Nikon Z7 vs. Nikon Z7 II: Both the Nikon Z6 II and the Z7 II are equally suited for landscape, architecture, and studio work as well as Macro. The photographers who need a high-resolution camera with a high dynamic range would most likely want to choose the Nikon Z7 II mainly due to the Nikon Z7 II 45.7 MP sensor, no low-pass filter, and ever-increasing availability of Z-mount lenses, which should be factored into your decision on camera brand. Keep in Mind Nikon is primarily an Optics company, so they know a thing or two about lenses. Those photographers requiring a higher degree of video options would be better suited for a Nikon Z6 II.
Not much has changed in appearance from the previous Nikon Z7/Z6 camera bodies. The dimensions are a small increase overall; thus, if you are comfortable using the older Z7/Z6, you should feel right at home with the newer Nikon Z7 II. The biggest improvements come via the addition of two EXPEED 6 processors, which improves every aspect of the camera, including its buffer, autofocus, and continuous shooting speed. In 12-bit lossless compressed RAW shooting mode, the Z7 II can capture up to about 77 images compared to the 23 RAW image limit of the older Z7. You achieve a continuous shooting rate of about 10 FPS of the Nikon Z7 II.
With the second EXPEED processor's addition comes a more snappy camera and improved performance overall - one most notable is the Autofocus. The Nikon Z7 II is now, in my opinion, competes against any other Full Frame Mirrorless camera on the market. Better improved tracking and eye tracking can set a boundary box to avoid the focus being lost by busy backgrounds. Those who were critical of the Nikon Z7 Autofocus performance should be very pleased with the improvements found in the Nikon Z7 II.
The Dual Card slot fiasco was a true debacle - well, that has been rectified. The new Nikon Z7 II now supports two cards, one CF/QXD and one SD. Now the Nikon Z7 II supports a real battery grip. The inclusion of a second media slot and a working battery grip should make every Wedding Photographer very happy.
Other small improvements include updated batteries and the ability to flash the firmware using your smartphone.
The things BOTH Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II do equally well:
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II have exceptional image resolutions and color representation. I do not find any other cameras which deliver better color and images.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II have exceptional weather sealing and dust protection. Don't worry too much about the weather with either Nikon Z7 or Nikon Z7 II.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II Support Nikon's Creative Lighting System, which Nikon calls Speedlights.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II are full-frame
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II have the same Sensor Resolution and image output size of 8256 x 5504
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II have no Low Pass Filter to improve image quality and resolution.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Z7 II excel at landscape photography as well as in-studio photography.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II have 100% and a .8x viewfinder magnifications - your eye can see the entire frame.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II have the same Touch, tilt LCD screen, and equal size and resolution.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II use the USB C 3.1 interface.
- Both Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z7 II have the same in-body image stabilization - 5 axes.
What the Nikon Z7 II brings to the table and why should you care:
- Dual EXPEED 6 Processors - This improves speed, autofocus, and overall performance.
- If you do sports and wildlife, dual processors move you one step closer.
- The electronic Viewfinder Refresh rate has improved, and blackout improved.
- The faster the refresh and less blackout mean you can more easily track faster-moving subjects.
- Dual Card/Storage Media capabilities & a functional Battery Grip
- Wedding Photographers rejoice - now you can backup your images in-camera
- You can now take photos from the grip + an added function button with the optional Battery Grip.
- Better Low Light Sensitivity -3 to +17 EV and improved Eye AF
- Nikon Z7 II now supports Eye AF in Video and Wide Area + the ability to set a boundary.
- Improved internal Intervalometer + Timelapse Movie capabilities
- You have the option to allow the camera to make the timelapse in the camera.
- Firmware updates via smartphone (SnapBridge)
- It takes the pain out of updating your camera - no more copying firmware files to the media card.
- Overall Performance Boast for autofocus and workflow
- With an extra EXPEED processor, the camera is more snappy and responsive at all levels.
Nikon Z7 vs. Nikon Z7 II - Which one to buy?: If you made it this far - congratulations. Here are my buying recommendations. You will have to ask yourself what do you want to achieve from your camera, your type of photography, and of course, your budget. If I were a landscape/stills photographer primarily, then I would be hunting for a used Nikon Z7 or wait until Nikon offers a big discount. You should be able to find discounts from Nikon on the Nikon Z7, especially on the used market, very soon as many Nikon Z7 users will be upgrading and selling their Nikon Z7.
If you enjoy a faster pace of photography, street, action, sports, concerts, or weddings, I would recommend the newer Nikon Z7 II. Nikon has made several improvements in the Nikon Zy II that is is well worth the price.