Nikon Z6: Hands-On, Available Friday, & Other Nikon Holiday Deals!

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Nikon has officially announced pricing and availability for the new Nikon Z6. The camera is set to start shipping Friday, November 16 at the following prices:
As a reminder, the FTZ Mount Adapter is on sale through the end of the year and a must-buy if you own any NIKKOR F-mount lenses.

The Nikon Z6 features a lightweight mirrorless design with a 24.5-megapixel-BSI CMOS sensor, an ISO sensitivity range of 100-51,200, and support for 12fps continuous shooting at full resolution. Likewise, the device includes 5-axis in-camera vibration reduction technology, a 3.6m-Dot Quad VGA viewfinder, and full-frame 4K UHD video recording capabilities with full pixel readout.

In short, it's as rugged and ergonomic as the previously reviewed Nikon Z7, but costs $1,400 less while boosting speed, low-light, and 4K video recording performance. Another way to think of the Z6? It's mirrorless D750 with MUCH-improved video capabilities.

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HANDS-ON WITH THE NIKON Z6

We had the extraordinary privilege of joining Nikon in Florida last week where we shot in and around Walt Disney World, testing the new Z6 with wildlife photography, 10-bit 4K video recording, portraiture, and low-light scenarios. Our full review will be completed shortly, but while we're working on that, we thought we'd share our first impressions.

What We Love. Much like the Z7, we adore the Nikon Z6's handling and rugged build quality (it's as tough and weather-sealed as the $3,000 Nikon D850). But this new camera feels noticeably more nimble than the Z7 because it has fewer megapixels to deal with for every shot or video. We also think the Z6 is a terrific value, blending full-frame sensor performance with enough speed for sports and action photography, and full 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video recording (externally) as well as 8-bit 4:2:0 120fps Full HD video recording (internally). We're really loving the new NIKKOR Z primes (having tested the 35mm F1.8 and forthcoming 50mm F1.8), but we've also found that the Nikon Z6 works flawlessly with F-mount lenses like the 105mm F1.4, 70-200mm F2.8, 300mm F4, and so on. In short, the Nikon Z6 is fast, hybrid-capable, ergonomic, and produces excellent imagery. 

Nikon-Z6-ImageSample-14.JPGWhat We'd Change. Much like the Z7, our biggest gripes about the Z6 come in the autofocus department. To be clear, the Z6's AF system works wonders for video and is more capable than the Z7 despite having fewer AF points. Overall, it's very good. But we'd love to see EyeAF added to Auto-Area AF, improved low-light AF performance, and we still feel the Nikon D500 and D850 have the edge for action, sports, and wildlife. That said, in most scenarios, the Z6 is more than capable -- if you miss a shot, it's probably your fault not the camera's -- even if it's not perfect. We'd also don't recommend this camera for anyone who needs dual memory card slots for their workflow, although many folks don't need that. We also wish the Z6 and Z7 offered a clean way to review images (file name, date/time, and image size/quality take up the bottom tenth of the display unless you tap the zoom button). Lastly, while the FTZ Adapter offers seamless lens performance (a big plus), its design makes it hard to swap between NIKKOR Z-mount and NIKKOR F-mount when using a tripod.

Pick Up the Nikon Z6 If... You're a Nikon shooter looking for a balanced hybrid mirrorless camera system, or someone looking for their first full-frame camera system. The Z6 is perfect for video shooters who want to shoot stills or stills-focused photographers looking to get into video. Bottom line: the Z6 is an excellent value.

What About Sony? In our opinion, the Nikon Z6 offers similar performance and value to the game-changing Sony A7 III. In other words, if you own the Sony, there's no need to switch unless you have Nikon lenses already. But, if you're choosing between the two, you really can't go wrong with either system. The Nikon Z6 offers better ergonomics and 10bit video capability, where the Sony offers more native lenses and a slightly-better AF system (EyeAF). Either way, we recommend testing both personally to see which system feels right for you.

NIKON Z6 IMAGE SAMPLES

NOTE:
All images are SOOC jpegs, tweaked on an iPhone after Nikon SnapBridge 2.5 wireless transfer. 
We'll have RAW image samples for the full review.

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NIKON HOLIDAY DEALS

In addition to the Z6 launching this week, Nikon has revealed several upcoming holiday promotions and discounts for its product lineup. 
 
The below deals are set to go live on November 22:

Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with FTZ Mount Adapter Kit: $2,145.90 (after $100 instant savings)
 
Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with FTZ Mount Adapter Kit: $3,546.90 (after $100 instant savings)
 
Nikon D3500 Double Zoom Lens Kit: $499.95 (after $350 instant savings)
 
Nikon D3500 18-55mm VR Kit: $399.95 (after $100 instant savings)
 
Nikon D5600 Double Zoom Lens Kit: $699.95 (after $450 instant savings)
 
Nikon D5600 18-55mm VR Kit: $649.95 (after $150 instant savings)
 
Nikon D7500 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Kit: $1,449.95 (after $300 instant savings)
 
Nikon D7500 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Kit: $1,749.95 (after $570 instant savings)
 
Nikon D7200 Body Only: $799.95 (after $300 instant savings)
 
Nikon D7200 Dual Zoom Lens Kit: $999.95 (after $550 instant savings)
 
Nikon D750 Body Only with MB-D16 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $1,399.95 (after $939.95 instant savings)
 
Nikon D750 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens Kit with MB-D16 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $1,899.95 (after $1,539.95 instant savings)
 
Nikon D500 Body Only with MB-D17 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $1,799.95 (after $469.95 instant savings)
 
Nikon D500 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Kit with MB-D17 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $2,399.95 (after $939.95 instant savings)
 
Nikon D810 Body Only with MB-D12 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $2,799.95 (after $629.95 instant savings)
 
Nikon D810 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens Kit with MB-D12 Multi-Battery Power Pack: $3,299.95 (after $1,229.95 instant savings)
 
In addition, select NIKKOR lenses will also available for up to $200 off their MSRPs. 

Make sure to check back with Steve's Digicams for more Black Friday photography sales and promotions!


Source: Nikon