Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7, were more than respectable market entries. T.he even gave Z6 Some of Sony’s cameras are running for their money when it came to video. T.Two years after it started, Nikon is giving its top two mirrorless cameras a much-needed makeover with the Z6II and Z7II.
While their bodies are largely the same, the Z6II and Z7II have been given a few key specs, including Higher burst speeds, improved autofocus, twice the recording buffers and support for recording 4K videos at 60 FPS.
The main driver behind it The upgrades to the Z6II and Z7II include the integration of two Expeed 6 image processors. instead of just one like the previous models, which means that both cameras offer better performance and more overhead for demanding tasks.
On the Z6II, This means the maximum burst speed has jumped ffrom 5.5 images per second up to 14 images per second for 12-bit RAWs with continuous single point AF or up to 12 images per second with subjectTracking activated. As with the Z7II, while the jump isn’t quite that big, the continuous recording speed iss are now at 10 fps, if everything is activated, from 9 fps on the Z7.
And TThanks to the dual-speed 6 ISPs, Nikon has a faster and more sensitive autofocus (up to -4.5 EV), which supports both face and eye detection when the wide-area AF setting is used, according to Nikon, instead of being limited to only fully automatic AF area as before. This should give users more control in determining a specific area for the Z6II and Z7II to track, rather than potentially confusing the camera with multiple potential subjects over the entire frame.
As for video, the Z6II and Z7II can now record 4K / 60fps video in 10-bit N-Log (or HLG if you are using external recording).. Both cameras, however Use different cropping planes for 4K / 60fps video, with the Z6II being APS-C size and the Z7II being 1.08 times.
In terms of battery life, the number of shots on the Z7II has increased to 380 shots per charge thanks to Nikon’s new energy-saving photo mode. And if that’s not enough, you can now charge and use the Z6II and Z7II at the same time using the camera’s USB-C port. The new MB-N11 battery grip from Nikon ensures even more juice.
Other elements, like the modes and dials of the Z6II and Z7II, remain largely the same. Unfortunately, this means that the rear touchscreens of the Z6II and Z7II only tilt outward instead of turning around like on one More and more mirrorless cams. However, Nikon specifically added a second UHS II SD card slot to complement the existing XQD slotThis should address any concerns raised by those concerned about the potential of losing data.
The Z6II is expected to be available sometime in November for $ 2,000 (body only) or $ 2,600 in 24-70mm Nikkor Z lens. The Z7II will follow later in December, starting at $ 3,000 body only or $ 3,600 with the same 24-70mm lens.