Nikon Z6 Summary
Nikon Z6 Assessment
The Nikon Z6 an equally worthy contender as its higher-resolution Z7
Nikon Z7 twin among the Full-Frame Mirrorless market. Both cameras are remarkably polished for a completely new platform.
This mirrorless takes a 24 MP BSI-CMOS sensor paired with an EXCEED 6 processor to deliver a high throughput with 12 FPS at full-resolution. Its 5-axis built-in image-stabilization system adds stabilization to all lenses with great efficiency, while the 273-Point built-in Phase-Detect AF system is highly sensitive, completely accurate and quite fast. In single-shot AF, it locks focus quickly, although it has trouble following fast-moving subjects in contiuous autofocus mode.
Image quality of the Z6 is incredible. The larger pixels compared most Full-Frame Digital Cameras really shine in low-light. Image-noise is kept extremely low until ISO 6400 while maintaining excellent color and contrast. Dynamic-range is over 14 stops which places it slightly behind a few higher-resolution cameras that offer lower minimum ISO sensitivities. Combined with a native Z-mount lens, the Z6 captures sharp details at every pixel.
Video performance is very strong on the Z6, capturing full-width 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS and 1080p Full HD video at 60 FPS without crop or 120 FPS with crop. Audio input and stereo output help capture and monitor audio while filming.
The Z6 is fast and efficient to use. Its ergonomics are a mix of new and Nikon-classic controls. Much has been improved and a few things remain the same, including the strange Auto ISO behavior and some renduncy. Still, dual control-dials, the traditional mode dial and a large number of buttons make changing important parameters quick and efficient. The new 3.7 MP 0.5" EVF with 0.8X magnification, 100% coverage and an essential Eye-Start Sensor deliver a view to behold. Certainly this is among the best EVF on the market, although not quite perfect since it sometimes previews the wrong exposure or white-balance.
The Nikon Z6 is a very compelling choice for Nikon users that can use their existing lens via an F-to-Z mount adapter in order to complete the initially small Z-mount lens lineup. Its combination of exceptional image-quality, large pixels and ultra-low-light performance make the Z6 one of the best values currently available..
|Extremely low noise||Shallow Buffer-Depth|
|Excellent metering||Poor EC button location|
|Effecive 5-Axis Image Stabilization||Poor Continuous AF|
|Good colors accuracy||Artifacts from built-in Phase-Detect pixels|
|Reliable Automatic White-Balance||Not Exposure-Priority|
|Highly sensitive AF||Occasionally incorrect WB preview|
|Quick 273-Point AF||Bizarre Auto ISO|
|Very responsive||Very short battey-life|
|Natural EVF contrast|
|Solid build quality|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
Nikon Z6 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|24 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 50-204800|
|Nikon Z Mount|
|5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5-Stop Improvement||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.50" Built-in EVF 3.7 Megapixels (0.80X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Weatherproof||Stereo audio input|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|12 FPS Drive, 42 Images||XQD|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording|
|3.2" LCD 2.1 Megapixels|
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