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Nikon Z6 II Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (2020)

MSRP 2000 USDNeoscore 78%NEX score 78%

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Product Overview

Nikon Z 6II is the company's 2nd-gen digital mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. Launched with the Z 7II, the Z 6II features two EXPEED 6 image processors for double the processing power. This leads to improved autofocus and video performance.
The Z 6II is capable of recording 4K UHD video with full pixel readout, up to 4K 60p (to be introduced via firmware update in Feb 2021). It outputs video in 10-bit with N-Log. With an optional upgrade, the Z 6II is able to output 12-bit ProRes RAW.
The back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor in the Z 6II (sourced from Sony Semiconductor) is a step-up from the original Z6, offering more confidence in an expandable ISO range up to 204,800. Thanks to the dual EXPEED 6 processors and 5x the buffer capacity, the Z 6II is able to deliver a maximum burst rate of 14 fps (with AF-S).
The Z 6II and Z 7II are the first Nikon cameras to support Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF with video recording, enabling continuous focus on the eyes of humans, dogs, and cats.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • 5 stops of IBIS
  • Good 14.0 fps burst rate
  • Weather-sealed
  • Supports CFExpress card
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Viewfinder with low 0.8x magnification

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Outstanding dynamic range
  • Great autofocus system
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent shooting speed
Cons
  • Not the most portable
  • No telephoto zoom
  • Not as good as Panasonic S5
  • More expensive than predecessor
  • No f/2.8 aperture
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac + Bluetooth

Construction

Form Factor
Mirrorless camera
Image Size
Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
25 MP (6048 x 4024)
Sensor | Type
BSI-CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
70 mm / 2.76 in
Size | Height
101 mm / 3.98 in
Size | Width
134 mm / 5.28 in
Weight
705 g / 24.91 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2 inch
Display Type
Tilting TFT LCD
Resolution
2,100,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.8x
Viewfinder | Resolution
3,690,000 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

Autofocus
273 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash Sync Speed
1/200 s
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
5-axis, 5 stops
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
100 ~ 51200 (expands to 50 ~ 204800)
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Processor
Dual Expeed 6
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264
Video Recording
4K 30p, FHD 120p
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
410 shots
Max Burst Rate
14.0 fps
Shutter Speed
1/8000 - 30 s
Storage
CFexpress Type B / XQD, UHS-II SD

Production

Availability
2020-11
Battery
EN-EL15c lithium-ion battery & charger
Debut
2020-10-14

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External Reviews

dpreview[1]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The Nikon Z6 II is an extremely capable camera that will support the photographer in almost any situation you throw it into. It's comfortable to use, takes great photos, has a highly effective AF system and can be used to capture very good video footage. The camera's Raw video stream is sub-sampled: skipping pixels to deliver 4K output from its 6K sensor. But against competition that's just as good, it doesn't dazzle to the degree necessary to gain our Gold award.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent video autofocus
Cons
  • Not as good as Panasonic S5

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Nikon Z6 II is a very competent all-rounder. It is ready for anything you throw at it, and is most at home in run-and-gun situations. Being adaptable to a variety of scenarios means it is frequently my first choice for almost any project. If you are looking for a high-quality mirrorless camera that is as much at home at home as it is in an exotic location, you won’t be disappointed.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Can’t shoot 4K at 30fps in burst mode

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score 61%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Nikon Z 6II is an impressive camera for sport and wildlife photography. While its autofocus system does a great job of tracking moving objects, it struggles with tracking faces. Video quality is very good overall, especially in controlled lighting conditions. It's not designed for mounting on a helmet or other action cam accessory, and it isn't waterproof.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent shooting speed
  • Good battery life
  • Outstanding dynamic range
  • Great autofocus system
  • In-body video stabilization
  • Well-built and very comfortable to use
  • Impressive dynamic range, especially at higher ISO levels
Cons
  • Not the most portable
  • No tilting screen
  • Not the best portable

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Nikon Z6 II is an updated version of the original Z6. Same 24.5 megapixel full-frame sensor, but with two Expeed 6 processors. Can now shoot at a more useful 14fps (vs 12fps before), and has a second memory card slot. Autofocusing has also been boosted by the addition of Animal Detection AF and improvements to tracking performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Improved autofocus
  • Improved battery life
Cons
  • More expensive than predecessor

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Nikon Z6 II uses the same full-frame 24.5MP BSI sensor as the Z6. It has the same 3.69 million-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) and 5-stop in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system. It can shoot at 14fps, but the details are in the small print – at this maximum rate, you're limited to 12-bit raw files and a single AF-point. Nikon's 273-point AF system has 90% coverage across the frame, which is good in isolation.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
Cons
  • No f/2.8 aperture
  • No telephoto zoom

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon Z6 II review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-z6-ii-review. 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Nikon Z6 II review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/nikon-z6-ii. 2021-12-30. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
3. ^ Nikon Z 6II Camera Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/camera/reviews/nikon/z-6ii. 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
4. ^ Nikon Z 6II review. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/nikon-z-6ii-review. 2021-09-22. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ Nikon Z6 II review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/nikon-z6-ii. 2020-11-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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