Nikon has just announced the successors of the Z6 and Z7 models. Both Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II come equipped with the same sensor their predecessors have, but unlike them, the new models can shoot 4K UHD video up to 60fps while also bringing improved autofocus capabilities, better energy savings mode, faster buffering speeds, and dual card slots (CFexpress Type B and SD).
If you want to shoot Apple ProRes RAW externally, you’ll be able to do so using the cameras’ HDMI via a paid firmware update that should be released in February next year. It’s also worth mentioning that the Z6 II and Z7 II are the first Nikon cameras to support Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF with video recording, enabling continuous focus on the eyes of humans, dogs, and cats.
Furthermore, both offerings take advantage of the improved Dual EXPEED 6 image processor which offers increased buffer performance, a faster 10 fps continuous shooting rate, and noticeably reduced blackout times in the viewfinder.
The Z6 II and Z7 II also feature the same EVF from the previous models (3.69 million dots), but shamefully, come equipped with just tilting touch LCDs on the back which are not fully articulating. Additionally, there’s still a record limitation of 29 minutes 59 seconds when shooting video.
Nevertheless, 4K UHD 60p video is supported with the option to record externally in 10-bit using N-Log or HLG (HDR) modes. SnapBridge wireless connectivity can be used on both cameras for remote camera control, image sharing to a mobile device, and even over-the-air firmware updates.
Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II Highlights
- Dual EXPEED 6 processors
- Improved autofocus
- Built-In 5-Axis Vibration Reduction
- Hybrid PDAF
- 4K 60p video
- N-Log color profile
- Dual card slots: CFexpress and SD (XQD/CFX Type B, SD-UHS-II)
- More buffer memory
- Headphone/Microphone inputs
- USB power
- 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output
- Weather Sealed
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Uses Nikon EN-EL15c batteries
The Nikon Z6 II will start shipping in November selling for $1,997, whereas the Z7 II should hit the shelves in December retailing for $2,697.
In addition to the new cameras, Nikon has also introduced a new battery grip. The MBN-11 is similar to the MB-D80 battery grip for the Nikon D80 and D90 cameras featuring shutter release button and electronic contacts inside the battery compartment.
- Nikon Z 6II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
- Nikon Z 7II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
- Nikon MB-N11 Power Battery Pack with Vertical Grip
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