Nikon Z7 II review: A solid upgrade, but it lags behind rivals

by Jeremy

Subject and face/eye tracking are also made easier with a new feature. If you’re shooting in groups, you can keep it limited to one area to avoid jumping over to the wrong subject. That was a problem before with Nikon’s eye AF in particular, as it tended to jump between topics if more than one was in the frame.

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If you want to use the silent electronic shutter to avoid disturbing your subject, there’s one big negative with the Z7 II. It has a severe rolling shutter effect, so you’re likely to get skewed vertical lines if you pan quickly.  The Z7 II does have in-body stabilization, but it offers only five stops of shake reduction compared to 8 on the EOS R5. In real-world use, that means you might need to shoot at a slightly higher shutter speed or else crank up the ISO and risk a slightly noisier image. To about ISO 12,800. And even at higher ISO levels, I didn’t lose much in sharpness and color reproduction.

It also works very well at the other end of the ISO scale. As before, you get a base ISO of 64, which is very handy for outdoor shooting in bright light. At such a low ISO level, I got extremely clean, noise-free images, so I could expose for highlights and boost shadows in post without adding much noise, even in sunny, high-contrast conditions. Overall, the Z7 II delivers image quality, with sharp photos, pleasing colors, and a high dynamic range. It worked well across a relatively wide range of prints, including people, landscapes, night scenes, animals, and more. That’s important for a high-resolution camera designed for landscape and studio portrait shooting.

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