Posted: 6. January 2019 at 18:24 CET
Nikon Z6 and Z7 differ in just one aspect: the sensor. Both cameras use a full frame sensor (24 x 36mm²) but the Z6’s chip has a resolution of 24 megapixels while the Z7 produces images with a whopping 46 megapixels.
The lower resolution of the Z6 also means fewer data that need to be pushed around, resulting in a higher frame rate of up to 12 photos per second. Larger photo elements on the sensor give higher sensitivity:
The Z7 has a higher count of AF points (493 vs 273); a more relevant metric is the AF’s coverage which stands at 90% for both models.
Everything else is identical between the two cameras: Same stabilizer, same EVF, same display, same body – save for the label on the front. Nikon even quotes the same battery life for both models.
The Z6 is a better fit for every day photography and for people who want to upgrade to full frame from APS-C sizes sensors while the Z7 is more suited for landscape or architecture photography. Keep in mind though that the higher resolution of the Z7 comes at a price: The Z6 retails for almost $1.000 less.
06.01.2019: Nikon Z6, Z7: Manual download (PDF)
01.01.2019: Nikon Z6 / Z7 – What’s in the box?
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