The Nikon Z7 is a full frame, 45 megapixel mirrorless camera. It is the first in the Nikon line of Z cameras.

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Specifications

• Full Frame Mirrorless
• Nikon Z lens mount
• 45.7 Megapixel, FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
• Expeed 6 Image Processing Engine
• 493 point Phase-Detection Autofocus System
• In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization
• 0.80x 3.6 million dot EVF with Nikkor Optics
• 3.2″ 2.1 million dot tilting LCD touchscreen
• 9 fps burst rate
• Dot Matrix OLED screen on the top of the camera
• XQD Card Slot
• 64-25600 ISO
• 4k UHD video up to 30fps
• 8k Timelapse Mode
• Wifi and Bluetooth

High Megapixel Full Frame Mirrorless

The Nikon Z7 will be a 45.7 megapixel full frame mirrorless camera. Right now its not known if this is going to be the same sensor found in the Nikon D850 or if it will be something new entirely. Nikon failed with the Nikon 1 mirrorless a few years ago. With the decline of DSLR sales and rising competition from Sony, Nikon are under a huge pressure to deliver an amazing camera system.

Interestingly, Canon have an announcement scheduled for September 4 or 5th. Its also rumored that Sony are going to announce something after Nikon and Canon.

What we know about the Nikon Z7

The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 will be built with an entirely new, 56mm lens mount. This is considerably larger than other cameras so there is some speculation that medium format sensors are in the picture at some point. I don’t think Nikon will have that at launch, but they’re probably being forward-thinking. Changing a lens mount is a complete overhaul of any system so having a large mount combined with lenses designed for medium format coverage gives them a serious option down the road.

The Nikon Z7 will be a 45 megapixel full frame mirrorless camera that is designed for high resolution. The sensor is expected to feature a backside illumination (BSI) design with a new, advanced autofocus system.

It is expected that we will see 5-axis, in-body image stabilization as well.

The Nikon Z7 will shoot a burst rate of 9 frames per second.

The Nikon Z7 is expected to compete with the Sony A7r III in terms of specs and price point. The Nikon Z7 is expected to have much different ergonomics and a different grip.

Battery life on the Nikon Z7 is expected to be worse than the Nikon DSLR cameras. This makes sense in that powering a mirrorless camera is entirely different than powering a DSLR. In a DSLR system, the image sensor only becomes active at the point of image capture (the exception would be live view).

There is only one selection wheel on the camera body. There is no built-in flash. Also there are no built-in scene modes.

The Nikon Z7 will feature an LCD screen on the top of the camera. There is also a green auto mode as well as the standard PSAM. There will be 3 custom user settings.

The Z7 is expected to have an electronic viewfinder that resolves to 3.6 megapixels. It will use ZQD and CF Express memory cards.

Nikon Z7 Mirrorless

Autofocus

The Nikon Z7 is expected to have a new, advanced autofocus system. Rumors are speculating that it will be different from the Nikon Z6 and more full featured. There are likely to be over 400 AF focus points and a hybrid phase-detection/contrast detection design.

The rear LCD screen is tilting – the same design as the Nikon D850.

Video

While we can assume that the Nikon Z7 will shoot video, there isn’t much more information on that at this time. I would argue that video is going to be a make or break feature on this camera.

Nikon Z7 Mirrorless

Lenses

Nikon has announced 3 Nikkor lenses in the Z lineup: the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S and the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S.

Later we will see the announcement of a 58mm f/0.95.

Dear Nikon

Some Thoughts

We are seeing a very interesting crossroads in the camera industry. After the move to digital from film in the early 2000’s, companies like Nikon and Canon owned the market and sold a motherlode of cameras. The majority of the money being made in this industry at the time was on the entry-level DSLR cameras sold to enthusiasts or families that wanted to capture their memories in photographs.

Then cell phones came a long and changed everything. Everyone now has a camera in their pocket that is good enough, but in someways better since people can directly share their images with their friends on social media. This killed the entry market for point and shoot cameras and DSLRs.

The decline has been going on for the last 8 years or so. Compact cameras are all but gone and DSLR sales have slowed at an alarming rate. The one positive light in all of this is the middle ground of mirrorless cameras. Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Olympus have seen sales on the rise. Not radically on the rise, but the stats show that camera buyers are looking at mirrorless as a better option than the traditional DSLR.

So this is where Nikon come in. They failed with the Nikon 1 system and they absolutely have to go all out on this. Its an uphill battle with 2 bodies, 3 lenses and an adapter. But I think Nikon has their back against the wall on this.

We’ll see over the next few weeks what is announced. The big question is this: Is the mirrorless market profitable enough to sustain 6 corporations all making essentially the same thing? We’ll know soon.

Yes Nikon have to succeed. The key to doing this is finding their place in the industry again. What will they offer that the competition can’t do?