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Nikon Z6 II Mirrorless Camera with 24-70mm f/4 Lens

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Nikon Z6 II Mirrorless Camera with 24-70mm f/4 Lens
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
  • 8NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens
  • 9Z6 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.

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens

Included with the camera body is the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens, which covers a wide-angle to portrait-length range and features a constant f/4 maximum aperture. The optical design incorporates one aspherical element as well as a unique aspherical extra-low dispersion element; both of which help to greatly reduce a variety of aberrations and distortion for high sharpness and accurate color rendering. A Nano Crystal Coating is also used to control flare and ghosting for increased contrast in strong lighting conditions. Suiting both photo and video applications, a stepping AF motor is also featured for smooth, near-silent autofocus performance.

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: 018208016631

    Nikon Z6 II 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
    Crop FactorNone
    Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed1/8000 to 900 Seconds
    Bulb Mode
    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
    Continuous ShootingUp to 14 fps at 24.5 MP for up to 124 Frames
    Interval RecordingYes
    Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
    Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2
    Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
    Bit Depth14-Bit
    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
    External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    Interface
    Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: CFexpress Type B / XQD
    Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
    Internal MemoryNone
    Monitor
    Size3.2"
    Resolution2,100,000 Dot
    Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
    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 (C), Full-Time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 273
    Autofocus Sensitivity-6 to +19 EV
    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%
    Battery Type1 x EN-EL15c Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    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)
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length24 to 70mm
    Maximum Aperturef/4
    Minimum Aperturef/22
    Angle of View84° to 34° 20'
    Maximum Magnification0.3x
    Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
    Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Image StabilizationNo
    Filter Size72 mm (Front)
    Dimensions (ø x L)3.5 x 4.96" / 89 x 126 mm
    Weight1.1 lb / 500 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight4.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.3 x 7.3 x 5.2"

    Nikon Z6 II Reviews

    Great All Around Camera

    By Robert
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-21

    I own a Z6 and a Z7. I found myself using the Z6 most of the time since most of my photography is low light and the Z6 does a better job in low light. I bought the Z6ll as an upgrade to the Z6. The Z6 has problems with some types of LED lighting (banding) when shooting in silent mode...my understanding is the Z6ll corrects that....we'll have to see. I also wanted the improved subject tracking features. The other upgraded features such dual card slot, battery grip, didn't matter enough to upgrade. The Z6ll has really great image quality and works well in a wide variety of settings. I enjoy the great resolution of the Z7 when in better lighting situations though.

    Mirrorless!

    By Laurie
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-26

    Waited too long to order this beautiful gem! Love love love Nikon made it easy to jump to the Mirrorless world.

    Focus Beast

    By Angela
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-22

    Like everything that is created by men, it isn't perfect, but maybe perfection is the goal and rather then destination. Allow me to explain :) After 3yrs of heavy use of z6 I felt it was the right time for an upgrade. The downside, is that I got buy additional bells and whistles which I really didn't need. The other downside is that third party lights don't work in TTL mode. The lens is nice, but I never took it out of the bag. The bag is nice but I never took it out of the plastic. But the camera - that's the upside... Besides the obvious 2 cards and newer hardware, the BIGGEST advantage is the focusing speed and capabilities. I often work with kids and families, kids move around a lot and working with z6 was a huge advantage. The focusing speed of z6ii, I feel is nearly as 2x as fast as z6. Adding eye/face, is a huge advantage, especially when the child turns. Another advantage is focusing during low light. I often photograph couples outdoors and use continues nlight for those scenarios. Having a camera that can catch and grab the focus faster and more accurate (then z6 for example) is a huge advantage and keeps the clients happy - ESPECIALLY in the colder weather. Despite few nuisance that I personally have with this purchase, at no time would they drop my rating and i stand firmly behind this. I'd go for 10* but that isn't an option.

    Excellent camera

    By Samson
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-07

    It works well for my needs. Its a leap from the d7000 do the z6ii

    This Is So Great!

    By Scott
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-18

    I purchased this and the 200/500 zoom lens (On backorder). I have been testing it out on various subjects and am extremely pleased with the output.Skin tones have shown to be very natural and detailed and colors are producing wonderfully. I especially like the metering when a subject is backlit. I was surprised how small and light the camera was in the hand. My previous experience was an F3. I am anxious to receive the zoom lens as I will be using it for wildlife photography on the Olympic Peninsula. Then I will add another review. All in all, I am extremely happy.

    Amazing camera!

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

    I just made the big jump of switching from my Nikon D7100 to this amazing z6II and my god was it worth it!!! This camera is insanely good in low lighting situations, the image quality is sharp and with so much depth. If you're wondering if you should switch to a mirrorless from DSLR JUST DO IT! You will not regret the change and the learning curve was not big whatsoever, Nikon always does a great job at keeping things simple and magnificent. I purchased the z6II with the 24-70mm f4 lens and it is quickly becoming a favorite lens of mine, I love how wide I can get in tight spaces compared to my usual 50mm f1.8 definitely a big change all around and absolutely loving every single aspect of it. There's so many other perks when it comes to the Z line of cameras in comparison to any other Nikon camera I've used but they are too many to list, best investment I could of ever made for myself and my photography. DO IT!!

    Fun Camera

    By William
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-29

    Easy to handle for my large hands and easier to walk around with for street photography. Looking forward to traveling to National Parks in the west next spring. One of the reasons i purchased this model was the dual SD card slots which will allow more storage capacity for RAW photos.

    Excellent!

    By Alan
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-12-27

    Camera performs exactly as described. Kit lens is excellent!

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