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I know I’m really late to the party regarding Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7. Initially, I wasn’t going to purchase either but changed my mind when I saw that Nikon was offering a Filmmakers Kit which consisted of the Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 24-70 F4.0 Lens, FTZ Lens Adapter, Atomos Ninja V Monitor, Moza Air 2 Gimbal, and a lot more. So, knowing I need to improve my video production, I bought this kit. I just received it and have used the camera to take a few images and have some initial impressions I’d like to share with you. I’ll be doing a full review within a couple of weeks.
I’ve not shot any video yet and as far as video goes, I’m quite the amateur so my thoughts I’m sharing with you regard photography only.
What I like about the Z6
- Ergonomically, nearly perfect. Very easy to hold and it’s comfortable. The controls and dials are perfectly placed.
- Very well built. It’s weather sealed and feels substantial/solid.
- RAW files are stunning. I’ve always been partial to Nikon’s color science and the RAW files I’m getting with the Z6 are beautiful. A lot of tonal depth and rich vibrant colors.
- The new “i-menu” is wonderful. It makes it very easy to change settings and it’s customizable so you can put the settings you’re most often changing, in the i-menu for quick recall.
- The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and Touch LCD are great. The best I’ve used.
- The In-Body Image Stabilization works great and it’s very quiet. I’m very impressed with it.
- All of my F-mount lenses have worked flawlessly with the Z6 using the FTZ lens adapter.
- The ISO performance is great. The noise at higher ISO’s is easily dealt with in Lightroom. I did find more color noise than I’m used to seeing with my other Nikon RAW files but it was easy to remove, again with Lightroom.
What I don’t like about the Z6
- It doesn’t focus as well as my Nikon DSLR’s. I most often use the Nikon D850, D800e, and D500. All of them focus better, faster, and more accurately than the Z6. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the Z6 focuses poorly — it focuses better than my Fujifilm cameras and as well as some Sony cameras but not all — In my opinion the Sony A7iii and A7Riii focus better.
- It doesn’t have Eye-AF but it is promised with a future firmware update. The single point focusing “point” is a bit too large to focus on a person’s eye and the pinpoint AF is too slow.
- It has a single card slot which got a lot of press. I don’t mind that so much but, if I were still shooting weddings, I would be a bit concerned. It uses a single XQD card. I have a love hate relationship with these cards — I love their durability and speed but hate their cost. I paid $200 for a 120 GB card.
The Z 24-70mm F4.0 Lens
I guess this is considered a “kit” lens but I’ve found it to be well built, smooth zooming and it focuses fast. The bokeh is pleasant as you can see by the picture of my cat Rocky above.
The camera and lens combo resolve nicely. My cat Jonesy got into the crawl-space of my house. You can see in the picture below all of the dirt and dust on his fur. Click on the image to make it larger.
So far, I’m impressed
Admittedly, I’ve taken less that 100 images with this camera. Once I get a couple thousand under my belt, I’ll create a full video review demonstrating the pro’s and con’s of the camera but so far, I am impressed.
I added this camera as well as the Z7 and lenses to my recommended gear page that you can view by CLICKING HERE.