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Nikon TradeUP Experience

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mealsop Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2017
Thu 25-Feb-21 03:39 PM
Some notes regarding the Z II Nikon (US) TradeUp experience for what it is worth.

Traded in a Z 6 for a Z 6II and a Z 7 for a Z 7II

— ordered: 01/19/2021
— received: 02/24/2021
— time between: 36 days

— ordered: 01/21/2021
— received: 02/22/2021
— time between: 32 days

These are made in Thailand. The body is noticeably thicker, especially the hand grip, finger tips do not press as hard against the camera body next to the function buttons as with the Z 6/7. The monitor is slightly easier to pull out for angled views. A blue sky test showed both sensors to be perfect.

The firmware in both needed today's release of version 1.10. The BIN filename is different from the previous Z bodies: Z7_2_0110_01.bin and Z6_2_0110_01.bin. Nikon has built into the filename some additional digits. The old MS DOS 8.3 format doesn't provide a lot of space for separating files in a human readable format.

On an XQD card that had been in and out of the camera numerous times the Z 7II threw an error when that card with the new firmware was seated in its slot, before the door was closed …and yes, the camera was switched off. The error indicated the Z 7II could not read the card, unfortunately I didn't copy the exact wording of the error message. There was no error message after removing and reinstalling the card and none in the many times since that card has been pulled and replaced to move files to the computer.

The Z 7II does not turn the camera off and leave it off after installing the new firmware. Instead it restarts the camera as if the switch had just been turned on.

The Z 6II does turn off the camera after the installation is complete which leaves the On/Off switch in the On position. Cycling the switch turns the Z 6II on as expected.

The RRS BZ7 B dovetail baseplate purchased for the Z 6/7 bodies fits the Z 6II / 7II bodies perfectly.

I have compared pictures of the Z 6/7 magnesium skeleton with the Z 6II/7II skeleton and they are different but not by a lot, nothing that indicates a difference in strength or durability. The extra thickness for the second battery (and the second processor?) has been added to the back of the camera.

Small thing: The plastic cover for the EN-EL15c that came with the Z 6II had cracks in the end but the battery did not appear to be damaged. The accessory compartment allows the contents to shift about during transit. Nikon's packaging does not seem to be as good as it once was.

The EN-EL15c batteries took rather a long time to charge the first time.

One other thing: The Z 7II comes with the EH-7P power supply but the Z 6II does not. Both include the MH-25a charger, which is what I use. According to the manual the EH-7P will power the Z II bodies if a battery is installed and the USB power delivery option in the Setup menu is Enabled, opening the option for very long periods of operation.

Lastly the Auto-area AF face/eye detection option has been removed from the Custom Settings menu (a4) and relocated in the i Menu with the AF-area mode selection, a much better arrangement.