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Nikon Z6 II Mirrorless Camera

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Nikon Z6 II Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Dual EXPEED 6 Image Processors
  • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • 14 fps Cont. Shooting, ISO 100-51200
More speed, more versatility, more performance, the Nikon Z6 II is an updated take on the all-rounder mirrorless camera designed for high-end photo and video applications. Despite the wealth of upgrades, the Z6 II retains its familiar form factor and prized image quality to benefit working multimedia image-makers.
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Nikon Z6 II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Nikon Z6 II: Multimedia Workhorse
  • 3
  • 424.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and Dual EXPEED 6 Processors
  • 5UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 6273-Point Phase-Detect AF System & Vibration Reduction
  • 7Body Design
  • 8Second Generation Z
  • 9Z6 II Firmware Ver. 1.30 (Released 10/19/2021)
  • 10
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Nikon Z6 II: Multimedia Workhorse
More speed, more versatility, more performance, the Nikon Z6 II is an updated take on the all-rounder mirrorless camera designed for high-end photo and video applications. Despite the wealth of upgrades, the Z6 II retains its familiar form factor and prized image quality to benefit working multimedia image-makers.
24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and Dual EXPEED 6 Processors
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 clean 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 are dual EXPEED 6 image processors, which affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including the ability to shoot continuously at 14 fps for up to 124 consecutive frames.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Utilizing the sensor and processor attributes for more than just still imagery, the Z6 II is also a more-than-capable multimedia camera. UHD 4K video recording is possible with full pixel readout up to 30p and Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at up to 120p for slow motion playback. 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 II, including the N-Log gamma for capturing flat-looking footage that maximizes dynamic range and HLG (HDR) for recording HDR-ready footage. 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.

Firmware version 1.10 unlocks UHD 4K recording at 60p and 50p frame rates and enables raw video output to Blackmagic Design Video Assist external recorders, and also improves eye-detection performance Auto-Area AF and Wide-Area AF modes.
273-Point Phase-Detect AF System & Vibration Reduction
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.

In-body 5-axis sensor-shift Vibration Reduction compensates for up to 5 stops of camera shake regardless of the Z-type lens being used. This system also works with adapted F-mount lenses, when using the optional FTZ Adapter, where 3-axis stabilization is used.

Body Design
  • 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 OLED 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 II is configured with a dot-matrix OLED display to provide quick access to important camera settings.
  • Configured with one CFexpress Type B/XQD memory card slot and one UHS-II SD card slot, flexible file storage is possible with the option to use repetitive, overflow, or segregated storage methods.
  • 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. Additionally, SnapBridge can also be used as an easier method of updating the camera's firmware.
Second Generation Z
Improving upon their initial efforts, Nikon has revised the Z6 platform to offer more speed, faster processing, and greater versatility without sacrificing the beloved qualities of the original camera.
  • Dual EXPEED 6 image processors offer increased buffer performance, a faster 14 fps continuous shooting rate, and noticeably reduced blackout times in the viewfinder.
  • Updated autofocus now includes Eye and Face Detection for both humans and animals in the Wide-Area AF mode, for both photo and video recording.
  • Timed long exposure shooting is now possible for up to 900 seconds (15 minutes) without the need of an external remote.
  • Dual memory card slots offer more flexible file storage capabilities; one CFexpress Type B and one SD UHS-II slot permit overflow, segregated, and repetitive saving options.
  • USB Type-C port permits in-camera charging or continuous power for on-the-go charging or extended shooting times.
  • The rotation direction of the focus ring on lenses can be switched to suit one's familiarity.
  • Support for HDR (HLG) mode when recording externally gives instant HDR-suitable video files for immediate playback. N-Log is also available for enhanced control during post-production and grading, too.
  • Future firmware update will add UHD 4K 60p recording, in addition to the current 30p frame rate.
  • 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 will be available in early 2021.
  • The SnapBridge wireless connectivity can be used to update the camera's firmware, instead of relying on a memory card-based system of updating.
  • Updated creative shooting modes include Multiple Exposure, 20 different Picture Control settings, and in-camera Timelapse recording. There is also a Focus Shift mode for recording up to 300 sequential frames with the focus position shifted between exposures for focus stacking applications.
  • Compatible with optional MB-N11 Power Battery Pack for additional battery life and improved handling.
Z6 II Firmware Ver. 1.30 (Released 10/19/2021)
  • Portrait Impression Balance items have been added to the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU and MOVIE SHOOTING MENU
  • The monitor now shows the shooting display while tilted when On is selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU
  • Voice memo has been added to the options available for Custom Setting f2 (Custom controls) > Movie record button in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU. In this role, the movie-record button can be used during playback to record and play voice memos up to 60 seconds long.
  • Custom Setting f4 (Aperture lock) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU now available when an FTZ mount adapter is attached
  • The flash-ready light on SB-5000 flash units will light if a WR-R10 or WR-R11b is used for wireless remote flash photography
  • Fixed: Focus would normally remain locked if the AF-ON button was kept pressed while the shutter-release button was used to take a series of pictures, the camera would refocus without input from the AF-ON button
  • Fixed: Custom Setting a6 (AF activation) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU set to AF-ON only with Enable selected for Out-of-focus release
  • Fixed: Continuous L or Continuous H selected for Release mode
  • Fixed: Single AF selected for Focus mode
  • Fixed: Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode
  • Nikon Z6 II Specs

    Key Specs
    Lens Mount
    Nikon Z
    Sensor Resolution
    Actual: 25.28 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.5 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
    Image Sensor
    35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    Image Stabilization
    Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    ISO Sensitivity
    Photo/Video
    100 to 51,200 (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
    Continuous Shooting
    Up to 14 fps at 24.5 MP for up to 124 Frames
    Internal Recording Modes
    H.264/MOV/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100 fps
    External Recording Modes
    4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
    1920 x 1080
    Media/Memory Card Slot
    Slot 1: CFexpress Type B / XQD
    Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
    Video I/O
    1 x Mini-HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
    Audio I/O
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
    Power I/O
    1 x USB-C Input/Output
    Other I/O
    1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
    1 x Nikon DC2 Input
    Wireless
    2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
    Bluetooth 4.2
    Display Type
    Tilting Touchscreen LCD
    Battery Type
    1 x EN-EL15c Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Imaging
    Lens Mount
    Nikon Z
    Sensor Resolution
    Actual: 25.28 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.5 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
    Image Sensor
    35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    Image Stabilization
    Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Built-In ND Filter
    None
    Capture Type
    Stills & Video
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Type
    Electronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
    Shutter Speed
    1/8000 to 900 Seconds
    Bulb/Time Mode
    Bulb Mode, Time Mode
    ISO Sensitivity
    Photo/Video
    100 to 51,200 (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
    Metering Method
    Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Matrix, Spot
    Exposure Modes
    Aperture 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 Balance
    Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
    Continuous Shooting
    Up to 14 fps at 24.5 MP for up to 124 Frames
    Interval Recording
    Yes
    Self-Timer
    2/5/10/20-Second Delay
    Still Image Capture
    Image Sizes
    3:2 JPEG
    6048 x 4024
    4528 x 3016
    3024 x 2016
    1:1 JPEG
    4016 x 4016
    3008 x 3008
    2000 x 2000
    16:9 JPEG
    6048 x 3400
    4528 x 2544
    3024 x 1696
    Aspect Ratio
    1:1, 3:2, 16:9
    Image File Format
    JPEG, Raw
    Bit Depth
    14-Bit
    Video Capture
    Internal Recording Modes
    H.264/MOV/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100 fps
    External Recording Modes
    4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
    1920 x 1080
    Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
    Slow-Motion Only
    Recording Limit
    Up to 30 Minutes
    Broadcast Output
    NTSC/PAL
    IP Streaming
    None
    Built-In Microphone Type
    Stereo
    Audio Recording
    AAC Audio
    2-Channel LPCM Audio
    Interface
    Media/Memory Card Slot
    Slot 1: CFexpress Type B / XQD
    Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
    Video I/O
    1 x Mini-HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
    Audio I/O
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
    Power I/O
    1 x USB-C Input/Output
    Other I/O
    1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
    1 x Nikon DC2 Input
    Wireless
    2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
    Bluetooth 4.2
    Mobile App Compatible
    Yes: Android & iOS
    App Name: SnapBridge
    Functionality: Access Stored Files, Firmware Update, Remote Control
    *As of September, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
    Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
    GPS
    *Via Connected Smartphone
    Monitor
    Display Size
    3.2"
    Resolution
    2,100,000 Dot
    Display Type
    Tilting Touchscreen LCD
    Secondary Display
    Top: Status Display
    Viewfinder
    Type
    Built-In Electronic
    Size
    0.5"
    Resolution
    3,690,000 Dot
    Eye Point
    21 mm
    Coverage
    100%
    Magnification
    Approx. 0.8x
    Diopter Adjustment
    -4 to +2
    Focus
    Focus Type
    Auto and Manual Focus
    Focus Mode
    Continuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
    Autofocus Points
    Phase Detection: 273
    Autofocus Sensitivity
    -6 to +19 EV
    Flash
    Built-In Flash/Light
    No
    Flash Modes
    First-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Maximum Sync Speed
    1/200 Second
    Flash Compensation
    -3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
    Dedicated Flash System
    iTTL
    External Flash Connection
    Shoe Mount
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature
    32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity
    0 to 85%
    General
    Battery Type
    1 x EN-EL15c Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Shoe Mount
    1 x Hot Shoe
    Tripod Mounting Thread
    1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
    Material of Construction
    Magnesium Alloy
    Dimensions (W x H x D)
    5.3 x 4 x 2.7" / 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mm
    Weight
    1.4 lb / 615 g (Body Only)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    2.83 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    9.2 x 7.3 x 5.3"

    Nikon Z6 II Reviews

    Best Buy

    By Diana Veronica
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-08-28

    Everything arrived quickly, everything comes super well packaged and when it is opened it comes as is with everything that is in the description, the materials are first class and it works 100%! I was completely anxious for it to arrive so I could use it and it left me fascinated.

    Mind blown!

    By Roy
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-07-31

    I traded my D750 for this camera and I was not prepared for this level of poise and competence in a camera! The feel of it is balanced, compact, nimble and solid. The sound is discreet and satisfying. It handles sustained raw capture with aplomb (with CFexpress card installed). The images have a 3-dimensional quality that is very pleasing. The camera looks great, too! All in all, I think Nikon is producing top-notch products and not getting the credit they deserve. Love this camera!

    Great all-around package for an amateur like me

    By Angus
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-07-29

    I'm an amateur photographer with a few years' experience under my belt. When I misplaced my Nikon D800 I went back and forth but decided the best thing to do would be to switch to mirrorless... since that's of course the future. I actually found my old camera and was looking wistfully at it, but I don't think I'll be switching back. This camera is light, I love the highlight-weighted metering, and I have to say, when I import all the images, they look great. The lens is good not great- for me I figured in the future I can upgrade it to something else but for now, was happy to just have a good kit. Serviceable lens, great camera, don't know if I'll use the bag that much, but it's a nice quality bag!

    the best yet

    By Robert
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-07-19

    light weight easy to use great quality images just the right size files for candid work

    Great camera!

    By Michael
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-07-11

    I've had the camera for two weeks and I am really enjoying it. It was very easy to migrate to from my D7200 as the controls are similar in functions and the menu system is similar as well. The ergonomics are superb. Images are sharp and well saturated; again, very similar to the D7200. Fast and sharp focusing with outstanding image stabilization. So far I am very pleased with low light/high ISO performance. Also pleased that my 2 FX lenses (Sigma 150-600 C and 105 macro) play well with the camera via the FTZii adapter along with my GPS and SB-800.

    Amazing camera

    By Amy
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-07-10

    This camera is an upgrade from the z6. It is absolutely fantastic, with quick response time and rich in features.

    Making the leap of faith

    By Lindsey
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-08-21

    I made the leap of faith from film buying my first DSLR in 2000 (Nikon D1), I still shoot film. But I'm really loving working with my first mirrorless body. It's like having a tiny computer with magnificent optical glass in the front of it.

    Great travel camera

    By Jay
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-08-08

    This is my second review of the Z6 II. My first focused on wildlife, birds in particular, using the 100-400mm S zoom and 1.4x teleconverter. This review is from my second Z6 II I have configured as my travel camera with the 24-200mm kit lens. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Europe and take a riverboat trip down the Danube River. This camera combination did everything I wanted it to from standard tourist scenic shots to nightime tripod work. It worked very well in low light handheld at slow shutter speeds. I am buying a Z8 now for my wildlife and action photography. I am selling one of the Z6 II's to help pay for it but the other Z6 II will be in my bag as well for all my trips abroad.

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