Nikon Z6 II

 
Nikon Z6 Mark II front
 
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand 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
  • Revealed October 2020
  • Older Model is Nikon Z6
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
61
Imaging
80
Features
92
Overall
84

Nikon Z6 II overview

Nikon Z6 II is Nikon's Pro Mirrorless digital camera initially revealed on October of 2020. It features a 25 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4024.

Nikon introduced this model in an effort to improve the previous Nikon Z6 (Read Full Comparison)

The Z6 II is positioned #8 out of 51 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all around #8 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Nikon Z6 II history

The Nikon Z6 II is part of a family of products. You can view the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-Z7-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z7 II
Z6 II vs Z7 II
46MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Nikon-Z6-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z6 II25MPFull frame14.0 fps2020
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Nikon-Z5 front thumbnailNikon Z5
Z6 II vs Z5
24MPFull frame4.5 fps2020
Nikon-Z6 front thumbnailNikon Z6
Z6 II vs Z6
25MPFull frame12.0 fps2018
Nikon-Z7 front thumbnailNikon Z7
Z6 II vs Z7
46MPFull frame9.0 fps2018

Nikon Z6 II Pros and Cons

Here is a list of pluses and minuses of the Nikon Z6 II based on things that are typically viewed as useful in a digital camera.

builtin Top LCD screen
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
comes with face detect focus
comes with HDMI port
comes with headphone port
comes with microphone port
comes with tracking focus
connects via bluetooth
environment proofing
focusing manually
has double storage slots
has touchscreen
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count fantastic (25MP)
nice clear screen (2,100 k dot)
saves RAW formats
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
screen tilts
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports focus via touch
supports phase detect auto focus
very good high ISO (51,200)
very good min ISO (100)
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Nikon Z6 II Sensor specs

The measurement of the sensor in the Nikon Z6 II is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 6048 x 4024 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 25MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 51200. The ISO can also be increased electronically to 50 - 204800. RAW format is saved which means that the user has more margin for error.

The image below illustrates the Z6 II's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The Z6 II sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is pointed out in green.

Nikon Z6 Mark II sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon Z6 II dimensions

Nikon Z6 II weighs 1.55 pounds (705 gr or 24.87 ounces) and features outer size of 134mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 699 gr so the Nikon Z6 II is on par compared to other competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Nikon Z6 II alongside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.

Nikon Z6 Mark II dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the Z6 II.

Nikon Z6 Mark II topview buttons dials

Nikon Z6 II Lens details

The Z6 II fits the Nikon Z mount and has 18 lenses on the market today. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the Z6 II.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-35mm-F1.8-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 35mm F1.8 S35mmf/1.8370g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-DX-50-250mm-F4.5-6.3-VR lensNikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm F4.5-6.3 VR50-250mmf/4.5-6.3 405g
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Samyang-MF-85mm-F1.4-Z lensSamyang MF 85mm F1.4 Z85mmf/1.4740g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-14-24mm-F2.8-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.8 S14-24mmf/2.8 650g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-14-30mm-F4-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S14-30mmf/4485g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-58mm-F0.95-S-Noct lensNikon Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct58mmf/12000g
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Nikon-Nikkor-Z-DX-16-50mm-F3.5-6.3-VR lensNikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR16-50mmf/3.5-6.3 135g
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Nikon Z6 II Connectivity

The Z6 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily transfer images and sometimes adjust camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Nikon Z6 II Video details

The maximum video resolution in the Nikon Z6 II is 3840 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p offers an excellent resolution for video. You can easily downsample to Full HD in order to get improved video. Beware of the huge file sizes and ensure you have good SD cards with good write speeds. The body does have both headphone and microphone port making it pretty valuable whilst capturing sound.

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Nikon Z6 II Weather Sealing

Nikon Z6 II features environment sealing which makes it a great option to use in challenging locations. This is particularly handy if you are not sure about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.

Nikon Z6 II Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon Z6 II features a 3.2" tilting screen having a resolution of 2,100k dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily adjust focus point plus change settings with your finger. The Z6 II also includes a Top LCD screen so it’s possible to quickly look at the camera's settings.

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The View Finder details regarding Nikon Z6 II are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 3,690k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.8x

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are quite valuable.

Nikon Z6 II Shutter details

Nikon Z6 II has the ability to shoot continuously at 14.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon Z6 II Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon Z6 II boasts external flash ability but is lacking built in flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/200 seconds.

Nikon Z6 II Autofocus details

Nikon Z6 II boasts both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it valuable for portraits.

It features 273 focus points to choose from. Nikon Z6 II has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to change where you focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for objects on the move. Nikon Z6 II comes with manual focusing when needed in low light conditions or you require more precise control on focusing.

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Nikon Z6 II Battery life

The battery in the Nikon Z6 II is built to last for 410 pictures based on the CIPA measurements which is on par with its rivals. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 441. Olympus E-M1X comes with the highest possible (870) battery life in this type of cameras.

Below is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Sony-Alpha-A9 front thumbnailSony A9
Z6 II vs A9
650 yesyesyes

Nikon Z6 II for different categories of photography

The following diagram indicates a analysis of the Nikon Z6 II for different categories of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Nikon Z6 II

The Nikon Z6 II has a points total of 88 which is tremendous, and means the camera is a awesome option to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & potential to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
excellent MP (25 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has face detection focusing
supports RAW files

Nikon Z6 II as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a excellent score of 79, the Nikon Z6 II is a wonderful fit for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
comes with touch to focus
environment proof
good ISO range (51,200)

Nikon Z6 II Sports photography details

A fantastic sports photography points tally of 90 means the Nikon Z6 II is a excellent option for taking photos of sports. A camera must have good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count amazing (25 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
supports phase detect auto focus

Nikon Z6 II Travel photography highlights

Weight is super important when selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon Z6 II gets a above average 72 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick to buy for your journeys.

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environment sealing
has bluetooth
supports touch to focus
high megapixels (25MP)
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon Z6 II Landscape photography factors

If you find yourself planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon Z6 II at it's fantastic score of 88 as a landscape camera is a excellent pick within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count amazing (25MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
environment proof
two card slots

Nikon Z6 II Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon Z6 II is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar score of 36.

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touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes external mic socket
display is not selfie friendly

Nikon Z6 II Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the Z6 II, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line graph underneath provides you an overview of the Z6 II compared to it's highest scoring competitors shown above.

These are some more cameras you may consider as alternative options. To review a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Nikon
Model type
Nikon Z6 Mark II
Class
Pro Mirrorless
Revealed
2020-10-14
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
858.0mm²
Sensor resolution
25MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
6048 x 4024
RAW photos
Max native ISO
51200
Max boosted ISO
204800
Lowest native ISO
100
Lowest boosted ISO
50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
273
Lens
Lens support
Nikon Z
Available lenses
15
Focal length multiplier
1
Screen
Screen type
Tilting
Screen sizing
3.2 inches
Resolution of screen
2,100k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
3,690k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.8x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
14.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
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
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
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
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
705 grams (1.55 lb)
Dimensions
134 x 101 x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8")
Other
Battery life
410 photos
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
CFexpress Type B / XQD
Storage slots
Two
Pricing at launch
$1,997