Nikon Z6 and Z7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras: Everything you need to know

Nikon Z6 and Z7 Mirrorless Camera 2018

 

After waiting with baited breath, the Japanese camera maker, Nikon, finally launched the two full- frame mirrorless cameras. The Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 enter the market as the main rivals to the Sony’s A7III and A7RIII, and rightly so. The two models display certain features that may aid in the attainment of the title as King of the full- frame mirrorless cameras.

Both models share some similarities, but also a good number of differences. They share similarities in the body, specifically; these two models differ when it comes to autofocus and resolution ability. However, for this article, we shall be focusing on the Nikon Z6.

Needless to say that the launch of the two models- Z7 and Z6- have been making headlines in the photography world. Whereas Z7 is marketed to have 45.7MP and a high- resolution, the Z6 is marketed as a versatile camera. Why so?

Let us find out.

The Nikon Z6

The Z6 also termed as a first- generation product since 1959 for the Japanese company, is expected to have widespread appeal to photographers. Known as an all-around camera, the Nikon Z6 features a 24.5MP full-frame sensor, an ISO sensitivity range that runs between ISO100 to 51,200.

Z6_Mirrorless_Camera

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Also, a 5- stop image stabilisation that integrates the use of the Vibration Reduction technology system. This helps to stabilise the process of capturing videos and photos. The Nikon Z6 has the ability to shoot images 12 frames per second.

Boasting of a high- quality build, it holds a tilting LCD display that has a resolution of 3,690k-dot and an Electronic Viewfinder with a 100% magnification of 0.80 xs. Despite the3.2’2.1M Dot LCD being touchscreen, it can only tilt but not flip out. Most bloggers tend to prefer one with a monitor that’s facing them.

Regardless, the LCD screen is easy to navigate and does display the necessary information to the user. The LCD screen displays camera settings that range from Flicker- control and Face Detection.

Bluetooth and WI-FI

The Nikon Z6 model is Bluetooth and WI-FI enabled, allowing for easy transfer of images from one device to another. It does allow 4K UHD video capture up to 30p. For full- HD 1080p can range from 60p-120p in slow motion.

Of course, just like the Z7, the Nikon Z6 comes with a single XQD memory slot, which can be quite disadvantageous. Also, as compared to the Nikon Z7, this model has fewer autofocus points. More specifically, the focus points are 273.

Regardless, the camera is reasonably and competitively priced against its rival cameras, such as the Sony A7 III. It is also cheaper than the Nikon Z7, as it only goes for $1995.

Let us take a look at the features in further detail.

24.5MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor

The Nikon Z7 boasts of a higher resolution of 45.7MP. However, this sensor does come with positive benefits that cannot be overlooked. The sensor features a back-illuminated design allows for a high native sensitivity of ISO 100- 51,200.

Moreover, the sensor does hold the EXPEED 6 image processor that allows the camera to shoot continuously at high speed. More specifically, it will enable the camera to shoot at the bursting rate of 12fps.

3.6m- Dot Electronic Viewfinder

The 3.6m- Dot Electronic Viewfinder allows the camera to capture clean, sharp and high-quality images. Of course, it’s high 0.80x magnification affords for quality results. The electronic viewfinder is excellently positioned to provide comfortable viewing for the user.

The 273- Point Phase- Detect AF System

The 273 points phase-detect system enables the camera to cover 90% of the image for accurate and precise results. Notably, the Nikon Company combined both the phase and contrast-detect systems, which is a significant improvement from its predecessors. The Nikon DLSRs would only use the contrast systems. This AF system allows the user to enjoy a smooth focus and silent operation while using the camera.

5-Axis System

5-Axis System is a built-in system that allows for five stops of stabilisation. This is, of course, regardless of the type of lens used. In other words, the inbuilt system can adjust itself to support the lens system. Also, the system integrates the Vibration Reduction to help increase stabilisation while shooting videos and capturing images.

New- Lens Mount

With the launch of the Nikon Z7 and Z6, comes the original design of the lens mount. This new lens features a diameter of 55mm and a flange focal distance of 16mm. This is a major upgrade as the other F- mounts were 11mm less in diameter than the new one, which will be referred to as the Z mount.

Z6_Mirrorless_Camera_back

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Pros

  • 4K video capture
  • Touchscreen LCD Electronic
  • Viewfinder with a high resolution
  • Boasts of a 5- axis IS system for image stabilisation
  • Quite affordable
  • Has the ability to shoot at the burst rate of 12 fps.
  • Smaller and lighter in weight
  • Its weather and dust resistant
  • Comes with an EXPEED 6 image processor

Cons

  • Lower resolution sensor, as compared to the Z7, of 24.5MP
  • Short battery life
  • Limited lens range
  • Single XQD memory card slot
  • Features a 3.2-inch tilting LCD display. Meaning that the screen does not flip out

In conclusion, the Z6 is expected to bode well with most photographers. Why so? It boasts of incredible features that promise high- quality images. The primary advantage is the fair price that places the camera within reach of interested buyers.

Nikon Z7 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Review

According to Nikon, the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera is the most significant camera since the Nikon F Camera was introduced, and rightly so. Specially designed to rival the Alpha A7R III, the Nikon Z7 was launched in late August of this year, together with the Nikon Z6. The announcement and launch of the two cameras marked the first release of Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Z7_Mirrorless_Camera

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From the latest additions and features of the Nikon Z7, it is clear that the design seeks to offer users an experience that mimics that of a Nikon DSLR. However, the camera size of the Nikon Z7 is a lot smaller and hence lighter. Moreover, it’s faster and displays an incredible accuracy when it comes to autofocus.

With features such as the 45.7MP, an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and an ability to shoot 4K- videos, this camera was designed to meet the needs of the photography world. It goes without saying that the wait for its launch was worth it, as it offers much more than the features mentioned above.

Let us take a look at the features of the famous Nikon Z7 in more detail. Ultimately, the below information should help you decide whether or not; this camera is perfect for you.

Autofocus

The Nikon company made a significant improvement when it comes to the autofocus ability of their recent camera, the Nikon Z7. Where its previous DSLR cameras only focused on contrast detection, the Z7 integrates both phase and contrast detection. Thanks to the fact that it comes with 493 AF points, the camera allows for a sharper focus.

Viewfinder

Unlike their previous models, the Nikon Z7 combines both the optical lenses with the electronic viewfinder. The result: an ability to capture 100% of any image. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is a QVGA 3.6million-dot device, making it one of the best in the market. The 0.5-inch Quad-VGA EVF coupled with its 0.8x magnification gives the camera an ability to capture high-quality images second to none.

Screen

The screen of the camera is a touch screen, allowing the user to navigate and use the camera. One can quickly change the settings to personal preferences, shift AF point, as well as easily swipe through the images captured. This feature is a plus. The screen features a non-reflective, tilting 3.2-inch LCD. Please note, that the display tilts, but does not fold.

Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter

Since the year 1959, Nikon has been using a 47mm F mount. Of course, thanks to the full range of compatible wide ranges of optics, many Nikon fans have been able to use them.

Mount Adapter FTZ

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However, with the release of the new Nikon Z7, the company also wanted it to feature a new Nikon mount. The new mount will be known as the Z mount. One that is more compatible and is not limited in use. The result is a mount that is 55mm wide in diameter.

The new mount provides a flange focal distance of 16mm allowing users can enjoy apertures of up to f/0.95 or even f/1.4. According to Nikon, this new mount will give the best balance between the sensor size and mount diameter.

Of course, the significant tradeoff is that the lenses cannot be attached without an adapter. Hence, you have to purchase the suitable adapter, specially designed and sold by Nikon itself, for effective use. The adapter will be called FTZ Mount Adapter. The adapter is said to highly compatible with over 350 Nikon lenses that are already in the market.

Stabilization

The Nikon Z7 features a 5- axis IS system for stabilisation. This allows a user to use an existing VR (Vibration Reduction) F-mount lenses as the built-in VR will adjust itself accordingly.

Extra Features

The camera Z7 allows for easy compatibility with other devices while filming. For instance, filmmakers can effortlessly synchronise Timecode In/out making editing considerably easy.

It is important to mention that the camera also comes with an electronic Vibration Reduction system. This system helps to minimise the effects and impact of camera movements and shakes.

Pros

  • 45.7 MP Full- frame sensor
  • Comes with an electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • 4K Video capture capability
  • Touchscreen Features a 5- axis IS system
  • WI-FI system with Bluetooth
  • 55 mm mount Non- reflective LCD display
  • ISO 64-25,600 which is expandable
  • Can shoot up to 9fps (frames per second)
  • High – resolution
  • Comes with an electronic Vibration Reduction system
  • External ports for microphone

Cons

  • Single memory (XQD) card slot
  • Short battery life
  • Limited lens range
  • Expensive

In conclusion, the Nikon Z7 has more pros than cons, making it a suitable camera for both amateur and professional photographers. Thanks to the camera’s high resolution that is 45.7 MP and has the shooting capability of 9fps capturing and producing high-quality images is certain.

Its touchscreen makes it easy to use and navigate the camera’s settings. However, the screen can be tilted, but cannot be folded. This can be a disadvantage, especially for bloggers who would like to monitor their videos while they film. Hence, they might have to buy a separate monitor for that.

Moreover, the Nikon Z7 is quite expensive. Whereas the Alpha A7R III goes for at least $3200, the Nikon Z7 goes for approximately $3400. It is important to note, however; that the Nikon Z7 is definitely worth the cost. Overall, the Nikon Z7 boasts of high- quality built and is a worthwhile investment.

The Nikon Z Lenses Review

As the world awaited the launch and release of the Nikon Z7 and Z6, numerous articles were written on them and spread across the internet. While some contained facts in their information, others were far from the truth. This article shall be focusing on the Nikon Z lenses, and the necessary factual information to shed some light on their real potential and accompanying features.

Let us take a look.

The Nikon Z Lenses

Alongside the launch of the two mirrorless cameras, Nikon Z7 and Z6, Nikon also publicised the release of the new S-line mirrorless full frame lenses. More specifically, the Japanese camera company announced three mirrorless full frame lenses. The lenses include:

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

Nikon did also announce a fourth lens, Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, that is, however; still in development.

NIKKOR Z 35mm f:1.8 S

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Thanks to their new and improved lens mount, the new lenses, as well as the old can bind to the body of the camera seamlessly. The new lens mount, also known as the Z mount feature four claws that can afford a tighter fit for the lens in use. This increases its compatibility so that users can easily mount their existing lenses and effectively use them.

The Z mount is 55 mm in diameter. Both the Nixon Z7 and Z6 are the only ones that boast of such a large full- frame mount in the entire market. Additionally, it has a 16 mm focal flange distance. A feature that the Nikon F did not have and effectively allows these new mirrorless camera models to enjoy a wide range of high- performance lenses.

The three previously mentioned mirrorless Nikon Z lenses are specifically designed to rival the capabilities of the Nikon F lenses. Build to mimic high-quality standards to afford the camera superb quality control. This way, there can be less distortion, ghosting and aberrations just to name a few.

Let us take a look at the features of the new S-line mirrorless full frame lenses in detail.

Stepping Motor

Unlike the Nikon F, these lenses will be operating electronically instead of manually. The user had to physically turn the focusing ring to change the lens elements with the Nikon F. However, with the new S-line mirrorless full frame lenses implement the use of what it termed as the focus- by -wire. Yet, for it to work effectively, the camera has to be turned on.

The focus- by –wire allows the user to attain smooth focus effortlessly and minimises the chances of losing focus while shooting.

NIKKOR Z 50mm f:1.8 S

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Customizable Buttons and Aperture Ring

The three Nikon Z lenses allow for easy customisation. Please note that these lenses do not feature any buttons. Nikon does, however; plan to add customizable buttons to their future lenses. For example, the Nikon 58mm f/0.95 S Noct will have two customizable buttons for different functions as you navigate through the menu.

Decreased Focus Breathing Issues

Focus breathing issues generally involve changes in angle view that occur during focusing. Nikon ensured that the lenses are specifically designed to reduce the occurrence of focus breathing issues. This feature, coupled with the stepping motor and lenses ability to communicate 11 contacts, makes them ideal for video shooting.

Increased Communication contacts

The Nikon Z lenses have 11 contacts in total affording the lenses higher performance and more control. Because the Nikon F has eight connections, this is a significant improvement. Let us take a look at the summary of the pros and cons of the new S-line mirrorless full frame lenses.

Pros

  • Allow for silent shooting
  • Customizable buttons
  • Customizable aperture controls
  • Electrical autofocus, instead of manual. This allows for smooth focusing.
  • The new Z mount can be used by already existing lenses
  • Ensures the occurrence of focus breathing issues while shooting

Cons

  • Expensive

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f:4 S

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In conclusion, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Thanks to the new Z mount, photographers can still purchase the new mirrorless cameras and still use their lenses. Both cameras come with a 5-axis image stabilisation that features a five-stop compensation. This allows the camera to adjust effectively to the glass- base system. Also, the mount comes with four claws that have a tight grip on the lens mounted to the camera.

Its stepping motor allows for smooth focusing while the 11 contact points allow for smoother video shooting. Hence, the user is able to have higher control over quality and maintain high- standards while shooting and producing both video and still images.

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The full list of lenses and accessories not compatible with Nikon Adapter FTZ

  • IX-Nikkor
  • Non-AI Lenses
  • TC-16A AF Teleconverter
  • K2 Extension Ring
  • 180-600mm f/8 ED (serial numbers 174041-174180)
  • 360-1200mm f/11 ED (serial numbers 174031-174127)
  • 200-600mm f/9.5 (280001-300490)
  • Reflex 1000mm f/3.5
  • Nikkor-H Auto 2.8cm f/3.5
  • Nikkor-S Auto 3.5cn f/3.5
  • Nikkor-S Auto 5cm f/2
  • Nikkor-Q Auto 13.5cm f/3.5
  • Micro-Nikkor 5.5cm f/3.5
  • Auto Nikkor Telephoto-Zoom 85-250mm f/4-4.5
  • Auto Nikkor Telephoto-Zoom 200-600mm f/9.5-10.5

 

All three Nikon Z lenses are priced differently due to their different capabilities. Depending on the use of the lens and the camera, Nikon ensures that each lens can meet your preferences accordingly. The future lenses, such as the Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, will have more features and capabilities. It goes without saying that Nikon is moving with the changing technological advancements and remains a strong rival against Sony.

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