Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera review

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Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera review

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera summary

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera product highlights

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera product highlights:

  • Full frame
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100-51200
  • 6 EXPEED
  • 273 AF points
  • Up to 12 fps
  • 4K UHD
  • 10-bit N-Log
  • Silent mode
  • Quad-VGA EVF
  • Touch screen
  • Tilting monitor
  • SnapBridge

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera features

The Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera is a powerful and versatile camera designed for capturing stunning photos and videos. It features a Nikon FX-format backside illumination CMOS sensor with 24.5 effective megapixels, ensuring high-resolution images with excellent detail. The sensor also incorporates focal-plane phase-detection autofocus (AF) pixels, enabling fast and accurate focus. The camera offers an ISO range of 100-51200, allowing for low-light shooting without compromising image quality.

Powered by the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine, the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera delivers sharp stills and videos while effectively reducing noise. This ensures that your images are clear and vibrant, even in challenging lighting conditions. The camera also features a Picture Control System with a mid-range sharpening parameter and 20 additional Creative Picture Control options, giving you greater control over the look and feel of your photos.

The Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera boasts a 273-point hybrid AF system, providing precise autofocus across 90% of the frame. This allows you to capture sharp and well-focused images, even when your subject is off-center. The camera features a high-resolution Quad-VGA electronic viewfinder (EVF) with approximately 3690k dots, offering a clear and comfortable viewing experience. Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technology ensures accurate color reproduction and a lifelike preview of your shots.

With a burst shooting speed of up to approximately 12 frames per second, the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera enables you to capture fast-moving subjects and fleeting moments with ease. It also supports full-frame 4K UHD video recording at 30 frames per second, utilizing full-pixel readout for sharp and beautiful footage. The camera supports N-Log, which provides a wide color depth range and 10-bit HDMI output for richer gradation and more effective color grading during post-processing.

Additionally, the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera incorporates in-camera vibration reduction (VR) with image sensor shift technology. This compensates for camera shake and vibration in five directions, allowing for handheld shooting at slower shutter speeds and achieving sharper images. It provides an equivalent effect of up to approximately 5.0 stops faster shutter speed, reducing the risk of blur caused by camera movement.

In summary, the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera combines high-resolution image quality, fast and accurate autofocus, advanced video capabilities, and image stabilization features. It is a versatile tool for photographers and videographers who seek exceptional performance and creative freedom in their work.

Nikon Z6 mirrorless shutter speed and type

The Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera offers multiple shutter options to suit different shooting situations. It has an electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, an electronic front-curtain shutter, and an electronic shutter.

The shutter speed range is from 1/8000 to 30 seconds, adjustable in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. It also includes bulb and time modes for long-exposure photography. The flash sync speed is set at 1/200 seconds, but it can sync with the shutter at slower speeds as well. The Nikon Z6 also supports auto FP high-speed sync for using flash at faster shutter speeds.

Nikon Z6 image sensor

The Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera features a high-quality image sensor that captures clear and detailed photos. The image sensor has dimensions of 35.9 x 23.9 mm, which is known as the Nikon FX format. This larger sensor size allows for better light gathering and improved image quality. The total number of pixels on the sensor is 25.28 million, ensuring sharp and high-resolution images.

To maintain the sensor’s cleanliness, the Nikon Z6 includes a dust-reduction system. This system utilizes Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D software) and image sensor cleaning to minimize the appearance of dust particles on the sensor, resulting in cleaner images.

Our final opinion about Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera

Overall, the Nikon Z6 is an excellent all-around camera. It has a powerful 24.5MP full-frame CMOS sensor, a fast and responsive autofocus system, and excellent low-light performance. It also offers a robust set of features with a relatively small and lightweight body. For those looking for a great overall camera with great performance and excellent features, the Nikon Z6 should definitely be on the short list of options.

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera technical specifications

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera technical specifications:

Type of camera


Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses

Lens mount

Nikon Z mount

Nikon Z6 lens

Compatible lenses

  • Z mount NIKKOR lenses

  • F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter; restrictions may apply

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

24.5 million

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera image sensor

Image sensor

35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)

Total pixels

25.28 million

Dust-reduction system

Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D), image sensor cleaning


Image size(pixels)

  • FX (36×24) image area: 6048 x 4024 (L: 24.3 million), 4528 x 3016 (M: 13.7 million), 3024 x 2016 (S: 6.1 million)

  • DX (24×16) image area: 3936 x 2624 (L: 10.3 million), 2944 x 1968 (M: 5.8 million), 1968 x 1312 (S: 2.6 million)

  • 1 : 1 (24×24) image area: 4016 x 4016 (L: 16.1 million), 3008 x 3008 (M: 9.0 million), 2000 x 2000 (S: 4.0 million)

  • 16 : 9 (36×20) image area: 6048 x 3400 (L: 20.6 million), 4528 x 2544 (M: 11.5 million), 3024 x 1696 (S: 5.1 million)

  • Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160

  • Photographs taken during movie recording at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080

File format

  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed); large, medium and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)

  • TIFF (RGB)

  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available

  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera Picture Control system

Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls


XQD and CFexpress*memory cards
* Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by Sony Corp., ProGrade Digital Inc. and Lexar® only. Operation is not guaranteed with cards from other manufacturers (as of February 2020).

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera viewfinder

Electronic viewfinder

1.27-cm/0.5-in., approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls

Frame coverage

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical


Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)


21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-4 to +2 m-1

Eye sensor

Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays

Nikon Z6 shutter


Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter


1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X200

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; auto FP high-speed sync supported


Release modes

Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer

Approximate maximum frame advance rate (measured under Nikon-specified test conditions)

  • Low-speed continuous: 1 to 5 fps

  • High-speed continuous: 5.5 fps

  • High-speed continuous (extended): 12 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW: 9 fps)


2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera exposure

Metering system

TTL metering using camera image sensor

Metering modes

  • Matrix metering

  • Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame

  • Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point

  • Highlight-weighted metering

(ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20°C/68°F)

-4 to 17 EV


Auto; programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); user settings (U1, U2, U3)

Exposure compensation

-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A and M

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

Nikon Z6 ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off

Multiple exposure

Add, average, lighten, darken

Other options

HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction


Nikon Z6 Autofocus

Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

Detection range (in photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20°C/68°F)

-2 to +19 EV (-4 to +19 EV with low-light AF)

Lens servo

  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking

  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points (in photo mode, FX format, single-point AF)

273 (single-point AF)

AF-area modes

Pinpoint, single-point and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing center of sub-selector

Vibration reduction (VR)

Camera VR

5-axis image sensor shift

Lens VR

Lens shift (available with VR lenses)

Nikon Z6 flash

Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering

Flash modes

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A and M

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, color information communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control

White balance

White balance

Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all except choose color temperature with fine-tuning


Bracketing types

Exposure, flash, white balance and ADL


Metering system

TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

Metering modes

Matrix, center-weighted or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate

  • 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p

  • 1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 1920 x 1080 (slow-mo); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5

Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo, when quality is fixed at ★ (high)

The following frame sizes, image areas and frame rates are available with RAW video recording:

  • 3840 × 2160 FX; 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 3840 × 2160 DX; 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 1920 × 1080 FX; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

  • 1920 × 1080 DX; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera file format


Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera audio recording format

Linear PCM, AAC

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Nikon Z6 ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 51200)

  • P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit

  • M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from same as photo settings, extra high, high, normal, low or off

Maximum movie recording length

29 min. 59 s

Other movie options

Time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, movie log output (N-Log), RAW output (paid service)



8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 2100k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx.100% frame coverage, color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls



Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating and auto image rotation



Type C connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Accessory terminal

Can be used with MC-DC2 and other optional accessories

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)


Wireless (may differ by country or area)

  • Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac

  • Operating frequency: 2412 to 2462/2412 to 2472 MHz (channel 11/13) and 5180 to 5825/5180 to 5805/5180 to 5320/5745 to 5805/5180 to 5700 MHz

  • Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 7.4 dBm, 5 GHz band: 12.2/9.2 dBm

  • Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK


  • Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2

  • Operating frequency: 2402 to 2480 MHz (Bluetooth), 2402 to 2480 MHz (Bluetooth Low Energy)

  • Maximum output power (EIRP): 1.9 dBm (Bluetooth), 0.4 dBm (Bluetooth Low Energy)

Range (line of sight)

Approx. 10 m/32 ft without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

Power source


One EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 can also be used, but note that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge and that charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL15b batteries only

Charging AC adapter

EH-7P Charging AC Adapter

AC adapter

EH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter (requires EP-5B Power Connector, which is available separately)

Tripod socket

Tripod socket

1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera dimensions/weight

(W x H x D)

Approx. 134 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm/5.3 x 4 x 2.7 in.


Approx. 675 g/1 lb 7.9 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 585 g/1 lb 4.7 oz (camera body only)

Operating environment

Operating environment

Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)

EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25a Battery Charger, UC-E24 USB Cable, AN-DC19 Strap, BF-N1 Body Cap, DK-29 Rubber Eyecup, HDMI/USB Cable Clip, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover

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