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Test Z7 Bird in Flight First Day Impressions

Discussion in 'Reviews, Tests, & Shootouts' started by mark_smith, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. mark_smith


    Oct 24, 2017
    Mark Smith
    I spent the day out with the new Nikon Z7 and while it is a nice camera, it isn't quite up there with the D850 or the D500 in the stills department. For video though, everything you know about Nikon and auto focus video doesn't apply to the Z7. The autofocus for video works very, very well. It works so well in fact, that it easily locked, tracked and kept focus on a dancing reddish egret. Here's a video highlighting my 1st day with the camera.

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  2. Mark,

    Thanks for sharing your video with the Z7. It really shows how this camera can capture video. I was really impressed with the slowmo of the Egrets. Great shooting in the stills dept too.

    alexis and Georgie Beagle

    "mpffff… I want to see how the Z7 works with the 500PF.... now that is a system a beagle could carry" - Georgie Beagle
  3. mark_smith


    Oct 24, 2017
    Mark Smith
    I'm trying to get a copy of the 500PF for review.
  4. Sorry but Nikon failed with the new Z line of cameras, when I buy a camera it's first and foremost for taking pictures, video is a plus. Let's hope their next iteration of the Z line will fix the autofocus issues for sports and wildlife photography. I will stick with my D500 for now, was looking to upgrade to the D850, but was holding out to see how the new Nikon mirror-less system would pan out, according to many reviewers, not so well, now if I can only find a D850 for sale.
  5. Sorry that the Z series is not for you, I have had my Z7 for two weeks and am loving it, it is everything I wanted and lots, lots more as well. I don't do sport or wildlife apart from grabbing shots of my dog racing across the beach chasing his ball, so for me Nikon gets a big 10/10 from me for the Z series.
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  6. Good for you, but like I said, the Z7 is not for sports or wildlife photography. Maybe their next iteration will fit the bill.
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  7. Does anybody make a mirrorless that can shoot BIF or sports ?
  8. What was the problem specifically?
  9. The Sony A9, Mark Smith just picked one up and made a nice video shooting birds in Florida's marshlands. Sony has been at it a bit longer than Nikon in the mirrorless game, hopefully Nikon will make the improvements needed for me and many others to pick up one of their mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7 are fine mirrorless cameras, but fall short for sports/wildlife photography. He tried both the Z6 and the Z7 and decided not to keep either of them.
  10. show stopper for me as well
    it has to be at least as good as the D5
  11. Rumors have it that the D6 is just around the corner.
  12. I won't wait this time
  13. Won't wait to what, upgrade?

    In what areas do you feel the D5 needs some improving?
  14. Video for starters, a few more megapixels won't hurt, also a no low pass filter would also be a plus. Otherwise the D5 is a beast.
  15. Yes, but unless they move PDAF on-sensor, video AF will be useless.

    Maybe they'll use the Z6 sensor, but figure out a way to enable 14-bit RAW shooting at 12 FPS.
  16. I'd like to hear the info too... but it does not seem to be forthcoming.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2019
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