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Nikon Z6 Review - Verdict

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Nikon Z6 With 35mm F1 8 (2)

Value For Money

The Nikon Z6 is available for £2199 with mount adapter, making it less than the 30mp Canon EOS R, but also more than the 24mp Sony Alpha A7 III. Alternatives include the following cameras: 

  • Canon EOS R (30mp, 8fps) + EF-EOSR Adapter, £2349, with 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens + Adapter, £3269
  • Nikon Z6 (24.5mp, 12fps) + Mount adapter, £2199, with 24-70mm lens + Adapter, £2799
  • Nikon Z7 (45.7mp, 9fps), body only, £3399, with 24-70mm lens + Adapter, £4099
  • Sony Alpha A7 III (24mp, 10fps), body only, £1999
  • Sony Alpha A7R III (42mp, 10fps), body only, £2899

Have a look at more mirrorless compact system cameras in our Best Premium Mirrorless Cameras, or if you're looking for a Full-Frame DSLR have a look here. You'll also need to buy an XQD memory card (if you don't have one) and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


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Nikon Z6 Verdict

You could look at the Nikon Z6 as an upgrade or replacement for the 24mp Nikon D750, however, with 12fps continuous shooting, it offers speeds nearer to the Nikon D5 (with 12fps or 14fps with mirror up), and more focus points (273 vs 51 and 153 respectively). In terms of size, it's smaller and lighter than both of these. You also have the benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder, an electronic shutter, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

The nice thing about the Nikon Z system is the introduction of a number of compact lenses, and in addition to this, Nikon has published a lens roadmap, so that you can see if future lenses are what you're looking for. However, there are currently only three lenses available, so for anything else, you will need to use an adapter.

If you don't need the 45mp of the Nikon Z7 and want the higher continuous shooting speed, as well as better noise performance, then the Nikon Z6  would be a great choice. Image quality is excellent, with great noise performance, and Nikon's tried and tested colour reproduction. 

It's a shame the battery life isn't better, and there will be people who will find one memory card slot an issue. There will also be those that prefer SD cards due to the wide support for them (for example, built-in card readers in laptops), but with the purchase of an XQD card reader, this is quite easily resolved.

Focus performance is very good, with a high success rate, thanks to on-sensor phase detection focus points, although the lack of eye detection focus will be disappointing to those who have used it and seen the benefits.

With the choice of a 24mp Z6 or a high-resolution 45mp Z7, Nikon is offering a very good line-up of cameras, with the Z6 offering very good value for money, particularly when you consider that the camera offers 12fps continuous shooting, beating the full-frame competition at this price point. We expect Nikon to have great success with the Z series, and as new lenses (and camera bodies) are introduced the appeal of the system will grow. 


Nikon Z6 Pros

  • More compact body than FF Nikon DSLRs
  • Excellent image quality possible
  • Great noise performance
  • High-quality 4K video without crop
  • Compact lenses available
  • 3.2inch tilting touch-screen
  • High-resolution electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in 5-axis image stabilisation
  • 12fps continuous shooting
  • Excellent build quality

Nikon Z6 Cons

  • Single XQD card slot
  • Short Battery life (310 shots)

Overall Verdict

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Niknut Plus
12 3.3k 82 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2018 11:36AM
£2700??........don't think my state-pension will run to that !!WinkSmile
Cynog 9 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2018 10:01AM
Did you actually test the battery life, or just rely on CIPA figures? I ask because many reviewers say they get over 1,000 shots on a single battery.
joshwa Plus
11 927 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2018 10:47AM
Hi Cynog, unfortunately connecting the camera to the PC via USB cable to transfer images requires the camera to be switched on, which drains the battery. After image transfer, switching the camera off lets it charge via the USB cable, so unfortunately reliable battery life was not possible during the review period. Obviously different shooting settings will result in different battery life figures, therefore using CIPA figures gives a level playing field which can be compared with other cameras.
ThomasT 9 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2018 12:14PM
What's the point with no fill flash.. which I use much of the time. Add a flash and it becomes a huge cam. How many amateurs are out in the desert and jungle to need the weather-proofing? Guess I'll have to settle for Lumix for my 2nd cam. The 43 sensors are now very good, Ken Rockwell says and shows us.. after testing the crazy priced Sony.. I just need to wed the Lumix to the lightweight small Voigtlander 40mm f0.95.
KennyP 9 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2018 2:10PM
the camera has only one card slot and zero ability t fit a grip with focus and shooting buttons on like normal DSLRs. I'm glad I went for the D850 because for me, until they improve the functionality of this camera-which they should have done before releasing it-I'll stick with dslrs. and I havent even mentioned Nikon users with third party lenses who have found their glass doesnt work on the new adapter. sorry Nikon. massive own goal.
5 Dec 2018 5:26PM
I have a d500 and d7100 both have double cards and I have never needed a second card yet
lemmy 15 2.9k United Kingdom
5 Dec 2018 7:43PM

Quote:I have a d500 and d7100 both have double cards and I have never needed a second card yet+
We are all different - I wouldn't buy a main camera body without twin slots.

My feeling is that far from being an own goal, the mirror-free camera is the future for Nikon (and everyone else). Once the global shutter is available, there needn't be a single moving part in a camera.
sjjs 7
27 Dec 2018 5:56AM

Quote:Nikon Z6 Pros
- Compact lenses available

I'm sorry...? What on Earth are you on about?

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