Nikon Z7 II

Nikon Z7 Mark II front
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Boost to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 705g - 134 x 101 x 70mm
  • Revealed October 2020
  • Earlier Model is Nikon Z7
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon Z7 II summary

Nikon Z7 II is Nikon's Pro Mirrorless digital camera first released on October of 2020. It includes a 46 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 8256 x 5504.

Nikon launched this model in an effort to update the previous Nikon Z7 (Read Full Comparison)

The Z7 II places at #9 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & overall #9 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check out our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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Nikon Z7 II history

The Nikon Z7 II has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can identify all previous and brand new models along with important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-Z8 front thumbnailNikon Z8
Z7 II vs Z8
46MPFull frame30.0 fps2023
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
Z7 II vs Z9
46MPFull frame30.0 fps2021
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Nikon-Z6-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z6 II
Z7 II vs Z6 II
25MPFull frame14.0 fps2020
Nikon-Z7-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z7 II46MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Nikon-Z5 front thumbnailNikon Z5
Z7 II vs Z5
24MPFull frame4.5 fps2020
Nikon-Z7 front thumbnailNikon Z7
Z7 II vs Z7
46MPFull frame9.0 fps2018
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Nikon-Z6 front thumbnailNikon Z6
Z7 II vs Z6
25MPFull frame12.0 fps2018

Nikon Z7 II Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Nikon Z7 II based on features that are normally considered necessary in a digital camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
above average minimum ISO (64)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
comes with phase detect autofocus
connects via bluetooth
does have external microphone socket
does have HDMI socket
does have headphone socket
doesnt have anti-alias filter
environment proofing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes Top LCD screen
large sensor size (Full frame)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
nice clear screen (2,100 k dots)
pretty good screen size (3.2")
provides focus via touch
screen tilts
sensor resolution is high (46MP)
supports face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
supports tracking autofocus
two card slots
you can focus manually
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Nikon Z7 II Sensor specifications

The sensor specification in the Nikon Z7 II is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 8256 x 5504 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 46MP and features a standard ISO range of 64 - 25600. This ISO can be extended electronically to 32 - 102400. RAW format is supported so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

Nikon opted to skip the anti-alias filter for the Nikon Z7 II. This can result in more clearer pictures but could introduce moire under certain conditions.

The image below illustrates the Z7 II's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The Z7 II sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon Z7 II dimensions

Nikon Z7 II has a weight of 1.55 pounds (705g or 24.87 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 134mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8"). The weight of typical Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g so the Nikon Z7 II is very much the same when compared to its competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Nikon Z7 II besides a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Nikon Z7 Mark II dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the Z7 II.

Nikon Z7 Mark II topview buttons dials

Nikon Z7 II Lens specifications

The Z7 II fits the Nikon Z mount and has 31 lenses to choose from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the Z7 II.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-DX-16-50mm-F3.5-6.3-VR lensNikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR16-50mmf/3.5-6.3 135g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-24-50mm-F4-6.3 lensNikon Nikkor Z 24-50mm F4-6.324-50mmf/4-6.3 195g
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Nikon-Nikkor-Z-DX-50-250mm-F4.5-6.3-VR lensNikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm F4.5-6.3 VR50-250mmf/4.5-6.3 405g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-40mm-F2 lensNikon Nikkor Z 40mm F240mmf/2 170g
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-14-30mm-F4-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S14-30mmf/4485g
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Samyang-MF-85mm-F1.4-Z lensSamyang MF 85mm F1.4 Z85mmf/1.4740g
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Nikon Z7 II Connectivity

The Z7 II has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send images and sometimes adjust settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Nikon Z7 II Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Nikon Z7 II is 3840 x 2160 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p delivers a fantastic resolution for video. You are able to crop to 1080p in order to get improved video. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and ensure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does come with both headphone and microphone socket making it incredibly valuable whilst recording sound.

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Nikon Z7 II Weather Sealing

Nikon Z7 II provides environment proofing which makes it a excellent choice for use in tough conditions. This is particularly valuable if you are not sure about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Nikon Z7 II Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon Z7 II includes a 3.2" tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 2,100k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly so you are able to change focus point as well as change settings using your finger. The Z7 II also has a Top LCD screen allowing you to instantly checkout the camera's settings.

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The View Finder specifications for Nikon Z7 II are below:

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

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are pretty helpful.

Nikon Z7 II Shutter specifications

Nikon Z7 II continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Nikon Z7 II Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon Z7 II features external flash support but is lacking inbuilt flash. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Nikon Z7 II Autofocusing specifications

Nikon Z7 II features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be handy for portrait photography.

It includes 493 focus points to pick from. Nikon Z7 II has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Nikon Z7 II has got manual focusing if needed in low light or you require more exact focusing control.

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Nikon Z7 II Battery life

The battery pack on the Nikon Z7 II is fashioned to last for 420 photographs as per the CIPA benchmarks making it similar to it's competitors. The usual Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has got the maximum (870) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the strongest battery life:

Nikon Z7 II for various types of photography

The following diagram indicates a summary of the Nikon Z7 II for various types of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Nikon Z7 II as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon Z7 II gets a score of 88 which is excellent, and means the camera is a outstanding option to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos plus the option to use external lighting.

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manual focus
amazing resolution (46MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detection autofocus
supports RAW files

Nikon Z7 II as a Street photography camera

Getting a very high rating of 79, the Nikon Z7 II is a tremendous fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
features focus via touch
environment proofing
great high ISO (25,600)

Nikon Z7 II Sports photography features

A very high sports photography points tally of 90 means the Nikon Z7 II is a terrific choice for shooting sports. A camera should have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count amazing (46MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect autofocus

Nikon Z7 II Travel photography info

Portability is really crucial in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon Z7 II gets a nice 72 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option to take on your holidays.

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environment proof
connects via bluetooth
provides focus via touch
excellent resolution (46MP)
display is not selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Nikon Z7 II

For those who are looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon Z7 II and it's impressive grade of 88 as a landscape camera is a superb fit in the current market.

Photography Glossary
has manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon Z mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (46MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no low pass filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
two card slots

Nikon Z7 II Vlogging info

A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon Z7 II is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a awful score of 36.

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screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with microphone socket
display isn't selfie friendly

Nikon Z7 II Alternatives

If you need replacements to the Z7 II, below is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Pro Mirrorless.

The graph underneath will give you a summary of the Z7 II versus it's highest ranking competitors mentioned above.

These are some more cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Nikon Z7 Mark II
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
46 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
8256 x 5504
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Nikon Z
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
3,690k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
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 @ 60p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
705g (1.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions
134 x 101 x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8")
Battery life
420 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
CFexpress (Type B), XQD, SD (UHS-II)
Card slots
Launch cost