51. 4K video recording
The new cameras are the latest Nikon models to be equipped with 4K video recording. This is offered in the 4K UHD format that records at 3840x2160 pixels, with the option of 30fps, 25fps and 24fps frame rates.
52. Full HD recording to 120p
In addition to standard 4K and Full HD videos, the Z6 and Z7 allow you to capture footage at up to 120fps for slow-motion output. This can be played back at Full HD resolution in a choice of 30fps, 25fps and 24fps frame rates, that latter providing the maximum 5x slower result.
53. 10-bit HDMI out
The cameras are able to output 10-bit video footage through their micro HDMI port to an external recorder. It’s also possible to capture 8-bit 4K UHD footage in camera and simultaneously output the same to an external recorder.
54. Zero crop factor
Unlike on some other models, each camera can capture 4K footage with a zero crop factor when using FX-format lenses, be this the new S-series lenses or F-mount lenses mounted via the FTZ adapter. This is great if you want to retain wide-angle framing.
Nikon’s log shooting mode, called N-Log, provides up to 12 stops of dynamic range, which gives more flexibility when grading footage later on. This appears somewhat flat on the cameras themselves, but the View Assist option gives you a better idea on screen of what final footage would look like.
56. Mic and headphone ports
The side of each camera has 3.5mm ports for microphones and a pair of headphones. With this, videographers can take advantage of better audio capture during video recording, and also monitor audio levels more accurately than would be otherwise possible.
57. Zebra stripes
To assist with exposure and maintaining highlight detail, it’s possible to call upon zebra stripes. This feature overlays black stripes over areas of highlight detail at the threshold of the user’s choosing so that it can be seen how likely it is that highlight detail is being lost at current exposure settings.
Just as is the case on many of Nikon’s other cameras, it’s possible to activate an electronic version of the company’s Vibration Reduction technology when capturing videos. This can work in conjunction with optical VR systems for even steadier compositions and footage.
59. Time code
The time code option lets you sync up footage from different devices more easily. This can be embedded in footage and also output through the HDMI port to an external recorder.
60. Time-lapse 8K
You can capture to 9999 still using the interval timer, and use this to create 8K time-lapse video on the Z7, although the assembly itself does not happen in the camera. Instead, you need to use third-party software. 4K time-lapses, however, can be created in the camera itself.
61. Stills and video – at the same time
It’s possible to capture 8.3MP images while recording 4K UHD videos. Not shooting in 4K? You can still capture images that measure around 2MP when shooting in Full HD, which is perfectly adequate for online use or small prints.