Sony has run around the rivals with its A7 series full-frame mirrorless cameras, recently A7 III and A7R III. When Nickon and Canon eventually released their models (EOS R and Z7 / Z6), they showed that having a number two is an advantage. Both companies were able to develop all new mount which maximizes the capacity of full-frame sensors, which establish themselves for a strong future.
- Excellent image quality
- In-body stabilization
- Good ergonomics
- Wide choice of lenses with adapter
- Great 10-bit full-frame 4K video
- Touchscreen display doesn’t flip around
- Single card slot uses non-standard XQD format
- Mediocre autofocus subject tracking
Nikon made a solid start with Z7’s all-new full-frame mirror Z-mount system. It handles full-frame 4K video surprisingly well, with high-quality 10-bit external output and no crop, as well as 120 fps 1080p. The new mount will allow Nikon to create fast, compact lenses, even though the launch glass with the Z7 is very boring. Fortunately, you can get an adapter that supports any F-Mount DSLR lens. Image quality with 45.7 megapixel sensor is great, but unfortunately, autofocus tracking is slow and is not equal to Sony’s A7R III. If you need to buy a high-resolution full-frame camera today, then Nikon’s Z7 is a great choice.
Nikon z7 review Excellent photos, Excellent video imperfect autofocus
But to succeed Nikon’s new system, it is now selling Z6 and Z7 cameras. Canon rationalized its RF mount with $ 2,300 EOS R, which produced an otherwise strong camera that received average reviews due to disabled 4K video. On paper, the Nikon Z7 is strong with strong frame 4K video, in-body stabilization and high-resolution 45.7-megapixel sensor. (Yes, this is more expensive at $ 3,400, but Nikon will soon release 24.5 megapixels Z6 with a near-similar specs and a cheap $ 2,000 price tag.)
So, how does Nikon perform in the real world? This is not a Sony A7R III killer yet, and its DSLR can not match the capabilities of the Brother D850. However, Nikon did a lot of things with Z7 which was not his long-standing slavery, Canon did. If you have already invested in the Nikon DSLR lens or for the first time looking for a mirrorless camera and have a budget, then the Z7 is a great option.
Body and handling
Z7 is the second best handheld mirrorless camera here. The hard body is not only made for bad weather and misbehavior, but there is a big handle in it which is easy to catch and catch, even with a large telephoto lens. I do not rate it as much as EOS R, although it has a superb body design.
The Z7 has a logical ergonomic layout, which has your right forerunner and thumb dial where you will expect them. I also appreciate the position of the power button on the right, from which I turn the camera on and off while shooting. It is a real joystick that doubles as a function button, making it much easier to set the focus point in comparison to the EOS R’s winning touchscreen system. Unfortunately, however, you can not use the touchscreen to set the focus with your eyes on the EVF, just like you can do on other cameras – you can only use joystick.
There are no buttons on the left side of the camera, but I like keeping the control on the right side. Nikon added two function buttons in front of the camera, easily reached between the grip and the lens mount, as you would find on D5 and D850.
Unlike EOS R, which has a new new control ring, Nikon Z7 lets you rearrange the focus ring on the new lens for aperture and exposure compensation. I like this idea – it’s an electronic, there is no mechanical control that is not used in autofocus mode, and if you disable AF, the ring automatically switches to manual focus mode. This is a very smart move because it means that there is a low lens ring to catch by mistake.
I do not care about Nicon’s menu, because the controls are not kept very logically, and you have to be forced to scroll through a long list of tasks. On the contrary, Canon’s EOS R breaks things into categories, which is helpful in learning and using the system. To avoid diving in the menu on Nikon Z7, you can use the “i” button, which lets you set up up to 12 tasks.
In Z7, the Canon EOS RK is a distance of 55 mm in diameter, compared to 58 mm in the distance, but a very close flange distance (16 mm compared to 20 mm). Meanwhile, Sony’s EF mount is about 46 mm.
This means that, Nikon can form a fast lens by theory, which is relatively compact, as much as Canon did with RF 50 mm F / 1.2 and 28-70F / 2 lenses. So far, Nikon has not done this, however, instead of releasing three reluctant lenses: 24-70 mm F / 4S, wide angle 35 mm F / 1.8 s and standard 50 mm F / 1.8 prime. At least they are quite cheap ($ 1,000, $ 850 and $ 600 respectively), but people who buy $ 3,400 will probably look for better glass.
I tested the Z7 with a 24-70 mm and 35 mm lens, and they were decent, but nothing else. On the contrary, I was tried with EOSR with better zoom (24-105 mm F / 4) and a better prime, 50 mm F / 1.2 model, which blew me away.
Gallery: Nikon Z7 full-frame mirrorless camera | 10 Photos
With the spectacular 3.69 million-dot electronic OLDD viewfinder, 100 percent coverage and 60 FPS refresh rates, I have ever tried the fastest and most straightforward effort – but for a flaw. In single-frame shooting, it puts the EVF on the edges on Sony A7R III and Canon EOS R, even if the electronics are the same. This is because Nickon treated EVF optics as it would use any lens using anti-reflective aspherical lenses and fluorine coating on the eyepiece window.
In continuous shooting mode, however, at 5.5 fps, the EVF sticks frequently, refreshing to show the next frame. This makes shooting action very difficult, a topic that will continue in my trial. For regular shooting, however, I used EVF for everything and loved it, often forgot that the previous touchscreen was also present.
Speaking, the touchscreen is great. Not only does it allow you to focus like Sony’s A7R III, but you can run it full menu and i-control system. It is fast and responsive, and when you lift it on your eyes, it easily switches the EVF. Unfortunately, it is only tilted up or down, so vloggers will not be able to flip it around to see it. Too bad, because this is a very strong camera for video – a little bit on that.
Jade 7 has in-body stabilization (IBS), which is called a lack of vibration (VR). This gives you stabilization on any lens, even the old manual-focus models, making less light shooting and video much easier. Having a large mount helps in stabilization because it gives more space to shake the sensor. I found that it works really good for both video and photo in low light, even 1/10 of a second is pressed by hand. It also gives Nikon bragging authority over the canon because EOS R does not have IBS.
Unfortunately, there is only one card slot, and this is an XQD model. Although it gives you fast transfer speed and shooting, you can not choose those cards at your local drug store at all. Canon’s EOSR has only one slot, but at least this is SD UHS II, which is a common and cheap card format.
The speed of the XQD card is also crippled by a small buffer, so the explosion shooting is limited to only 18 full-quality raw files. In contrast, the D850 has a big buffer, so you can shoot the same XQD card as soon as possible, without stopping. Remember, these cameras are around the same price.
How is battery life? Well, the new N-EL15 battery designed to charge USB is limited to only 400 shots per charge by standard CIPA spectacles. However, I and other testers found that it would easily do more than that. I went out for noon, took about 300 photos, and still had three-fourths of the battery remaining. If you really have to go all day, then Nickone will sometimes provide battery holding options in the future.
With the detection of its 3D phase, Nikon’s D850 is often cited as the fastest and most accurate autofocus (AF) system on the market. Unfortunately, the Z7 is not far behind in its stages despite having similar sensors.
It has a very comprehensive AF coverage with 493 points, which includes 90 percent of frames. Using single points, continuous autofocus (AF-C), tracking still and slow-moving topics is excellent – I got at least 9 hits rate in 10 shots in fast focus.
However, tracking fast-moving topics is a different story. Contrary to Sony’s A7R III such as the D850 or other non-mirror models, the Z7 goes to focus on moving topics and switching to a stable background. There is no such good reason, and it does not raise them again.
There is only one thing with face tracking. It works fine if the subject does not grow much, but often when it dart around, especially fails from a distance. Note that the Z7 does not have eye tracking autofocus, only face tracking This means that while using the very shallow depth lens of the area, you can not get fast autofocus on the eyes of a subject.
As I first learned in London, while testing Z6 and Z7, this topic helps to lock the tracking solidly first. This is done by manually selecting a person or object using the joystick or back touchscreen, which can slow down your shooting. After that, it will often track them well, but it can sometimes switch to another topic or background.
The problem is reduced in low light. The Jade 7 has very little light sensitivity, but autofocus systems, for example, fall below the -1EV below the APS-C Fujifilm X-T3-3 EV level. Next to A7R III, which is almost the same resolution, the Z7 is almost not as good. To make matters even worse, whenever you lock a red box on your subject, it seems that the autofocus explosion can not be left to shoot. Z7 does not shoot even before killing 5.5 fps with constant AF mode enabled, while Sony’s A7R III autofocus closes exactly 10 fps in every way. And as mentioned, buffer is so small that you can not shoot continuously for more than a few seconds.
With Nikon’s autofocus, a part of the problem appears to be processing speed which is slow slow. DSLRs like D850 also get the benefit of a different phase-identification sensor, which helps speed up autofocus to move topics.
He said, while performing solo shots autofocus with slow-moving topics or shooting in constant mode, it works very well. And compared to a DSLR, you get a little bit of focus because the phase-detect and contrast-detect pixels are on the same plane as the sensor. Just be aware that the Z7 is probably not ideal for action or wildlife photography. You would expect that for a 45.7 megapixel camera, it should be mentioned. With similar specs, Sony’s A7R III has a much better continuous autofocus and costs about it.
Despite those complaints, I liked shooting with Nikon Z7. The classic layout meant that I was using it correctly to get it, and hardly wasting important settings when taking shots. Pleased to use EVF, battery life was excellent and I was happy with the results after coming home. That does matter, is not it?
Gallery: Nikon Z7 image sample gallery | 16 Photos
Shooting on a bright, opposite day, next to a canal and river, I had a very dynamic range and resolution to work. The joy of having 45.7 megapixels is that if you are shooting against a bright background, you can also increase the level of a dark subject without much noise. At the same time, when I shot the streets in the night, the additional resolution allowed me to apply noise reduction without making me soft.
I shot with mostly neutral settings, which produces slightly unsaturated photos, but later allows more options after production. The Z7 produced excellent JPEG images, with accurate colors and only the right amount of tones. Without AA filters, sometimes sometimes aliasing was never noticeable.
RAW image quality is equal to or above any other full-frame camera, with impressive expansion. Skin tone is excellent, and unlike other models (Ahem, Sony), Nickone handles tons of green well. Video of Z7 is fast, but maybe a little faster. Nicon’s 4K sharpening algorithm is very aggressive, but fortunately you can disable it.