Filmmaking With the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7

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Make no mistake, the Z7 is a still camera with video capabilities. As noted in the previous section, it has a lot of features to help you capture excellent video. However, the Z7 is not intended to be a go-to camera for video footage. That distinction goes to the Z6.

Nikon Z6 Video Capabilities


Despite these minor issues, the Z6 is a very, very good camera for filmmaking – perhaps one of the best on the market right now. Get more details on this camera in the video above by AdoramaTV.

When comparing the Z6 to the Z7 for video purposes, the Z6 is a clear winner. If video is the most important factor when you buy a new camera, the Nikon Z6 video specs make it a prime choice.

And since the Z6 is $2,000.00 (body only), it’s far cheaper than its big brother, which comes in at $3,400.00 for the body only.

You can learn more about the Z6’s other features in my Nikon Z6 review.

Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III

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This will be a short discussion because both of these cameras offer impeccable image quality. 

Yes, there’s a slight difference in resolution, but it’s so minimal that it really doesn’t matter.

Both cameras offer superb dynamic range, excellent color rendition, and ISO performance that rivals anything on the market today. You can see these elements in action with the Z7 in the video above by AdoramaTV.

Likewise, both cameras have excellent on-sensor phase-detect autofocus systems that offer top-notch performance and image quality when tracking moving subjects. The Z7 has face detection that works quite well, though the Sony’s Eye AF system is impossible to beat from a performance standpoint. See a live demo of the Sony a7RIII in Adorama’s video above.

Honestly, the only knock I have is that the Sony’s autofocus points are grey, which can be difficult to see, while the Nikon has super bright AF points that are easily noticeable.

This is one measure in which these cameras are very, very evenly matched, so it’s difficult to determine a winner.

Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III Video Specs 

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Given that these cameras are so evenly matched across the board, the determining factor for which one you purchase might well be the price.

The Nikon Z7 sells for a shade under $3,400.00 (body only). The Sony a7R III is currently on sale for $2,800.00.

Ultimately, most Nikon shooters aren’t going to switch to the a7R III to save $600. Likewise, I can’t imagine many Sony shooters spending an extra $600 for the Z7. Instead, I imagine brand loyalty will win out with folks who have already committed to one ecosystem or the other.

Regardless of which you choose, you’ll be getting a fantastic, highly capable camera. 

Nikon Z6 vs Z7: Deciding Which is Best for Your Needs

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In that regard, the Z7 is a better camera from an image quality standpoint. This isn’t to say that the Z6 isn’t also capable of producing beautifully detailed, sharp photos, but the Z7 is a step above.

Winner: Nikon Z7. If you intend to create large prints, its sensor is better equipped to create the image files needed to do so.

Nikon Z6 vs Nikon Z7: Autofocus


Both cameras have 4K UHD recording at 30 fps and 1080p video at 120 fps.

However, the Z6 is capable of shooting full frame video and the Z7 is not. Instead, the Z7 shoots 4K UHD video with a significant crop, which means reduced video quality.

Get a detailed look at the Nikon Z6 in the video above by AdoramaTV.

Winner: Nikon Z6. It’s hard to beat full frame 4K UHD!

Nikon Z6 vs Nikon Z7: Price


However, if video or continuous shooting speed are high on your list of priorities, the Z6 is clearly the better choice with 12 fps continuous shooting and full frame video.

Ultimately, either of these cameras is well worth the investment. The one you get will most likely depend on the purpose for which you need it and/or the size of your budget.

11 Things You Need to Know When Considering the Nikon Z7

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I wrote an article that compares the filmmaking abilities of Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7, and the conclusion was clear: the Nikon Z6 is the superior camera for video.

You can check out the full comparison for more details, but of particular note is that the Z7 doesn’t have full sensor readout when shooting in 4K UHD. Instead, you have to shoot with a 1.5x crop factor to get full sensor readout.

As a result, full frame footage is soft and noisy when compared to what the Z6 is capable of capturing.

Get more details on the differences between the Z7 and Z6 in the video above by Nice Lady Productions.

What You Should Know About the Nikon Z7: The EVF is One of the Best in the Business

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One of the claims to fame for the Z7 is its superb image quality.

As noted earlier, the backside-illuminated sensor without an anti-aliasing filter sure helps in the image quality department.

The new EXPEED 6 processor also helps by reducing noise. Having 5-axis image stabilization doesn’t hurt, either.

The Z7 also ranks near the top of the food chain in dynamic range.

See some sample Nikon Z7 images in the video above by The Big Picture.

What You Should Know About the Nikon Z7: The Controls are Laid Out Perfectly

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Clearly, Nikon got it right with the Z7.

Though it was a long, hard wait for its release, the extra time Nikon spent developing this camera has definitely paid off.

Currently, you can purchase a Z7 body for $3,396.95. A Nikon Z7 kit with a 24-70mm f/4 S lens runs $3,996.95.

Nikon D3400 Review

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Moreover, the Nikon D3400 has all the other specifications you would expect from an entry-level camera – it has an impressive resolution, HD video capabilities, a decent autofocus system, and 5 fps burst shooting mode.  

In this review, we will look at the Nikon D3400 specs more closely, and point out its advantages and disadvantages.

Editor’s Tip: When you’re just starting out in photography, it’s better to buy a capable camera and an improved lens rather than a higher-end camera and an entry-level lens. The lens you use will have a greater impact on the quality of your photos, so putting as much of your budget towards better glass will pay dividends. If you buy a used Nikon D3400, for example, you can use the money you save to invest in a 50mm f/1.8G lens, which offers improved performance over a Nikon kit lens.

Nikon D3400  Specs 

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Regarding the Nikon D3400 price, it costs around $417.00 brand-new (including an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens), which is a very affordable price. For this amount of money, you will get everything that is needed for your first steps into the photography world.

Alternatively, you can save some cash and buy a pre-owned Nikon D3400 for barely more than $200.00 (body only). In fact, if you read my MPB review, you can learn all the benefits of buying used gear from one of the top used camera gear retailers out there.

Learn More:

Why an APS-C Camera is Ideal for Beginner Photographers Tips for Buying Used Camera Gear

Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R

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Both of these cameras are excellent and offer top-notch performance, features, and lens options.

As I said earlier, neither one is so good that it will convince someone to jump ship from one manufacturer to the next.

Likely the biggest question is do you want to upgrade now or wait until the second generation of these mirrorless cameras is released? The video above by Brett Garamella might help you answer that question.

You can pick up a Nikon Z7 (body only) for $3,396.95 at Adorama. The Canon EOS R (body only) will set you back $2,299.00 at Adorama.


Best Used Nikon Prime Lenses

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Given its small size, this lens is a perfect choice for street photography. Likewise, landscape photographers, nature photographers, and architecture photographers will find it to be a useful addition to their camera bag.

Best of all, buying used can save you hundreds of dollars. The MSRP for this lens is $2,000.00, but you can pick up a used one in excellent-plus condition for about half that price.

Learn more about the Nikon Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S lens

Best Used Nikon Prime Lenses: Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 D 

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At 50mm, you get an even more versatile lens than the 24mm lens discussed earlier.

From landscapes to portraits, street photography to travel photography, and points in between, this lens is a great companion for photographers of all skill levels and areas of interest.

Perhaps the greatest asset of this lens is its price. Brand-new, it’ll run you about $330.00, but, again, you can save a significant amount of money if you buy used.

For example, a used version of this lens in excellent condition is currently going for about $220.00. 

Learn more about the Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.4 D lens

Best Used Nikon Lenses: Nikon Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 D

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This is also an excellent lens choice for video recording.

It’s compact and lightweight, so you don’t feel like you’re carrying a super-heavy kit around as you record. The aforementioned f/1.8 aperture gives you the ability to shoot in dim lighting with great success as well.

Additionally, since this lens has manual aperture control, you can make on-the-fly depth of field adjustments as you shoot in live view. The result is a gorgeous transition from focusing on foreground to background elements, or vice versa.

Though this lens is now discontinued and you can’t purchase new ones, there are loads of used versions available. For one in excellent condition, expect to spend about $300.00. That’s not bad at all considering the excellent optics and build quality of this lens.

Learn more about the Nikon Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 D lens

Nikon D3300 Review

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Learn more about camera’s features in the video above by Ben Broomfield

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Nikon D3300 Design

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At the moment, you can buy a new Nikon D3300 with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens and a host of other goodies for around $499.00. If you don’t mind buying a used one, you can get the Nikon D3300 (body only) for as low as $189.00.

Nikon Z7 Landscape Photography Workhorse

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As I said before, my former landscape rig was a Nikon D850, which honestly is one of the best cameras I’ve ever owned.

But now that the Z7 has come along, at least for landscape photography, it has made the D850 look like a quaint old rig. The Z7 is simply that good.

It isn’t a camera for everyone, that’s for sure. But if you’re in the market for a new landscape-specific camera, I encourage you to give the Z7 a long, hard look.

Pick up a Nikon Z7 (body only) for $2,796.95 or get a Nikon Z7 with a 24-70mm f/4 S lens for $3,396.95.