Nikon has recently announced the next generation of their flagship full-frame mirrorlesses, Z6 and Z7
These second-gen cameras are offering boosted overall performance, improved autofocus, better buffers, and more video capabilities, thanks to dual Expeed 6 processors. Both the camera is also equipped with dual memory card slots which pro users have sought for a long time. Although these latest cameras are not a huge upgrade than the previous generation, definitely these are offering many features that will keep the users happy. With the rising competition in the same class from Sony and Canon with the offering of A7S III and EOS R5/R6 respectively, taking Nikon to the backseat. Also, this release would not justify an upgrade from its previous generation, but these surely offer more for new buyers and bring more value for money position for them. Though Z 6II and Z 7II are offering more than Z6 and Z7 respectively, those still miss few more features that Nikon should address soon.
Second-gen Fill Frames
For the technical side, these second-gen fill frames offer the same backside-illuminated sensors with 24.5 megapixels and 45.7 megapixels for Z 6II and Z 7II, respectively. The various-angle LCD is just like its predecessor with a tiltable screen but not fully articulated one, which can be a point of disappointment for vloggers, for both the cameras. Also, the additional card slot that has been included in Nikon Z 6II and Nikon Z 7II, is the UHS-II SD card slot, not XQD / CFexpress. There are major improvements in the auto-focus department including better eye detection AF and newly introduced animal detection AF. It still remains a testable subject to determine how good AF performs in comparison to outstanding Animal Eye AF that is available in Canon EOS R5.
Higher Burst Shooting Rate
With the introduction of dual Expeed 6 processors, now both the camera have a higher burst shooting rate as well as better buffer control. The Nikon Z6II is capable of shoot burst of 14fps with a buffer of 124 12-bit uncompressed raw images. While Nikon Z7II is offering 10fps burst with a buffer of 77 12-bit uncompressed raw images due to its higher resolution. This is arguably the best improvements that Nikon has brought to Z 6 and Z 7 series cameras.
Good News for Hybrid Shooters
Both the cameras offer to charge capabilities through a USB-C type port while shooting. Both the camera see improvement in video power as well which makes them the best buy in the segment, for hybrid shooters. The Nikon Z6II and Nikon Z7II offer 10-bit N-Log and HLG videos. Z6II will be offering 4K UHD up to 30p and FHD up to 120p with Eye Detection AF and Animal Detection AF. Both the cameras can be connected to an external recorder via HDMI outputting 12-bit RAW for a resolution up to 4K UHD and support for ProRes RAW. Nikon has also planned for support for 4K/50p/60p BRAW to Blackmagic Design's external recording through a paid firmware upgrade, starting from February 2021.
Nikon Z6II and Nikon Z7II will go on sale on Nevember, 2020
Nikon Z 6II and Nikon Z7II Price
|Nikon Z 6II
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