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Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II

Portability
62
Imaging
76
Features
86
Overall
80
Nikon Z5 front
 
Nikon Z6 Mark II front
Portability
61
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II Key Specs

Nikon Z5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 675g - 134 x 101 x 70mm
  • Introduced July 2020
Nikon Z6 II
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 705g - 134 x 101 x 70mm
  • Introduced October 2020
  • Old Model is Nikon Z6
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Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II Overview

Here, we are looking at the Nikon Z5 versus Nikon Z6 II, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Pro Mirrorless and both of them are designed by Nikon. The image resolution of the Z5 (24MP) and the Z6 II (25MP) is very close and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizes (Full frame).

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The Z5 was launched 2 months prior to the Z6 II so they are of a similar generation. Both cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before getting right into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple overview of how the Z5 grades vs the Z6 II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z5 over the Nikon Z6 II

 Z5 Z6 II 

Reasons to pick Nikon Z6 II over the Nikon Z5

 Z6 II Z5 
Display resolution2100k1040kSharper display (+1060k dot)

Common features in the Nikon Z5 and Nikon Z6 II

 Z5 Z6 II 
IntroducedJuly 2020October 2020Same generation
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3.2"3.2"Same display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon Z5 offers exterior measurements of 134mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") along with a weight of 675 grams (1.49 lbs) whilst the Nikon Z6 II has measurements of 134mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") with a weight of 705 grams (1.55 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at that time. Here is a front view overall size comparison of the Z5 compared to the Z6 II.

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Z5 and Z6 II is 62 and 61 respectively.

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to imagine the difference in sensor sizes merely by viewing specifications. The picture below will help give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the Z5 and Z6 II.

To sum up, both of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different resolution. You should expect to see the Nikon Z6 II to render greater detail utilizing its extra 1MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos way more aggressively.

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II sensor size comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z5 Portrait photography information
Nikon Z6 II Portrait photography information
85
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
86
has manual focus
fantastic resolution (25MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
features face detection focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon Z5 Street photography factors
Nikon Z6 II Street photography factors
74
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
boasts focus via touch
weather proof
great high ISO (51,200)
more heavy than others in class (675 grams)
78
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
boasts touch to focus
environment proofing
very good high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z5 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon Z6 II as a Sports photography camera
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery life (470 shots)
sensor has phase detect AF
slow frames per second (4.5 frames per second)
82
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic resolution (25MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
low battery pack (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z5 Travel photography factors
Nikon Z6 II Travel photography factors
68
better than average battery life (470 per charge)
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
more heavy than others in class (675g)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
66
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
boasts touch to focus
fantastic resolution (25 megapixels)
low battery pack (410 CIPA)
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon Z5
Landscape photography with Nikon Z6 II
86
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is good (3.2")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
great high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
better than average battery life (470 CIPA)
2 card slots
82
has manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic resolution (25 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
has double storage slots
low battery pack (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z5 Vlogging factors
Nikon Z6 II Vlogging factors
34
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external microphone support
does not have a selfie friendly screen
more heavy than others in class (675g)
36
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external mic port
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Nikon Z5 vs Nikon Z6 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z5 and Nikon Z6 II
 Nikon Z5Nikon Z6 Mark II
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Z5 Nikon Z6 Mark II
Category Advanced Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2020-07-20 2020-10-14
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 23.9mm 35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 858.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 25 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6016 x 4016 6048 x 4024
Maximum native ISO 51200 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 102400 204800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 273 273
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon Z Nikon Z
Number of lenses 15 15
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 2,100 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,690 thousand dot 3,690 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x 0.8x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.5 frames/s 14.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/200 secs 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 56 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 56 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 675 grams (1.49 pounds) 705 grams (1.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 134 x 101 x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") 134 x 101 x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 470 photographs 410 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL15c -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) CFexpress Type B / XQD
Storage slots Dual Dual
Retail cost $1,399 $1,997