On 14 October 2020, Nikon unveiled the next chapter in the Z series with the arrival of two new full-frame FX-format mirrorless cameras, namely the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II. Each boasts powerful performance upgrades while remaining as portable and ergonomic as ever. They are also weather-sealed for working in unpredictable and harsh conditions.
Nikon Z6 II
Known as the all-rounder, the Z6 II is a true photo/video hybrid that can shoot faster and longer than its predecessor. It has the same 24.5MP BSI sensor yet offers improved autofocus and faster continuous shooting rates. It is also capable of 4K30p (4K60p planned to be available in February 2021 via a firmware update through the Snapbridge app) and Full HD 120p for slow motion.
Nikon Z7 II
The high-resolution Z7 II offers advanced digital photographers the opportunity to achieve exceptional image quality every time. It has 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and 4K60 video with a slight 1.08x crop. It provides a low native ISO of 64 to maximise dynamic range in high-contrast scenes. Burst speeds top out at 10fps and the buffer is three times faster.
Key improvements across both cameras include dual CPUs, dual memory card slots, better autofocus with improved eye detection, faster continuous shooting and enhanced video performance:
- Dual EXPEED 6 Processors: Backed up by dual processors, both models offer improved processing speeds and increase burst capabilities for stills that enable you to shoot for longer on a single battery charge.
- Dual memory cards slots: Supports three card formats with one CFexpress (Type B)/XQD slot and one SD card slot (UHS-II) for immediate backup and peace of mind.
- Improved AF performance & accuracy: Both models benefit from updated face and eye-detect autofocus that lets the camera focus and track humans and animals (such as dogs and cats) throughout the frame. Additionally, face and eye-detect is now available in the wide-area AF mode, which will come in handy if there are distracting elements or multiple people in the scene. Both models also have an improved low-light AF detection range capable of acquiring subjects in challenging lighting.
- Advanced video capabilities: Record up to 4K (UHD) 60p video internally. For added flexibility in post-production, 10-bit N-Log and HDR (HLG) output offers more detail, dynamic range and contrast in captured footage, while the paid- optional 12-bit ProRes RAW output upgrade delivers greater creative control for professionals and advanced videographers. The models also allow users to reverse the focus ring orientation to cater for those who are used to manual focusing using traditional cine lenses on set.
- New EN-EL15c battery: Boosts battery life to CIPA-rated to 420 shots using the rear LCD and 360 shots using the EVF.
- Optional vertical shooting grip: Benefit from more power and comfortable portrait-orientation shooting with the new MB-N11 battery grip.