The Nikon Z6 is a full-frame mirrorless digicam aimed toward fanatics, that includes 24 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation, 273 embedded AF factors and 12fps burst taking pictures. Introduced in August 2018 alongside the upper decision however costlier and barely slower Z7 mannequin, each cameras launch Nikon’s long-awaited full-frame mirrorless ‘Z’ system.
The Z-system employs a model new Z-mount with a 16mm flange to sensor distance and a large 55mm interior diameter, permitting Nikon to extra simply ship prime quality throughout the body and obtain apertures as vibrant as f0.95. A 58mm f0.95 Noct lens is promised in 2019, however for now the system launches with three lenses: a 24-70mm f4 ‘package’ zoom, together with 35mm f1.Eight and 50mm f1.Eight primes. There’s additionally the FTZ adapter that permits you to use any F-mount lens with 93 fashions supporting autofocus, and if a lens has optical VR, it really works alongside the body-based VR to boost the stabilisation. Together with the 58mm f0.95, a Z-mount lens roadmap guarantees native 20mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.Eight and 14-30mm f4 lenses in 2019, whereas in 2020 guarantees native 50mm f1.2, 24m f1.Eight and a 12-24mm f2.Eight fashions. Third events are additionally anticipated to launch Z-mount lenses.
Returning to the our bodies, each the Z6 and Z7 share an ideal deal in frequent, together with full-frame back-illuminated sensors with embedded phase-detect AF protection throughout 90% of the body (horizontal and vertical, and working all the way down to -4EV with an f2 lens). The sensors are stabilized within the physique with 5-axes and as much as 5 stops of compensation. They each share the identical weatherproof our bodies with magnesium alloy entrance, again and high covers, sealed to the identical requirements because the D850. Each share the identical 3.6 Million dot Quad-VGA OLED digital viewfinders with 0.8x magnification and the identical 3.2in / 2.1 million dot tilting touchscreen. Each have the identical controls together with twin management dials, AF joystick, AF-ON button, and a small higher OLED panel for fundamental taking pictures data. Each make use of a single XQD reminiscence card slot and are powered by the EN-EL15B battery, good for 310-330 photographs beneath CIPA circumstances and USB-chargeable. Each can movie 4k UHD video at 24, 25 or 30p or 1080 at as much as 120p with audio, have adjustable film AF pace and sensitivity, and are additionally outfitted with microphone and headphone jacks, 10-bit output over HDMI with Nikon’s flat N-Log profile, focus peaking, zebra patterns, and have Wifi and Bluetooth to assist Nikon’s SnapBridge expertise.
To this point, so comparable. The place they differ is in sensor decision, AF factors, burst pace and worth. The Nikon Z7 has 45.7 Megapixels, 493 AF factors, 64-25600 native ISO sensitivity and 9fps bursts versus 24.5 Megapixels, 273 AF factors, 100-51200 native ISO sensitivity and 12fps for the Z6. When it comes to pricing, the Z6 physique will launch at $1999 / 2099 GBP or $2599 / 2699 GBP in a package with the 24-70mm f4, whereas the Z7 physique will launch at $3399 / 3399 GBP or $3999 / 3999 GBP with the 24-70mm f4 zoom; it’s also possible to add the FTZ adapter for simply 100 GBP if bundled with the physique or package. Purchased individually the 24-70mm f4 prices 999 GBP, the 35mm f1.Eight prices 849 GBP and the 50mm f1.Eight prices 599, whereas the adapter prices 269 GBP; clearly it’s price shopping for the kits with the zoom and the adapter. Gross sales begin in September for the Z7, 24-70mm, 35mm and FTZ, whereas the Z6 and the 50mm f1.Eight ought to comply with in November. I had an opportunity to check out the Z6, 24-70mm f4, 35mm f1.Eight and FTZ adapter on the official Nikon launch occasion and you will discover out all about my experiences in my first-looks video evaluation beneath!
Nikon Z6 vs Sony Alpha A7 III
Nikon is beneath no illusions that the digicam to beat – or not less than match – is the Sony A7 III, and the Z6 certainly shares an ideal deal in frequent with it. In a similarly-sized weatherproof physique you’re getting a back-illuminated full-frame sensor with 24 Megapixels, built-in 5 axis stabilisation good for five stops, comparable high burst speeds (12fps on the Z6 vs 10fps on the A7 III), 4k video as much as 30fps or 1080 video as much as 120p, tilting touchscreens, embedded phase-detect AF masking giant parts of the body, and Wifi with Bluetooth.
In its favour, the Z6 employs a doubtlessly sooner card format with an XQD slot, however sadly lacks the dual slot capabilities of the A7 III. The Z6 has a extra detailed viewfinder (quad VGA 1280×960 vs XGA 1024×768 on the A7 III) and a bigger display screen too (3.2in on the Z6 vs 3in on the A7 III). The Z6 contains an interval timer and timelapse video choices in-camera (each sorely missing from the Sony), 10 bit 4k over HDMI (the A7 III solely does Eight bit), a far superior touchscreen interface, and the AF system works all the way down to -4EV in comparison with -3EV for the Sony, though the Nikon lacks eye-detection which has turn out to be very refined on the A7 III. Lastly a giant benefit of the Z7 over the Sony is the flexibility to adapt F-mount lenses with respectable assist for autofocus – one thing that can tempt present Nikon homeowners to stick with the model.
Actually greatest distinction although is the lens mount with the broader diameter flange of the Z6 doubtlessly permitting higher efficiency from large angles or very vibrant aperture lenses, though the primary lens to use this isn’t anticipated till 2019. The controls and grip on the Z6 are arguably a bit higher than the A7 III, and Nikon makes larger claims over the climate sealing than Sony, however I don’t assume the variations shall be enormous in follow.
In its favour, the Sony A7 III already has a major number of native lenses accessible, in addition to with the ability to efficiently adapt Canon EF lenses with AF (though this may increasingly find yourself being potential on the Z6 too). It boasts twin card slots (albeit SD and just one supporting UHS-II), double the battery life beneath CIPA circumstances, it has eye detection with steady AF, has a finer array of AF factors (693 phase-detect AF factors on the A7 III vs 273 on the Z6), and also can shoot deeper bursts in comparison with the pre-production Z6 I examined, however hopefully this can enhance with remaining fashions. And whereas the Z6 can technically shoot sooner at 12fps vs the A7 III’s high pace of 10fps, the Nikon locks its publicity at this pace whereas the Sony can alter its publicity. As importantly, if you’d like reside suggestions between frames, you must scale back the pace of the Z6 to five.5fps in comparison with 8fps on the A7 III, so for me the A7 III seems to be extra highly effective and succesful on the subject of autofocus and burst taking pictures.
Value-wise, there’s basically nothing between them on the time of writing. When you’re an present Nikon proprietor, then it might make sense to decide on the Z6 over the A7 III for higher potential compatibility with lenses, equipment and familiarity with the menus. However if you happen to don’t have an present funding in both, the choice turns into more durable. Till I get to check a remaining manufacturing Z6, the Sony A7 III is trying doubtlessly stronger with its higher battery life, finer autofocus, deeper bursts, twin card slots and eye detection. However don’t rule-out the Z6 with its extra detailed viewfinder, bigger display screen, much better contact interface, 10 bit 4k over HDMI, built-in interval timer, and most significantly the potential of that bigger lens mount. The latter is a moot level although as at launch there’s no lenses which actually showcase what the Z mount can do, and within the meantime, Sony is ploughing forward with some very good lenses regardless.
Finally we’ll have to attend and see how the picture and video high quality compares, in addition to the general pace and dealing with, however for now there isn’t a decisive chief between them. Nikon seems to have efficiently matched most of Sony’s key options however not taken a decisive lead. See my Sony A7 III evaluation for extra particulars.
Nikon Z6 first impressions
The Nikon Z6 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless digicam that collectively launches the Z-system alongside its greater decision however costlier and slower sibling, the Z7. The Z6 enters a longtime and fiercely aggressive market, aiming squarely on the Sony Alpha A7 Mark III and basically matching a lot of its options as you’d anticipate: the Z6 provides you a 24 Megapixel sensor with 273 embedded phase-detect AF factors, built-in stabilisation, a big excessive decision digital viewfinder, 4k video at 30p, 1080p video at 120p, a tilting touchscreen, 12fps burst taking pictures and Wifi with Bluetooth.
It’s a powerful specification to launch with, however one which Sony basically matches with its A7 III. The Z6 fights again with a doubtlessly sooner XQD slot (albeit unforgiveably missing twin slots), 10 bit 4k over HDMI, a extra detailed viewfinder and bigger display screen, n interval timer and timelapse video options, has arguably barely higher sealing, ergonomics, and menus, and the potential of the broader diameter lens mount (though the primary lens to essentially exploit it received’t arrive till 2019). However there’s no 4k above 30p, no backlit buttons, no twin card slots, no eye detection, what seems to be like much less succesful AF and burst taking pictures in follow than the A7 III and solely three lenses at launch, though an adapter does help you mount F-mount lenses. I’d say the Nikon trustworthy shall be pleased as they basically now have a Nikon model of the A7 III with higher F-mount compatibility and the potential for some thrilling lenses sooner or later. However for anybody constructing a brand new system from scratch, the Sony A7 III stays a extremely compelling different with a longtime assortment of top of the range lenses.
Word these are my first impressions based mostly on a pre-production Z6 physique. Solely as soon as we’ve examined remaining manufacturing our bodies can we actually examine the standard and dealing with of the Z system. Verify again quickly for updates!