The Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 are official products heading to the market (and yes, Nikon is officially writing the model names with a space between the “Z” and the number). The full frame mirrorless combo includes the high-resolution 45.6-megapixel Z 7 and the versatile 24.5-megapixel Z 6.
The cameras both sport backside illumination FX-format CMOS sensors with built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels and the EXPEED 6 image processor. The Z 7 offers a sensitivity range of ISO 64-25,600 (expandable to ISO 32-102,400), while the Z 6 offers a range of ISO 100-51,200 (exapandable to ISO 50-204,800).
The new hybrid AF system uses a combo of focal plane phase-detection sensors and contrast detection to achieve focus. The Z 7 has 493 focus points and the Z 6 has 273 focus points, both covering 90% of the imaging area. As you would expect, this system is optimized for use with native Z system lenses.
The EVF is features a 3690k-dot OLED panel offers 100% frame coverage with 0.8x magnification. Both cameras offer 4K full frame video capture at 30p and 1080 capture at up to 120p with focus peaking available at both resolutions. Nikon N-Log color profile can also be used with 10-bit HDMI output.
The cameras feature sensor-based Vibration Reduction with a claimed 5-stop effectiveness to reduce camera shake effects in both still and video capture. The in-camera VR is also effective with legacy Nikon F-mount lenses when using the FTZ mount adapter.
- Same level of strength and durability, as well as dust-and drip-resistance, as the Nikon D850, offered in a compact body
- A 3.2-in., approximately 2100k-dot touch-sensitive LCD monitor, with a tilting mechanism
- Silent photography function eliminates shake and noise caused by shutter release,
- Peaking stack image function9enables confirmation of the area in focus after shooting using focus shift, which is convenient for focus stacking
- High-speed continuous shooting (extended) at approximately 9 fps (Z 7) and 12 fps (Z 6) captures fast motion
- Interval timer photography that makes 8K (Z 7) time-lapse movie creation possible
- An extended low-light metering range allows users to easily capture scenes such as the transition from sunset to starry night sky, using aperture-priority auto exposure
- Built-in Wi-Fi for direct connection to a smart device using SnapBridge
- Built-in Wi-Fi makes the transfer of images and movies to a computer possible
- Support for existing digital SLR camera accessories such as the EN-EL15/a/b batteries, WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter for transferring images and movies at high speed over a wired or wireless LAN, and radio-controlled/optical controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, which makes flexible multi-flash photography possible
The MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack is also in development, which will hold two EN-EL15b, effectively increasing the number of shots possible and/or movie recording time by approximately 1.8x.
Along with the new mirrorless cameras, Nikon announced three launch lenses for the Z-mount system, which include the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S ($999), the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S ($849), the standard prime NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S ($599), as well as the development of the fastest lens in Nikon history: the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens.
The Nikon Z 7 will be available September 27 for $3399.95 for the body-only configuration, or for $3999.95 as a kit with the new NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S lens. The Nikon Z 6 will be available in late November for the $1995.95 for the body only configuration, or for the $2,599.95 with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens kit. You can pre-order all the new Nikon Z series gear here at B&H Photo.
If I understand the rumors correctly, neither camera has dual card slots.
It’s too bad (if this is true), as these bodies would be more ‘enthusiast’ cameras rather than ‘pro’ cameras.
Jerry Bloch says
I just switched from Canon to Sony and I am not seeing anything to make me envious of Nikon. Response to Jered: the two slots in my Sony only allowes for one UDH or better card which to me is not a pro feature.
My GH5 has two UHS-II slots and records internal 10 bit 422 4K video that the Z6 and Z7 does not.