Nikon Z6 II vs. Z6 Review: What’s the difference?

The Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z6 II camera models are meant to be regular use mirror-less stills cameras. The cameras have 24 MP sensors, fast continuous shooting speeds, and an excellent hybrid autofocus system.

While the two cameras are almost identical in terms of looks, the Z6 II received major updates mostly in its hardware and firmware. The new Z6 II has two EXPEED 6 processors and can capture up to 14 FPS vs. the 12 FPS count on the Z6. When capturing in the 12-bit lossless compressed RAW, the Z6 II can capture up to 124 images, which is around 3.5x more than the capability of Z6. Secondly, the autofocus system is also improved in Z6 II. The Nikon Z6 II has a low-light sensitivity range of -4.5 to 19 EV, which is higher than the Z6. The Z6 II has two new AF features: the Eye autofocus in Wide-Area AF mode and shooting videos.

The Nikon Z6 II can also capture 4K up to 60 FPS, although it has a limited 1.5x crop. It can also output HLG and HDR through the HDMI port, which the Z6 camera cannot.  In terms of firmware updates, the Nikon Z6 II can capture time-lapses simultaneously during video shoots from the time-lapse files. It can also capture up to 900 seconds without any remote assistance, while the Z6 is limited to only 30 seconds. Both the Z6 II and the Z6 look identical when kept side-by-side. The Nikon Z6 II also has other minor improvements like a better EVF refresh rate and blackout feature.

Nikon Z6 II

Nikon Z6 II and Z6 Specifications Comparison

Camera Feature Nikon Z6 Nikon Z6 II
Sensor Resolution 24.5 MP 24.5 MP
Low-Pass Filter Yes Yes
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-51,200 ISO 100-51,200
In-Body Image Stabilization Yes, 5-axis Yes, 5-axis
Sensor Size 35.9 x 24.0mm 35.9 x 24.0mm
Image Size 6048 x 4024 6048 x 4024
Image Processor EXPEED 6 Dual EXPEED 6
EVF Type / Resolution QVGA / 3.6 Million Dots QVGA / 3.6 Million Dots
EVF Coverage 100% 100%
EVF Improved Refresh Rate No Yes
EVF Improved Viewfinder Blackout No Yes
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 0.8x
Built-in Flash No No
Flash Sync Speed 1/200s 1/200s
Storage Media 1x CFe / XQD 1x CFe / XQD + 1x SD UHS II
Continuous Shooting Speed 12 FPS 14 FPS
Camera Buffer (12-bit Lossless) 35 124
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 1/8000
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec Up to 900 sec
Autofocus System Hybrid PDAF, 273 points Hybrid PDAF, 273 points
Low-Light Sensitivity -3.5 to +19 EV -4.5 to +19 EV
Eye AF in Wide Area AF No Yes
Eye AF in Video No Yes
Video Maximum Resolution 4K @ up to 30p, 1080p @ up to 120p 4K @ up to 60p, 1080p @ up to 120p
4K Video Crop 1.0 1.0 (30p), 1.5x (60p)
HDMI Out / N-LOG 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI Output / Yes 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI Output / Yes
HLG / HDR Out No Yes
Articulating, Touch LCD Yes, Tilting Yes, Tilting
LCD Size / Resolution 3.2″ / 2.1 Million Dots 3.2″ / 2.1 Million Dots
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Intervalometer + Timelapse Movie No Yes
Firmware Update via Snapbridge No Yes
Battery EN-EL15b EN-EL15c
Battery Life (CIPA) 310 shots 340 shots
Battery Life (Video) 85 min 100 min
Battery Grip MB-N10 MB-N11
Battery Grip Controls No Yes
Continuous External Power No Yes
USB Power + Transfer No Yes
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version Type-C 3.1 Type-C 3.1
Weight (Camera Body Only) 585g (20.7oz) 615g (21.7oz)
Dimensions 134 x 100.5 x 67.5mm (5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7″) 134 x 100.5 x 69.5mm (5.3 x 4.0 x 2.8″)
MSRP $1,999 $1,999

Nikon Z6

Anna Versai

Associate Editor (Features and Rewrite) at Technowize. Anna Versai gives a quick and entertaining look at Technology’s most fascinating news. She also writes for The HR Digest and Industry Leaders Magazine. |Follow her on Twitter @VersaiAnna

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