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Nikon Z6

Nikon Z6

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GENERAL

The Z6 was introduced by Nikon in August 2018. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Nikon is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Nikon.

ManufacturerNikon
CategoryMirrorless
Introduced08/2018
SENSOR

The Z6 features a CMOS sensor in Full frame size that has an area of approximately 36 x 24 mm² (1.41" x 0.94").

This infographic compares the Z6's sensor to other common formats:

Infographic: Z6 comparing sensor sizes

(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)

The Z6's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 24 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.

The Nikon supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Nikon's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The Z6 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

FormatFull frame
Sensor area35.80 x 23.90mm²
(1.41" x 0.94")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)25.30 megapixel
Resolution (effective)24.50 megapixel
Pixel size35.60 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 12 frames/second
LENS

All compatible Z Mount lenses can be mounted to the Z6.

Currently, approximately only a few Z Mount lenses are available, not counting lenses by third-party manufacturers. Further lenses can be connected via suitable adapters.

Interchangeable lens
MountNikon Z Mount
VIEWFINDER

The Z6 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.80x, an excellent value for an electronic viewfinder.

Simulated viewfinder Z6

The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the Z6. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).

Tip: If the viewfinder image of the Z6 is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.

TypeElektronic
Coverage100%
Magnification0.80x
Resolution3.68 megapixel
Dioptric correction
SHUTTER

The Z6's shutter speeds range from 1/8000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed1/8000s
Min. shutter speed30s
SENSITIVITY

The Z6's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 51200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Additionally, the Nikon's sensitivity can be boosted to 204800. However, ISO boosting will almost always lead to an increase in noise.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity51200 ISO
Boost204800 ISO
METERING

The Z6 supports all common metering modes.

The Nikon will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
AUTO FOCUS

The Z6's auto focus processor uses 273 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Nikon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypePhase Detection, Contrast Detection
AF points273
Manual focus
FLASH

The Z6 doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Nikon's hotshoe.

Built-in
Hot shoe
DISPLAY
Z6 display and touch screen

The Z6 features a monitor with a diagonal of 80.00mm (3.1 in.) and a resolution of c. 2.10 megapixel. A resonable value that will make it easy to evaluate images directly in-camera.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The Z6's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

TypeLCD
Size80.00mm (diagonal)
(3.1 in.)
Resolution2.10 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
VIDEO

When recording videos with the Z6, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.

The camera features a connector for an external microphone, a neccessity for good video sound. A built-in mike will record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is mostly not desired. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Nikon Z6 at a glance:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS

The Z6 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Another option to transfer images to the smartphone is Bluetooth (Note: Bluetooth connections will not always transmit images or videos with full resolution.)

In situations where wireless won't work reliably, a wired connection can be used.

Connect the Nikon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

USB 3.0 is already supported by the Nikon. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

The Nikon's connectivity at a glance:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
STORAGE

What memory cards can be used with the Nikon Z6?

The Nikon does not support SD cards.

XQD Cards can be used, too.

With an average image size of 12 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 2670 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Slots1
Memory cardsXQD
MISC. FUNCTIONS

Let's have a look at some other features of the Nikon Z6:

The Z6 doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.

The Z6 features a built-in stabilizer. A plus when using legacy zooms or tele lenses without stabilizer.

A nice addition is the Nikon's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.

The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.

The Z6 is environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; a very useful feature when you take the camera places.

The Nikon's features in a handy table:

GPS
Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Panoramas
HDR
Environmentally sealed
BATTERY

The Nikon Z6 works with a EN-EL15B LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 330 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Z6's battery at a glance:

TypeEN-EL15B LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life330 photos
DIMENSIONS

The Nikon Z6's dimensions are 134 x 100.5 x 67.5mm³. (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 675 grams (21.8 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Front and top view of the Z6 with dimensions:

Nikon Z6 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Nikon Z6 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
SIZE COMPARISON

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Z6 is clearly bigger:

Nikon Z6 size comparison
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