Nikon Z 7 Review

Overall 62
Imaging 43
Features 78
Size 73
Price 0

Main Features

  • 46.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Expands to 32 - 102400)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3.2″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 9.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 134 x 101 x 68 mm
  • Weight: 675 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Nikon Z 7 Summary

This review is devoted to Z 7 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Aug 23, 2018. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 46.0 MP and a Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #8 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 62/100 and it takes a rank of #13 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Z 7 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Z 7 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Continuous Shooting: 9.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Sensor Resolution: 46.0 MP
  • Min Native Iso: 64
  • Min Boosted Iso: 32
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 493
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Battery Life: 330 shots
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Nikon Z 7 With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Z 7. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Z 7

Nikon Z 7 has the following external dimensions 134 x 134 x 68 mm (52.76 x 39.76 x 26.77″) with the weight of 675 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Z 7, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Z 7 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 68mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Z 7 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Z 7 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Z 7 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Z 7 — 330 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Nikon Z 7 — 68 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Nikon Z 7 — 675 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Z 7 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Z 7 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Z 7 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Z 7 boasts of a resolution of 46.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Z 7 has the following ISO range 64 - 25600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 32 - 102400.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Nikon Z 7 features a 46.0 MP sensor. In the Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Z 7 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Nikon Z 7 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Z 7

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Z 7 is equipped with a Tilting 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 2,100k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Nikon Z 7’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 3,690k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Z 7 are its 9.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Z 7 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Z 7 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Nikon Z 7 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 493 points.

In addition, Z 7 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Z 7, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Z 7 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon Z 7 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Z 7.

Z 7 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

In addition, Nikon Z 7 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon Z 7 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Nikon Z 7 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Z 7 is equipped with its USB 1 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Z 7 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Z 7 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon Z 7 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Nikon Z 7 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Z 7’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Z 7’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Z 7 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Z 7 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Z 7 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Z 7 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (46 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Z 7 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Z 7 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Z 7 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Full frame(35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (134 x 101 x 68 mm)

Nikon Z 7 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Z 7 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Z 7 can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (493)
  • Big size (134 x 101 x 68 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (9.0 fps)
  • Small battery life (330 shots)

Nikon Z 7 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Z 7 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Z 7 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (675 g)
  • Big size (134 x 101 x 68 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Nikon Z 7 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Z 7 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Z 7 can be called a 94 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (46 MP)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Nikon Z 7 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Z 7
Announced Aug 23, 2018
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon Z
Number of Lenses 3
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 2,100k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 3,690k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.8
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 9.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.9 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area 858.01 mm2
Sensor Resolution 46.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 8256 x 5504
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO 102,400
Min Native ISO 64
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 493
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 1
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 675 g
Physical Dimensions 134 x 101 x 68 mm
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type 330 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type XQD card
Storage Slots 1

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