• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon Z6 advantages over Sony A9 II

  • Less expensive
    $2397 vs $4498*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 1440k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Sony A9 II advantages over Nikon Z6

  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    110 vs 85 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 690 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 12.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    361 vs 47 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 12.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    239 vs 35 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality; Terrific high ISO performance; Fast AF speeds; Eye AF; Swift 12fps burst shooting; In-body image stabilization; High-quality 4K video; Robust build quality; Familiar Nikon design.

  • Single XQD card slot; Default high ISO NR a bit strong; No 4K 60p; 1/200s x-sync speed; Limited native lens selection (at this time).

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7 II

Nikon Z6
Sony A7 II
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony A9 II
Sony A7 II
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A9

Nikon Z6
Sony A9
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Top deck display
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Longer video battery life
Sony A9 II
Sony A9
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A7 III

Nikon Z6
Sony A7 III
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A9 II
Sony A7 III
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon EOS R

Nikon Z6
Canon EOS R
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony A9 II
Canon EOS R
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
  • $1999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon EOS RP

Nikon Z6
Canon EOS RP
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
Sony A9 II
Canon EOS RP
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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