Nikon Z7

Nikon Z7 front
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 675g - 134 x 101 x 68mm
  • Revealed August 2018
  • New Model is Nikon Z7 II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon Z7 overview

Nikon Z7 is Nikon's Pro Mirrorless digital camera initially introduced on August of 2018. The camera uses a 46MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a maximum resolution of 8256 x 5504.

Nikon released the updated Nikon Z7 II (Read Full Comparison) to improve this model.

The Z7 comes in at #20 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all-around #20 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to look at our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon Z7 history

The Nikon Z7 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-Z8 front thumbnailNikon Z8
Z7 vs Z8
46MPFull frame30.0 fps2023
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
Z7 vs Z9
46MPFull frame30.0 fps2021
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Nikon-Z7-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z7 II
Z7 vs Z7 II
46MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Nikon-Z6-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z6 II
Z7 vs Z6 II
25MPFull frame14.0 fps2020
Nikon-Z5 front thumbnailNikon Z5
Z7 vs Z5
24MPFull frame4.5 fps2020
Nikon-Z7 front thumbnailNikon Z746MPFull frame9.0 fps2018
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Nikon-Z6 front thumbnailNikon Z6
Z7 vs Z6
25MPFull frame12.0 fps2018

Nikon Z7 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of good and bad points of the Nikon Z7 based on things which are generally viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

connects via bluetooth
environment proofing
excellent megapixels (46MP)
features face detect focus
features tracking focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high resolution screen (2,100 k dot)
includes HDMI port
includes headphone port
includes mic port
includes Top screen
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
no low pass filter
offers touch to focus
saves RAW files
screen is touchscreen
screen size is decent (3.2 inches)
screen tilts up and down
sensor has phase detect auto focus
swap lenses (Nikon Z mount)
very good ISO range (25,600)
very good min ISO (64)
you can focus manually
bad battery (330 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
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Nikon Z7 Sensor specs

The Nikon Z7 features the Expeed 6 processor. The spec of the sensor on the Nikon Z7 is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 8256 x 5504 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 46MP and supports a standard ISO range of 64 to 25600. The ISO can also be widened digitally to 32 to 102400. RAW files are saved which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

Nikon decided to omit the low pass filter for the Nikon Z7. This can result in more clear photos but may introduce moire in some situations.

The picture underneath shows the Z7's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The Z7 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon Z7 dimensions

Nikon Z7 has a weight of 1.49 lbs (675 grams or 23.81 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 134mm x 101mm x 68mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 grams and the Nikon Z7 is on par when compared to its competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon Z7 alongside a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Nikon Z7 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button arrangement on the Z7.

Nikon Z7 topview buttons dials

Nikon Z7 Lens details

The Z7 fits the Nikon Z mount and has 31 lenses available for purchase. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the Z7.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-70-200-F2.8-VR-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 70-200 F2.8 VR S70-200mmf/2.8 1440g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-24-120mm-F4-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S24-120mmf/4630g
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Nikon-Nikkor-Z-28-75mm-F2.8 lensNikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm F2.828-75mmf/2.8 565g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-50mm-F1.8-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S50mmf/1.8415g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-35mm-F1.8-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 35mm F1.8 S35mmf/1.8370g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-50mm-F1.2-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.2 S50mmf/1.21090g
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Nikon-Nikkor-Z-24-70mm-F4-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S24-70mmf/4 500g
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Nikon Z7 Connectivity

The Z7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily transfer files and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon Z7 Video details

The maximum video quality on the Nikon Z7 is 3840 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p provides a outstanding quality for video recording. You will be able to downsample to Full HD to get better results. Beware of the considerable file sizes and ensure you have high quality SD cards with good write speeds. The body does have both headphone and mic port making it especially valuable while capturing audio.

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Nikon Z7 Weather Sealing

Nikon Z7 provides environment sealing which makes it a great selection to use during rough climates. This can be especially handy in case you are not sure about the conditions you might face during outdoor photography.

Nikon Z7 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon Z7 houses a 3.2" tilting display having a resolution of 2,100k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you will be able to change focus points and change settings using your fingertips. The Z7 also has a builtin Top screen in order to quickly look at the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon Z7 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 3,690k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.8x

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be quite helpful.

Nikon Z7 Shutter details

Nikon Z7 has the capability to shoot continuously at 9.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Nikon Z7 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon Z7 boasts external flash ability but is lacking integrated flash. The max flash sync is 1/200 sec.

Nikon Z7 Autofocus details

Nikon Z7 boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which makes it helpful for portraits.

It boasts 493 focus points to select from. Nikon Z7 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to switch where you focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Nikon Z7 has got manual focus if needed during low light or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Nikon Z7 Battery life

The battery in the Nikon Z7 is designed to last for 330 images as per the CIPA standards which is lesser in comparison with its competitors. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has got the highest possible (870) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
Z7 vs R3
760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
Z7 vs Z9
740 yesnoyes
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
Z7 vs M11
700 yesnono

Nikon Z7 for different categories of photography

The following graph presents a overview of the Nikon Z7 for different categories of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon Z7

The Nikon Z7 has a score of 87 which is impressive, meaning that it is a wonderful pick for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files plus the ability to work with external lighting.

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has manual focus
great megapixels (46MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW files

Nikon Z7 Street photography info

Getting a awesome rating of 79, the Nikon Z7 is a terrific choice for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
supports touch to focus
environment proof
great ISO range (25,600)

Sports photography with Nikon Z7

A wonderful sports photography points total of 83 indicates the Nikon Z7 is a wonderful option for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is amazing (46MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
environment sealing
comes with phase detect AF
terrible battery power (330 CIPA)

Nikon Z7 Travel photography features

Weight is super crucial in getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon Z7 gets a very good 67 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice to purchase for your holidays.

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weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
includes focus by touch
MP count amazing (46 megapixels)
bad battery power (330 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon Z7 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon Z7 and it's outstanding score of 83 for a landscape camera is a excellent option compared to it's competitors.

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focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon Z mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count great (46MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti aliasing filter
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
bad battery (330 per charge)

Nikon Z7 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Nikon Z7 is not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a bad rating of 36.

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touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external microphone support
screen isn't selfie friendly

Nikon Z7 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the Z7, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The line chart just below provides you a bird's eye view of the Z7 versus it's highest ranked rivals shown above.

Following are several cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Z7
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 6
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
46 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
8256 x 5504
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Nikon Z
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Screen diagonal
3.2 inches
Screen resolution
2,100k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,690k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
9.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/200 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
675 gr (1.49 pounds)
Physical dimensions
134 x 101 x 68mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7")
Battery life
330 photos
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
XQD card
Storage slots
Launch pricing