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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
By B&H Photo's
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

    Lens MountNikon Z
    Sensor ResolutionActual: 25.28 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.5 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
    Image Sensor35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Built-In ND FilterNone
    Capture TypeStills & Video
    Exposure Control
    Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
    Shutter Speed1/8000 to 900 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 14 fps at 24.5 MP for up to 124 Frames
    Interval RecordingYes
    Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
    Still Image Capture
    Image Sizes3:2 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 Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
    Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
    Bit Depth14-Bit
    Video Capture
    Internal Recording ModesH.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 Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
    1920 x 1080
    Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
    Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
    IP StreamingNone
    Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
    Audio Recording AAC Audio
    2-Channel LPCM Audio
    Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: CFexpress Type B / XQD
    Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
    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
    Power I/O1 x USB-C Input/Output
    Other I/O1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
    1 x Nikon DC2 Input
    WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
    Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
    Resolution2,100,000 Dot
    Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
    Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
    TypeBuilt-In Electronic
    Resolution3,690,000 Dot
    Eye Point21 mm
    MagnificationApprox. 0.8x
    Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
    Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
    Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
    Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 273
    Autofocus Sensitivity-6 to +19 EV
    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
    Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity0 to 85%
    Battery Type1 x EN-EL15c 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 69.5 mm
    Weight1.4 lb / 615 g (Body Only)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.83 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.2 x 7.3 x 5.3"

    Nikon Z6 II Reviews

    Great Product

    By Paul
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-11

    Great product. Camera is what I needed. Had a defective camera body that B&H worked with me and replaced the unit.

    A delight

    By John
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-01-30

    Traded from a D850 to a Z7 and this Z6II and have not looked back. Very little learning curve from the D850. Love the in-body image stabilization. Works very well. All in all, a good switch from DSLR to a mirrorless system.

    Worst User Manual In Nikon History

    By Don
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2023-01-22

    The camera is great. But if Nikon is parading its included user manual as compared to the books it used to include with their products, it's a sign Nikon has fired all of their technical staff writers. We're now relegated to many YouTube videos to learn Nikon's mirrorless cameras. I'm a 50+ year user of pro bodies from Nikon. Never, ever have I received a more You figure it out for yourself type of pamphlet rather than a book, explaining the newer AF options.

    I got my 2 card slots

    By Kenny
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-01-16

    I have been using the Z6 since it first came out, happy now I have the second card slot.Because of my wedding gigs,I feel lost without backup.

    Z6ii & 24-70 f/4

    By Jeffrey
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-01-13

    Great combination. Excellent image quality, small and light. Def outshines my Sony A7iii. Very nice bag (ThinkTank 7m). Very roomy, plenty of pockets for storage. As usual, excellent service from B&H! (long time customer)

    Great all around mirrorless camera

    By Willard
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-01-07

    I gave my old Z6 to my daughter and upgraded to the Z6ii. It's a great camera with some improvements over the Z6. I particularly like the ability for up to 900 sec (15 min) exposures. Great for star trails. Small, compact and easy to use.

    Great camera

    By Amy
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-04-28

    I have been very happy with the Z6ii. It has given me beautiful pictures and has been easy to use and figure out settings. It is a little on the small side when adding a 50 mm 1.2 lens but the combination produces beautiful pictures.

    In love

    By sarah
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-02-05

    I got the camera a year or so ago and I honestly am in love with it. It is a great camera to grow my photography skills with. I haven't had any issues with autofocus and the animal tracking is a neat feature. Love the size of the camera and how nicely it fits into my hands. I went from a canon 90d to this, and I don't regret the decision to switch at all.

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    What is the Base iso?

    What is the Base iso?
    Asked by: Joel
    ISO 100 is the native ISO but the camera has a range of 50 to 204800.
    Answered by: Stephen
    Date published: 2020-12-21

    It is possible to record from the Z6 without an ...

    It is possible to record from the Z6 without an external monitor in N-Log to capture flat-looking footage that maximizes dynamic range and to record HDR-ready footage. Ability to generate high-quality 10-bit output or remain 8-bit?
    Asked by: Juan
    The camera is capable of producing N-Log only through an external recorder. The closest you can get to that internally is by shooting in flat picture profile.
    Answered by: Luis L
    Date published: 2022-07-11

    Is the base ISO 60 or 100? The key features and ...

    Is the base ISO 60 or 100? The key features and overview numbers seem to conflict
    Asked by: Nelson
    The base ISO range is 100-51200 and can extend to 50-204800.
    Answered by: Ryan
    Date published: 2022-06-29

    Are all Nikon flashes compatible with the Nikon ...

    Are all Nikon flashes compatible with the Nikon Z6 II?
    Asked by: Joshua
    All current Nikon flashes are compatible with the Nikon Z6 II Mirrorless Camera.
    Answered by: Yaakov
    Date published: 2023-03-23

    Can this camera be used with can can SD/SDHC/SDXC ...

    Can this camera be used with can can SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) be used as primary card or is a CFexpress card required?
    Asked by: Steve
    The second slot on this camera accepts UHS-II cards, however CFExpress cards would offer faster performance.
    Answered by: Kirk
    Date published: 2022-11-26

    Can someone recommend a good swab and solution to ...

    Can someone recommend a good swab and solution to be used to clean the sensor?
    Asked by: Zon Hisham
    I would recommend this Visible Dust kit which comes with Smear Away:
    Answered by: Dan
    Date published: 2021-04-09

    I just received my new nikon z6 ii camera, is it ...

    I just received my new nikon z6 ii camera, is it true the firmware needs to be updated before using?
    Asked by: Jay
    You can use it without a firmware update, it is just recommended to do one to be able to get the best performance and functionality out of it.
    Answered by: Luis L
    Date published: 2020-12-16

    I currently have the Z6. Is it worth upgrading to ...

    I currently have the Z6. Is it worth upgrading to the Z6II? If so, why? I shoot a variety of settings and venues. Indoor and outdoor. I'm starting to get into shooting video as well.
    Asked by: Tyrone
    There are 2 main upgrades to the Z6II over the original Z6. First the camera now has 2 card slots which is great for anyone who shoots a variety of things (like yourself). Second the Z6II now has dual processors, so it's now much faster than the original in just about everything. Focus tracking is better (faster and more accurate), video can be processed faster at higher rates, the cameras overall functionality is better. If you think any of these things will help you in your work than I'd consider upgrading.
    Answered by: Ryan
    Date published: 2023-01-03
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