Nikon Z7 II vs Nikon D850

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z7 II and Nikon D850. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D850

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon Z7 II were released 2020 and Nikon D850 was released 2017. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z7 II Nikon 2020
Nikon D850 Nikon 2017

Type of camera

Nikon Z7 II is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D850 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "FX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Z7 II 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D850 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Both these cameras has the exact same resolution. Nikon Z7 II has a 46 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D850 has 46 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Z7 II 46 MP 45441024 8256 5504
Nikon D850 46 MP 45441024 8256 5504

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 64 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z7 II 64-25600
Nikon D850 64-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z7 II
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D850

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z7 II can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Nikon D850 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z7 II 10
Nikon D850 9

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon Z7 II and Nikon D850 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D850 weighs 1005 gr (equal to 2,22 lb) which is 43% heavier than Nikon Z7 II and its 705 gr (or 1,55 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z7 II 705 gr 1,55 lb
Nikon D850 1005 gr 2,22 lb