Nikon's Z7 II and Z6 II: A Refresh Worth Considering
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The new full frame mirrorless cameras Z7 II and Z6 II offer improvements, but at an additional cost.

Nikon teased the official launch of the Z7 II and Z6 II full-frame mirrorless cameras ahead of their arrival, and today the company made the new digs official. Both cameras use the same sensor as the previous generation, but come with refined autofocus, better AF for eyes and animals, improved power saving mode, faster buffer speeds, and two card slots. Better still, the Version II models get a redesigned user interface and can update their firmware via SnapBridge, Nikon's app, which connects tablets and smartphones to the camera.

Key Features:


Although the sensor has remained the same, the new design of the Dual EXPEED 6 processor gives the cameras not only a significant improvement in autofocus performance, but also video capability. The Z7 and Z6 hit a maximum of 4K 30p, while the Gen II models offer 4K 60p. This is a nice addition if you are planning on over-revving the camera to add slow motion in the post.

Video formats

The video for the Z7 II and Z6 II is comparable to the rest of the market in terms of performance. It can record 4K UHD in full screen mode with common frame rates of up to 60p on the Z7 II. Full HD up to 120 fps. 4K 120p is not available with either camera model. However, 10-bit N are recorded-Log. For external Apple ProRes RAW you have to pay an additional upgrade for Z7 II and Z6 II. In addition, the Z6 II 4K 60p won't be seen in a future firmware update until 2021.

The 5-axis image stabilization helps when shooting handhelds. When shooting video with Z-mount glass, the lenses have been designed to minimize breathing and achieve quiet AF performance. Nikon also kept the recording limit for both cameras at 29 minutes 59 seconds.


According to Nikon, both cameras see improvements in auto focus in low light, as well as AF tracking when recording video. How much improvement needs to be tested. According to Nikon, users will also see improved performance when it comes to autofocusing, as AF for eye and face detection is now available in wide-angle AF mode (L).

Two card slots

The most welcomed addition to the new cameras is the two card slots. One for CFexpress Type B, the other for SD, which is similar to the Canon R5 route, while the Sony a7s III has two combo card slots that accept both the slimmer CFexpress Type A and SD.


The cameras transmit the same EVF as the previous models (3.69 million points)and in terms of its touch LCD, it has a tilt screen over a fully articulated version. So if you are a vlogger, you cannot flip the screen in selfie mode.

MBN-11 battery grip

MBN-11 battery grip

In addition to the two cameras, Nikon has introduced a new battery grip. The MBN-11 has a trigger and the electronic contacts are located in the battery compartment, similar to that MB-D80 battery grip for the Nikon D80 and D90 cameras.

Price and availability

The Nikon Z6 II ships starting November at an estimated cost of $ 2,000 for the body only or $ 2,600 for the Z 24-70mm F4. The Z7 II will be available in December, priced around $ 3,000 for the case and $ 3,600 with a kit lens.


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