The Nikon Z7 in Australia is the best-rounded digital camera by Nikon to date as it is spectacular and suitable for video shots and for images, and importantly, the quality of both is outstanding. The Z7 design provides an experience familiar to the existing Nikon DSLR shooters but is built around the all-new Nikon Z-mounted in a smaller, lighter body. It's the first mirrored full-frame camera manufactured by Nikon as it’s a 4K-capable machine that features a 46MP BSI CMOS sensor variant from the D850's but with AF pixels on-sensor phase-detection and mechanical stabilization.
The key highlights of Nikon Z7 include UHD 4K capture up to 30p, up to 9 frames per second shooting (JPED and 12-bit RAW), 45.7MP full-frame BS-CMOS sensor and SnapBridge Wi-Fi system with Bluetooth. Let’s find out more in Nikon Z7 Review below!
The sensor in Nikon Z7 is a brand-new and has image quality quite similar to D850 with dynamic range. That being said, a Z7 improves on some aspects such as better sharpening, higher colours and better contrast than the extremely popular D850. The D850's also have a high ISO performance, which is quite impressive. The Z7 pictures are extremely good in print and produce good 30 x 40-inch prints up to ISO 1600. More impressively still, at ISO 3200 it is able to print at a nice 24 x 36 inch and at ISO 25,600 a nice 8 x 10. That really sounds good, what do you say?
The D850 is very similar in JPEG image quality, but not entirely similar. Though, Nikon Z7 struggles a bit with certain problems in image quality which we have not seen on D850, like the custom white balance in incandescent lighting. Banding may also be caused by on-chip PDAF pixels. The Z7 can also show some blurring due to a shutter shock from the mechanical shutter, as it is a mirror-less camera.
The latest and coolest Z7 is equipped with a brand-new hybrid autofocus system – offering 493 autofocus points which cover approx. 90% of vertical as well as the horizontal area of a frame. This is indeed an impressive improvement in terms of coverage and points when it comes to comparing Nikon D850’s Phase-Detect Autofocus System which is dedicated.
Talking about its speed, Nikon Z7 is quite quick to concentrate and does a great job in difficult lighting situations in general, although its low-light autofocus performance varies quite somewhat based on topic and the configuration you use. Continuous autofocus performance is great as well, even though the Z7 is not as good in real-world testers as the D850 in terms of subject tracking.
The machine is powered by the new EXPEED 6 Image Processor and delivers good class performance. The camera power is slow to approximately 1.5 seconds compared to most DSLR cameras, but for a mirror-less camera, this is an average amount of time. Likewise, the full AF shutter lag is good for a mirror-free full-frame but slower than most DSLR's like the D850. The 5-axis image stabilization function is excellent for stills, videos and adapted F-mount lenses.
The Z7 is quite good with up to 9 fps shooting (C-AF) with 12-Bit raw files when viewing the continuous filming performance. However, burst rates slow depending on whether you wish auto-exposure to frames to continue or using the mechanical or electronic shutter to continue, depending on file quality settings. Buffer depths range from 19 to 23 frames in different raw file quality settings and buffer clearing times range with a rapid XQD card from approximately 4 to just under 8 seconds.
For video users, a Nikon D850 made many important strides, but Nikon Z7 goes ahead even further. Like the D850, the Z7 can record 4 K UHD-video with up to 30 frames per second and Full HD-video with up to 120 fps. The Z7's new Hybrid AF, however, improves the autofocus both single-shot and on-going. But autofocus can still struggle sometimes, especially in low light with overcorrection and mis-focus. In addition to functioning well and stabilizing all lens, the built-in Z7 image stabilization can also correct rolling, which optical image stability is not possible. The beautiful EVF is also a bonus compared to DSLRs when recording video.
In terms of video quality itself, 4 K video is recorded using all sensor width as it is on D850. Although the quality is not as good as Nikon Z6. The video is still sharp and detailed in all settings of ISO. Dynamic range also seems good, although recording in the new N-Log format can improve it. All in all, Nikon Z7 is alongside the new Z6 one of Nikon's best video cameras and is a remarkable step-up in many ways from the latest DSLR cameras.
The Nikon Z7, at first glance, and new Nikon DSLR cameras like Nikon D850 are obviously similar. That is by design, of course. The design and technical team of Nikon actually wanted the Z7 to feel like a Nikon camera. The buttons are located in familiar places, the shutter release has a similar feel and the grip has a similar surface and shape. The Z7 is certainly smaller and lighter than the full framework DSLR cameras of Nikon, although it is similar. Certain buttons are smaller and the handle is smaller as well. The Z7 can feel a little small for some users.
The camera houses a decent amount of other nice features, including an excellent back LCD. The 3.2-inch screen is quite large and has a high resolution of 2100 K dots for the compact camera body. The display is crisp, has a spectacular view and can be tilted up and down. It's a touchscreen to boot, but in a few areas, Nikon still could improve its touch-based user interface. The camera provides a touch AF and touches shutter, but the rear display cannot be used as an AF touchpad, which means that you cannot shoot using the EVF while moving the AF point with the back display at once. However, you can use the specially designed AF joystick to move this point.
It works well, and this is the general theme of Nikon Z7. It's a new Nikon chapter that builds on Nikon's vast legacy of excellent design, and the Z7 is immediately familiar although it's technically quite different. The new features are excellent, and the key aspects of previous progress have been retained.
The official Nikon Z7 Release Date in Australia was somewhere back in November 2018 and it’s available on all Australian stores. The Nikon Z7 Price in Australia starts at AU$4298-4889 for body-only as it’s also available kitted with 24-70mm F4S lens which set users back AU$5665. Some online stores across Australia are offering additional kits with “F to Z Adapter” for around AU$199 or more.