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Field Test Report: Nikon Z 7 FX-format (Full-frame) Mirrorless Digital Camera – Is This Nikon’s Way of Telling Us the DSLR Will Go the Way of the Dodo?
In what promises to be a growing lineup of mirrorless FX (full-frame) interchangeable-lens digital cameras for the pro and serious amateur, Nikon recently unveiled the 45.7MP Z 7 and 24.5MP Z 6. My mouth watered as I awaited delivery of a Z 7 test camera from Nikon – the “big kahuna” in the new lineup – (with Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S kit lens). While bad weather kept me from spending as much time as I would have liked with the camera, I did manage some quality time with the Z 7 on a number of outings, photographing wildlife, sports, architecture and landscapes, and came away with several clear impressions of this formidable mirrorless camera. (Z 7 firmware version tested: 1.03.)
The Burning Questions
The Nikon Z 7 is undeniably a professional tool. But does it have what it takes to bring countless photographers, especially pros, back into the Nikon camp? More to the point, will the Z-series put a big detour sign on future DSLR development from this manufacturer, perhaps stopping it dead in its tracks, as these new mirrorless cameras pave their own path? And will video shooters find in the Z 7 what they’ve been missing in the D850? Granted, the delay in the Z-series introduction may have weakened the initial foothold Nikon had hoped to gain, but time (and timely innovative product introductions, especially lenses) will tell if this icon in the world of photographic image-making will recapture the adoration of photo enthusiast and pro alike that this company once enjoyed.
First things first, however… How did the Nikon Z 7 fare in our real-world tests?
Even before that, allow me to add, for the most part, I am bypassing tech specs. You can read tech specs on Nikon’s website by clicking this link. Other reviews get bogged down in them. I won’t waste your time.