Body and design
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Body and design

Nikon will probably hate me saying this, but the Z7 looks a lot like the Sony a9, with the grip from a D850 glued onto the side of it. And that's not a bad thing, to be honest. The Z7 is very comfortable to hold, and generally speaking it works in much the same way as the D850 from its twin control dials down to its near-identical menu system.

Nikon claims that the Z7 offers the same durability as the D850, which should reassure its loyal user-base, and while we don't have specific details we'd expect it to be sealed against dust and moisture incursion at all major seams and control points. The Z7 certainly feels well-built, and while more angular than Nikon's current DSLRs, it should feel pretty familiar to any seasoned Nikon DSLR user. The Z7 even has a nice high-contrast OLED top-plate information display.

Unfamiliar to some Nikon DSLR users will be the Z7's card format. Nikon is breaking from the past and only including a single XQD card slot in the Z7, with support for next-generation CF Express media (which shares the same form factor) coming later, via a firmware update.