Since the camera has now been shown to the public and I am far from the only one that have checked it out first hand, I think the Z7 does deserve an early impressions thread. Swedish Nikon Pro retailer Kameradoktorn had an event this morning where you could look at the Z6 and Z7 and try them out for yourself. My main interest was the Z7 and how well it stacks up against the D850. Thus, I did not spend that much time with the Z6. With regards to build quality, both cameras gave the same quality feel. Much more D850 than D750. Both give a very solid impression. However, the small size and the claim that even a micro SD card would require too much space (see below) makes me wonder about how it will react to an impact. I felt the old metal vs. plastic debate from the 80s might be revived if one ding results in cracked PCBs. Please note that the following is by no by means a review. These loose comments are only my personal impressions after having checked out a pre-production sample in a store. The grip is on the small side but probably still large for a mirrorless camera. While my first impression was that it had a cluttered layout, I still could find most button intuitively. Having used cameras with large top LCDs since the 90s, I was surprised by the small display on the Z-series. It was still easy to see the information and it was very comfortable in dim light. The viewfinder is nice and easy to see. The diopter dial to the right of the EVF changes the image size (let us say it changes the eye point), which is very much appreciated for us who wear glasses. It was really easy to see the entire frame and the information below. While the viewfinder offers a nice image, I was not convinced for my photographic needs. It did lag, most apparent when panning and following slow passing cars outside the shop window. The spokes on the rims where all blurry and I for one would find that lag tiresome and less than ideal for birds in flight. I am less disturbed by the mirror blackout. Focus with the new 35/1.8 was accurate, but not as fast as I had hoped for. Even compared to the D800E, it felt slower, but I attribute that to the lens. The lens had the same plastic feel to as the consumer grade DX lenses. It seems weight is key here. According to Nikon there was simply no place for a second memory card. While I asked about the space requirements for even a micro SD card just for backup, I was informed that size would be adversely affected and that they therefore had opted for a single memory card. It will take CFExpress cards after a firmware update. When that is due, they could not say. Speaking of memory cards, they will not enter the business, but re-label existing cards as a way to push the format. VR worked very well and will probably help drive the prices up for older non-VR AF-S supertele lenses. If a VR lens is used, the IBIS and VR will work together. We were not allowed to examine photos other than on the camera displays, so I will not comment on image quality. However, the rear display seemed even better than that on the D850. It had excellent detail and colour accuracy, clearly better than the EVF. The sensor was said to be new as well, so not only is the Expeed processor new, we also have a new sensor. It will be interesting to see how it has been tuned and how it differs from the D850. The Nikon representative mentioned that they have received notice that a battery grip is in the works. It will hold two EN-EL15 batteries but there was no scheduled release date. The standard response to most software and feature related comments, apart from the single memory card slot, was that this is a pre-production sample and that several changes are already planned for the first firmware update. All-in-all, a promising start. It will be a contender and a strong first entry for Nikon. It will not be to everybody’s liking, but who says mirrorless is? Sorry for the poor photo.