Nikon Z7 Gets Silver Award at DPReview (89% Overall Score)

DPReview completed their Nikon Z7 full frame mirrorless camera review and test results: The new Nikon Z7 camera gets an impressive 89% overall score and Silver Award from the experts at DPReview.

What we like

  • 45.7MP BSI-CMOS sensor offers excellent resolution, image quality
  • In-body stabilization great for run-and-gun video and low-light stills
  • Highly-detailed EVF
  • First full-frame Nikon with a usable silent shutter mode
  • Touchscreen and joystick for AF point placement
  • AF points easily visible
  • No need to micro-adjust lenses
  • Flip-out screen for high and low shots
  • Offers both usable full frame 4K and detailed, over-sampled 4K from APS-C crop
  • 10-bit Log 4K footage over HDMI
  • Flat Picture Profile useful for getting the most out of internal video
  • Body is small, light and sturdy
  • Weather-sealing
  • Top-plate info display
  • Easy to use Wi-Fi + Bluetooth for sharing
  • Headphone and microphone socket
  • USB charging
  • Menus familiar to Nikon DSLR users

What we don’t

  • AF system hunts in low light, due to limited sensitivity
  • Face detect less reliable than competition
  • AF Tracking less reliable than competition
  • AF Tracking cumbersome to engage/disengage
  • Touchscreen cannot be used for touchpad AF when using the EVF
  • Limited AF button customization
  • No live feed at 9fps
  • Live feed at 5.5fps suffers from significant drop in EVF refresh rate
  • Very limited buffer
  • On-sensor AF causes banding, slightly limiting usable dynamic range
  • Aggressive noise reduction at high ISO
  • Electronic first curtain shutter (EFCS) needed to avoid potential shutter shock (yet is off by default)
  • EFCS limits shutter speed to 1/2000
  • Two-Button-Reset and Quick Format actions missing
  • No linear response option for video shooters wishing to manual focus
  • Single card slot
  • No flip-around screen for vlogging

Conclusion from DPReview:

The Nikon Z7 is an extremely well-rounded digital camera and suitable for a wide range of photographic and video needs. It packs outstanding image quality and very good 4K video in a lightweight, well-built package with in-body image stabilization. Autofocus is less reliable than the competition and the buffer can be limiting for fast action, but overall, the Z7 is a pleasure to shoot with.

Nikon Z7 body: $3,396.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Nikon Z7 with 24-70mm Lens: $3,996.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

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