Sensor
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Sensor

At the heart of the Z7 is a 45.7MP BSI-CMOS sensor, based on the sensor used in Nikon's popular D850. As such, it's most likely fabricated by Sony Semiconductor from a Nikon design. ISO sensitivities range from 64-25,600 and at ISO 64 we're expecting the Z7 to offer the same class-leading detail and dynamic range as its DSLR cousin. For JPEG shooters, the Z7 offers a grand total of six sharpening levels for fine-tuning sharpness, plus a new 'mid-range sharpening' setting for even finer control.

One major difference between the Z7 and D850's sensors is of course the addition of on-sensor phase-detection autofocus pixels in the mirrorless camera. These give the camera an understanding of subject distance that a DSLR would gain from its dedicated autofocus module. They underpin the camera's ability to assess distance changes and also allow it to drive adapted F-mount lenses in the same manner as a DSLR would.