In-body stabilization
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In-body stabilization

In a first for Nikon, the Z7 features in-body image stabilization, which is effective up to a claimed 5EV. With Z-mount lenses, the camera can compensate for movement in five axes (rotation in three dimensions and translational movement up/down and left/right).

With adapted lenses, this drops to three axes, with only rotational movement: pitch, yaw and roll being corrected. When a VR-equipped F-mount lens is attached via the optional FTZ adapter, the 3-axis system hands off pitch and yaw correction to the lens, with the body dealing with roll. As such, a VR-equipped F-mount lens should offer superior stabilization on the Z7 compared to a DSLR (where roll cannot be corrected).

Our initial impressions of VR performance are very positive with the native Z lenses, in both stills and video shooting. We'll be thoroughly testing this feature as soon as we get hold of a reviewable camera.