Performance and then evolution Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera Z7 II evaluation

Nikon officially released a new generation of full-frame mirrorless camera Z7 II. This full-frame mirrorless camera has 45.75 million effective pixels, and can shoot 4K/60P ultra-clear video, with a continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second, and supports human and animal eyes focusing. Dual card slot system, support XQD/CFexpress and SD card, use Type-C interface for USB charging.

Body: Small improvements become perfect

Compared with the previous generation model Z7, although the new Z7 II does not have a particularly significant improvement in core performance, it is more complete in other aspects, allowing photography enthusiasts and professional photographers to better use it for shooting.

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Nikon Z7 II and Z7 front

In terms of body shape, there is not much difference between the Z7 II and the previous model. While ensuring a thin and light body, the wide handle and the towering warship department will let experienced Nikon users find a familiar feeling. It is the consistent insistence of Nikon mirrorless cameras that they will not give up the full hand feel because of the pursuit of portability and lightness. The Fn1 and Fn2 buttons located on the left side of the bayonet allow users to set the corresponding functions by themselves, and control the camera for shooting more quickly.

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The configuration of a monochrome shoulder screen is rare in the micro-single field, but this configuration does allow users to more easily understand the working status of the camera. The Z7 II continues this configuration. The dual-wheel, shooting mode dial, shutter, switch button, and recording button, sensitivity and exposure compensation shortcut keys, allow users to quickly adjust the camera’s shooting status.

Nikon Z7 II is equipped with a 2.1 million pixel flip touch screen. In actual use, this screen not only displays delicate effects, but also supports touch operations such as selecting focus area by touch, sliding adjustment of shooting parameters, and zooming in and out of photos with two fingers. Make the operation of this professional model easier and easier to use. The screen that can be flipped at 170° allows users to be more calm when shooting low-angle or high-angle photos. The EVF viewfinder of the Z7 II has a display accuracy of 3.69 million pixels, and the viewfinder covers 100%.

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Nikon Z7 II provides a rich body interface, Type-C interface supports USB charging function, earphone and microphone interface, you can better receive and monitor when shooting videos.

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Compared with the previous model, the Z7 II uses a dual card slot design and adds SD card storage options. Compared with the more expensive XQD and CF, SD cards are still more suitable for ordinary consumers.

Nikon Z 7 II uses EN-EL15C type lithium battery with a battery capacity of 2280mAh. Compared with the 1900mAh capacity EN-EL15b lithium battery used in the Z 7, it can provide more continuous endurance and cope with high-intensity shooting.

Like the previous product, the Z7 II body is made of magnesium alloy and has a certain degree of protection to cope with the changing outdoor environment. The body size is 134 x 101 x 70 mm, and the weight including the battery is 705 grams.

Image quality: excellent detail performance, high sense of control and strong noise

Nikon Z7 II is equipped with a 45.75 million effective pixel full-frame sensor, and it is also equipped with dual EXPEED6 image processors, so it can provide faster data processing capabilities.

45.75 million pixels can generate 8256×5504 pixel photos, which not only meets the needs of industry users for large-size photo output, but also high pixels can bring more delicate imaging and better performance in details.

Enlarging the original photo 100%, we can see the excellent details of the Z7 II. The details of the building located in the center of the picture are well displayed.

High pixels can bring excellent picture details, but the reduction in the area of ​​a single pixel and the distance between the pixels will also cause problems for imaging. The most intuitive feeling is the problem of high-sensitivity control noise. So what is the noise control performance of Nikon Z7 II? The first thing that needs to be explained is that because software such as Camera Raw cannot unlock the RAW format files of the Z7 II, we only test the noise control performance of the JPEG format this time. We will also add various tests for Z7 II RAW format files for you later.

The standard sensitivity range of the Nikon Z7 II is ISO 64–25600, and the extended sensitivity is equivalent to ISO 32 at the lowest and ISO 102400 at the highest.

In the imaging laboratory, under the condition of fixed light source and position, we use different sensitivities to shoot test targets, enlarge 100% of the photos taken and cut out different parts, and show the results under different sensitivities by comparison. Imaging situation.

We tested the Z7 II’s normal sensitivity, starting at ISO 100 and ending at ISO 25600. We see that ISO 6400 is the watershed of picture quality, above which the picture details and purity of each sensitivity are excellent. With ISO 12800 and 25600, the picture noise began to increase significantly and the details were significantly reduced. But even at the last two speeds, we believe that the performance of the Z7 II is worthy of recognition, no matter in detail or purity, and it is fully practical.

Let’s take a look at the noise control comparison of Z7 II and Z7 under high sensitivity conditions. This time we started from ISO 3200 to ISO 25600.

From the comparison results, we can see that the Z7 II is better in terms of details, especially in ISO 25600. From this test result, we can see that although the sensor and image processor have not changed in terms of parameters and models, in fact, the internal is still enhanced compared to the previous generation.

In terms of color performance, the Z7 II continues Nikon’s consistent style. The JPEG format has a good performance straight out, and it also provides a solid foundation for post-processing.

they only need to consider the application of composition, color and light, and focusing can be done by the Z7 II.

Continuous shooting: 10 continuous shooting to record exciting sports

Nikon Z7 II is equipped with dual EXPEED 6 image processors, so even with ultra-high pixels of 45.75 million, it can perform high-speed continuous shooting at a speed of 10 frames per second, and the continuous shooting life can reach 77 frames. (12-bit lossless compression RAW, when using a 128GB CF Express memory card) Compared with Z7, Z7 II continuous shooting performance has been improved. At the same time, the high-speed focusing system ensures accurate focusing of each photo.

At the moment of shooting the skater boy’s sports, Z7 II quickly and accurately recognized the person in the picture, and the focus was always locked on the person’s face. This continuous shooting speed and focusing experience allows the Z7 II to cope with sports shooting and capture wonderful moments.

Video: 4K/60P brings ultra-clear images

Nikon Z 7 II supports up to 4K/60P ultra-high-definition video shooting (1.07 times crop), and in the case of 4K/30P, there is no crop. Let’s take a look at the 4K video screenshots taken by Z7 II.

Through the screenshot above, we can understand that the 4K video of the Z7 II has excellent details. Even the flowers, leaves, and butterflies that make up a small proportion of the picture have excellent details.

Focus is always locked on the subject

In terms of video focus, Z7 II supports eye detection and focus during video shooting. The continuous focusing performance of the Z7 II is excellent for moving objects in the video, and the focus can always be locked on the subject.

Although the core performance of Nikon Z7 II is not much improved compared to the previous generation products. However, better focusing performance, faster continuous shooting speed, more diverse storage options and higher video shooting performance make the Z 7 II more complete than its predecessor models, and can also be better completed. The shooting task assigned to it by the user, regardless of whether the task is photo shooting or video recording.

The Nikon Z7 II will be available in December 2020. The single body is priced at 2945 USD, and the kit including the NIKKOR Z 24–70mm F4 is priced at 3540 USD.

The Nikon Z series that started in 2018, after two years of development, not only has the body options become more and more abundant, but the corresponding lens and accessories resources have also become more abundant. If you are an old user of Nikon SLR cameras, you might as well try the new mirrorless system, they will not let you down. And if you are a novice photographer, the Z series is worth choosing. There is always a Z series of different grades and different positioning products that suit you.

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