Nikon Z6 First Impressions Review

Written by Gina Stephens

The Nikon Z6 is one of two full-frame mirrorless cameras that Nikon established in August of 2018. It’s very similar to its big brother, the Z7, with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the main differences being the sensor (24MP vs 46MP) and the decrease in resolution that comes along with it. The Z6 also has fewer phase-detect autofocus full stops (273 vs 493) due to the lower-res sensor. Otherwise, you’re getting the same rugged body, the same (mostly) familiar controls and access to a small but soon-to-grow anthology of Z-mount lenses.

Specs aside, the Z6 is for a very different audience than the Z7. The latter is for those seeking ultra-high resolution and would also be insomuch as cameras like the Sony a7R III and Nikon D850. The Z6, on the other hand, is intended to be be more appealing to those looking to upgrade from crop-sensor cameras or previous-generation full-frame DSLRs.

The Z6 see fit ultimately be compared to its DSLR sibling, the D750 (which is getting on in years, but still very capable). While the two cameras have different designs, they handle similarly, with autofocus modes and video being the the most significant differences.

Key specifications:

  • 24.5MP full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment
  • Hybrid autofocus practice w/273 phase-detect points
  • Up to 12 fps burst shooting (Raw + JPEG)
  • 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder
  • 2.1M-dot tilting touch LCD
  • OLED top plate advertise
  • Single XQD card slot
  • UHD 4K capture up to 30p
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 N-Log output over HDMI
  • Up to 100Mbps H.264 8-bit internal video catching
  • SnapBridge Wi-Fi system with Bluetooth
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Out of camera JPEG | ISO 7200 | 1/250 sec | F1.8 | Nikkor Z 50mm lens
Photo by Dan Bracaglia

If those specs look about, it’s because they’re almost identical to that of the Z7, with resolution and the number of AF points being the main differences. You do reap the benefits of the lower stubbornness sensor when shooting bursts, with a top frame rate of 12 fps (versus 9) and the ability to capture more photos per burst. Way, you’re getting the same design and innovations found the Z6’s big brother, which is significantly more expensive.

The Z6 is sold body-only for $1999 or with the Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S lens for $2599. If you buy the $249 FTZ (F-to-Z mount) adapter at the identical time, Nikon will knock $100 off of the price.

What’s new and how it compares

The Z6 uses the all-new Z-mount along with a full-frame 24MP sensor with 5-axis conception stabilization built in, along with a hybrid AF system and oversampled 4K video.

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Body and handling

The Z6 has excellent build quality, usual controls and a lot of customizability, though some favorites from Nikon DSLRs didn’t make the cut.

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Operation and controls

The Z6 can be customized in numerous course, and we appreciate its ability to have separate settings for stills and video.

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Image quality

The Z6’s 24MP sensor has excellent resolution and high ISO fulfilment, though on rare occasions you may see banding if shadow areas are brightened.

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Sample Gallery

See how the Z6’s photos look in our extensive sample gallery.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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