Photographer Tony Northrup has had some seat time behind all of the cameras and decided to put the question to the test. Not only does he run the Z7 through a battery of tests against its closest mirrored brethren, the Nikon D850, but he also pits it against the other mirrorless standard-bearers from the other two other brands, the Canon EOS R and Sony a7R III.
Much has been made in the last few days about banding that's being exhibited in Nikon Z7 raw files due to phase detection pixels being placed across the sensor, per tests done at DPReview. But how does that compare to noise performance overall? Northrup breaks it all down (along with the images), and the results are actually surprising. Banding may not be the biggest issue among this group of new cameras compared to some of the other issues he saw.
In any case, sensor issues are not all that uncommon when a camera is new, and sometimes there's an easy fix. When the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was released, many photographers thought the sky was falling when little black dots appeared in their images around point light sources. It turns out that a simple firmware fix cleared up the issue, and such could be the case. That said, when your competition is a D850, it's a high standard to reach.
What do you think of the image quality from the current crop of mirrorless cameras in this video? Do you think there was a clear winner in this test? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.