D5200 upgrade: new Z5 vs. used Z7

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D5200 upgrade: new Z5 vs. used Z7

Hi all, I'm posting here after a long time and in need of some urgent suggestion/advice.

I've been using a Nikon D5200 with Nikon AF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit as my main camera since 2013/14 which itself was an upgrade from a Fujifilm bridge. It's been a fantastic tool for me and that sensor (IIRC Toshiba sourced) has served me well enough and still does. I'm a tech blogger/writer (PC hardware) and photography enthusiast. I mostly shoot landscape, nature and macro but from time to time I also cover conventions, expos, product launches etc. as a part of my job.

Lately I've been thinking of an upgrade and all the roads seem to lead to mirror-less cameras. My primary concern is image quality and I find the Z5 to be very attractive and of great value. I intend to pair it with fantastic Z 24-120 F/4 which is the sole reason why I'm not considering any DSLR, my apprehension about using an EVF not withstanding. I don't see myself buying anymore lenses except the 50mm F/1.8 and the 70-200 F/4 if Nikon ever feels like releasing one!

Z5's slow low-light AF might become an issue when I'm shooting in dimly lit venues out of professional obligations. It may help that my subjects aren't particularly fast-moving and I take more pics of notebooks/motherboards/gfxcards than people anyway. What I'm more concerned with is the resolution or the lack thereof! With the Z5 I'll have the same 24mpx as with my 8 year-old cropped sensor and it kinda bugs me. From my personal experience I've learnt that for cropping, having extra detail, down-sampling or pixel-peeping (in that order) having higher res never hurts with of course other factors like DR and noise level remaining comparable. And this brings me to the following question.

should I go for a used Z7 instead? I always liked that D850 sensor and I've found one reasonably priced Z7 in FB marketplace but with a shutter count of 64.5K. Is that too high a count for future reliability? When it comes to refurbished or used cameras, there aren't many options where I live, specially for high-end mirrorless ones.

Whatever route may I take, I intend to stick with it for the next 5/6 years. So, what should I do? Any suggestion or feedback is more than appreciated. Regards.

 iFLAME's gear list:iFLAME's gear list
Nikon D5200 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon D5200 Nikon D850 Nikon Z7
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