- 25MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3.2" Tilting Screen
- ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- 3840 x 2160 video
- Nikon Z Mount
- 675g - 134 x 101 x 68mm
- Revealed August 2018
- Later Model is Nikon Z6 II
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon Z6 overview
Nikon Z6 is Nikon's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally announced on August of 2018. The camera houses a 25MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a peak resolution of 6048 x 4024.
Nikon brought out the fresher Nikon Z6 II (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.
The Z6 is placed #33 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #50 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can use our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your customized requirements.
The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon Z6 history
The Nikon Z6 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can identify all older and latest models along with key specifications.
Z6 vs Z6 II25MPFull frame14.0 fps2020
Z6 vs Z7 II46MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Nikon Z6 Gallery
You can look at the Z6 from various angles in the gallery below.
Nikon Z6 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon Z6 based on factors that are oftentimes seen as essential in a digital camera.
Nikon Z6 Sensor specs
The Nikon Z6 is powered by the Expeed 6 processor. The size of the sensor in the Nikon Z6 is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 6048 x 4024 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 25 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 51200. The ISO can be expanded digitally to 50 - 204800. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The picture below shows the Z6's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The Z6 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon Z6 dimensions
Nikon Z6 weighs 1.49 pounds (675 gr / 23.81 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 134mm x 101mm x 68mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 719 gr so the Nikon Z6 is very similar as compared to other rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The following is a visual of the Nikon Z6 alongside a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view below will show you the button layout on the Z6.
Nikon Z6 Lens details
The Z6 uses the Nikon Z mount and has 31 lenses on sale. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the Z6.
Nikon Z6 Connectivity
The Z6 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send files and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Nikon Z6 Video details
The highest video quality in the Nikon Z6 is 3840 x 2160 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p gives you an exceptional quality for video. You are able to downsample to Full HD in order to get better video. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and ensure you have good SD cards with good write speeds. The body does feature both headphone and mic port making it really valuable whilst capturing sound.
Nikon Z6 Weather Sealing
Nikon Z6 has got weather sealing making it a excellent option for use during challenging conditions. This is especially valuable whenever you are uncertain about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.
Nikon Z6 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon Z6 is equipped with a 3.2 inch tilting display having a resolution of 2,100 thousand dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you are able to set focus point as well as change settings using your fingers. The Z6 also includes a Top screen so it’s possible to quickly look at the camera's settings.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon Z6 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 3,690 thousand dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.8x
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are quite valuable.
Nikon Z6 Shutter details
Nikon Z6 has the capability to shoot continuously at 12.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s.
Nikon Z6 Flash and Hot shoe details
Nikon Z6 comes with external flash ability but comes without built in flash. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/200s.
Nikon Z6 Autofocus details
Nikon Z6 comes with both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detection which is valuable for people photography.
The Sensor supports 273 focus points to pick from. Nikon Z6 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also includes Tracking AF for things that move. Nikon Z6 has the ability to use manual focusing in case it is needed during low light or you need more accurate focusing control.
Nikon Z6 Battery life
The battery power on the Nikon Z6 is made to last for 330 images with respect to the CIPA specifications which is lower in comparison with it's competition. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 462. Olympus E-M1X features the highest (870) battery life within this range of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras that have the best battery life:
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Z6 vs Fujifilm GFX 100800 yesnoyes
Nikon Z6 for specific forms of photography
The following diagram shows a analysis of the Nikon Z6 for specific forms of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.
Nikon Z6 Portrait photography info
The Nikon Z6 receives a rating of 85 which is exceptional, meaning that it is a great choice for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files & potential to work with off-camera flash.
Nikon Z6 Street photography factors
Getting a exceptional points tally of 78, the Nikon Z6 is a outstanding pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon Z6 Sports photography highlights
A outstanding sports photography points tally of 81 indicates the Nikon Z6 is a excellent choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon Z6 Travel photography factors
Weight is pretty important when selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Nikon Z6 gets a very good 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice to buy for your journeys.
Nikon Z6 Landscape photography advice
For anybody who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon Z6 at it's tremendous grade of 81 as a landscape camera is a outstanding fit amongst its competition.
Nikon Z6 Vlogging information
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon Z6 is simply not very good for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 36.
Nikon Z6 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the Z6, here is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall under the family of Pro Mirrorless.
The line graph just below will give you a summary of the Z6 compared to it's top ranked rivals listed earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.