Nikon Z6 Review Conclusion: An excellent blend of quality, performance and price


posted Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 5:33 PM EDT

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While the Nikon Z7 is aimed more towards professional photographers, particularly those needing high-resolution images, the simultaneously-announced Nikon Z6 offers a more modest 24MP full-frame sensor and a more modest price tag. But while the sensor might not offer all the megapixels of its Z7 sibling, the Z6 offers a bit more oomph when it comes to performance and features, such as faster 12fps continuous shooting and deeper buffers as well as full-width 4K UHD video with full pixel readout.

Overall, the Nikon Z6 is designed as a more versatile, more well-rounded full-frame camera; one that can appeal to both high-end users as well as enthusiasts. It more easily fits the budget of both camps thanks to its $1999 price point (or lower depending on current promotions). Did Nikon succeed in creating this flexible, one-stop-shop photo/video hybrid camera? Well, in our just-published Z6 Review Conclusion, we came to the verdict that yes, they did -- but with a just a few minor issues here and there. 

Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E + Nikon FTZ adapter at 500mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 2800

The camera's design is both familiar for long-time Nikon owners but also easy to operate for newcomers. Despite its pleasingly light weight and compact construction (which is excellently weather-sealed, by the way) the camera features lots of physical controls and dials. The image quality is, as we expected, very good, at both low and high ISOs. The Z6's phase-detect AF system is also very good, with fast performance and excellent tracking capabilities. The new eye AF feature with the recent v2.0 firmware update adds to the camera's versatility. It's not all good news, however, as there are a few drawbacks, such as the single XQD card slot, strong high ISO noise reduction, slower x-sync speed, and some usability frustrations on the video side of things. 

Nikon 105mm f/1.4E + FTZ Adapter: 105mm, f/1.6, 1/8000s, ISO 125

In the end, though, the Nikon Z6 is a very impressive camera. It brings a lot of features and performance to the table at a very competitive price. Are you a Nikon DSLR owner looking to take the dip into the mirrorless world, or are you looking to upgrade to a full-frame camera? If so, the Nikon Z6 is definitely worth considering. See all the details in our in-depth Nikon Z6 Review!

Nikon Z6 ReviewConclusion