(Pocket-Lint) – Following the success of the first pair of full frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7, Nikon is back with their respective sequels: the Z6 II and the Z7 II (just don’t call them the “Mark II”). , it’s only “two” for the newer models).
However, since there is no numerical shift from the model number, you have probably already guessed that the original models are quite similar to their 2020 counterparts. What̵
Nikon Z6 II vz Z6 & Z7 II versus Z7: Design
- Nikon Z6 & Z7: Single XQD card / Z6 II & Z7 II: XQD & SD (UHS-II) dual card slots
- Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II are 2 mm deeper (at 69.5 mm) than originals (67.5 mm)
- All cameras: 5-axis image stabilization in the body (up to 5 apertures)
- All cameras: Magnesium alloy front, rear and top covers
- All cameras: Mount in the Z series, full screen coverage
- All cameras: Weatherproof construction
When the Z6 and Z7 were announced back in 2018, the main feature that set them apart was resolution. The Z6 has a 24.5 megapixel full screen sensor. the Z7 is a 45.7 megapixel one. The Z6 II carries exactly the same sensor as the Z6; The Z7 II has the same higher resolution than the original Z7. So there are no changes in terms of resolution or image quality.
It is elsewhere that change is taking place. The Z6 II and Z7 II are each 2 mm deeper than the original models. Why? Because this time there is a double card slot that uses both XQD and SD (UHS-II) – in contrast to the XQD-only solution of the originals. We think that’s very smart.
Otherwise it’s similar. The control layout is identical. The on-board stabilization is the same 5-axis system. The weather seal – according to the Nikon D850 standard – is also retained. Really, other than the “II” on the bodies of the newer cameras, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Nikon Z6 II vz Z6 & Z7 II versus Z7: viewfinder & screen
- All cameras: 3.2 inch LCD touchscreen with tilt angle and a resolution of 2.1 m
- All cameras: Electronic viewfinder with 3.6 m point, 100% field of view, 0.8x magnification
It’s the same for the screen and viewfinder. All cameras have the same and powerful integrated OLED EVF and tilt-angle LCD touchscreen. The specification is still great in this regard.
Nikon Z6 II vz Z6 & Z7 II versus Z7: image sensor, speed, video
- Z7 & Z7 II: 45.7 MP full image CMOS sensor (FX format), ISO 64-25,600 native
- Z6 & Z6 II: 24.5 MP full-screen CMOS sensor (FX format), ISO 100-51.200 native
- Z7 & Z7 II: 493 phase detection points that cover 90% of the frame
- Z6 & Z6 II: 273 phase detection points that cover 90% of the frame
- Z7: 9fps burst maximum / Z7 II: 10fps / Z6: 12fps / Z6 II: 14fps
- All cameras: 4K60 video, 1080p100/120, 10-bit HDMI output
- Z6 II and Z7 II only: Dual Expeed 6 processing machine
- Z6 II and Z7 II only: autofocus used at -6 EV
As mentioned above, the image sensors in the Z6 II and Z7 II remain the same as their respective predecessors, the Z6 and Z7. However, the newer cameras benefit from Nikon’s first Dual Exppeed image processing engine, which means more speed, more autofocus accuracy, and better buffering performance.
Nikon has never before put two lots of its processor chip into one of its cameras. The difference is clear when you look at the numbers: The Z6 could shoot at 12 fps, while the Z6 II boosts it at up to 14 fps; The Z7 can record at 9 frames per second, while the Z7 II increases this speed to 10 frames per second.
Nikon claims that the Z6 II will maintain this speed and hold up to 200 JPEG Fine or 112 12-bit raw files. the Z7 II up to 200 JPEG or 50 Raw. The number of raw files decreases when you record 14-bit. Even so, this is a lot of files and a lot of data in a single burst.
The autofocus system for the 2020 models can also focus on what Nikon calls “quarter moon light”, all the way down to -6 EV. These are very dark conditions indeed. While the AF systems are the same for the respective system pairs Z6 & Z6 II and Z7 & Z7 II – 273 phase detection and 493 phase detection areas – the newer models also benefit from improvements in eye-tracking autofocus (for both humans and humans ) Animals).
In terms of video, a more powerful buffer means that more data can also be transferred. The Z6 II can (although not at startup – it comes later) record 4K at 60 fps, doubling the 30 fps of the original Z6. The Z7 II will have cut off 4K60p from the getgo – which again doubles the frame rate compared to the original Z7.
Nikon Z6 II vs. Z6 & Z7 II vs. Z7: Conclusion
- Z6 II & Z7 II: Available ‘Winter 2020’, price TBC
- Z6 & Z7: Available now, prices vary
If you blink, you’ll miss it: both because the Z6 II and Z7 II are very similar to their Z6 and Z7 originals, and because the newer cameras are so fast in burst mode and processing that you might get them with a miss little blink.
While Nikon has not confirmed this, we suspect that the originals of the ‘Z II’ generation models will have faded over time. This means that the newer, faster models with two card slots will take over the standard.
Sure, the ‘Z II’ generation doesn’t push the boundaries forward, but considering the outstanding performance of the Z6 and Z7, we think that’s okay – after all, most of them aren’t upgraded models, just the new ones Standard.
However, we wonder how the prices of the originals will go down, which could be an extremely compelling prospect for those interested in the full-screen mirrorless Z system.
Writing by Mike Lowe.