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The Z 7 fits the best bits of the D850 into a much smaller body while adding use­ful ex­tra fea­tures

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Power The EN-EL15b bat­tery prom­ises 330 shots per charge, and can be re­plen­ished in-cam­era through the USB port. Older EN-EL15 bat­ter­ies can also be used, but need to be charged ex­ter­nally. Z mount The large­di­am­e­ter mount uses four prongs rather than three; Nikon’s en­gi­neers say that this is to main­tain ro­bust­ness and to make lens changes quicker. Lens roadmap Six more Z-mount lenses are due next year: a 58mm f/0.95 Noct, 20mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and 14-30mm f/4. In 2020 Nikon is promis­ing a 50mm f/1.2, 24mm f/1.8 and 12-24mm f/2.8. Con­nec­tiv­ity Built-in Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth al­low con­nec­tion to a smart­phone or tablet, al­low­ing re­mote con­trol of the cam­era com­plete with a live view dis­play. Im­ages can also be copied across for shar­ing on so­cial me­dia. Nikon’s free Snap­bridge app is now vastly im­proved over older ver­sions, and much more re­li­able. Con­nec­tors Head­phone and mi­cro­phone sock­ets are found be­hind one rub­berised cover on the side of the cam­era, with ca­ble re­lease, HDMI and USB-C con­nec­tions pro­tected by a sec­ond. Sta­tus screen An SLR-like top-plate screen shows key shoot­ing info – shut­ter speed, aper­ture, ISO, bat­tery power and drive mode – us­ing an OLED dis­play that adapts to the am­bi­ent light con­di­tions.

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