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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
  • 2Second Generation Z
  • 324.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and Dual EXPEED 6 Processors
  • 4UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5273-Point Phase-Detect AF System
  • 6Vibration Reduction
  • 7Body Design
  • 8Z6 II Firmware Ver. 1.30 (Released 10/19/2021)

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.

Revolving around a 24.5MP BSI CMOS sensor and dual EXPEED 6 image processors, the Z6 II is characterized by an increased buffer depth and faster continuous shooting rate, up to 14 fps with single-point AF or 12 fps shooting in other focusing modes. Video recording at UHD 4K 30p is possible, or up to FHD 120p for slow-motion output, and external recording gains 10-bit out along with N-Log and HLG (HDR) support. The sensor also suits working in a variety of lighting conditions, with sensitivity from ISO 100-51200, and in-body 5-axis Vibration Reduction reduces the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, the sensor also incorporates a 273-point phase-detection AF system, which now supports Eye-Detect AF in Wide-Area AF modes and during movie recording, and permits focusing in low-light down to -4.5 EV.

Balancing the imaging, the Z6 II retains its overall physical design, however it has been updated with a new dual memory card slot interface to hold one CFexpress Type B card and one SD UHS-II card for more flexible storage. Both a high-res 3.6m-dot OLED EVF and rear 3.2" 2.1m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD lend versatility to image composition and playback, and SnapBridge wireless connectivity can be used for remote camera control, image sharing to a mobile device, and even over-the-air firmware updates.

Firmware version 1.10 unlocks UHD 4K recording at 60p and 50p frame rates, enables raw video output to Blackmagic Design Video Assist external recorders, and improves eye-detection performance when using Auto-Area AF and Wide-Area AF modes.

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.

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

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.

Vibration Reduction

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. This low-energy display provides 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.

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
  • UPC: 018208016594

    Nikon Z6 II Specs

    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 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
    3936 x 2624
    2944 x 1968
    1968 x 1312
    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
    Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
    Bit Depth14-Bit
    Internal Video Capture
    Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
    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 Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    IP StreamingNone
    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
    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
    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 Weight2.86 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.7 x 7.3 x 5.2"

    Nikon Z6 II Reviews

    Excellent camera with one flaw

    By David
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-05-20

    Having used a Lumix G9, I wanted a full frame camera with wide AEB capability, as I am a real estate photographer. The transition from Panasonic's menu system to Nikon's was not bad, and the Nikon menu system is pretty good. The user settings are marred by the inability to save the shutter release delay mode setting. This means that every time I turn the camera on, I have to change the shutter release from the default setting of 'single' to 'shutter delay'. I rang Nikon technical support, who said that it was intentional, as 'most' people wanted single frame. Well, why not allow users who want something different to save it? Isn't that the point of 'user' settings? Overall though, it seems a good camera, and the 14-30mm lens is very sharp.

    Silent shooting and higher ISO, all around great camera

    By Mario
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-05-02

    This is not a cheap camera for me, but the price was eased by equipment I traded in (I feel B&H is pretty fair here). Coming from a D7500, my main goals were to achieve higher ISO settings and silent or quieter shooting for events that demand it. Where I wasn't crazy about going beyond 3200 with the D7500, I've been to 12800 with the Z6 and found it acceptable, and easy to clean up in post processing. The resolution is kind of mid-range. A little higher than my D7500, but not as high as the D7II. But this was actually a selling point for me. At the higher resolution on the same-sized sensor noise started to get noticeable again, though it's easier to clean with all that extra resolution. But given the noise, shooting speed, and storage size benefits, I do prefer the Z6II resolution over the Z7II. A big concern I had pre-purchase were EVF lag and blackout. But after handling one in the B&H store, I quickly felt that the EVF response was, to me, basically close enough to the D7500. And the EVF has a benefit that I can chimp my shots on even the sunniest of days without the LCD being washed out like on the D7500. I also wasn't crazy about the reported battery life. I just recently shot an even and took 1,500 photos. I started to wonder if that meant I would have to carry 3 additional batteries. I haven't had the chance to shoot an event yet, and while I have read some reviews indicating they get more than the reported 400 shots per charge, I do notice that the battery drains faster than the D7500's. Of course, I would love it if this camera were cheaper. I sort of chuckle to myself when I see this referred to as good for beginners, but I suppose that just shows my age and generation. But again, B&H was helpful with my trade-in. I did purchase the FTZII adapter, and kept my better full frame lenses, and they work flawlessly (both Nikon and Sigma lenses). I also purchased 2 CFExpress 128GB cards despite having a ton of SD cards, and a USB card reader for CFExpress. And finally, I purchased a spare battery, so I now have 2 EN-15c batteries, and 2 older EN-15a spares from the D7500 (with full life indicators). I have a pouch on my strap that allows me to carry 2 spares and the extra memory cards. So, I should be OK with shooting 1,500 in a single session. The WiFi was disappointing, as I had hoped I could transfer pictures wirelessly. I don't like the physical demands (on the camera) of inserting and removing cables or memory cards. But after getting the WiFi all setup and working, I realized I would have to select and transfer images one at a time. Um, not happening for 1,500 photos. Really disappointed there's no option to select all and transfer. Physically, the camera is OK. It's hard to explain but I just seem to like Nikon ergonomics more than Canon. It could just be all in my mind though. The Fn buttons on the front are a bit hard for me to reach, though I haven't decided on what to do with them yet. On my few initial walks, the camera seems to meter very well, and the colors really pop in my raw images. I am shooting RAW, 14-bit loseless compression, but I will probably switch that to 12 bits. In the past I've done tests between 12 and 14 bit, and I show no practical difference that I personally can observe. I would rather have the speed and storage space. Overall, extremely happy with the purchase, and the full-frame and silent shooting options are an excellent upgrade from a DX DSLR.

    My second Z6ii

    By Jimmy James
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-28

    Love the Nikon mirrorless system. Owned a z6ii for approximately 8 months, purchased a second z6ii as a backup and secondary video camera. It has served me well thus far.

    Huge improvement over the Z5

    By Joel
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-28

    I originally bought the Z5 because of the low price and generally glowing reviews. The camera looked and felt cheap, couldn't focus well at all in low light, and had a noisy EVF in low light. I left a bad review here that's now getting seriously ratio'd by daylight only shooters. Long story short, the Z6ii fixes all those issues. Great mostly metal build, big bright beautiful EVF (even in poor light), fast accurate AF in all conditions, great 4K video quality, and improved stills image quality. Manual focus with my ai-s lenses is really easy, and I get IBIS with them. I'm very happy, the camera is a pleasure to use. I only wish I had skipped the Z5 experience.

    new nikon mirrorless

    By Cheri
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-26

    I've been wanting to buy a camera and I finally got it. Thank you B&H

    Great camera

    By Steve
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-26

    This camera does everything I want. Much improved autofocus from the original z 6. Perfect combination of features and superior performance. Shopping at B&H was simple and efficient as always.

    Great for wildlife if set up correctly

    By Alex
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-05-12

    I shoot wildlife, mostly birds. Much has been said about this camera's shortcomings for wildlife but I don't see it. I find the autofocus system to be equal to my D500, just different to set up. Once setup correctly it works awesome. My F-mount lenses work great with the FTZ adapter. My main reasons for buying this camera were - light weight, silent shutter and full frame sensor. Tight crops are still sharp with this camera.

    Amazing Mirrorless Camera!

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

    This camera rocks! The image quality is simply amazing even when adapting F mount glass. The 24MP camera is more forgiving with movement when capturing fast action shots. I've use both the Z7ii & Z6II, the Z7II is great for landscapes or macro shots. The Z6II for everything else simply amazing even for lanscapes that does not require large prints.

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