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Nikon Z7 (no lens included)

Full-frame 45.7-megapixel mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®

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Overview

Product Highlights:

  • 45.7-megapixel FX format full-frame CMOS sensor
    • backside-illuminated sensor for improved performance in low light
  • EXPEED 6 image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
  • compatible with Nikon Z-mount lenses
    • optional Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ allows you to use Nikon F-mount lenses
  • built-in Wi-Fi allows easy file sharing and remote control from smart devices
    • Nikon SnapBridge technology with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for wireless image transfer to compatible mobile devices
    • requires free SnapBridge app
  • 3.2" high-resolution 2.1-million-dot LCD tilting touchscreen with color balance and brightness control
    • provides a 170° viewing angle
  • high-resolution 3.69-million-dot Quad VGA OLED electronic viefinder with color balance and brightness control
    • provides 100% frame coverage
  • extensive weather sealing to withstand moisture, dust, and heavy use
  • 4K Ultra HD video recording
    • supports HDR movie production with Nikon's N-Log gamma profile
    • 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI output lets you record cinema-quality video to an external monitor
  • built-in dust-reduction system keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • hybrid autofocus system switches between focal-plane phase-detect AF and contrast-detect AF for fast, accurate focusing even in dim light
    • 493 phase-detection AF points cover 90% of the frame
  • built-in 5-axis VR image stabilization helps keep photos and videos blur- and shake-free
  • includes rechargeable EN-EL15b lithium ion battery, charger, USB cable, and neck strap
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • up to 9 frames per second at full resolution in high-speed continuous shooting mode
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/8000 seconds, bulb, time, X200
  • ISO range: 64-25600 (expandable to ISO 32 to 102400 equivalents)
  • flash sync at 1/200 seconds
    • high-speed sync mode lets you synchronize the flash to shutter speeds up to 1/8000
    • no built-in flash — works with Nikon Speedlights
File Formats and Storage:
  • records in RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG formats
  • top JPEG resolution (pixels): 8256 x 5504
  • movie file formats: MOV, MP4
  • records photos and videos onto optional XQD memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • super-speed micro USB (Type C) interface (cable included) for fast data transfer, charging, and tethered shooting
  • mini HDMI (Type C) output (cable not included)
  • 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 5-5/16"W x 4"H x 2-11/16"D
  • weight (camera body only): 20.7 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera body (black)
  • BF-N1 body cap (installed)
  • BS-1 Accessory shoe cover (installed)
  • DK-29 Rubber eyecup (installed)
  • EN-EL15b Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with plastic terminal cap (7.0V 1900mAh 14Wh)
  • MH-25a battery charger (DC output 8.4V 1.2A)
  • AC plug adapter (US 2-prong)
  • EH-7P AC adapter with 39" DC output cord (DC output 5V 3A)
  • AN-DC19 Neck strap
  • 24" UC-E24 USB cable (Type A USB on one end and USB Type C on other end)
  • HDMI/USB cable clip
  • User's Manual (Eng)
  • User's Manual (Span)
  • Warranty Programs card
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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled Via Smartphone
Lens 35mm Equivalent None included
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media XQD Memory Card
None
Image
Sensor Size Full-frame
Megapixels 45.7
Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
Highest Resolution 8256 x 5504
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Dimensions
Width (inches) 5-5/8
Height (inches) 4
Depth (inches) 3-1/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 23.9
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Recording Features
Connections
Play, Print and Edit Features
Battery Information
Computer Requirements

Recording 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 sizes:

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 recording
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
(High Quality/Normal)
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
Slow-mo
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 view movies.

OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the Z7 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 lenses.

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 second.
  • 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 20 seconds

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 seconds.
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A): The 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.

Exposure Compensation: 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 modes.

Metering: The Z7 utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering using the camera's image sensor. You can choose one of the following metering methods:

  • 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.
  • Center-weighted: The 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 available.

Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers seven preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene:

  • 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-300, SB-400, SB-500, SB-600, SB-700, 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 Repeating Flash.

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 or reflections.

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.

Connections

HDMI: The camera features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV or other high-definition video device via an optional HDMI cable.

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 Features

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 options:

  • 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 mode.
  • 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.

Full-Frame Playback: During Full-Frame playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail 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.

Playback Zoom: 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 Side-by-side comparison.

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.

PictBridge Printing 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 Information

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 35 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.)

Computer Requirements

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 be used.

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

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