After years of development, Nikon finally launched their first-ever full-frame mirrorless camera – the Nikon Z7. In our preview, we will take a close look at the Nikon Z7, and the special Nikon Z7 and NIKKOR Z lens showcase!
The Nikon Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
The Nikon Z7 is built around a full-frame FX-format BSI CMOS sensor with 45.7 megapixels, and a sensitivity range of ISO 64-25,600. It also boasts the latest EXPEED 6 processor. Let’s take a closer look at the Nikon Z7, and its key features!
New BSI CMOS Sensor
The Nikon Z7 features a new backside illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor with built-in focal-plane phase-detection autofocus pixels. This BSI CMOS sensor has an effective pixel rate of 45.7 megapixels, and supports a sensitivity range of ISO 64-25,600, although it can be adjusted to ISO 32-102,400.
Hybrid AF System
The Nikon Z7 has 493 focus points, covering about 90% of the imaging area both horizontally and vertically. Its hybrid AF system uses an FX-optimised algorithm to automatically switch between focal-plane phase detection AF, and contrast-detect AF with focusing.
Full-Frame Electronic Viewfinder
The electronic viewfinder used in the Nikon Z7 has a 3,960K dot OLED panel, and covers approximately 100% of the frame with a 0.8X magnification. It also boasts a fluorine coat to repel dirt and oil.
Professional Video Recording Features
The Nikon Z7 supports recording of 4K videos at 30 fps, and 1080p videos at up to 120 fps. It also supports 4K video recording with a full-pixel readout using the DX movies format.
Active D-Lighting, electronic image stabilisation, and focus peaking can be used with both 4K and 1080p video recording. Nikon’s N-log can also be used with 10-bit HDMI output.
First In-Body Image Stabilisation
The Nikon Z7 comes with Nikon’s first in-body image stabilisation that compensates for movement in five axes. The vibration reduction is equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately 5 stops.
Other Key Features
- Same level of strength and durability, as well as dust- and drip- resistance, as the Nikon D850
- A 8-cm / 2-in. touch-sensitive LCD monitor with 2100k-dots, with a tilting mechanism
- Silent photography eliminates shake and noise caused by shutter release
- Peaking stack image function enables confirmation of focus depth after shooting using focus shift
- High-speed continuous shooting (extended) at approximately 9 fps
- Interval timer photography that makes 8K time-lapse movie creation possible
- An extended low-light metering range allows users to easily capture scenes such as the transition from sunset to starry night sky, using aperture-priority auto mode
- Built-in Wi-Fi for direct connection to a smart device using SnapBridge, or the transfer of images and movies to a computer
- Support for existing digital SLR camera accessories such as the WT-7A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (available separately) for transferring images and movies at high speed over a wired or wireless LAN, and radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, which makes flexible multi-flash photography possible
The Nikon Z7 + NIKKOR Z Lens Showcase
Here is a video of the really interesting Nikon Z7 and NIKKOR Z lens showcase. Check it out!
Nikon Z7 Price + Availability
The Nikon Z7 is available starting 27 September 2018, with the following suggested retail prices (SRP):
- Nikon Z7 body only : $3,399.95 | RM 14,688
- Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens : $3,999.95 | RM 17,858
Here are some direct purchase links (accurate as of 20 September 2018) :
- Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S : $3,996.95
- Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S and FTZ Mount Adaptor : $4.240.85
- Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S and FTZ Mount Adaptor : $4.490.85
- NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens : $996.95
- NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens : $846.95
- NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens : $596.95
- Nikon FTZ Mount Adaptor : $246.95
- Nikon EN-EL15b Li-Ion Battery : $64.95
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