. Part of growing as an artist is also growing as a consumer. Stay with reputable companies, and get what suits your style best.

    excellent transaction

    By Sarantis
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-12

    The Nikon Z7 II camera arrived in perfect condition with only a light delay due to seasonal problems. It was a pleasure to deal with [email protected] and their efficient staff. I highly recommend them.

    Excellent semi pro camera

    By Ivor
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-08

    I just recently received my Z72 and have only taken a few hundred photos at this point. I primarily shoot portraits for fun and landscapes when I travel. The autofocus and eye tracking is pretty good and certainly a lot easier to use than my D700. I got mine with the 24-200 lens which is a phenomenal lens. The whole package weighs a lot less than by D700 paired with a similar lens. Eye like the electronic viewfinder a lot, but also like the screen when I'm shooting from a lower vantage point. The number of good shots I get vs my previous camera is pretty amazing. Many more shots in focus with the auto focus system, especially when the eye sensor is on. I highly recommend this camera.

    A powerhouse of a mirrorless

    By Nicolas
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-07

    Coming from my trusty D90 to my late D750 and now onto the still relatively new Z7 II, my expectations have been more than exceeded and I cannot recommend it enough. I've seen the complaints that it's too small for other people's hands, but for me it's a perfect compact fit compared to my bulky D750 and the F buttons are perfectly placed and easily accessible in my opinion but don't get me started on the sharpness/clarity brought on by the new S lenses offered; they're on a different level compared to the glass I'm used to with my DSLRs. The jump from 24.3 MP that I'm used to, to 45.7 MP is fantastic and more than enough for me since I tend to crop quite a lot anyway. As others have stated, having dedicated knobs or buttons for certain settings would have been nice but they're still easily accessible if set up properly within the settings and I'm aware that the Z9 has some of these knobs/buttons already so there's that camera if you're indecisive still and really need them. Backlit lighting for buttons already offered would have been a great touch that I do agree with others on but again, not too much of a problem. Overall though, I do not regret my upgrade and moving onto my first mirrorless and I'm looking forward to picking up more Z glass!

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    Date published: 2021-01-12

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    Asked by: Chris
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    Date published: 2021-01-10

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    The 10 fps rate is for 12 bit RAW. It shoots 9 fps with 14 bit lossless compressed. Focus is continuous and exposure is continuously adjusted. Once the buffer is filled, the frame rate does slow but it's still up to a respectable 5.5 fps with a full buffer depending on your card. If you choose a slow/cheap CFExpress or SD card, you'll have the same initial burst speed but once the buffer is full it gets much slower. Get a premium card like the Sony Tough, Delkin Power, or ProGrade Cobalt for peak speed.
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    Date published: 2021-08-27
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