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Adaptability. It’s about remaining fluid, open. Preparing for nothing, but being ready for anything. Thriving in whatever situation comes along. The Z 6 is perhaps the most adaptable camera we’ve ever created. It’s at the sweet spot of speed, resolution and low-light performance. All combined with the advantages of a lightweight mirrorless design, a revolutionary new full-frame lens mount with matched lenses and seamless integration with Nikon’s DSLR system—including the F-Mount Nikkor lenses you love. This is mirrorless versatility as only Nikon could create.
A deep grip design and balanced weight feel great with both Nikkor Z and F-Mount Nikkor lenses with the Mount Adapter FTZ. Buttons and dials are comfortably placed—features like the sub-selector and AF-On button are in the same position as the D850. Unmistakably Nikon.
One of the major benefits of the Z 6’s thin 16mm flange back distance is that cameras can be made smaller and lighter. The Z 6 is smaller and lighter than the D750, yet it maintains outstanding handling and balance, even when using telephoto F-Mount Nikkor lenses. It’s as comfortable to carry as it is to shoot with.
A skeleton forged from ultra-strong Magnesium Alloy, the same material used in the D850 and D5 for its extreme durability and incredible strength-to-weight ratio. The same brake mechanism and shutter blade material used in the D850, tested for 200,000 cycles while actually loaded in the camera. The Z 6 is ready for the field.
Empowered by the larger Z Mount and shorter 16mm flange focal distance, Nikkor Z lenses gather more light and break traditional rules of the “sweet spot”. Forget about stopping down for maximum sharpness—Nikkor Z are at their best and deliver corner-to-corner sharpness even at their widest aperture.
When used with the optional Mount Adapter FTZ, more than 90 F-Mount Nikkor lenses maintain all of their sharpness, resolving power and functionality and gain the advantages of the Z 6’s in-body VR, silent shooting, PDAF focusing system1, 4K video and more. Approximately 360 F-Mount Nikkor lenses can be used. Compatibility as only Nikon can deliver.
2732 on-sensor AF points cover 90% of the frame (approx.) horizontally and vertically. Subjects are acquired quickly when they enter the frame and tracked throughout the frame, even to the far edges.
Using an AF algorithm optimized for its FX-format sensor, Z 6 automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detect AF and contrast-detect AF to fine-tune focus. The light-shielding phase detection pixels are carefully arranged on the sensor to preserve light, ensuring accurate AF even in dim lighting.
Whether shooting eye-level with the EVF or in Live View with the LCD, Auto Area AF smoothly tracks your subject. When shooting portraits for example the system pays attention to the upper body, too, maintaining focus position when your subject briefly turns away from the camera or moves out of view.
Get the latest Subject Tracking performance which Requires Firmware 3.0.
Eye-Detection AF is a powerful tool for capturing portraits that tracks and locks focus on your subject’s eye not only with AF-S (Single AF) mode, but also with AF-C (Continuous AF) mode—especially useful when your subject keeps changing their pose. Eye-Detection AF is also capable of intelligently recognizing the eyes of multiple people in the frame, giving you the freedom to choose which person and eye to focus on and can even remain locked on eyes that become partially or temporarily obstructed.
Capture still images when focus has been acquired on a dog or cat's eye, even in situations that were previously difficult for auto-area AF.
When shooting video dog or cat’s face can be detected.
Requires Firmware 3.0
Take an ultra-high resolution QUAD VGA display, add Nikon optics for magnification, including Aspherical lens elements and Fluorine coating, and you’ve got an EVF experience unlike any before it. Minimal lag and blackout, 100% frame coverage (approx.), corner-to-corner clarity and sharp magnification. It has the feel of an optical viewfinder, and you can use it for both stills and videos.
All relevant info is displayed out of the way and is easy on the eyes. A new customizable menu appears right inside the viewfinder, so you can quickly adjust settings without ever taking your eye off the shot. Focus modes, white balance, exposure, VR settings, Picture Controls, and more—all within eye’s reach. Preview exposure and white balance changes, image stabilization and depth-of-field in real time. You can even review the photo or video you just shot.
Powerful in-body 5-axis VR image stabilization is applied to whatever Nikkor Z lens you’re using. Up to five stops3 of image stabilization in up to five directions—yaw, pitch, roll, X and Y. During video recording, optical VR is combined with electronic VR (e-VR) for even steadier shots. Normal VR mode for static subjects. Sports VR for moving subjects.
For the first time, F-Mount Nikkor lenses like the AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED or AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED can benefit from in-body 3-axis VR4. Nikkor lenses that already have VR, like the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, get the added benefit of roll axis for a total of 3-axis VR. Just add the optional Mount Adapter FTZ and you’re good to go.
Capture cinematic 16:9 4K UHD/30p video in full-frame using the total width and resolution of the Z 6’s backside-illuminated sensor. Full-pixel readout for sharper 4K footage with rich information equivalent to 6K. Clean output at high ISO. Zero crop factor with full-frame Nikkor Z and F-Mount Nikkor lenses. Focus Peaking in both 4K and 1080p recording. Simultaneous 8MP stills5. This is 4K as it was meant to be.
Shoot up to 9,999 full resolution stills using Interval Timer (and zero shutter vibration), then combine them into one 4K movie with 3rd party software. Or create time-lapse sequences right in the camera with exposure smoothing and extended low-light metering range—great for star trails and light painting.
N-LOG format preserves more detail, up to 12 stops of dynamic range, shadows and highlights to make colour grading more precise in post. For easier spot checking of focus and exposure, the new View Assist function displays simple gradation compensation, highly useful for confirming the final look of the footage.
Capture extraordinary details in your videos with 10 bit N-Log to take advantage of the dynamic range of the image sensor and then apply Nikon’s N-Log 3D LUT (lookup table) to the footage to recreate the colour accuracy that Nikon is known for. The LUT is available for the Rec. 709 colour space and makes colour grading a snap in Adobe Premier Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X or Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 15. This LUT enables adjustment of brightness, saturation and hue.
All of your Z 6 footage can be time-coded in-camera for easier synchronizing and logging, especially when editing shots from multi-camera shoots.
Capture every detail of movement with 120 FPS. Then play them back at 30, 25 or 24 FPS for jaw-dropping, fluid slow motion in 1080p High Definition.
Four AF-area modes for videos: Single-Point AF, Wide-Area AF (S or L) and Auto-Area AF. Seamless automatic switching between Phase Detect and Contrast Detect AF based on the situation. Mimic focus pulling techniques by controlling when AF starts and stops in AF-C mode using AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity options.
What’s the difference between 8-bit and 10-bit recording? Only about 1 billion more colours (64X more data)—so much more flexibility in post-processing. Record directly to an optional external recorder with 10-bit output via HDMI, the industry standard. Simultaneously record uncompressed 8-bit 4K UHD movie files to the memory card and an external recorder. (Atomos Open Protocol supported for syncing start/stop.)
The speed, smoothness and accuracy of the Z 6’s AF system is ideal for video. It’s virtually silent, very little chance it will be picked up by an external mic. When used with Nikkor Z lenses, "breathing" and "wobbling" are all but eliminated. You can even touch to focus using the LCD for fast transitions between subjects.
Shoot up to 12 FPS at full resolution in Hi+ mode (12-bit RAW or JPEG) without the need for an external battery pack. When speed matters—and it always matters—you’ll catch the shots others might miss.
The Z 6’s 24.5MP image sensor along with the Z Mount’s light gathering potential and flawless Expeed 6 noise reduction free you to capture beautiful photos and videos at extremely high ISO settings—up to ISO 51,200 (expandable to ISO 204,800).
A great advantage of a mirrorless design is the ability to shoot in near silence. Quietly capture important moments during recitals, weddings, newborn photography…anywhere silence is golden.
Transfer images to compatible smart devices 2X faster than previously possible—up to 25 mbps. Choose between the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands for optimum transfer speeds7.
The Z 6 can automatically connect whenever your compatible smart device is in range. Send original resolution JPEGs or have the camera automatically transfer 2MB versions of your photos as you shoot them.
With SnapBridge version 2.5 or greater, you can also use your compatible smartphone as a remote monitor and controller. Touch focus, adjust settings like exposure mode, white balance and more, then fire the shutter.
For the first time in a full-frame Nikon camera, you can charge the Z 6’s new EN-EL15b battery in the camera through a standard USB-C connection—from your computer, a wall outlet or other charging device8. Already have EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries9? They work with the Z 6, too.
Connect to a Mac or PC over Wi-Fi and wirelessly transfer RAW, JPEG and movie files. Two modes available: Camera Access Point mode, for connecting directly to a PC, and Station (STA) mode, for connecting over a router10.
The beautiful high-resolution touchscreen is as sharp and clear as a smartphone. 3.2-inches. 2.1-million dots. Crystal clear and vibrant. Tilt for shooting at high and low angles. Touchscreen control. This display is a smooth operator.
Nikon takes touchscreen control to the next level. Touch to focus. Pinch to zoom. Touch to fire the shutter. Swipe through photos and videos. Navigate settings as easily as navigating a smartphone. Pinch to magnify the image on-screen to check for critical sharpness. We’re living in a touchscreen world, and this is a touchscreen camera.
Totally familiar for a Nikon DSLR shooter, fast and intuitive for someone new to the Nikon system. Z 6’s menus and user interface are elegant, clear and easy to navigate with touch control. Easily add your favorite functions to the (i) menu—over 30 settings available—then access them from the LCD or EVF.
Take control of the light with any compatible Nikon Speedlight. Use the optional WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller for wirelessly controlling SB-5000 Speedlights from another room, around corners or outdoors in bright sunlight. Advanced Wireless Lighting using optically controlled Speedlights like the SB-700 and SB-500 is also possible. For remote shooting, the WR-1 and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controllers can be used.
Create images with seemingly impossible depth of field using Focus Shift Mode. A new focus peaking feature helps confirm focus at each layer.
The Z 6 is compatible with the best memory available today, XQD, superior to SD for its fast buffer clearing speeds and potential storage capacity. For tomorrow, it’s poised to also accept the emerging CF Express format with a simple firmware update.
Need more? Focus Peaking, Slow Motion Video, WT-7 transferring, Advanced Scene Recognition, RAW Batch Processing, Square Format (1:1), Silent Interval Timer, Electronic Front Curtain Shutter, Silent Photography, Audio Attenuator and more.
Upgrade your camera to output ProRes RAW and Blackmagic RAW footage directly from the image sensor to a compatible external capture device. RAW video output preserves the camera’s RAW sensor data, giving you maximum flexibility during post production.
1 Full AF/AE supported when using FX or DX AF-S Type G/D/E, AF-P type G/E, AF-I type D and AF-S / AF-I Teleconverters.
2 231 on-sensor PDAF points used for video In FX-based movie format with single-point AF.
3 Based on CIPA Standards. This value is achieved when the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens is attached, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position.
4 Requires use of the Mount Adapter FTZ.
5 During 4K recording.
6 As of 8/23/18.
7 May not be available in certain countries.
8 Requires optional EH-7P Charging AC Adapter. Camera cannot be used while charging via USB.
9 EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries cannot be charged in the camera via USB.
10 Wireless Transmitter Utility software must be installed on the computer.
LCD, Video and Photo Gallery images are for illustrative purposes only.