Touch-sensitive rear LCD
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Touch-sensitive rear LCD

Like the D850, the Z7 has a touch-sensitive rear screen, but the Z7 makes much more extensive use of touch control than any Nikon DSLR, with AF point positioning and all menus now touch sensitive. This includes a revised and now customizable version of the camera's 'i' menu. The touch panel can also be used in playback mode to zoom in, navigate around and scroll between images.

What's missing, though, is the ability to use the rear screen as a touchpad to position the AF point when the camera's held to your eye. This might not sound like a big deal, since the Z7 has the same AF point joystick as the D850 but its absence becomes an issue because of the way the Z7 handles AF tracking.

The screen itself is lower resolution: with 2.1M dots rather than the 2.36M dots of its predecessor, but that doesn't quite tell the whole story. The Z7's screen is 3:2, rather than the taller 4:3 aspect ratio. This allows the camera to be smaller but is also a match for the camera's sensor. This means the Z7 ends up giving the same 1024 x 680 pixel resolution for its live view display as the D850, it just overlays the settings on top of the preview, rather than having a stripe of settings taking up the bottom of the screen.