This could be the camera I’ve been waiting for …
When Nikon launched its two all-new full-frame mirrorless cameras, it was laying down a challenge to Sony. The landscape- and portrait-oriented 45.7-megapixel Z7 strongly resembles Sony’s superb, 42.4-megapixel A7R III. Meanwhile, the model we’re looking at today, the 24.5-megapixel Z6, looks a heckuva lot like the world-beating 24.2-megapixel Sony A7 III. Both Z-Mount cameras cost nearly the same as their Sony counterparts and pack similar features, like in-body stabilization and full-sensor 4K video.
The Z6 matches the Z7 in other ways, too. Autofocus works great as long as your subject doesn’t move around much. During action shooting, though, the tracking system can lose the subject and focus on the background instead, ruining the shot.
To me, it feels like the Z6 has slightly faster AF performance than the Z7, possibly because there are only 273 phase- and contrast-detect points instead of 497. Still, you’ll occasionally lose your subject, especially with automatic tracking instead of center point autofocus. As with the Z7, the EVF occasionally blanks out when you shoot in bursts, making it nigh-on impossible to follow fast-moving subjects.
- Best full-frame mirrorless camera for video
- In-body stabilization
- Good ergonomics
- Excellent images and color science
- Relatively affordable compared to Z7
- Mediocre autofocus subject tracking
- Single card slot uses non-standard XQD format
- Touch display doesn’t flip around