Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera review

The Nikon Z7 is a revolutionary mirrorless camera with superior image quality and performance, perfect for any kind of photography. Capture stunning shots like never before!

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera review

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera summary

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera product highlights

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera product highlights:

  • Full frame
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64-25600
  • EXPEED 6
  • 493 AF points
  • Up to 9 fps
  • 4K UHD
  • 10-bit N-Log
  • Silent mode
  • Quad-VGA EVF
  • Touch screen
  • Tilting monitor
  • SnapBridge

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera features

The Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera is a powerful tool for capturing stunning photos and videos. It features a Nikon FX-format backside illumination CMOS sensor with 45.7 effective megapixels, allowing for high-resolution images. The sensor also incorporates focal-plane phase-detection autofocus pixels, ensuring accurate and fast focus. With an ISO range of 64-25600, you can achieve excellent image quality in various lighting conditions.

The Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera is equipped with the EXPEED 6 image processor, which delivers sharper stills and videos while effectively reducing noise. It also offers a Picture Control System with a mid-range sharpening parameter and 20 additional Creative Picture Control options, giving you creative freedom and control over your images.

The Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera boasts a hybrid autofocus (AF) system with 493 focus points, covering 90% of the frame. This allows for precise and accurate focus across a wide range of shooting situations.

For clear and comfortable viewing, the camera features an approximately 3690k-dot Quad-VGA electronic viewfinder (EVF). The EVF utilizes Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technology, providing a clear and immersive view of your subjects.

When it comes to video recording, the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera supports full frame 4K UHD/30p video, utilizing the superior optical performance of NIKKOR Z lenses. It also offers N-Log, which allows for recording in 10-bit HDMI output, capturing richer gradation information for more effective color grading.

The Nikon Z7 incorporates in-camera vibration reduction (VR) with image sensor shift technology, compensating for camera shake and achieving an effect equivalent to a shutter speed up to approximately 5.0 stops faster. This ensures sharp and stable images, even in challenging shooting conditions.

Additionally, the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera enables high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 9 frames per second, allowing you to capture fast-paced action and decisive moments with ease.

In summary, the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera mirrorless camera combines advanced features such as a high-resolution sensor, powerful image processor, versatile autofocus system, clear electronic viewfinder, 4K UHD video recording, in-camera VR, and high-speed continuous shooting. It is a versatile and reliable camera that delivers exceptional image quality and performance, suitable for a wide range of photographic needs.

Nikon Z7 mirrorless shutter speed and type

The Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera offers different shutter options to suit your photography needs. It features an electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, an electronic front-curtain shutter, and an electronic shutter. You can choose the appropriate shutter type based on your shooting preferences.

The Nikon Z7 provides a wide range of shutter speeds, ranging from 1/8000 to 30 seconds in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. It also offers bulb mode for long exposures and time mode for extended shutter durations. Additionally, the camera has an X-sync speed of 1/200 second, which means it can synchronize with a flash at speeds of 1/200 second or slower. It also supports auto FP high-speed sync for using flash in high-speed shooting situations.

Nikon Z7 image sensor

The Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera is equipped with a high-quality image sensor that captures stunning photos. The sensor is a 35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor, which is in the Nikon FX format. It has a total of 46.89 million pixels, allowing for detailed and sharp images with excellent resolution.

To maintain image quality, the camera features an image sensor cleaning system that helps to reduce the accumulation of dust on the sensor. Additionally, you can use the Image Dust Off reference data feature with Nikon’s Capture NX-D software to further enhance image cleanliness and remove any unwanted dust particles. With these features, you can expect clean and clear images with the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.

Our final opinion about Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera

Overall, we believe that the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera is an excellent choice for photographers who demand the highest quality image quality and precision in their shots. It has a full-frame sensor, fast autofocus system, and advanced as well as classic manual controls. The camera is also well built and comes with a weather-sealed body. For those looking for an exceptional mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z7 is an excellent choice and will serve its owner well.

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera technical specifications

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera technical specifications:

Type of camera


Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Nikon Z7 lens

Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

  • F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter; restrictions may apply

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

45.7 million

Image sensor

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera image sensor

35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)

Total pixels

46.89 million

Dust-reduction system

Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D), image sensor cleaning


Image size(pixels)

  • FX (36×24) image area: 8256 x 5504 (L: 45.4 million), 6192 x 4128 (M: 25.6 million), 4128 x 2752 (S: 11.4 million)

  • DX (24×16) image area: 5408 x 3600 (L: 19.5 million), 4048 x 2696 (M: 10.9 million), 2704 x 1800 (S: 4.9 million)

  • 5 : 4 (30×24) image area: 6880 x 5504 (L: 37.9 million), 5152 x 4120 (M: 21.2 million), 3440 x 2752 (S: 9.5 million)

  • 1 : 1 (24×24) image area: 5504 x 5504 (L: 30.3 million), 4128 x 4128 (M: 17.0 million), 2752 x 2752 (S: 7.6 million)

  • 16 : 9 (36×20) image area: 8256 x 4640 (Large: 38.3 million), 6192 x 3480 (Medium: 21.5 million), 4128 x 2320 (Small: 9.6 million)

  • Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160

  • Photographs taken during movie recording at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080

File format

  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed); large, medium and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)

  • TIFF (RGB)

  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available

  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera Picture Control system

Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls


XQD and CFexpress*memory cards
* Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by Sony Corp., ProGrade Digital Inc. and Lexar® only. Operation is not guaranteed with cards from other manufacturers (as of February 2020).

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge


Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera electronic viewfinder

1.27-cm/0.5-in., approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical


Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)


21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-4 to +2 m-1

Eye sensor

Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera Shutter


Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter


1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X200

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; auto FP high-speed sync supported


Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera release modes

Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer

Approximate maximum frame advance rate (measured under Nikon-specified test conditions)

  • Low-speed continuous: 1 to 5 fps

  • High-speed continuous: 5.5 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW: 5 fps)

  • High-speed continuous (extended): 9 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW: 8 fps)


2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s

Nikon Z7 Exposure

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering mode

  • Matrix metering

  • Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame

  • Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point

  • Highlight-weighted metering

(ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20°C/68°F)

-3 to 17 EV


Auto; programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); user settings (U1, U2, U3)

Exposure compensation

-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A and M

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off

Multiple exposure

Add, average, lighten, darken

Other options

HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction


Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera Autofocus

Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range (in photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20°C/68°F)

-1 to +19 EV (-4 to +19 EV with low-light AF)

Lens servo

  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking

  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera focus points (in photo mode, FX format, single-point AF)

493 (single-point AF)

AF-area modes

Pinpoint, single-point and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing center of sub-selector

Vibration reduction (VR)

Camera VR

5-axis image sensor shift

Lens VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)

Nikon Z7 flash

Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering

Flash modes

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A and M

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, color information communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control

White balance

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all except choose color temperature with fine-tuning


Bracketing types

Exposure, flash, white balance and ADL


Metering system

TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

Metering modes

Matrix, center-weighted or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate

  • 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p

  • 1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 1920 x 1080 (slow-mo); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5

Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo, when quality is fixed at ★ (high)

The following frame sizes, image areas and frame rates are available with RAW video recording:

  • 3840 × 2160 DX; 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 1920 × 1080 FX; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera file format


Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera audio recording format

Linear PCM, AAC

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Nikon Z7 ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to 25600)

  • P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit

  • M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from same as photo settings, extra high, high, normal, low or off

Maximum movie recording length

29 min. 59 s

Other movie options

Time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, movie log output (N-Log), RAW output (paid service)


Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera monitor

8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 2100k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx.100% frame coverage, color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls



Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating and auto image rotation

Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera interface


Type C connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Accessory terminal

Can be used with MC-DC2 and other optional accessories

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)


Wireless (may differ by country or area)

  • Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac

  • Operating frequency: 2412 to 2462/2412 to 2472 MHz (channel 11/13) and 5180 to 5825/5180 to 5805/5180 to 5320/5745 to 5805/5180 to 5700 MHz

  • Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 7.0 dBm, 5 GHz band: 12.1/9.1 dBm

  • Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK


  • Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2

  • Operating frequency: 2402 to 2480 MHz (Bluetooth), 2402 to 2480 MHz (Bluetooth Low Energy)

  • Maximum output power (EIRP): 1.5 dBm (Bluetooth), 0 dBm (Bluetooth Low Energy)

Range (line of sight)

Approx. 10 m/32 ft without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

Power source


One EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 can also be used, but note that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge and that charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL15b batteries only

Charging AC adapter

EH-7P Charging AC Adapter

AC adapter

EH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter (requires EP-5B Power Connector, which is available separately)

Tripod socket

Tripod socket

1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Nikon Z7 dimensions / weight

(W x H x D)

Approx. 134 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm/5.3 x 4 x 2.7 in.


Approx. 675 g/1 lb 7.9 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 585 g/1 lb 4.7 oz (camera body only)

Operating environment

Operating environment

Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)

EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25a Battery Charger, EH-7P Charging AC Adapter, UC-E24 USB Cable, AN-DC19 Strap, BF-N1 Body Cap, DK-29 Rubber Eyecup, HDMI/USB Cable Clip, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover










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