Viewfinder/screen
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Viewfinder/screen

The Z5 has a larger and higher resolution viewfinder than the EOS R (shown here) or the a7 II.

Despite being Nikon's entry-level full-framer, it uses the same viewfinder panel as the company's range-topping Z7. The 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder is a distinct improvement over the 2.36M dot panels used in both the EOS RP and the Sony a7 II. Given how much of the Z5's handling comes straight from Nikon's DSLRs, the EVF is likely to be the primary way of interacting with the camera, so it's nice to see Nikon resist the temptation to cut corners.

In terms of rear LCDs, the Z5 has a tilting 1.04M-dot touchscreen, which isn't quite as flexible as the EOS RP's fully articulating arrangement of a similar screen. However, there are plenty of photographers that prefer a screen that tilts on the optical axis, rather than flipping outward as the Canon's does. The only objective disadvantage is that the Nikon's screen can't be turned in towards the camera for protection.

The Sony uses an older panel with a white dot at each location, so is fractionally lower in resolution (640 x 480 pixels, rather than 720 x 480) than the other two cameras. The more significant difference is that the Sony's screen isn't touch-sensitive, which has a significant impact on how quick and easy it is to do things such as set the AF point.