Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless is remarkably accomplished for a first-generation product, says Andy Westlake, and one of the best cameras the firm has ever made

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Nikon Z7

Features:
Build/Handling:
Metering:
Autofocus:
AWB Colour:
Dynamic Range:
Image quality:
LCD viewfinder:

Pros:

  • + Excellent sensor provides stunning image quality under any lighting conditions
  • + Superb viewfinder gives a truly accurate preview of your shots
  • + Effective 5-axis image stabilisation keeps your images sharp
  • + Fast, silent autofocus is unerringly accurate with subjects anywhere in the frame
  • + Works with almost any F-mount SLR lens via FTZ adapter

Cons:

  • - Continuous AF and subject tracking not quite as capable as the best of its peers
  • - Single card slot that only accepts expensive XQD media
  • - Screen only tilts in one direction

Product:

Nikon Z7 review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£3,399.00 (Body Only)

Nikon Z7 Review: Image quality

The Z 7 obviously uses a sensor that’s very closely related to that in the D850, which we previously found to offer class-leading image quality matched only by Sony’s 42.4MP sensor. As a result the image quality is superb; indeed the only way to get better than this is to step up to medium format.

Nikon Z7 portrait

Nikon’s Z system delivers exceptional image quality in a compact package
24-70mm f/4 S at 63mm, 1/200sec at f/4, ISO 800

Image files include a vast amount of detail that’s faithfully recorded across a huge dynamic range from the highlights to the deepest shadows, while high-ISO noise is kept extremely low.

Nikon Z7 Review: Resolution

Looking at raw files processed using Adobe Camera Raw, its evident that the Z 7 captures essentially as much detail as could possibly be expected from its 45.7MP sensor, which forgoes an optical low-pass filter for maximum resolution. At ISO 64 it achieves approximately 5000 lines per picture height, which is very impressive indeed. Resolution falls away gradually and monotonously as the ISO is raised, but still stays higher than most other cameras on the market could achieve. At ISO 3200 we can still measure 4400 l/ph, and over 4000 l/ph at ISO 12,800, which is the maximum you’ll get from 24MP cameras. At the top standard setting of ISO 25,600, the camera still resolves in excess to 3600 l/ph.

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 64

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 64

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 100

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 100

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 800

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 800

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 1600

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 1600

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 3200

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 3200

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 6400

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 6400

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 12800

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 12800

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 25600

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 25600

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 51200

Nikon Z7 Resolution ISO 51200

From the crops above, multiply the number below the lines by 400 to calculate the resolution on lines per picture height. These were shot with the Nikon 24-70mm f/4 Z at 55mm and f/5.6.

Nikon Z7 Review: ISO and noise

At its base setting of ISO 64, the Z 7 renders our studio test scene with an extraordinary level of detail, vibrant colour, and barely any visible noise. But what’s equally remarkable is how well this holds together as the sensitivity is raised; ISO 1600 images are very nearly as good. The very finest detail starts to blur at ISO 3200 which viewed on the pixel level, but this probably wouldn’t be evident except in prints of A3 or larger. Even the highest standard setting of ISO 25,600 is surprisingly usable. However the extended higher settings are distinctly marginal (at the moment Adobe software doesn’t even recognize ISO 102,400).

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 64

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 64

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 100

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 100

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 200

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 200

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 400

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 400

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 800

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 800

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 1600

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 1600

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 3200

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 3200

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 6400

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 6400

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 12,800

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 12,800

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 25,600

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 25,600

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 51,20

Nikon Z7, Raw, ISO 51,200

  1. 1. Nikon Z7 Review: Introduction
  2. 2. Nikon Z7 Review: Features
  3. 3. Nikon Z7 Review: Build & Handling
  4. 4. Nikon Z7 compared to Sony Alpha 7R III
  5. 5. Nikon Z7 Review: Autofocus
  6. 6. Nikon Z7 Review: Using F-mount lenses
  7. 7. Nikon Z7 Review: Image quality
  8. 8. Nikon Z7 Review: Verdict
  9. 9. Nikon Z7 - Hands-on First Look
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