The Nikon Z7 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless digicam aimed toward fans and professionals, that includes 45 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation, 493 embedded AF factors and 9fps burst capturing. Introduced in August 2018 alongside the extra inexpensive, quicker however decrease decision Z6 mannequin, each cameras launch Nikon’s long-awaited full-frame mirrorless ‘Z’ system.
The Z-system employs a model new Z-mount with a 16mm flange to sensor distance and a large 55mm internal diameter, permitting Nikon to extra simply ship prime quality throughout the body and obtain apertures as brilliant as f0.95. A 58mm f0.95 Noct lens is promised in 2019, however for now the system launches with three lenses: a 24-70mm f4 ‘package’ zoom, together with 35mm f1.Eight and 50mm f1.Eight primes. There’s additionally the FTZ adapter that permits you to use any F-mount lens with 93 fashions supporting autofocus, and if a lens has optical VR, it really works alongside the body-based VR to reinforce the stabilisation. Together with the 58mm f0.95, a Z-mount lens roadmap guarantees native 20mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.Eight and 14-30mm f4 lenses in 2019, whereas in 2020 guarantees native 50mm f1.2, 24m f1.Eight and a 12-24mm f2.Eight fashions. Third events are additionally anticipated to launch Z-mount lenses.
Returning to the our bodies, each the Z7 and Z6 share an awesome deal in widespread, together with full-frame back-illuminated sensors with embedded phase-detect AF protection throughout 90% of the body (horizontal and vertical, and working all the way down to -4EV with an f2 lens). The sensors are stabilized within the physique with 5-axes and as much as 5 stops of compensation. They each share the identical weatherproof our bodies with magnesium alloy entrance, again and prime covers, sealed to the identical requirements because the D850. Each share the identical 3.6 Million dot Quad-VGA OLED digital viewfinders with 0.8x magnification and the identical 3.2in / 2.1 million dot tilting touchscreen. Each have the identical controls together with twin management dials, AF joystick, AF-ON button, and a small higher OLED panel for primary capturing data. Each make use of a single XQD reminiscence card slot and are powered by the EN-EL15B battery, good for 310-330 pictures below CIPA circumstances and USB-chargeable. Each can movie 4k UHD video at 24, 25 or 30p or 1080 at as much as 120p with audio, have adjustable film AF velocity and sensitivity, and are additionally outfitted with microphone and headphone jacks, 10-bit output over HDMI with Nikon’s flat N-Log profile, focus peaking, zebra patterns, and have Wifi and Bluetooth to assist Nikon’s SnapBridge know-how.
To date, so comparable. The place they differ is in sensor decision, AF factors, burst velocity and worth. The Nikon Z7 has 45.7 Megapixels, 493 AF factors, 64-25600 native ISO sensitivity and 9fps bursts versus 24.5 Megapixels, 273 AF factors, 100-51200 native ISO sensitivity and 12fps for the Z6. When it comes to pricing, the Z6 physique will launch at $1999 / 2099 GBP or $2599 / 2699 GBP in a package with the 24-70mm f4, whereas the Z7 physique will launch at $3399 / 3399 GBP or $3999 / 3999 GBP with the 24-70mm f4 zoom; you may also add the FTZ adapter for simply 100 GBP if bundled with the physique or package. Purchased individually the 24-70mm f4 prices 999 GBP, the 35mm f1.Eight prices 849 GBP and the 50mm f1.Eight prices 599, whereas the adapter prices 269 GBP; clearly it’s value shopping for the kits with the zoom and the adapter. Gross sales begin in September for the Z7, 24-70mm, 35mm and FTZ, whereas the Z6 and the 50mm f1.Eight ought to observe in November. I had an opportunity to check out the Z7, 24-70mm f4, 35mm f1.Eight and FTZ adapter on the official Nikon launch occasion and can publish a first-looks video later immediately. Within the meantime my preliminary ideas observe.
Nikon Z7 vs Sony Alpha A7r III
Nikon is below no illusions that the digicam to beat – or no less than match – is the Sony A7r III, and the Z7 certainly shares an awesome deal in widespread with it. in a similarly-sized weatherproof physique you’re getting the same decision full-frame sensor (45 vs 42 Megapixels), built-in stabilisation (good for five vs 5.5 stops), comparable burst velocity (9 vs 10fps), 4k video as much as 30fps or 1080 video as much as 120p, quad-VGA viewfinders, tilting touchscreens, embedded phase-detect AF masking massive parts of the body (493 vs 399 factors and 90 vs 68% of the horizontal and vertical), and Wifi with Bluetooth.
In its favour, the Z7 employs a doubtlessly quicker card format with an XQD slot, however sadly lacks the dual slot capabilities of the A7r III. The actually large distinction is the lens mount with the broader diameter flange of the Z7 doubtlessly permitting higher efficiency from broad angles or very brilliant aperture lenses, though the primary lens to use this isn’t anticipated till 2019. The controls and grip on the Z7 are arguably somewhat higher than the A7r III, and Nikon makes larger claims over the climate sealing than Sony, however I don’t suppose the variations can be big. The Z7 does no less than embrace intervalometer and timelapse video choices in-camera, sorely missing from the Sony and the AF system works all the way down to -4EV in comparison with -3EV for the Sony. The Z7 can output 10 bit 4k over its HDMI and its autofocus space can be broader than the A7r III, though it lacks eye-detection, not to mention eye-detect with steady AF of the Sony. Lastly an enormous benefit of the Z7 over the Sony is the flexibility to adapt F-mount lenses with respectable assist for autofocus – one thing that may tempt present Nikon house owners to stick with the model.
In its favour, the Sony A7r III already has a major number of native lenses obtainable, in addition to with the ability to efficiently adapt Canon EF lenses with AF (though this may increasingly find yourself being doable on the Z7 too). It boasts twin card slots (albeit SD and just one supporting UHS-II), double the battery life below CIPA circumstances, a PC Sync port, it has eye detection with steady AF, and a pixel shift mode to reduce demosaicing results. The A7r III might additionally shoot deeper bursts in comparison with the pre-production Z7 I examined, however hopefully this may enhance with remaining fashions.
Then there’s worth with the A7r III at the moment coming in somewhat cheaper, though it has already been out for a yr in comparison with the model new Z7, which is able to promote at full RRP for some time. In the event you’re an present Nikon proprietor, then it will make sense to decide on the Z7 over the A7r III for higher potential compatibility with lenses, equipment and familiarity with the menus. However should you don’t have an present funding in both, there’s little to decide on between them. The massive Z-mount has quite a lot of potential however the first lenses to use it aren’t obtainable till 2019 and within the meantime there’s quite a lot of wonderful Sony lenses to begin accumulating. Finally we’ll have to attend and see how the picture and video high quality compares, in addition to the general velocity and dealing with, however for now there isn’t a decisive chief between them. Nikon seems to have efficiently matched most of Sony’s options however not taken a lead. See my Sony A7r III assessment for extra particulars.
Nikon Z7 first impressions
The Nikon Z7 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless digicam that collectively launches the Z-system alongside its extra inexpensive, quicker however decrease decision sibling, the Z6. The Z7 enters a longtime and fiercely aggressive market, aiming squarely on the Sony Alpha A7r Mark III and primarily matching lots of its options as you’d anticipate: the Z7 offers you a 45 Megapixel sensor with 493 embedded phase-detect AF factors, built-in stabilisation, a big excessive decision digital viewfinder, 4k video at 30p, 1080p video at 120p, a tilting touchscreen, 9fps burst capturing and Wifi with Bluetooth. It might be regarded as a smaller and lighter model of the D850 with respectable reside view and film autofocus. As such it’s a formidable specification to launch with, however one which Sony primarily has supplied on the A7r III for the very best a part of a yr.
The Z7 fights again with a doubtlessly quicker XQD slot (albeit unforgiveably missing twin slots), interval timer and timelapse video options, 10 bit 4k over HDMI, broader AF protection, has arguably barely higher sealing, ergonomics, and menus, and the potential of the broader diameter lens mount (though the primary lens to essentially exploit it gained’t arrive till 2019). However there’s no 4k above 30p, no backlit buttons, no twin card slots, no pixel shift composite modes, and solely three lenses at launch, though an adapter does permit you to mount F-mount lenses. I’d say the Nikon devoted can be comfortable as they primarily now have a Nikon model of the A7r III with respectable F-mount compatibility and the potential for some thrilling lenses sooner or later. However for anybody constructing a brand new system from scratch, the Sony A7r III stays a really compelling different at a barely lower cost.
Word these are my first impressions primarily based on a pre-production Z7 physique. Solely as soon as we’ve examined remaining manufacturing our bodies can we actually examine the standard and dealing with of the Z system. Examine again quickly for updates!