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QUICK NIKON Z6 INFO

  • Effective Pixels: 24.5MP
  • Sensor Size: 35.9 × 23.9mm
  • Maximum Image Resolution: 6048 × 4024 
  • Maximum Video Resolution: 3840 × 2160 @ 30p 
  • ISO: 100-51200
  • Dynamic Range:  14 stops
  • Color Depth:  14 bit

  • Lens Mount: Nikon Z
  • Card Slots: 1× XQD Card

  • Battery Type: EN-EL15b

  • Weight: 585g / 1.49lb
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • List Price: US $2,000 | UK £2,099 | DE €2,449
  • Current Price: Amazon

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE NIKON Z6

Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 are two cameras which start a new chapter in the company’s history. These are the first full-frame mirrorless cameras of the producer and they are additionally equipped with a much bigger lens mount - Z-Mount.

The Z6 model has been created to ensure the best possible results in low light. If the camera was not equipped with only one memory card, it would be perfect for reporting and wedding photography.

Nikon Z6 is equipped with the 24.5Mp BSI CMOS sensor and the 5-axis vibration stabilization system (with the estimated effectiveness of 5 EV). The sensor is supported by the latest-generation EXPEED 6 processor which enables work within the ISO range of 100-51200 and photographing with the maximum speed of 12f/s.

Besides that, we also get the hybrid (contrast-detection and phase-detection) AF system based on 273 points, which covers 90% of the frame vertically and horizontally and which is going to be fully useful also while recording films.

When it comes to the film mode, Z6 enables recording films in 4K UHD (3840 × 2160 pixels) with the speed of 30f/s, in the full-frame mode. In the case of Full HD films, the highest available speed is 120f/s, which will be surely appreciated by slow-motion fans. What’s more, even while recording in 4K, we get the electronic vibration reduction support and the camera enables saving images in the “flat” Nikon N-log profile as well as issuing 10-bit signal to external recorders with the use of HDMI.

The camera will surely not disappoint when it comes to the preview since the device is equipped with the electronic OLED viewfinder with the resolution of 3.690.000 points and the 0.8x zoom. In addition, the eyepiece is covered with the fluorine coating, which will facilitate keeping it clean. We also shouldn’t forget about an auxiliary LCD screen placed on the upper panel.

The camera’s body has been sealed against dust and splashes. It has two control knobs and the AF joystick on the back panel as well as the PASM knob. Unfortunately, there is only one memory card slot (XQD).

Unluckily, we will not find the dedicated measurement mode control button, the AF switching lever and the serial mode switch. Still, it’s worth noticing that we get three user modes and function buttons, which, after configuration, should ensure convenient camera control. The producer has also made sure that the handling of the camera should not cause any problems to the existing Nikon users. The camera has the menu taken from top reflex cameras, together with a handy panel which will enable the regulation of the most important photography parameters.

 

 

PHOTOS OF THE NIKON Z6

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NIKON Z6 VIDEO REVIEW

 

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NIKON Z6 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

NIKON Z6 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

TYPE OF CAMERA & OPTICS

Camera Type

Rangefinder-Style Mirrorless

Lens Mount Type

Nikon Z mount

Lens Type

Z mount NIKKOR lenses
F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter; restrictions may apply

 

IMAGE SENSOR

Sensor Type CMOS
Crop Factor

Sensor Size

Full Frame

35.9 × 23.9mm

Low-Pass Filter

Yes

Effective Pixels 24.5MP
Total Sensor Pixels

28MP

Sensor Pixel Size

5.94μm

Sensor Dynamic Range

14 stops

Image Ratio

1:1

5:4

3:2

16:9

Maximum Resolution

6,048 × 4,024

Other Resolutions

FX-format
(L)  6,048 × 4,024
(M)  4,528 × 3,016
(S)  3,024 × 2,016

 

DX-format
(L)  3,936 × 2,624
(M)  2,944 × 1,968
(S)  1,968 × 1,312

 

1:1 (24 × 24)
(L)  4,016 × 4,016
(M)  3,008 × 3,008
(S)  2,000 × 2,000

 

16:9 (24 × 24)
(L)  6,048 × 3,400
(M)  4,528 × 2,544
(S)  3,024 × 1,696

 

Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3,840 x 2,160:
3,840 × 2,160

 

Photographs taken during movie recording at other frame sizes: 1,920 x 1,080:
1,920 × 1,080

Image Stabilization

Yes

5-Axis Sensor-Shift

Pixel Shift Technology No
Dust Reduction System

Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D); image sensor cleaning

 

PROCESSOR

Processor

Expeed 6

 

EXPOSURE

Exposure Metering System TTL metering using camera image sensor
Metering Methods

Matrix metering 
Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame 


Spot metering: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point 
Highlight-weighted metering

Exposure Modes

Auto 
Programmed auto with flexible program (P) 
Shutter-priority auto (S) 
Aperture-priority auto (A) 
Manual (M) 
User settings (U1, U2, U3)

Exposure Bracketing Yes
 

SENSITIVITY

Native ISO Sensitivity

100 - 51200

Lowest ISO

50

Highest ISO

204,800

 

WHITE BALANCE

White Balance Presets

Auto (3 types) 
Choose color temperature (2,500 K–10,000 K) 
Cloudy 
Direct sunlight 
Flash 
Fluorescent (7 types) 
Incandescent 
Natural light auto 
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning 
Shade

White Balance Bracketing

Yes

 

FILE SYSTEM

Uncompressed Formats

RAW

Other Formats

JPEG

 

FOCUS

Autofocus

Hybrid Phase-Detection/Contrast AF with AF assist

Manual Focus

Yes

Number of Autofocus Points

273

(single-point AF)

Autofocus Sensitivity -4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Autofocus Modes

Pinpoint 
Single-point 
Dynamic-area AF 
Wide-area AF (S) 
Wide-area AF (L) 
Auto-area AF

Pinpoint and Dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only

Focus Peaking Yes
Autofocus Stacking Yes
Autofocus Fine Tune
Yes

Eye Autofocus

No
 

SHUTTER

Shutter Type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter;

Electronic front-curtain shutter;

Electronic shutter

Slowest Shutter Speed 30sec
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000sec
Fastest Electronic Shutter Speed 1/8000sec
Bulb Shutter Mode Yes
Shutter Release Modes

Single frame 
Low-speed continuous 
High-speed continuous 
High-speed continuous (extended) 
Self-timer

Top Shooting Speed

12  frames per second

Buffer Size

18

Silent Shutter

Yes

Shutter Life Expectancy

200,000
Self-Timer

2, 5, 10, 20sec.;

1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec. 
Timer duration electronically controlled

 

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder Type 1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls
Viewfinder Resolution

3,690,000

Viewfinder Coverage

Approx.  100% horizontal 
100% vertical

Viewfinder Magnification

Approx.  0.8× (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m -1)

 

SCREEN

Articulated LCD

 Yes

Tilting

Screen Type

TFT LCD

Screen Size

3.2″

Screen Dots

2,100,000

Touch Screen

Yes

 

FLASH

Built-In Flash No
Accessory Shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Flash Bracketing Yes
Flash Modes

Front-curtain sync

Slow sync

Rear-curtain sync

Red-eye reduction

Red-eye reduction with slow sync

Slow rear-curtain sync

Off

Flash Sync Speed

Up to:  X=1/200 sec.;

Synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 sec. or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported

Dedicated Flash System No
 

VIDEO FEATURES

Video Resolutions

4K UHD 3,840 × 2,160 / 30 fps 
4K UHD 3,840 × 2,160 / 25 fps 
4K UHD 3,840 × 2,160 / 24 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 / 120 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 / 100 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 / 60 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 / 50 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 / 30 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 / 25 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 / 24 fps 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 slow-mo / 30 fps x4 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 slow-mo / 25 fps x4 
Full HD 1,920 × 1,080 slow-mo / 24 fps x5 
Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively 
Quality selection available at all sizes except 
3,840 × 2,160, 1,920 × 1,080 120p/100p, and 1,920 × 1,080 slow-mo, when quality is fixed at high

Movie File Formats

MOV
MP4

Video Compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Maximum Recording Time 29min 59sec
Time Code

Yes

Drop Frame

Movie Log Gamma Output

Yes

N-Log with View Assist (HDMI output only)

Movie Highlight Display (Zebras) Yes
Audio Format

Linear PCM 
AAC

Time-Lapse Recording

Yes

Up to 4K UHD; Silent mode option

 

STORAGE

Storage Types

XQD Memory Cards

Card Slots
 

CONNECTIVITY

USB

 Yes

USB: Type C connector (SuperSpeed USB) 

HDMI

Yes

HDMI: Type C HDMI connector 

Microphone Port

Yes

Headphone Port

Yes

Wi-Fi Functionality

Yes

Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac 

Bluetooth Yes
NFC No
Remote Control

Yes

(via MC-DC2 or smartphone)

GPS

Yes

Via the SnapBridge app

 

MENU

Total Settings 38
Supported Languages

Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

 

POWER

Battery Type EN-EL15b
Battery Life

310  shots (CIPA)

Movies:  Approx. 85 min. of movie recording

Battery Charger MH-25A
AC Adapter EH-7P Charging AC Adapter 
EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter (requires EP-5B power connector, available separately)
Internal Charging Supported Yes
Vertical Battery Grip

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PHYSICAL FEATURES

Body Material Magnesium
Weather Sealed Yes
Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C

32 – 104 °F

85% or Less Humidity

Dimensions (W × H × D)

134 × 101 × 68mm 

5.28 × 3.98 × 2.68″

Weight

675g

 1.49lb

 

WARRANTY

Warranty

1 - Year USA

 

PRICE

MSRP US $2,000 | UK £2,099 | DE €2,449
 

 

NIKON Z6 SPEC COMPARISON

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NIKON Z6 REVIEW

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NIKON Z6 DISCUSSION FORUM

 

 

NIKON Z6 FILES TO DOWNLOAD

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NIKON Z6 IMAGE SAMPLES

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NIKON Z6 VIDEO SAMPLE

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NIKON Z6 ORDER LINKS

  • Nikon Z6 Body + NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S + Mount Adapter FTZ - Amazon

  • Nikon Z6 Body + NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S + Mount Adapter FTZ - Amazon

  • Nikon Z6 Body + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S - Amazon

 

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