Nikon marks it’s entry in to the world of full frame mirrorless cameras by launching Z7 and Z6 models, in an answer to the leading market giant Sony in this segment.
The latest addition, Z7 and Z6, in the Nikon’s family is targeted at Photography enthusiasts, professionals and youtubers.
Thus this move allows Nikon to produce less bulky bodies with high end capabilities.
Z7 and Z6, though are placed in two different segments and are competing directly with Sony’s most favored A7 series, have a lot in common. Below is a list of common features shared by Nikon’s new Z7 and Z6 mirrorless camera bodies:
- Both are equipped with a full-frame CMOS sensor of size of 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm – FX format.
- Magnesium Alloy Body and weather sealing (Inheriting from D850).
- They both have in-body Sensor Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization built in.
- 1 Card slot supporting “XQD Memory Cards“.
- EVF – Electronic View finder having a frame coverage of Approx 100 % Horizontal and 100% Vertical.
- Viewfinder magnification for both is approx 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m -1).
- They both come with a 3.2″ Touch sensitive, tilting TFT screen with 2.1 million dots.
- Shoots Videos in 4K UHD with 30/25/24 fps, whereas FHD in 120/100/60/50/30/2/24 fps.
- They both come with Wi-fi (802.11a) and Bluetooth support.
- Support for wireless flash.
- Have Stereo Mic input.
- They both offer Full manual Aperture and Shutter controls in videos.
- They can record 29:59 min of best quality videos.
- They also come with In-Camera Image editing features like Distortion Control, D-Lighting, Image Overlay, NEW (raw) processing, red-eye reduction, Perspective Control, Resize, Trim movie, side by side comparison, etc.
- GPS via SnapBridge App.
- They both come with one EN-EL 15b rechargeable Li-ion battery. However, one can also use EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 Batteries, but with a low battery backup.
- In terms of dimensions, they both are 134 mm x 100.5 mm x 67.5 mm.
- Weight of both the gears are 585 g, camera body only.
If we look at lens compatibility of these gears, then they both come compatible with:
- Z mount NIKKOR lenses which has a mind-boggling 55 mm inner diameter and 16 mm flange, which opens the door for some bright, high-performance lenses in future. They come with 24-70 mm F4 Kit lens option.
- F mount NIKKOR lenses with the help of a mount adapter. The mount adapter will allow one to use their old lenses, though not all the lenses are compatible.
So, with all these similarities in Z7 and Z6, both being a superb option to consider, which one should you go for. To help you out in that area, let us have a look at the key differences in Z7 and Z6:
|Autofocus System||273 points||493 points|
|Burst Shooting||12 fps||9 fps|
|Video||4K using the full width of the sensor i.e. 4K in FX mode.||Sensor is too populated for shooting 4K videos using the full width of the sensor i.e. 4K in DX mode (APSC)|
|Timelapse||4K Timelapse||4K Timelapse in Camera, but using a thirdparty tool 4K can be converted to 8K.|
|Battery||310 Shots||330 Shots|
|Price (Body Only)||Rs. 1.7 Lakhs||Rs. 2.7 Lakhs|
|Expected Launch Date||Late November, 2018||Late September, 2018|
So, if you are more in to videos, Z6 looks to be a better option in terms of the price it comes with, a real value for money. But, Z7 is a beast when it comes to Autofocus system. Let us know what you think.
Features explained in below videos:
Z7 Product Tour:
Few sample images from the gears:
So, what’s going to be your pick. Let us know in the comments section.
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