Nikon Z6 Review (2020)

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The all-new Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera is the first camera to the Nikon family in the mirrorless line-up Designed to capture your creative vision using ground-breaking technology, the Z6 was inspired by Nikon’s legacy of unparalleled optical performance and craftsmanship. Yes, it was fully powered with the same Nikon DNA and as well as so compact, light-weight and it is so versatile for any kind of usage with years of innovation and photographic perfection.  With this Z6 Nikon has also introduced a new and world’s largest Z-mount which allows us to experience an extreme image quality. Unlike Nikon’s DSLRs, the Z-series cameras have a hybrid autofocus system that combines contrast- and phase-detection focusing for good output. 

Nikon Z6 Specifications

The Nikon Z6, first-ever camera to adopt the z-mount in the history. It features a hybrid AF system and 5 axis in-body image stabilization. And the body is fully sealed against the dust and the moisture. Also, with the new EXPEED 6 image processor, ISO can be expanded up to 204800. Furthermore, the camera can record 8 bit of video internally and externally at the same time.

Nikon Z6 360 degree View

Body Design

Nikon has made the Z6’s body from magnesium alloy and has sealed the joints and controls to make it dust and weather-resistant. The Z 6 was designed based on stringent principles of reliability inherited from Nikon D-SLRs, which have earned the trust of a wide range of users including professionals. Magnesium alloy is used for the front, back and top covers of the camera body to achieve superior robustness and durability while remaining lightweight. The camera’s compact yet sturdy body makes filming possible even in harsh environments. There is also an electronic viewfinder and a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen for composing and viewing images with accurate details.

  • Body type – SLR-style mirrorless
  • Camera Format – Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy and Plastic
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 585 g
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 675 g
  • Dimensions – Width 134 mm x Height 100.5 mm x Diagonal 67.5 mm
  • Operating Environment – Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
  • Lens Mount – Nikon Z Mount, F mount NIKKOR lenses with a mount adapter
  • Shutter Type – Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec
  • Shutter life – 2,00,000 Shots
  • Mirror Lock-Up – No
  • Memory Card Slots – 2 
  • Battery description – EN-EL 15b Li-ion battery, Rechargeable.
  • Battery Life – CIPA rated 310 shots
  • Charging AC adapter – EH-5c/5b charging AC adapter, EP-5B power connector
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

Sensor and Processor

Since Nikon Z6 is a new arrival, it also came up with a new high-speed processor of EXPEED 6. Mainly it helps to create more sharp images and reducing the noise even at high ISO. Now, the sensor has focal-plane phase-detection AF throughout the sensor, providing accurate focus throughout the frame. 

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Sensor photo detectors – 24.5 Megapixel
  • Total Pixels – 25.8 Million
  • Effective Pixels – 24.5 Million
  • Sensor size – Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
  • Max resolution – 6048 x 4024
  • Other resolutions – FX (36×24) image area (L) 6048 x 4024 ( 24.3 million) (M) 4528 x 3016 ( 13.7 million) (S) 3024 x 2016 ( 6.1 million) DX (24×16) image area (L) 3936 x 2624 ( 10.3 million) (M) 2944 x 1968 ( 5.8 million) (S) 1968 x 1312 ( 2.6 million) 1 : 1 (24×24) image area (L) 4016 x 4016 ( 16.1 million) (M) 3008 x 3008 ( 9.0 million) (S) 2000 x 2000 ( 4.0 million) 16 : 9 (36×20) image area (L) 6048 x 3400 ( 20.6 million) (M) 4528 x 2544 ( 11.5 million) (S) 3024 x 1696 ( 5.1 million) Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 Photographs taken during movie recording at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080
  • Processor – EXPEED 6
  • Bit Depth – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14bit
  • Camera Stabilization – 5-axis image sensor shift
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary color filter

Image

At the heart of the Z 6 has a new FX-format backside illumination CMOS sensor, featuring 24.5 effective megapixels and focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels. It takes full advantage of NIKKOR Z lenses utilizing the optical performance, bringing a new level of sharpness to the image. The Focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels are efficiently distributed throughout the sensor, allowing it to provide accurate AF over a wide area of the frame. Meanwhile, the sensor’s copper-wiring circuits enable rapid read-out of AF information and the data from its 24.5 effective megapixels, while realizing continuous shooting at up to 12 fps.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100-51200
  • Minimum ISO – 50
  • Maximum ISO – 204800
  • White Balance presets – 12
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided with 6 slots
  • Image stabilization – Sensor-shift
  • File format – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit / TIFF (RGB) / JPEG
  • Picture Styles – Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls.

Optics & Focus

Nikon Z6 has a pretty good AF system with noticeable speed and accuracy. Since the sensor is now filled with single AF points. It enables to focus of edge-to-edge with accurate detail in both stills and videos. In addition to Eye-Detection AF for still shooting, users can expect improved AF performance in dark scenes, and can now take advantage of AE tracking alongside AF tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. The Z6 can now focus down to an astounding -6 EV when the low-light AF function is activated for still shooting, it allows to capture subjects that are hard to discern with the naked eye.

  • Focus Mode – Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • Number of focus points – 273 (single-point AF)
  • Lens mount – Z mount NIKKOR lenses, F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter
  • Focal length multiplier – 1×

Auto Focus

  • Autofocus system – Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -2 to +19 EV
  • AF lowest EV – -4 EV with low-light AF
  • Autofocus – Pinpoint, single-point, and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF.

Screen and Viewfinder

The Z 6’s electronic viewfinder boasts an organic EL panel, approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.8× magnification, with an approx. 37.0° diagonal viewing angle. But it also draws on Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technology to ensure a clear and comfortable view with reduced aberration and minimum eyestrain, even during extended shoots. Furthermore, the fluorine coat is applied to the eyepiece protection window, reducing flare while repelling dirt. When filming under harsh lighting, the electronic viewfinder helps to select the subjects across the entire frame. In addition to this, a high-resolution tilting monitor offers touch-panel functionality helping to focus even during movie recording by touch. The monitor’s tilting structure lets to make videos comfortably even when the camera is mounted on a video tripod or stabilizer.

  • Screen Type – Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle
  • The Screen size – 3.2″
  • Screen dots – 2,100,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder type – 1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls
  • The Viewfinder coverage – 100%
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 21 mm
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.8x
  • Eye sensor – Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
  • Diopter Adjustment – -4 to +2 m-1

Photography Features

The electronic viewfinder provides a clear view and helps to shoot comfortably in any situation. Now Z6 provides more flexibility over photography and videography also. The sensor is capable of providing accurate color and contrast even at low light. 

  • Exposure modes – Auto; programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); user settings (U1, U2, U3)
  • Drive modes – Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer
  • Continuous drive – Up to 12 fps Low-speed continuous: 1 to 5 fps High-speed continuous: 5.5 fps High-speed continuous (extended): 12 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW: 9 fps)
  • Metering modes – Matrix, Centre-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted metering
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
  • Metering Range – –4 to +17 EV
  • Live View AF system – 100% frame coverage with Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
  • Built-in flash – Not provided
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – X=1/200 s; synchronizes with the shutter at 1/200 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
  • Flash Compensation – -3 to +1 EV (1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) – i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
  • External Flash Connection – ISO 518 hot-shoe
  • 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-ready Indicator – Lights when the optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
  • Bracketing Types – Exposure, flash, white balance, ADL

Video or Movie Features

The Z6 is capable of capturing raw 12-bit, 4K UHD video in full-frame utilizing full-pixel readout equivalent to 6K with an external recorder. The Z6 N-Log allows us to take advantage of extensive color depth range in 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output for making professional-quality videos. Meanwhile, the ability to capture Full HD ×4 and ×5 slow-motion — processed in-camera — allows for instant dramatic expression.

  • Video resolutions – 4K UHD (30p), Full-HD (120p)
  • Video RAW recording – 12-bit, 4K UHD video with an external recorder
  • Moreover, Video Compression – H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Videography Format – MOV, MP4
  • Frame Rate – 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1920×1080 (slow-mo); 30p ×4, 25p ×4, 24p ×5 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 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo, when quality is fixed at high
  • Audio Recording – Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
  • External Microphone – External microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
  • Audio File Format – AAC, Linear PCM
  • Audio Output – Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Other Special Features of Nikon Z6

Now, Eye-Detection AF is available in both still and video shooting with the Z6. It is capable of detecting multiple eyes, it helps to choose the preferred eye from several human subjects. The Z6 introduces new Nikon’s image creation system. It helps mainly to control the mid-range sharpness. Also, it was capable of diffraction compensation that helps for taking landscapes or cityscape images without diffraction. And with the introduction of a lot of picture style, it helps to create your look more easily than ever before. As a special feature, for identifying the overblown highlights the zebra patterns can be used in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of the subjects.

  • Focus Stacking – Focus Shift Photography
  • Active D-Lighting – Selected from, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off for both photo & video
  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • Bluetooth – Version 4.2
  • Storage types – XQD and CFexpress* memory cards [*Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by Sony Corp. only]
  • USB Connectivity – USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
  • Wired connectivity – High-speed Gigabyte Ethernet and USB C
  • HDMI Connectivity – Type C HDMI connector
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – 2s, 5s, 10s, the 20s
  • Accessory Terminal – Can be used with MC-DC2 and other optional accessories.

Best Lenses for Nikon Z6

The Nikon’s new Z mount mirrorless camera system is designed with the short flange distance that helps for the best optical performance. There are many varieties of Z-mount lenses with more new advanced technology-induced on it. NIKKOR Z lenses open up a new dimension in optical performance. There is also a facility for using a huge variety of all F mount lenses with this mirrorless camera.

Mount Adapter FTZ

The vast Nikkor F Lens also combines with the power of the Z6 and also with all Nikon Mirrorless Camera. The Mount Adapter FTZ helps to use all the F mount lenses with the Z mount in mirrorless camera thus providing facility to create an outstanding performance.

List of Best Common Lenses for Nikon Z6

Best All-in-one Lens

NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
  • NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S NOCT
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Best Macro Lenses

  • AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • AF-S MICRO NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15MM F/3.5-4.5E ED
  • NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-Angle Prime Lenses

  • PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED
  • NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28MM F/1.4E ED

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Nikon Z6

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400MM F2.8E FL ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600MM F/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 800MM F/5.6E FL ED VR

Best Portrait Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S NOCT
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon Z6 Rating

As per the reviews and features of Nikon Z6, the ratings for this super-duper camera is full-on. Indeed, professional photographers consider this camera to be the best and top of all the Nikon cameras to date. This camera is so helpful for any type of genre in photography for both amateur and professionals in wildlife photography, wedding photography, product photography, commercial or advertising Photography, Photojournalism, etc… Because of its new technology and its performance Nikon Mirrorless Series was going to be the milestone. Further, this rating is given to Nikon Z6 as per the survey of Photo mentor PRO.