DxOMark published their full review and test results of the new Nikon Z7 II camera. According to DxOMark sensor review, the Nikon Z7 II achieved an excellent overall sensor score of 100 points (the same as the Nikon D850, Sony A7R III), with a combination of 26.3 bits color depth, 14.7 EV dynamic range, and 2841 ISO low-light score. This makes it the best-performing mirrorless camera in the Nikon lineup.
The Z7 II, being the high-resolution model in Nikon’s mirrorless lineup, is all about outright image quality. It remains one of the only cameras on the market that provides a low native ISO of 64: this helps maximize dynamic range for high-contrast scenes like sunset or sunrise landscapes.
The Z7 II is priced at $2,996.95 body-only or $3599 kitted with a 24-70mm F4 lens. The new MB-N11 battery grip with duplicate vertical controls will cost you $399. New Nikon Z5, Z6, Z7, and FTZ adapter rebates also introduced in the US.
Nikon Z7 II Key Features
- 45.7MP BSI-CMOS sensor with native ISO 64
- 4K/60p video with 93% coverage of the sensor (a ~1.08x crop)
- 5-axis in-body stabilization (3-axis with adapted F-mount lenses)
- 10 fps burst shooting with single-point AF
- 3.69M-dot EVF, 3.2″ 2.1M-dot rear screen
- -3EV focusing with F2.0 lens
- 1 CFExpress / XQD card slot, 1 UHS-II SD card slot
- New EN-EL15c battery, CIPA rated to 420 shots (LCD), 360 shots (EVF)
- Compatible with new MB-N11 battery grip with vertical controls
Conclusion from DxOMark:
While the original Nikon Z7 sensor was an excellent performer, the camera itself received more than its fair share of criticism for adopting a single XQD card slot, and because it didn’t include a way to fit the optional battery back (with integrated controls). That’s been rectified with the Z7 II, and the inclusion of dual processors has allowed a number of other small but welcome advances.
Noise levels, color accuracy, and dynamic range have all seen some slight improvement, making the Z7 II the best-performing mirrorless model in the Nikon lineup. While continuous improvement in output is always good to see, it doesn’t change very much, as even the price remains highly competitive. And just like its predecessor, the Nikon Z7 II remains an excellent choice for just about any genre, from landscape to portraits and weddings.
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