Nikon Z 6

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Nikon Z 6
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Z 6 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Overview
MakerNikon
TypeFull-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera
Lens
Lens mountNikon Z-mount
Sensor/medium
Image sensor typeBack-illuminated CMOS sensor
Image sensor makerSony
Maximum resolution6048 x 4024 (24.5 effective megapixels)
ASA/ISO rangeISO 100-51,200
Recording mediumXQD card
Focusing
Focus areas273 points
Exposure/metering
Exposure modesProgrammed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure meteringTTL exposure metering
Shutter
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, Electronic front-curtain shutter
Shutter speeds30s - 1/8000s
Viewfinder
ViewfinderQuad-VGA EVF (3690000 dots)
Image processing
Image processorEXPEED 6
General
Video/movie recording1080p video at up to 120 fps, and 4K video at up to 30 fps
Rear LCD monitor3.2-inch tilting TFT LCD with 2.1 million dots with touchscreen
BatteryEN-EL15b
AV Port(s)USB Type-C, HDMI Type-C
Data Port(s)IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac/Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy
Body composition or special featuresIn-Body Image Stabilization
Dimensions134×100.5×67.5 mm (5.28×3.96×2.66 in)
Weight585 g (body only), 675 g (body with battery and memory card)
Made in Japan
Released2018 November 23

The Nikon Z 6 is a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera produced by Nikon.[1] The camera was officially announced on August 23, 2018, to be released in November. Nikon began shipping the Z 6 to retailers on November 16, 2018.[2] This was the second camera to use Nikon's new Z-mount system after the release of the 45.75 megapixel Nikon Z 7 in September 2018.[3]

This more affordable 24.5 megapixel full-frame model offers nearly all of the same specifications as the Z 7. Aside from the lower resolution, differences include fewer phase-detection autofocus points (273 compared to 493) and an added anti-aliasing filter. The fewer megapixels allow for some benefits: a higher ISO equivalent, faster 12fps (vs. 9fps) drive speed, greater burst depth and the ability to capture oversampled 4K video in full-frame (not only with APS-C crop) recording.[4][5]

Three Z-mount lenses were available by December 2018, the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S FX AF, the 35mm f/1.8 S FX AF and the 50mm f/1.8 S FX AF. The F-to-Z mount adapter accessory allows for using Nikon lenses from the digital SLR series with full compatibility.[6] In late 2018, Nikon also published a "roadmap" of lenses to be released between 2019 and 2021. A total of nine products were included in that list.[7]

Nikon Z 6 logo

Reception[edit]

The preliminary review by Imaging-Resource in the U.S. offered this summary of its conclusion after preliminary testing had been completed: "Overall, the Nikon Z6 is shaping up to be a very nice, all-around, enthusiast-grade mirrorless camera. ... I'm having a hard time finding any sizable criticism for the Z6. The image quality is fantastic, ... and the build quality is superb. The camera ... was easy to pick up and operate without much, if any, confusion. ... The camera feels great, works great and produces great photographs. I honestly can't ask for much more." The only negative comment at that time was that the Z 6 offers only a single XQD card slot; such cards were still quite expensive at the time and a single slot does not provide any "backup security".[8]

The Digital Photography Review site rated the camera's sensor as providing excellent resolution and high ISO performance, "though on rare occasions you may see banding if shadow areas are brightened ... While fine detail isn't as well preserved at low ISO or at high ISO as the best of its peers, the Z6 generally strikes a nice balance between noise and detail. Low light Raw performance is competitive with the best of its peers, which is to say it's essentially class-leading."[9] The editors suggested that the Z 6 may be preferable to the Z 7 for some photo enthusiasts. "While the Nikon Z7 may garner the most attention, the cheaper Z6 may actually prove the more impactful of the two cameras, since it'll be within reach of a larger number of photographers. And, since it captures oversampled video without a crop, it might be a more logical choice for video shooters than the higher-resolution Z7."[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelion, Leo (23 August 2018). "Nikon mirrorless cameras will battle Sony". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-24 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ Z6 to ship this Friday for $1999/DP Review
  3. ^ "Nikon Unveils Z7 and Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras, New Z-Mount Lenses + Adapter". Photo District News. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  4. ^ "Nikon Z6 is a lower resolution, less expensive Z7". DP Review. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Nikon Z7 vs. Nikon Z6". Imaging-Resource. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  6. ^ "The ultimate in optical image quality". Nikon USA. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ "Nikon's three-year lens roadmap includes 58mm F0.95 Noct". DP Review. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  8. ^ "Nikon Z6 Review". Imaging-Resource. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  9. ^ "Nikon Z6 First Impressions Review". DP Review. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Nikon Z6 is a lower resolution, less expensive Z7". DP Review. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.

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