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Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera

BH #NIZ6 • MFR #1595
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Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine
  • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • 273-Point Phase-Detect AF System
Part of Nikon's next step in their imaging journey, the Z6 Mirrorless Camera is positioned as the "all-arounder" within the new Z System. Beginning with the Z Mount itself, a large-diameter design with a short 16mm flange distance allows Nikon to create compact, yet powerful cameras and develop more advanced optics. The Z6 is among the first in the series, and features a high-performing FX-format 24.5MP BSI CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine delivering outstanding image quality and speed with a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200.
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Nikon Z6 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Nikon Z System
  • 324.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Processor
  • 44K UHD Video Recording
  • 5273-Point Phase-Detect AF System
  • 6Body Design

Part of Nikon's next step in their imaging journey, the Z6 Mirrorless Camera is positioned as the "all-arounder" within the new Z System. Beginning with the Z Mount itself, a large-diameter design with a short 16mm flange distance allows Nikon to create compact, yet powerful cameras and develop more advanced optics. The Z6 is among the first in the series, and features a high-performing FX-format 24.5MP BSI CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine delivering outstanding image quality and speed with a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200.

On the sensor you will find an advanced phase-detect autofocus system using 273 points covering 90% of the image area, and the sensor features 5-axis Vibration Reduction technology for stabilized photos and video regardless of the lens used. This advanced hybrid AF system will also benefit video. The Z6 features UHD 4K recording at up to 30p and can use the N-Log gamma profile along with the camera's 10-bit HDMI output to create cinema-quality video.

As with many mirrorless systems, the Z Series boasts a much more compact form factor than its DSLR counterparts. The Z6 is no exception with its slimmed down design and lighter build, though it maintains the weather sealing and ergonomics for which Nikon is known. The camera features multiple displays and screens for ease of use, including a 0.80x 3.6m-dot EVF with NIKKOR optics and a Fluorine coating, ensuring clear viewing. The rear of the camera is equipped with a 3.2" 2.1m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD while the top offers a dot-matrix OLED for quickly checking settings. Additionally, the body is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Nikon Z System

Introducing the Z mount, Nikon's full-frame mirrorless system promises to deliver class-leading image quality and optics in a compact form factor. The Z mount itself makes much of this possible with a 17% larger inner diameter than the F mount, enabling the use of more advanced optics and lens designs, including ultra-fast f/0.95 options. For minimizing camera and lens size, the Z mount features a 65% shorter flange distance, measuring just 16mm, which allows for dramatically slimmed down body designs. The larger mount also supports faster and larger-volume communications between the body and lens to improve overall performance throughout the system.

24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Processor

A 24.5MP BSI CMOS sensor is used for all-around shooting, impressive low-light quality, and fast readout speeds to benefit continuous shooting, movies, and time-lapse recording. The back-illuminated design of the sensor affords noticeably cleaner high-sensitivity output for reduced noise when working at high ISO values, up to a native ISO 51200, as well as vivid and smooth quality at sensitivities as low as ISO 100. Benefitting the sensor is the apt EXPEED 6 image processor, which affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including the ability to shoot continuously at 12 fps in raw.

4K UHD Video Recording

Utilizing the sensor and processor attributes for more than just still imagery, the Z6 is also a more-than-capable multimedia camera. Video recording is possible at UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) using either the full-frame area or a DX crop area in 30p, 25, or 24p frame rates. Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at up to 120p for slow motion playback, and video files can be saved to the in-camera memory cards or as an uncompressed file to an optional external recorder via HDMI out.

Advanced video functionalities have been added with the Z6. This includes the N-Log gamma for capturing flat-looking footage that maximizes dynamic range. Other additions are the ability to output high-quality 10-bit data over HDMI and an Electronic VR function for smooth handheld shooting. Focus Peaking can be used to benefit manual focus control and a Zebra Stripes option is also available to help detect over-exposed areas within the frame. Audio recording can be handled using the built-in stereo microphone or an optional external mic can be added via the 3.5mm stereo jack for greater control over quality, and live monitoring is possible via the headphone jack.

Further complementing video capabilities, the Z6 is eligible for an optional ProRes RAW upgrade, enabling the camera to output ProRes RAW footage to a compatible Atomos external recorder. This upgrade provides greater color grading flexibility with the ProRes codec along with the ability to output uncompressed 12-bit raw footage over HDMI. This upgrade requires sending the camera to Nikon's Service Department for installation.

273-Point Phase-Detect AF System

Located on the sensor is an array of 273 phase-detect autofocus points covering 90% of the image area both vertically and horizontally. This provides fast and accurate focusing for both stills and video and with a wide coverage area, subject tracking will work out to near the edges of the frame. Hybrid AF is available for video, which will automatically switch between phase- and contrast-detect systems to provide smooth focus during shooting. Additionally, the latest NIKKOR Z lenses are optimized for silent operation.

Body Design

  • Built-in to the body is a 5-axis sensor-shift Vibration Reduction mechanism for up to 5 stops of stabilization regardless of the lens used. This system also works with adapted lenses when using the optional FTZ Adapter where 3-axis stabilization is used.
  • A large 3.2" 2.1m-dot LCD screen is available for bright, clear, and vivid image playback and live view shooting. The screen has a tilting design to benefit working from both high and low angles, and it is also a touchscreen for more intuitive operation, navigation, and settings control.
  • A 3.6m-dot electronic finder is present for comfortable eye-level viewing. It has a high 0.80x magnification and uses NIKKOR optics to guarantee a sharp, clear image. The finder also has a Fluorine coating for easier cleaning.
  • The top panel of the Z6 is configured with a dot-matrix OLED. This low-energy display provides quick access to important camera settings.
  • Configured with one CFexpress Type B/XQD memory card slot, the camera will be able to quickly save photo and video files.
  • A robust magnesium-alloy chassis is both dust- and weather-resistant to benefit working in harsh climates and inclement conditions.
  • The ergonomic grip and overall form factor is shaped to benefit handling for extended periods of time and is further accentuated by an anti-slip material and a joystick for seamless settings and focus point selection.
  • Built-in SnapBridge connectivity to enable seamless transfer of low-resolution imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and Wi-Fi enables communication between the camera and a smart device and, additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.
  • Included EN-EL15b rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 310 shots per charge, and in-camera charging is supported. This camera is also compatible with EN-EL15 and EN-EL15a batteries, however do not support in-camera charging.
UPC: 018208015955

Nikon Z6 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountNikon Z
Sensor ResolutionActual: 25.28 Megapixel
Effective: 24.5 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Sensor Type35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto/Video
100 to 51,200 in Auto Mode (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-4 to 17 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 12 fps at 24.5 MP
Up to 5.5 fps at 24.5 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes1:1
4016 x 4016
3008 x 3008
2000 x 2000
16:9
6048 x 3400
4528 x 2544
3024 x 1696
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC Audio
2-Channel LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes10-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)Full HD (1920 x 1080)
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: CFexpress Type B / XQD
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x Nikon DC2 Input
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.2"
Resolution2,100,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Size0.5"
Resolution3,690,000 Dot
Eye Point21 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.8x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 273
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
General
Battery Type1 x EN-EL15b Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.3 x 4 x 2.7" / 134 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm
Weight1.29 lb / 585 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.325 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.75 x 7.45 x 5.3"

Nikon Z6 Reviews

Nice camera

By Gail D
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

So far it is working great. Light, nice sharp photos. Good investment.

My first mirrorless, not going back to DSLR

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-25

My old D5000 was long overdue for an upgrade. I wanted to downsize from carrying around my DSLR along with a few primes, to being able to travel with a versatile camera and a single zoom lens. The Z6 is that camera for me, and the lens is the 24 - 70mm F/2.8. The quality of the images from this camera are beautiful and razor sharp. I was a hardcore manual focus photographer, but I've been beyond impressed with the speed and accuracy of the auto-focus. Overall this is just what I was looking for, a compact, yet powerful camera that I can carry around with me everywhere, without compromising on quality.

Like each piece of refurb gear...like new

By Don
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-23

The condition of the camera and lens are exceptional, and I would strongly encourage anyone to look at this more affordable purchase option. The camera and lens work together beautifully, although I've only scratched the surface of its capabilities. I've been a casual Nikon D7000 user for a decade, and I'm now fully into mirrorless with this kit and a Sony ZV-1.

Great Camera

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-04

This is our third Z camera. We also have another Z6 and a Z6ii. We chose to get another Z6 over the Z6ii because our Zhiyun gimbal doesn't like the Z6ii; we saved $400 over the ii; and with the updated firmware (3.4) it is more than capable of performing in the low-light situations.

Memory card

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-30

I have a hard time believe you would not include a memory card with a 2000.00 camera or at least let the person ordering that they need to buy one. This is a gift for our son so we were unaware.

Good all rounder

By Martin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-20

Pleased with the build quality and pictures. Good size and straight forward controls. Only issue is bluetooth and wifi connections are unstable.

Great camera

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-11

This is my first mirrorless camera and I couldn't be happier. It's everything you'd expect from Nikon. Body feels sturdy and substantial but more compact than my old SLRs. Performance is phenomenal so far. Controls layout is intuitive and makes sense. The lens is a typical kit lens. Decent quality. Feels higher quality than other kit lenses but I added some higher quality prime lenses immediately. Overall I'm really happy with this purchase and can't wait to continue using it.

So far, so good!

By Victoria
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-16

I just got the Nikon Z6 Mirrorless camera; this is my first mirrorless body and I'm super excited to see how it compares to my DSLRs. First impressions are great with it producing high quality images and fast focusing. I love that it's light-weight and easy to travel!

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