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Nikon Z7 II review

The Nikon Z 7 II full-frame mirrorless camera is slightly faster than its predecessor and supports two memory cards. Its autofocus is not quite as futuristic as that of its rivals, but it undercuts them in price and its 45 MP image sensor is still one of the best on the market.

The Nikon Z7 II, which was unveiled in October 2020, is the high-megapixel Z7’s predecessor from Nikon. With a default ISO of 64 and a 45-megapixel sensor, it has a great level of resolution and dynamic range. It is not a cheap camera, costing $3000 for the body alone (check current prices). Nikon has managed to cut the price a little bit in reaction to the competition, but the preceding Z7 initially sold for $3400 body only. Speaking of competition, the Z7 II faces a lot of it. With the exception of Pentax, it appears like every camera company these days is focusing heavily on mirrorless.

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The Nikon Z7 II is a minor update overall, but its dual CPUs, two card slots, improved autofocus, and deeper buffers all help it compete with its slightly more expensive competition. The larger picture is also promising Nikon has a solid track record of firmware updates that result in improvements, and the expanding Nikon Z system looks the part. It’s without a doubt one of the greatest cameras for landscape photographers, especially if you like Nikon’s aesthetic and lens lineup.

When shooting in the dark, this level of attention to detail eliminates the need for bright flashlights to explore camera settings on the body while attempting to retain night vision, which is crucial for astrophotography and low-light photography. Suitable for usage both during the day and at night, it is completely weather sealed. Because internal components are protected from material infiltration, photographers or videographers need not worry about using the camera outside in wet, icy, or dusty circumstances.

Nikon Z7 II review: Design

Given how similar the Z7 II’s design is to that of its predecessor, much of what we mentioned in our review of the Nikon Z7 is still true. So let’s concentrate on the minor adjustments. Some people were upset by the Z7’s single XQD card slot, especially those who were concerned about card errors. Additionally, despite being dependable, this card type is rather expensive. The Z7 II camera offers twin SD UHS-II and CFexpress / XQD type card ports, addressing both issues. The Z7’s flimsy vertical grip accessory also didn’t win over everyone because it lacked control buttons.

The Z7 II now has a redesigned grip (the MB-N11), which offers the same button arrangement for portrait-format shooting. two ticks. Two additional batteries are housed in the handle for further power, and the outer battery can be changed while the camera is still in use. This is incredibly practical, particularly for long-form video recording. In terms of battery life, the Z7 II now boasts a more reasonable 420 shots, up from the Z7’s meager 330 shots. This is mostly because of a new battery (the EN-EL15c), which can also be recharged on-the-go using USB-C.

Nikon Z7 II review: Image Quality

You can’t go wrong with the Nikon Z7 II if overall image quality is your top priority. The 45.7MP full-frame sensor from the Nikon Z7, which we praised, is also present. The APS-C crop mode boasts 19MP thanks to the plenty of pixels at your disposal, and additional heavy cropping is entirely feasible.

When some of Nikon’s superb Z lenses are used, along with the large Nikon Z lens mount, you obtain fine detail from the center to the margins with less distortion, including diffraction, than you would with a smaller lens mount. The back-illuminated sensor’s ability to regulate noise levels allows us to gladly use ISO 1600 for clear raw shots while still preserving a wealth of detail at ISO 6400.

Handheld shooting is also improved by sensor-based image stabilization (when combined with optical stabilization), particularly at these demanding high resolutions. Depending on how far away your topic is, the results will vary, but we frequently stabilized by three stops. Although it’s advisable to use 1/4s just to be safe, shutter speeds as low as 0.5s for distant subjects can still get decent pictures.

Nikon Z7 II review: Connectivity and Power

The Z 7 II connects wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet using Nikon’s SnapBridge app. The app, which is available for iOS and Android, uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to link your phone and camera. It offers wireless remote control and full-size Raw and JPG image transfers as well as automatic social-sized (2MP) JPG image transfers over Bluetooth. The Z 7 II can mount a Speedlight or wireless transmitter in its hot shoe, but Nikon doesn’t feature an in-body flash. On its side panel, it has USB-C, mini HDMI, Nikon DC2, and 3.5mm headphone and microphone ports.

Nikon Z7 II review: Handling

If you put the Z7 II next to the original Z7, it would be difficult to tell them apart. In fact, the only noteworthy modifications are the little ‘II’ on the front plate and the somewhat higher memory card door to accommodate the twin slots. However, we won’t be too critical because there wasn’t much we disliked about the way the first Z7 handled. A deep, extremely comfortable grip, strategically positioned buttons and control dials, a readily viewable top display, and a satisfyingly “clicky” mode dial are all to be expected from the Z7 II.

Nikon Z7 II review: Performance

Nikon has made some gains in the performance department, in addition to improvements in the display, storage, and battery life. The majority of that is due to an upgrade from single to twin Expeed 6 processors because the sensor hasn’t changed. As before, it can shoot up to 5.5 frames per second in continuous AF mode or 10 frames per second in single-shot AF mode. Given the 45-megapixel image size, it can now take 77 12-bit RAW shots before stopping thanks to a larger buffer, which is impressive. Additionally, because the EVF is more quick, it blacks out less while shooting continuously.

Thanks to some AF advancements, more of those photographs will also be sharply focused. The continuous shooting function has improved; if you touch to choose a topic, it will lock on fairly tenaciously. The face and eye detect mode also showed improvements, as it tended to maintain a lock even when my targets turned around or remained out of the screen. Additionally, you may use the “Low Light AF” option to focus in light levels as low as -3EV or even darker.

Conclusion

The addition of a second card slot, the option to add a vertical control handle, and improved AF performance will all raise the attractiveness of the Nikon Z7 II to the types of photographers it is intended for. The Nikon Z7 II may appear to be a pretty slight update of the original Z7. It’s hardly surprising that the Z7 II performs well because Nikon’s first series of full-frame mirrorless cameras pleased us with their polish. Although we’d love to see Nikon’s integrated AF switch/AF mode button make a comeback, it operates quickly and provides a user experience that Nikon DSLR owners will immediately recognize as familiar. It may be customized to a good extent without requiring a total reprogramming of how it operates.

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Amy Hinckley
Amy Hinckley
The Dell Inspiron 15 that her father purchased from QVC sparked the beginning of her interest in technology. At Bollyinside, Amy Hinckley is in charge of content editing. Emma's interests outside of working include going for bike rides, playing video games, and watching football when she's not at her laptop.

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Given the image size of 45 megapixels, the camera can take 77 12-bit RAW shots before stopping down thanks to a larger buffer memory - that's impressive. And because the EVF is faster, it fades to black less during continuous shooting.Nikon Z7 II review