Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras

Nikon has announced the arrival of its most awaited and amazing full-frame mirrorless cameras Z6 and Z7.  It has introduced itself as a serious player in the world of growing mirrorless cameras by giving an aggressive response to Sony’s A7 and A7R. Nikon seems to enter late in this field but hits very close to the bull’s eye in the first attempt.

The Nikon Z6 and Z7 two cameras are quite identical; apparently, sharing same dimensions, weight, and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, they differ in significant features like megapixel count and other areas including a number of focus points and ISO range.

Nikon Z6 and Z7

Design and Texture:

The glamorous design gives a positive impression; the cameras are reasonably small and compact, in fact, slightly larger than Sony’s A7R. However, when it comes to comfort level the larger design gives a strong grip either holding the camera or using large lenses. The new Z lens offers a customizable ring enabling users to control focus, exposure compensation and adjust aperture.

Everything is précised and gives a tactile feel. The 3.2-inch tilting touch-screen gives a large and clear view with a high resolution of 2100 k dots. The screen can be tilted up and down to use it as a waist level viewfinder. It can also be used to adjust settings, scroll through menus as well as a focus point. The menus follow the same layout and design as previous cameras, however, My Menu section can be customized where favorite settings can be added by giving quicker access to the users.

Specifications and Features:

Nikon has done a great job while providing dozens of new technology as Z6 is targeted as general purpose mirrorless camera, with its 24 MP sensor, 12 fps continuous shooting speed, and 273 autofocus points. On the other hand, Z7 delivers more premium image quality offering 45.7 MP sensors that can push 9 frames per second and a superior autofocus system with a total of 493 focus points. The cameras have brought with them an all-new Z mount system that will debut with a 24-70mm f/4 “kit” lens which is collapsible, meaning that it can be extended to 24mm before you start using it but as soon as it is zoomed, extends up to 70 mm. Both cameras offer focusing down to -4 EV and face detection focus.

The built-in vibration reduction system helps reduce shakes by up to 5 stops and provides 5-axis stabilization for VR-equipped and 3-axis for those without VR. The ISO sensitivity offered by a Z6 sensor is 100-51.200, while that of Z7 is indicated in ISO 64-25.600.

Both of them offer a good battery life as rated at 330 shots per charge for Z6 and 310 shots per charge for Z7. There are plentiful features available for capturing a video as it records 4K UHD video at 30p and 24p using the full width of the sensor. They have a new processor of EXPEED 6 and the BSI sensors are developed by Nikon for better noise performance.

The cameras are also blessed with Hybrid AF system that automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF. One of the amazing features which you might have been longing for is that Nikon has started to deliver cameras with Snapbridge and removed the option for open Wi-Fi. However, there is only one memory card slot available for xQD cards or CFExpress. For the power supply, Z6 and Z7 mainly rely on the proven EN-EL15 batteries which are also available in a variety of Nikon DSLR.

Which one to buy?

Nikon has released two versions of cameras targeted at the different type of audience with identical bodies but completely different sensors like D810 and D810A. However, Nikon Z6 is likely to get more popular and gain success because of its low price and also 24 MP can be seen as a sweet spot in the megapixel race.

Be it a wedding shoot or general purpose photography, portrait or street photography Z6 will do it all with great efficiency. Z7, despite offering an amazing resolution of 45MP has left Z6 behind in the race but still, Z6 offers a reasonable choice.

 Good points:

  • Smaller and lighter than DSLR
  • Better video capabilities
  • Faster image sequences
  • A potential of an electric viewfinder (such as histogram, image review)
  • High reliability
  • Amazing resolution
  • Compatibility with existing F-mount lenses
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Top LCD display showing shutter speed, aperture, and ISO

Negative points:

  • Expensive
  • No built-in GPS
  • No built-in flash

Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras Z6 and Z7 offering radical design and refined features has set the new standard of high image quality and also left the audience in excitement. It is ambitiously going several steps beyond Canon’s mirrorless cameras.

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