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Nikon Z6 - Smaller Brother and Sony A7III competitior with exact same sensor
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  • The ergonomics look pretty good - nice big grip, but the space between the lens and the grip looks pretty tight. I like the relatively minimalist mode dial - it could use a lot more custom buttons, though.

  • Looking great so far, can't wait for the announcement.

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    The Z mount system comprises mirrorless cameras featuring a new, larger-diameter mount, and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories. This system has been realized through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance. It has inherited Nikon’s tradition of quality, superior imaging technology, great operability, and high reliability, all innovated from its digital SLR cameras.

    At the heart of the new Z mount system is the new, larger-diameter mount, which unlocks further possibilities of lens design, greatly increasing capabilities in optical performance. The Z mount system will offer a variety of high-performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon history, with f/0.95*. Additionally, the new mount adapter will enable compatibility with NIKKOR F mount lenses, adding to the range of choices for photographers.

    The letter “Z” represents the culmination of Nikon’s relentless pursuit of ultimate optical performance, and a bridge to a new chapter. It is about redefining possibilities to provide image-makers with tools to realize greater creativity.

    Nikon will expand the value of mirrorless cameras through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, and by upholding Nikon’s tradition of quality while responding to the evolution of imaging technology. By providing image-makers with stimulating new products, Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture.

    Z 7 and Z 6 product overview

    The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination, Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.

    The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600. In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.

    The Z 6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports the wide range of ISO 100-51200 standard sensitivities. With superior performance at high sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD movie recording with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs, such as shooting in dimly lit environments, and movie recording.

    Primary features of the Z 7 and Z 6

    Equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels

    A backside illumination CMOS sensor, with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, has been adopted for both the Z 7 and the Z 6. The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports the ISO 64-25600 range of standard sensitivities (reduction to the equivalent of ISO 32 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 102400 is also possible). The Z 6 has a 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100-51200 (additional reduction to the equivalent of ISO 50 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800).

    A hybrid AF system with focus points covering approximately 90% of the imaging area

    The Z 7 has 493 focus points* and the Z 6 has 273 focus points*, enabling broad coverage of approximately 90% of the imaging area both horizontally and vertically. This hybrid AF system uses an algorithm optimized for the FX-format sensor, and automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF to achieve focus. The use of NIKKOR Z lenses further increases AF accuracy with both still images and movies.

    The new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine for sharp and clear imaging, and new functions that support creative imaging expression

    The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with the new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. Employing the superior resolving power of NIKKOR Z and NIKKOR F lenses, subjects are rendered more sharply than ever before. Noise is also effectively reduced.

    Additionally, a mid-range sharpening option has been added to Picture Control sharpness parameters. This option, along with existing sharpening and clarity parameters, allows users to make various textures within the screen sharper or softer, for both still images and movies*. The cameras also offer 20 options of Creative Picture Control, supporting creative imaging expression. The effect level is adjustable from 0 to 100.

    An electronic viewfinder that utilizes Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies to offer a clear and natural view

    The electronic viewfinder adopted for the Z 7 and Z 6 is comfortable and easy to use, comparable to optical viewfinders. Both cameras are equipped with an electronic viewfinder for which an approximately 3690k-dot OLED panel has been adopted. The electronic viewfinder has, respectively, frame coverage and magnification of approximately 100% and 0.8x, as well as an approximately 37.0° diagonal viewing angle. It draws on Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies, ensuring a clear and comfortable view comparable to that of optical viewfinders, with reduced aberration and minimum eyestrain, even during extended shoots. Furthermore, a fluorine coat that effectively repels dirt has been applied to the eyepiece protection window. In addition, the menu can be displayed in the electronic viewfinder, allowing users to quickly view and adjust a variety of shooting settings, including ISO sensitivity, AF-area mode, and Picture Control, all while looking through the viewfinder.

    An ergonomic design unique to Nikon that enables intuitive operation

    The Z 7 and Z 6 have inherited the superior operability that Nikon has cultivated over the years through its development of cameras. The bodies are compact, while boasting a firm grip that is easy to hold, and buttons such as that for the sub-selector, AF-ON, ISO, and exposure compensation are all placed so that they can be operated swiftly and easily. Additionally, a display panel has been positioned on the top part of the camera, where information about settings can be displayed, the same as with high-end digital SLR camera models.

    Movie functions such as 10-bit N-Log that captures a wide dynamic range, and timecoding, responding to professional needs

    The Z 7 and Z 6 support recording of not only full-frame 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p movies using the FX-based movie format, but also Full-HD/120p movies. Sharper 4K UHD movies are made possible, using the full-pixel readout.1 Additionally, Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking can be used with 4K UHD and Full-HD movie recording. Nikon’s original N-Log can also be used with 10-bit2 HDMI output. The cameras utilize extensive color depth and twelve-stop, 1300% dynamic range to record a wealth of tone information from highlights and shadows for more effective color grading. Timecode support*3 makes synchronizing video and sound from multiple devices easier. Additionally, the control ring built into NIKKOR Z lenses can be used to quietly and smoothly adjust settings such as aperture and exposure compensation.

    Nikon’s first1 in-camera vibration reduction with approx. 5.0-stop effectiveness*

    The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with in-camera vibration reduction (VR). The VR unit provides compensation for movement along five axes. The effects of vibration reduction are equivalent to a shutter speed up to approximately 5.0 stops2. This function can also be used effectively with NIKKOR F lenses, including those not equipped with a VR function, with the Mount Adapter FTZ (sold separately)3.

    Other features

    Same level of strength and durability, as well as dust- and drip-resistance, as the Nikon D850, offered in a compact body

    An 8-cm/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 function enables 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*2 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 mode

    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 WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (available separately) for transferring images and movies at high speed over a wired or wireless LAN, and radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, which makes flexible multi-flash photography possible

  • Not bad.

    Let's hope for discounts during fall.

    Can be nice camera for adapting very old fast glass.

  • As a dedicated Fuji shooter (currently with an X-T2), both of these new Nikons are very interesting. I "owned" an X-H1 for three weeks and returned it. The IBIS felt unrefined, using adapted lenses with the IBIS was a no-go due to severe vignetting when shooting wider than about 22mm, the grip felt, well, forced. Switching between stills and video - waaaayyyy better than the experience of the X-T2 - remains cumbersome.

    The new flange diameter on these Nikons smacks as very smart and forward-looking. The grip of a Nikon - the D750 particularly - has always been enviable, i.e. felt damn good to me. Very close second to Fuji, I like the Nikon color science a lot.

    Now, price. The Z6 with 24-70/f4 is starting out significantly cheaper than the X-H1 with 16-55/f2.8 today including an instant $250 discount. If you then add Fuji's grip to get a headphone jack, you could pick up Nikon's new 35/1.8.

    Several hundred less than an A7III + 24-70/4 on B&H this morning. And Sony remains a no-go consideration for me due to color (as much as it genuinely has improved). My preference still after working with a bunch of RAW and video files from a friend's A7III.

    I'm in it with Fuji for another generation at least. Curious about the supposed lower pricing and feature-set of the X-T3 and X-H2. Curious how the well the Nikon actually works, that it is reliable, what the pricing on higher-end lenses turns out to be. Seeking that high-image-quality hybrid that is not a Sony.

  • As you can tell, I'm very excited (and super tempted, must resist!) by the newly announced Nikon Z6.

  • We haven't seen too many videos shot with the Nikon Z6 (most that have been shared online have been shot with their Nikon Z7, which is going to be released first. However the Z6 will probably be the better camera for filming with than the Z7? Although either would be great!), but here is one I spotted shot with the Nikok Z6:

  • Nikon Z6 & Z7 camera review, with full size sample image comparisons, ISO test and RAW files:

    And by the way, the title: "Nikon Z6 - Smaller Brother and Sony A7III competitior with exact same sensor" may be inaccurate cause the Nikon Z6 images have a slightly different resolution compared to the Sony A7III files. :)

  • Nice helpful videos

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