Play, Print and Edit Features
Overview: The Z7 is the first camera in Nikon's new Z Series
of mirrorless, full-frame digital cameras. The Z7 can produce stunning
45.4-megapixel still images
and broadcast quality 4K video. The camera has the new Nikon Z mount, and is
compatible with Z mount NIKKOR lenses. With an available mount adapter, you can
use F mount NIKKOR lenses. The package includes the
camera body with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
pack, a battery charger, and an AC adapter. No lenses are included with this "body only" kit.
Image Sensor: The Z7 is equipped with an FX-format,
35.9 x 23.9mm CMOS image sensor with 45.7 million effective pixels
(and 46.89 million total pixels). The Nikon FX format, with its native 3:2
aspect ratio, enables photographers
to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film
photography. You can choose to shoot in the FX format (36 x 24), or switch to 5:4 (30 x 24),
1:1 (24 x 24), 16.9 (36 x 20), or DX format (24 x 16).
Dust Reduction System: The camera has an integrated
ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance
frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the
sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the
camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu.
Magnesium Alloy Body: The Z7 is made with rugged, durable, and
lightweight magnesium alloy, the same material used in the D850 and D5 DSLRs.
The Z7 is 26% lighter than the D850, but maintains outstanding balance and
handling. The body is weather-sealed to resist dust,
moisture, and electromagnetic interference.
Still Image Size/Quality: The Z7 records still images in JPEG,
TIFF, and NEF* (RAW) formats. It can also
record in both NEF (RAW) + JPEG formats simultaneously. JPEG images can set to
fine (1:4 compression), normal (1:8), or basic (1:16) image quality. Depending
upon the selected format (image area), you can choose from the following image
|Format (Image Area) ||Large ||Medium ||Small |
|FX (36 x 24) ||8256 x 5504 ||6192 x 4128 ||4128 x 2752 |
|DX (24 x 16) ||5408 x 3600 ||4048 x 2696 ||2704 x 1800 |
|5:4 (30 x 24) ||6880 x 5504 ||5152 x 4120 ||3440 x 2752 |
|1:1 (24 x 24) ||5504 x 5504 ||4128 x 4128 ||2752 x 2752 |
|16:9 (36 x 20) ||8256 x 4640 ||6192 x 3480 ||4128 x 2320 |
|Photos taken during movie
|4K ||3840 x 2160 |
|HD ||1920 x 1080 |
* RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to
the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). You can process
RAW images to JPEG files in the camera, or on your computer using the
downloadable Capture NX-D software.
Movies: The camera can record movies in MOV format with
MPEG-4/H.264 advanced video coding and Linear PCM or AAC audio. Audio is recorded using
the built-in monaural microphone, or an external stereo microphone (connected
via the provided 3.5mm mic jack). Image
quality can be set to High or Normal. The available movie options include:
|Option ||Frame Rate ||Maximum Bit Rate |
|Maximum Length |
|4K UHD |
3840 x 2160
|30p, 25p, 24p ||144 (HQ only) ||29 min 59 sec |
|Full HD |
1920 x 1080
|120p, 100p ||144 (HQ only) |
|60p, 50p ||56/28 Mbps |
|30p, 25p, 24p ||28/14 Mbps |
1920 x 1080
|30p x 4 (120p) |
25p x 4 (100p)
|36 (HQ only) ||3 min |
|24p x 5 (120p) ||29 (HQ only) |
Recording Media: The Z7 has a single memory card slot that can
accommodate XQD memory cards. Cards with write speeds of 45 MB/s (300x) or
better are recommended for movie recording. No memory cards are supplied with the camera.
Touch-sensitive LCD Monitor: The Nikon Z7 features 3.2-inch,
2,100,000-dot tilting TFT LCD monitor
with a 170° wide viewing angle and 100%
frame coverage. The monitor has an 11-level adjustable brightness control. The
Z7 features a Live View that lets you use the monitor in place of
the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting.
The touch screen can be used to position the focus point during live view,
measure a value for preset manual white balance, and for typing. During playback
you can swipe to view images, zoom in or out of images, view thumbnails, and
OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the
has a 0.5", OLED viewfinder with approximately 3,690,000 dots, and
100% vertical and horizontal frame coverage. It has a diopter adjustment knob
so you can set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes
focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately
0.8x magnification. An eye sensor near the viewfinder automatically switches
between the monitor and viewfinder as you raise or lower the camera to your eye.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth: The Z7 has built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE
802.11b/g/n/ac, 2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth (4.2), allowing you to wirelessly
connect the camera to computers, smartphones, or tablets running the SnapBridge
app. On the app, you can download pictures from the camera, or control the
camera for taking pictures remotely. You can also connect an
optional WT-7 wireless transmitter to the camera's peripheral connector for
connecting to a wireless network.
Vibration Reduction: The Nikon Z7 features built-in
Vibration Reduction (VR) in the camera. This 5-axis image sensor shift can be
applied while shooting still images or movies. In the menu, you can select
Normal VR (for static subjects) or Sport VR (for rapidly moving subjects), or
Off. In addition, lens shift Vibration Reduction is available with certain VR
493-Point Autofocus System: The Z7 is equipped with a hybrid
phase-detection/contrast Autofocus system with AF assist. With 493 focus points,
you can select from the following AF-area modes: Pinpoint AF, Single-point AF,
Dynamic-area AF, Wide-area AF (S), Wide-area AF (L), and Auto-area AF. You can
choose from Single or Continuous Auto Focusing, or Manual Focusing.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be
used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a
subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.
Release Modes: The release
mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the
following shooting modes:
- Single Frame: camera takes
one photograph each time the shutter-release button is pressed
- Continuous L: while shutter-release button is held down,
the camera records 1 to 5 frames per second, as selected in the menu.
- Continuous H: while the shutter-release button is held
down, the camera records continuously at up to about 5.5 frames per second.
- Continuous H (Extended): while the shutter release is
held down, the camera records continuously at up to about 9 frames per
- Self-Timer: use self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce
blurring caused by camera shake; you can set the self-timer to 2, 5, 10 or
Interval Timer Photography: The Z7 is equipped to take
photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3
seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can select
the number of intervals, and the number of shots taken per interval. The
interval length can be set in hours, minutes, and seconds. You can also set up
the camera to take a silent time-lapse movie, with the frame size, frame rate,
and image area currently selected in the movie shooting menu.
Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how
the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure.
You can choose from the following Exposure Modes using the
top-mounted Mode Dial:
- Auto: A "point-and-shoot" mode in which the camera sets
exposure and hue.
- Programmed Auto (P): The camera sets shutter speed and aperture for
optimal exposure according to a built-in program; recommended for snapshots
and other situations in which there is little time to adjust camera settings.
- Shutter-Priority Auto (S): The user chooses the shutter speed while camera sets aperture for best results;
use to freeze or blur motion. The shutter speed can be set from 30 to 1/8000
- Aperture-Priority Auto (A):
user chooses the aperture while camera sets shutter speed for best results; use
to blur background for portraits or bring both foreground and background into
focus for landscape shots.
- Manual (M): The user controls
both shutter the speed and aperture for complete control over exposure.
- User Settings (U1/U2/U3): You can assign
frequently-used settings to these positions for quick recall.
Long Time-Exposures: When the M (manual) exposure mode is
selected, you can choose between two Long Time-Exposure modes: Bulb and Time.
During Bulb shooting, the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release
button is held down. Bulb shooting is used for long time-exposure photographs of moving
lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks (an optional tripod and
optional remote cord are recommended to prevent blur). Time exposures start
when the shutter-release button is pressed on the camera or an optional remote
control. The shutter remains open until the button is pressed a second time.
You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making
pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in
steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. Exposure compensation is available in P, S, A, and M
Metering: The Z7 utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering
using the camera's image sensor. You can choose one of the following
- Matrix Metering: The camera meters a wide area of the frame and sets exposure according to
tone distribution, color, distance, and composition for natural results.
camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight (75%) to the 12mm area in
the center of the frame. The weighting can also be based on the average of
the entire frame.
- Spot: The camera meters inside a 4mm diameter circle
(approximately 1.5% of frame). The circle is centered on the selected focus
area, centered on selected focus points.
- Highlight-weighted: The camera assigns the greatest
weight to highlights to reduce loss of detail in highlights.
Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two to
ten NEF (RAW) exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures can be
recorded at any image quality setting, and produce results with colors
noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because
they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor.
White Balance: White balance is
used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can choose one of the following
white balance options: Auto (3 options), Natural Light Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash,
Cloudy, or Shade. You can also choose a color temperature from a list of values
(2500K-10000K), or manually set the white balance using the subject, light
source, or existing photograph in the memory card as reference. The White
Balance Fine Tuning feature allows you to compensate for variations in the color
of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by
adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.
Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash
level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot,
"bracketing" the current value. You can set the increment to 1/3, 2/3, 1,
or 1.3 EV,
and the number of shots to 2, 3, 5, 7, or 9. In exposure, flash level, and ADL
bracketing, multiple shots are required to complete the "bracket" as the camera
will vary the settings with each shot. With white balance bracketing, the camera
creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance.
Bracketing can be combined with continuous shooting or the self timer modes.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent
of film speed. You can set the ISO Sensitivity to Auto or Manual. You can
manually select settings of ISO 64 to ISO 25600 in steps of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV. For special occasions, expanded settings of Lo 0.3-Lo
1 (equivalent to ISO
50-32) through Lo-1 (ISO 50), and Hi 0.3-Hi 2 (equivalent to 32000-102400) are
Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers seven preset Nikon Picture
Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of
- Auto: The camera automatically adjusts hues and tones
based on the Standard Picture Control. Complexions of portrait subjects are
softer, and foliage and sky colors are more vivid than Standard.
- Standard: Standard processing for balanced results; recommended
for most situations.
- Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results; recommended for
photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
- Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photo-print effect;
recommended for photos that emphasize primary colors.
- Monochrome: Takes monochrome photographs.
- Portrait: Process portraits for skin with natural
texture and a rounded feel.
- Landscape: Produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes.
- Flat: Details are preserved over a wide tone range;
good for photos that will be retouched or processed later.
- Creative Picture Controls: You can choose from the
following: Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached,
Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite,
Binary, and Carbon.
Color Space: The color
space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. You can select either
sRGB for photos that will be printed or used "as is" with no further
modification, or Adobe RGB for images that will be extensively processed or
retouched after leaving the camera.
Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in
highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast. Active
D-Lighting offers the following application strength levels: Auto, Extra High,
High, Normal, Low, and Off.
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): The Z7 does not have a
built-in flash. Optional flash units can be attached to the camera's accessory
shoe. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used with CLS-compatible
flash units, such as the SB-R200,
SB-400, SB-500, SB-600,
SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and the new flagship flash
SB-5000. The following flash modes are supported: Front-curtain sync,
Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow
rear-curtain sync, Slow sync, and Off.
Flash Control: The camera supports the following Flash
Control modes: TTL, Auto external flash, Distance-priority manual, Manual, and
Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter
flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV to change the brightness
of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to
make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights
FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing
photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level and ensuring that
the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not
positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted
automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.
camera features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV
or other high-definition video device via an
SuperSpeed USB: The Z7 has a SuperSpeed USB
Type-C connector. This high-speed USB port can be used for
downloading photos to your computer or connecting the camera to a
printer. With the included AC adapter, you can charge the battery in
the camera through the USB port. A 24" USB-C cable is included.
Microphone: The camera has a 3.5mm input for an external
microphone, such as the Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone. The sensitivity of a
connected external microphone can be set in the menu.
Headphone: The camera has a 3.5mm stereo headphone
output to allow you to monitor audio during movie recording.
Accessory Terminal: The Z7 has an accessory terminal for
connecting other optional accessories, such as the MC-DC2 Remote Cord, GPS Units
(GP-1 or GP-1A), and the WR-R10/WR-T10/WR-1 Wireless Remote Controllers.
Play, Print and Edit
Auto Image Rotation:
Photographs taken while Auto Image Rotation is set to "On" contain
information on camera orientation, and allow the images to be rotated automatically
during playback, or when viewed using the ViewNX-i or CaptureNX-D software.
Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following
- Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the
images in the selected folder or folders
- Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images
in the current folder, all folders created with the Z7, or all folders on
the memory card
- Display Options: choose from either a detailed display
of information or a basic display of information
- Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera
displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
- After Delete: choose the picture displayed after an
image is deleted (next, previous, continue)
- After Burst: Choose whether the camera displays the first
or last photo in the burst after photos are taken using continuous release
- Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall
orientation during playback
- Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after the
other in a slide-show fashion. You can select the type of images to display,
and how long each photo will be displayed, and if audio will be played.
- Rating: You can rate pictures from zero to five stars, or
mark them for later deletion.
During Full-Frame playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory
card one at a time.
Playback: This feature allows you to view four (2x2), nine (3x3), or 72
(9 x 8) images at once on the
LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected
image. You can zoom in up to 32x for large images, up to 24x for medium images,
and up to 16x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor
using the multi selector.
Retouch Menu: The
Retouch Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the
photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the
following editing options: NEF (RAW) processing, Trim, Resize, D-Lighting, Red-eye correction,
Straighten, Distortion control, Perspective control, Image overlay, Trim movie, and
Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text
and save it to a recorded image. The comment can be
viewed in CaptureNX-D or ViewNX-i software as metadata.
Capability: Using the supplied
USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant
printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge
compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints,
regardless of brand.
Battery: The Z7 is powered by the EN-EL15b Lithium-ion
battery (7.0 V, 1900 mAh, 14 Wh). A fully-charged
EN-EL15b can provide enough power
for approximately 330 shots (400 with monitor only) or 85 minutes of movie footage. The battery charges in approximately 2 hours and
minutes using the supplied MH-25a battery charger.
Note: The Z7 can also use
EN-EL15a or EN-EL15 batteries.
Charging AC Adapter: The Z7 also includes the EH-7P Charging
AC adapter, which allows you to power the camera using standard household
current. Using the supplied USB-C cable, you can also charge the EN-EL15b battery inside
the camera. (You cannot charge an EN-EL15a or EN-EL15 battery inside the camera
via USB. You can use the MH-25a battery charger.)
ViewNX-i: No software is included with the Z7.
You can download Nikon's ViewNX-i software for uploading and viewing
pictures and videos. In addition, Nikon's Capture NX-D, which
launches within ViewNX-i, can be used for editing and fine-tuning
photos, and to change the settings of NEF (RAW) images and convert
them to other formats. For editing movies and creating multi-media
projects, ViewNX-Movie Editor software (included with ViewNX-i) can
Supported Operating Systems: ViewNX-i software
is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 10 (Home, Pro,
Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (including Pro and Enterprise), and
Windows 7 (Home Basic, Home Premium Service Pack 1, Professional
SP1, Enterprise SP1, and Ultimate SP1)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.11.6, macOS Sierra
version 10.12.6, and macOS High Sierra version 10.13.6