Viewfinder
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Viewfinder

In on and off-record conversations with Nikon over the years, one thing has always been clear - the company did not feel comfortable replacing optical viewfinders with electronic versions until it could guarantee a truly comparable shooting experience.

It's reassuring, then, that the Z7 offers one of the best electronic viewfinders we've ever seen. A Quad VGA (3.6m-dot) OLED display and 0.8X magnification (compared to 0.75X in the D850) is augmented with a complex optical assembly within the finder (which includes aspherical elements and fluorine coating). The result is a bright, crisp and extremely detailed viewfinder image, even when shooting in low light.

Unlike the other cameras we've seen using comparable viewfinder panels, there's no difference in perceived resolution when in preview and playback modes or during burst shooting and focusing, suggesting the Z7 is making better use of its display by always displaying the sensor's full resolution.