Posted: 3. January 2019 at 13:12 CEST

By: Team

File sizes for photo and video with Nikon Z6 / Z7

File sizes for photo and video as determined with our Nikon Z6 (24 megapixel). All data and size requirements are for full resolution (size setting to “L”):


  • RAW (NEF format): 27.4 MB
  • JPEG (FINE): c. 7-10 MB
  • JPEG (NORM, Z6 default setting): c. 3.5-5 MB
  • RAW + JPEG (FINE): c. 35-40 MB


  • FullHD (1.920 x 1.080, 50p): c. 200 MB / minute
  • 4K (3.840 x 2.160, 25p): c. 500 MB / minute

With a brand new 64 GB XQD card (currently bundled with the camera, see here), the Z6 shows the following capacity for still photography:

  • RAW: 1.200 photos
  • RAW + JPEG (FINE): 892 photos (screenshot below)
  • JPEG (FINE): c. 3.400 photos
  • JPEG (NORM): c. 7.600 photos

Note that the available capacity seems to be on the low side for a 64 GB card, given the file sizes we determined above. For example, we would expect a card of that size to hold over 2.000 RAW images rather than only 1.200.

The camera indicates the available space in the bottom right corner of display and EVF (arrow):

Nikon Z6 XQD Memory Card Requirements für RAW JPEG 64GB

The Z7 has twice the resolution, yielding correspondingly larger file sizes for photos and hence roughly half the capacity for a memory card of the same size.

Datasheet Nikon Z6
Datasheet Nikon Z7


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