Nikon Z 7

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Nikon Z 7
Z 7
TypeFull-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-09-27)[1]
Lens mountNikon Z-mount
Sensor typeBack-illuminated CMOS sensor
(Nikon FX format)
Sensor size35.9 mm × 23.9 mm Full-frame
Sensor makerSony
Maximum resolution8256 × 5504
(45.75 effective megapixels)
Film speedISO 64–25600 (standard)
ISO 32-102400 (expandable)
Recording mediumXQD card
FocusHybrid AF
Focus areas493 points
ExposureTTL exposure metering
Exposure modesProgrammed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure meteringTTL exposure metering
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, Electronic front-curtain shutter
Shutter speeds30s - 1/8000s
Continuous shooting5.5fps / 9fps (expand)
ViewfinderQuad-VGA EVF (1280x960 pixels, 3690000 'dots')
Image processing
Image processorEXPEED 6
Video recording4K UHD at 30p/25p/24p, Full HD
LCD screen3.2-inch tilting TFT LCD with touchscreen, 1024x682 pixel resolution (2.10 million 'dots')
AV Port(s)USB Type-C, HDMI Type-C
Data Port(s)IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac/Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy
Body featuresIn-Body Image Stabilization
Dimensions134×100.5×67.5 mm (5.28×3.96×2.66 in)
Weight585g (body only)
Made in Japan
SuccessorNikon Z 7II
The Z 7 logo

The Nikon Z 7 is a 45.7 megapixel full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera produced by Nikon.[2] The camera was officially announced on August 23, 2018, for release in September 2018.[1] It was the first camera to use Nikon's new Z-mount system; the second model, released in November 2018, was the 24.5 megapixel Nikon Z 6.

Three Z-mount lenses were available by December 2018, the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S FX AF, the 35mm f/1.8 S FX AF and the 50mm f/1.8 S FX AF. The F-to-Z mount adapter accessory allows for using Nikon lenses from the digital SLR series with full compatibility.[3]

In late 2018, Nikon also published a "roadmap" of lenses to be released between 2019 and 2021. A total of nine products were included in that list.[4]

The Nikon Z 7 was succeeded by the Nikon Z 7II in October 2020.


  • 45.7 megapixel Back-illuminated sensor (BSI) CMOS sensor.
  • Native ISO range of 64–25,600.
  • Expeed 6 image processor.
  • Nikon Z mount featuring a 55 mm throat diameter for a less divergent optical path between lens exit pupil and image sensor.
  • 16 mm flange distance.
  • Nikon F-mount lenses will be able to be used through the Nikon FTZ lens adapter.
  • 493-point autofocus system that can automatically switch between phase detect auto-focus and contrast detect auto-focus. The focus points cover 90% of the viewfinder area.
  • 5-stop in-body image stabilization.
  • Up to 9 fps continuous shooting that is also compatible with F-mount lenses when mounted with the FTZ lens adapter.
  • An electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a 3.7 million dot display with a 0.8x magnification and a 37° viewing angle.
  • The rear display is a 3.2" tiltable touchscreen with 2.1 million dots.
  • It can record 1080p video at up to 120 fps, and 4K video at up to 30 fps. Video can be output over an HDMI connection in 10-bit N-Log for advanced external recording devices.
  • The camera comes with an EN-EL15b battery, and is compatible with EN-EL15a batteries and EN-EL15 batteries.[5]

Update history[edit]

The Z 6 and Z 7 share firmware updates with only minor differences due to the different sensors.


After completing their test of the new camera, the Digital Photography Review web site provided this conclusion: "The Nikon Z7 ... is also its most well-rounded camera for stills and video, and an exciting indicator for what's to come from the 101 year-old company. But first generation products are rarely perfect, and the Nikon Z7 is no exception". The overall score was 89%.

The positive specifics were briefly stated: "the camera feels, handles, and operates like a smaller, lighter full-frame Nikon DSLR - from button placement to menu layout, to the robustness of the build quality and the comfort of the grip. But there are some small differences, namely in the way the AF system operates. It is also the first Nikon full-framer with a truly useful silent shutter and mechanical in-body stabilization. On the cinema side it offers a wide variety of 4K video capture options that should satisfy both home-movie-makers and advanced videographers alike, but possibly not established professionals".

The site provided this summary of the less positive aspects: "the Z7 technically offers the same calculated Raw dynamic range as the D850, on sensor AF points lead to banding/striping which limits usable DR [dynamic range]. Autofocus, while reliable in good light, hunts more than we'd like as light levels drop. And AF tracking as a whole lags behind the competition, as well as Nikon's own full-frame DSLRs, both in terms of reliability and usability".[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nikon strikes back at Sony with first full-frame mirrorless cameras". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ Kelion, Leo (23 August 2018). "Nikon mirrorless cameras will battle Sony". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-24 – via
  3. ^ "The ultimate in optical image quality". Nikon USA. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  4. ^ "Nikon's three-year lens roadmap includes 58mm F0.95 Noct". DP Review. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ "Nikon Unveils Z7 and Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras, New Z-Mount Lenses + Adapter". Photo District News. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  6. ^ "4486 Nikon Z7 Review - Conclusion". DP Review. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-23.

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