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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
    Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Built-In ND FilterNone
    Capture TypeStills & Video
    Exposure Control
    Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
    Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
    1/8000 to 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
    Internal Video Capture
    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
    Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
    Audio Recording AAC Audio
    2-Channel LPCM Audio
    External Video Capture
    External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    IP StreamingNone
    Interface
    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
    Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
    1 x Nikon DC2 Input
    Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
    WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
    Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
    Monitor
    Size3.2"
    Resolution2,100,000 Dot
    Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
    Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
    Viewfinder
    TypeBuilt-In Electronic
    Size0.5"
    Resolution3,690,000 Dot
    Eye Point21 mm
    Coverage100%
    MagnificationApprox. 0.8x
    Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
    Focus
    Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
    Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
    Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 493
    Flash
    Built-In FlashNo
    Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
    Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
    Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
    External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity0 to 85%
    General
    Battery Type1 x EN-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

    A beautiful camera that makes outstanding images

    By Jon
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-05-23

    I've owned the original Z7 since late 2018. I didn't really 'need' to upgrade, but I loved the Z7 so much I decided to buy the newer version and keep it another 3 years or more. The sensor is outstanding (image quality), the EVF is crystal clear, natural and sharp (much better than you may think thanks to Nikon's optics in the EVF) and the overall operation is predictable, reliable and bug-free. Kudos to Nikon for making a well-rounded, well made, solid camera that makes such great images. I would post a link to my gallery to prove what I'm saying about the Z7, but I don't think that's permitted. I will however say that I have the #1 search hit on Google if you search for 'Nikon Z7 Gallery'...then you'll see a large gallery of images I've made with the original Z7 (same image quality as the Z7 II) and I think you'd have to agree, the Z7 and the newer Z7 II are truly outstanding cameras. Period.

    Nice upgrade from my Z5 and B&H made it easy

    By Jeff
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-16

    I was happy with the Z5 but decided to trade up for even better low light performance and even more radical cropping capability when convenient. I've only used the new one a while but I can see it's got several advantages. I like that the menus and functions are so consistent across the different models. I have a Z50 for a smaller camera and it's nicely similar. Also, the Z5 seemed touchy about going into sleep mode while hanging from a strap. I think the eyepiece sensor gets activated easily. The Z50 and Z7 II seem very reliable on the power saving sleep while carrying. B&H treated me nicely on the trade up process, too.

    Z7 mk II

    By Jason
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-11

    I've had a Z7 II for almost a year now. Excellent camera. My number of keeper shots has gone up considerably. This Z7 II has replaced my D500. Took a little bit to get used to the layout of the new camera vs my D500. No regrets

    Image quality is THE reason to own this camera!

    By Phil
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-10

    I ordered my Nikon Z7II from B&H Thursday morning and had it in my hands Friday afternoon to do some test shots with it out on Florida's Nature Coast. I also bought the FTZII adapter, and paired the camera with my Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 G2 lens. First, let's address the elephants in the room: its autofocus is nowhere near as advanced as the Canon R5. It is fast and accurate, but lacks the broad range of animal eye detection already so good from Canon and Sony. Its animal detect AF should be called pet detect because, as of this writing, it will only detect the eyes of dogs and cats. (Forget autofocus tracking your pet bearded lizard.) In order to assure accurate AF on wild birds, I switched to single point AF. For birds in flight, I used Dynamic Area AF. In that regard, it felt no different than shooting with my Nikon D500 or Canon 5D MkIV and compared to them, was equally capable in those modes. But this is 2022, not 2016. Hopefully, Nikon will address animal eye detect in a future firmware release. The other elephant in the room is the frame-freezing that happens in the viewfinder in H+. Honestly, I didn't find this anymore distracting than the mirror blackout I get when shooting my D500, with about as many composition misses as I would get with that camera. But again, this is a high-end mirrorless camera in 2022, not a DSLR from 2016. Not a deal breaker for me, but something of a disappointment after getting used to what my Canon R5 can do. Now for some good news: the camera is small and light, even more so than the R5. Older folks (like me) and those with small hands will appreciate its design. On the downside, I put my adapted Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 on it Saturday, and the weight imbalance between the diminutive body and that large lens led to a lot of arm fatigue. Again, with my R5s, I have battery grips that help address this issue (and let me shoot vertically with them. Note to Nikon: vertical grip with a proper shutter release would be nice). In other good news, two card slots (YAY!). The camera buffer is deep and data are written to the cards quickly. No issues there. OK, there's no easy way to put this: the user manual stinks, written almost entirely for someone completely new to photography. I went looking for explanations in it on how to change focus modes and what the cryptic icons and modes mean, but alas, I guess you have to scan a QR code and get directed to Nikon's website for a more useful manual. Meh. I did not shoot video with it, so I cannot review its video capabilities. So why the 5 stars with all its quirkiness? Because, at the end of the day, image quality is king, and the Z7II does not just wear the crown, it flaunts it! This is an area where Canon has always had to play catch up, and has pretty much done so with the R5. Still, the buttery smooth colors and minute detail you get with this camera remain second-to-none. I am pleased and privileged to shoot Canon, Nikon, and Sony, and am really looking forward to many great images with the Z&II

    Perfect Creator Camera

    By Tim
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-03-30

    This is quite an amazing camera, simply because it actually works more intuitive, more like what a pro photographer would want than my older Nikon D7000, which I finally have replaced with this Z7II. The controls on the Z7II are more in the right places, and simpler to navigate in Manual mode. Your ability to play with different exposures is a breeze in manual mode, suddenly you will be creating all kinds of photos you can imagine, and try different things, much easier to focus on the focus, putting your energy into the shot, not into fumbling with controls. Compared to the older Nikons this is like Star Trek, truly an amazing work of craftsmanship and elegant, digital, creator simplicity.

    Love it

    By Jeffrey
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-03-15

    I was a little skeptical about buying this, because I am excited about all the new tech in the Z9. But at the end of the day, I really wanted a light hi-res camera to complement my D850 (which I love, but don't always carry with me do to size and weight so primarily use for landscape photography) and D500 (which I use for action). I am really loving the Z7ii. The images are amazing and its size and weight (along with Z lenses) is perfect for carrying around all the time. I have the 35mm f/1.8 and MC 105mm/2.8 (both of which are light and SUPER sharp) and use my F-mount lenses with the FTZII (although I am finding I am gravitating toward just using Z lenses because of form factor). There is definitely a learning curve using the mirrorless focus modes, especially if you are in a situation where you are shooting different subjects and need to switch modes a lot during a shoot (would be great if the Z7 allowed you to assign a focus mode to a function button like the Z9) but I am not finding it to be a limiter at this point. Just forces more thought up front. I can't say I am ready to fully transition to auto area with subject tracking yet, but again, I suspect that requires more practice on my part. I usually shoot still, but have been playing around with video. Especially at 120FPS and doing slow motion in post processing... really fun. I did debate whether the z6ii would have been a better choice, but I think the situations where I want higher resolution are more common than needing low light. And I have not experienced issues with low light focus or noise. In fact, did a little astrophotography and found the low light focus to work great-- substantially better than focusing on stars than the D850 IMO. Bottom line... I am super pleased with the purchase and how it has gotten me to get out and shoot more. Even if/when I eventually get a Z9 I would want to have the Z7ii for lots of use cases.

    Fantastic camera

    By Mara
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-05-08

    Really looking forward to getting this out in the field. Just wish it had 3D tracking.

    Great camera

    By Franklin
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-29

    I'm using it for about 1 year and it is a great camera. Still have issues with people's eye-tracking focus because it is not as fast as Sony or Canon but it is enough for me. Great performance and quality in video and photos.

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