Earlier this week, we got to play with the new Nikon Z7, and while playing with it, we found that we really liked it. We’ve also compared the Nikon Z series to the Sony series of cameras, We discuss a bit of that in this latest video too.
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Overall, some of our findings:
- Nikon is better built
- Nikon has better weather sealing
- Nikon has autofocus on par with Sony
- Nikon’s lenses are very good
- Nikon’s autofocus suffers only really when it comes to tracking
- The Nikon menu interface is superior to Sony’s
- If you’re a Sony user there is no good reason to switch over unless you need to weather sealing or extra speed
- Nikon more or less just matches Sony and doesn’t do enough to supersede them
- Nikon is pushing the use of their F series lenses more than anything else
- Nikon kept an auto mode on this camera
We have yet to test a final, production model of the Nikon cameras, but thus far what we’re finding is very good. Nikon has had a very long time to develop these cameras, but I feel like they’ve only just caught up. I’m not quite sure why they’re not trying to outdo Sony. They should have arguably launched with more lenses, a higher resolution sensor on both the Z6 and the Z7 with the same performance, and they also should have found other really great innovations. But instead, I feel like Nikon is just saying, “We can do this too,” and not pushing the boundaries otherwise.
To be honest, I feel like no one is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible at all except for Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, and Fujifilm. With Nikon, there isn’t very much distinguishing them from Sony.