The Nikon Z6 II is an improved version of the company’s 24MP multimedia full-frame mirrorless camera that was previously released as the Nikon Z6. It receives greater processing power, which allows it to enhance focusing and make a few other adjustments to a feature set that was previously rather comprehensive.
Nikon Z6 II Price in USA
The Z6 II is a minor upgrade of the original Z6, expanding the capabilities somewhat but delivering a mainly identical, well-rounded feature set for both still images and videos. The most significant change in the mark II’s hardware is the inclusion of a second Expeed 6 CPU. This increased processing capability is responsible for the majority of the performance and feature enhancements introduced by the mark II.
Nikon claims that the autofocus performance has been progressively enhanced when compared to the original Z6, but the most noticeable feature change is the inclusion of face and eye identification to the wide area AF mode. This detection works for both human and animal subjects. In the past, these functions were only accessible through the ‘Auto’ portion of the autofocus system, which meant that the camera selected where to focus. By adding them to a large area, you are able to limit down the region in which that camera looks for faces, providing you a method to pre-select the face that you desire to focus on. In other words, you may pre-select the person whose face you want to be the primary subject of the image.
As a result of the addition of the versions of Wide Area AF with human and animal face/eye AF to the list of AF modes that can be accessed via the I fast menu, you will no longer be required to activate those features individually.
When using a lens with an aperture of 2.0 or faster, Nikon’s focusing mechanism is said to now function in light as dim as -4.5EV, which represents an improvement of one stop and is analogous to moonlight with a phase midway between gibbous and quarter. And this is without activating the low light AF option, which extends AF to light levels that are a further two stops lower, but at the penalty of a slower acquisition time.
The highest burst speed of the Z6 II is an astounding 14 frames per second, but this is only achievable if you only use one autofocus point, are ready to shoot in JPEG format, or are willing to sacrifice some dynamic range in exchange for the ability to shoot in 12-bit Raw format. It shoots at a very acceptable 12 frames per second even when you tell the camera to pick an autofocus point or track a subject.
The Z6 II improves upon the already very robust video feature set of the Z6, with the promise of support for UHD 4K 60p in a free firmware upgrade that is expected to be released in February 2021. This higher frame rate footage will only be accessible for internal capture, as the sensor will be cropped to APS-C proportions to produce it.
Nikon Z6 II Specifications
|MSRP||$1995 (body only), $2599 (w/24-70 F4 lens)|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6048 x 4024|
|Other resolutions||3936 x 2624 (DX crop), 4016 x 4016 (1:1), 6048 x 3400 (16:9)|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||25 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)|
|Processor||Dual Expeed 6|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||204800|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (6 slots)|
|Image stabilization notes||5-axis|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||5 stop(s)|
|Uncompressed format||RAW + TIFF|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal, basic|
|File format||JPEGRaw (NEF, 12 or 14-bit)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||273|
|Lens mount||Nikon Z|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||900 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash modes||Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Continuous drive||14.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 56 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 56 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Storage types||CFexpress Type B / XQD, UHS-II SD|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (mini HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11ac + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via MC-DC2 or smartphone)|
|Battery description||EN-EL15c lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||410|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||705 g (1.55 lb / 24.87 oz)|
|Dimensions||134 x 101 x 70 mm (5.28 x 3.98 x 2.76″)|
The Z6 II is a camera that performs admirably in a wide variety of situations. It is easy for the hands to use, and it consistently delivers solid results when shooting. Its autofocus mechanism is competent, but not as simple to operate as those of its competitors, and its battery life isn’t especially outstanding; yet, if you’re looking for a camera that will do a little bit of everything, it’s a good option to think about if you’re an enthusiast.
- Excellent image quality
- Structure with a small footprint, excellent ergonomics, and a multitude of control locations
- Consistently reliable autofocus performance in a variety of shooting conditions
- Extensive practical knowledge and solid performance in video AF.
- Superior constructional quality.
- When using auto shutter mode, shutter shock and bokeh truncation can be avoided.
- Powerful capabilities for the video.
- The functioning of USB charging devices
- There is a separate battery charger available for use.
- Some menu sections are getting too extensive and there are not enough navigational clues.
- The best of AF's competitors have features that are more seamlessly incorporated into their user interfaces.
- When making significant changes in focus distance, the autofocus system may search.
- 10-bit Log or HLG video requires external recorder
- The battery life is around average.
- The quality of the raw video output is reduced due to subsampling.