It was initially released fall of 2018 with its bigger and more expensive counterpart, the Z7. A comprehensive instruction manual for Nikon Z 7/Z 6 mirrorless cameras. There shouldn't be an #A13, there should be a better handled #F2. no continuous theater/music/dance performances). Your thumb is going to be getting a workout should you try this, particularly with back button focus enabled. They are the primary difference that means you'll have a tougher time getting correct sequences of focus on moving subjects compared to a Nikon DSLR (or a Sony mirrorless camera, for that matter). I know there are those that think this was a massive design flaw, but for most users at this price point, I don't think it's particularly important to flame the debate. The bad news here is that this works only with the EN-EL15b batteries, and only with the camera turned off, and only if you buy the optional charger (the Z7 includes it; some, but not all, third party USB outlets will work). It's actually quite possible to get slightly inaccurate results at some small aperture settings if you don't realize this and don't know how the focus system actually works. This puts the Z6 into rarified company in terms of 4K video signal integrity and what you can do with the data in downstream processing. But the Z6 comes with a new variation of that battery, the EN-EL15b. Some people believe that the changeover point should be user selectable. This also removes the Bank settings from the menu and provides the U1, U2, and U3 user settings of the consumer Nikon DSLRs. Still, that's a good starting point. Note that whatever Autofocus Area Mode you pick in AF-C, far more than one underlying focus sensor (pixel) is being used to determine focus. For many of the more casual shooters, they're not going to be limitations. Video performance is a different deal. Using any mirrorless camera is not quite as instantaneous as with a DSLR. THIS DISCLAIMER CONSTITUTES AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS AGREEMENT AND NO USE OF THE MANUAL IS AUTHORIZED EXCEPT UNDER THIS DISCLAIMER. manual focus), the results can be spectacular. Zebras are only available when you're shooting video, for some reason. Menu items, options, and messages that appear in the camera displays are shown in bold.Throughout this manual, the display in camera monitor and viewfinder during shooting is referred to as the “shooting display”; in most cases, the illustrations show the monitor. Still, that's the level of detail and consideration that any Nikon DSLR user would want Nikon to be making for mirrorless cameras that complement the DSLRs. Which makes the Z6 a bit of a "slow" camera to work with compared to the best Nikon DSLRs. Finally, there’s the issue of how the Z6 differs from the Z7. You should also know that the Z6 respects shooting aperture up to f/5.6. That same connector is used for wired remotes like the MC-DC2, and for other accessories such as the GP-1A GPS unit. Nikon began shipping the Z 6 to retailers on November 16, 2018. Frankly, the power/grip situation is far from optimal. With older, non-chipped MF lenses you absolutely lose the rangefinder. Most everything else is the same with ME, but not this one small aspect. Important aside: the 35mm and 24-70mm f/4 Z lenses have some clear focus shift in them. That's enough to get the Goldilocks effect, and it didn't change for the better when Nikon added CFExpress support in firmware. The Z6 seems to be very close to the A7 series here, with a rolling shutter that's running at about 1/22 second (a little faster than the Z7's 1/15 second). Indeed, there are a lot of small tricks available that address small shortcomings in the handling.). It's rare I get to a second battery in a day's worth of shooting, and I'm talking about covering events for hours. Nikon’s Z6 and its Z7 sibling are part of a brand new lens mount system, the first of the Nikon’s full-frame CSCs. Indeed, it was finding focus when I was having a hard time seeing. But the problem is generally that the display in between taking shots in continuous sequences is a static, non-updating one generated by the stream of taken photos. We've hit the Big Subject of interest here: autofocus. That's not to say there aren't some nits I could pick. The Nikon Manual Viewer 2 app for iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and Android devices can be used to download the manuals for Nikon digital SLR cameras and view them offline. I don't mind the new data coming along. Nikon has graded the view well, and doesn't degrade to a lower resolution view as some EVFs do in certain situations. Nikon even went so far as to work with Atomos to let the US$700 Ninja V external recorder [advertiser link] control the camera. That recommendation has a tiny bit of conditionality to it, though, mostly for folk who shoot fast moving subjects. There's a hidden Custom Setting #A13 that pops up when you mount a three-ring lens. The one thing I discovered in shooting moving wildlife and sports with the Z7 and now the Z6 is that focus acquisition speed is much like the Nikon DSLRs: reliable and fast. Frankly, that was a mistake by Nikon. Also, I can't reproduce it in a 12-bit NEF, and you should probably be shooting 12-bit for anything above ISO 800. Tracking fast and erratic moving subjects can present a problem, particularly if you use the wrong settings. I can live with the few bits and pieces of the Z6 that aren't perfect. Seriously, this makes a difference in how you evaluate what Nikon's done. The photosites on those rows can provide both focus and exposure information. Not perfect, but if you're looking for 2mp JPEGs to post to social media near directly from the camera, SnapBridge is now going to give you that capability without as much angst as before. I want the USB connection to power the camera, period. I know many of you will be disappointed that you need XQD or CFExpress cards to use the Z6, but I'm not at all disappointed by that. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, NIKON, ITS EMPLOYEES, DISTRIBUTORS, DEALERS, AND AGENTS DO NOT WARRANT THE PERFORMANCE OF OR THE RESULTS YOU MAY OBTAIN FROM THE MANUAL, OR THAT THE MANUAL WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE MANUAL WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE, OR FREE OF VIRUSES. Still slower than my network, though, and by a long shot. Only they're not all that fast. Overall, I'd say the jury is out on how useful a multi-function focus ring is. Absolutely. The Nikon Z6 is made in Sendai, Japan, with about three-quarters of the assembly done by automation according to Nikon. I know many of you will be disappointed that you need XQD or CFExpress cards to use the Z6, but I'm not at all disappointed by that. If you just want "more power" because you're worried about how many shots you'll get or how long the video will run, Nikon makes an MB-N10 brick that bolts to the bottom of your camera that will hold a pair of EN-EL15b batteries. The Sony A7 Mark III does a bit better at that last bit than the Nikon Z6 (or Z7 for that matter): Sony's eye detect uses a slightly smaller box than the Nikon, and that seems to be the difference. A slower-to-focus lens on the DSLR (e.g. English (for customers in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa), English (for customers in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas). But I'm getting ahead of myself. They made a Nikon camera that operates like a Nikon camera, and the changes they made will feel natural very quickly, as they tend to be dictated by the mirrorless "features". Likewise, the USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) connector on the camera doesn't seem to really move data at 5MBs. The way the Auto-area AF mode (which is where face and eye detect are done) works is like this: The tricky part is when there are multiple humans in the scene. And then there are the weird, self goals: Multiple Exposure (ME) shooting can't result in an in-camera raw (as it does in the D850). Instructions can be found on the download page. There are no controls, no shutter release, not much of anything other than a housing for two batteries and a dummy extension that goes into the normal battery slot for the camera. Coupled with a new mid-range sharpening control in the Picture Controls, Nikon is touting that they're now doing different three types of sharpening to create the final image—JPEGs and TIFF, obviously— and which deal with differences in the way our eyes respond to contrast in different areas. Optical wireless remains the same as with the DSLRs. But it was also clear that there were things that the engineering team weren't allowed to do with the Nikon 1. Dedicated performance cameras? Indeed, before I get deeper into the details, I was initially struck by an unusual balancing act made by Nikon: there are many very familiar things in the Z6 that copy the DSLR designs, yet there are new things that don't. The Manual is protected by Japanese copyright law and international copyright laws and treaties. At that ISO 800 point where the gain adjust has kicked in, the Z6 gets something between a one-third and one-half stop boost, which then pretty much stays consistent at the usable ISO values above that. The current Sony A7/A9 models don't have this problem. Some lenses, such as the bargain 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E AF-P are astonishing good on the Z6+FTZ combo (and make for a compact telephoto option). Something that some might find a handling issue is the charging of the battery via USB-C. It's easy to turn off the VR in the camera, then mount a VR lens and control VR from there, then forget that you've left VR off in the camera when you mount another non-VR lens. But note that the card slot is soldered directly to the main PC board. If you're getting the sense that I think that the limited (and limiting) Autofocus Area modes on the Z6 are the big problem with tracking focus for fast and erratic moving subjects, you're absolutely right. The Z6 NEF format bundles along a bunch of XMP data, which is picked up automatically by the Adobe converters. One area where there is a bit of confusion is with tripods and shutter slap. Sure it has no black-out. These smaller things taken together are what make those of us who review products say something like "this is a first generation camera." I think the Z5 is pretty competitive at 1199 alone. Just not by as much as you'd think four years between sensors might generate. At 4K, the Z6 shoots using the full frame—actually a very slight crop that uses the full data set—and does so at 30/25/24P. So pardon me if it seems like you’re seeing some deja vu here. Moreover, even just doing a partial disassembly I noted the same thing as Roger: Nikon is using overlap as well as sealing in many areas. A lingering problem is that the Z cameras aren't as predictable as the recent Nikon DSLRs in the modes that I find the most usable (basically Dynamic and Wide Area). For video shooters I can see some value here, particularly for adjusting exposure manually on the fly, but only when you want it to happen. First, we will start with base ISO 100. And if there's no VR on the lens, then the only way you can control the sensor VR is via the menu system. For 1080P, the bit rates max out at 56Mbps (and require 50 or 60 fps to do so; 24 fps drops to 28Mbps). These Download Terms and Conditions ("Agreement") constitute a legal agreement between you (either an individual or single entity) and Nikon Corporation or its associated company ("Nikon") setting forth the terms and conditions governing your download of the operation manual for our products (“Manual”). Like the Z7, my Z6 seems to max out at about 250MBs write performance to the XQD cards. The Z6 is no exception. Why can't I find your works in the Kindle (Nook, Apple, Android) store? That means that focus is more responsive to detail on one axis only (long axis). This seems like a big design miss on Nikon's part. To view descriptions, cautions, and download and installation instructions, click “View download page”.Note that a card reader or other equipment may be required for some firmware updates. Focus Peaking only works when you're manually focusing. All MF lenses seem to meter just fine (though you have to set Non-CPU Lens Data for non-chipped lenses), with the usual Nikon caveat that the lens be set to minimum aperture. Moreover, the handy shortcut of using the Intervalometer to take a full bracket sequence with one shutter press is also gone. Did Nikon use my early criticism and 1/250 suggestion as their update baseline? Almost. The Sony A7 Mark III manages perhaps a third of a stop more dynamic range than the Z6 at most ISO values: the two companies seem to have picked slightly different underlying parameters in the sensor tech, for unknown reasons. Both models are available also in a combo with the WR-T10: The WR-R11a can be used with cameras equipped with a 10-pin terminal (except some older DSLR models like the D100, D1, D1H, D1X, D200, Since a lot of you are thinking about the Z6 for low light work, you want me to quantify that "amount of light" bit. What you expect from the DSLRs is pretty much what you get from the Z6 and the FTZ. (Exception: if you're into Subject Tracking, that mode does now work well enough to use in non-human situations with firmware 2.0 and later.). I won't hold it against you if you don't know whether or not a Z6 can follow a moving subject well. So, other than the fact that the mount is bigger and closer to the sensor, the Z6 lens mount and lens attributes are recognizably Nikon to Nikon users. Using the Atomos and N-Log you need to be a little careful not to overheat the camera, and autofocus performance for some reason suffers slightly. In one of the biggest design dissonances in the DSLR to mirrorless transition, the type of VR is controlled by the lens, unless it isn't. Yes, the Z6 does do better in really low light than the Z7—the pixels are larger, so the phase detect system is getting more light—but I'm not sure I can precisely measure it. Are they as fast as a D7500? You're probably wondering about the autofocus system at this point, as I just mentioned that most F-mount lenses work as expected on the Z6 with the FTZ adapter. This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement and understanding between you and Nikon, and supersedes and replaces any other agreements relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. It just isn't a home run. They're somewhat wrong. One thing, though: none of these autofocus detection sites are cross-type, as you find in the DSLRs. But it wasn't a complete transplant, and there are abundant small, rough edges because of that. That has power implications, among other things. So as long as you're shooting at f/1.8 to f/5.6, you're seeing the correct focus point and DOF in the viewfinder (and on the rear LCD). Hopefully Nikon corporate sees and understands all that I've written in this section. The 3.69m dot half-inch LCD is basically a quad VGA monitor (1280 x 960) sitting behind some impressive Nikon glass for a very excellent eyepiece. Otherwise you'll get into menu diving pretty quickly every time you want to reformat a card. I don't see this as an issue on the Z6 as the "bundled lag" is still less than many consumer DSLRs. It's on a platform that allows tilting up a bit more than 90° and tilting down about 45°. (There's a trick I describe in my Complete Guide to the Z6 and Z7 that also gets you a quick DOF assessment. In both steps #2 and #3, if you have more than two human subjects the autofocus detection tends to be a little jumpy and more difficult to predict where it's going to go. It almost seems like everything Nikon did other than use an EN-EL15 battery as the base is a complete afterthought. Thus, you may see people reporting much longer shutter lag numbers, as they're adding in both lags together. "Brick": I use a pejorative term here because the MB-N10 will not be the usual vertical grip extension. WB? You can't assign AF-ON+AF Area Mode to anything, as you can on the D850 and other D5-generation DSLRs. The lower megapixel count allows the Z6 to have higher ISO values, starting from … The camera was officially announced on August 23, 2018, to be released in November. Indeed, with ISO at 100 and f/2.8, it isn't until I get to low contrast subjects and exposures over 1 second that I see the Z6 even begin to struggle. You've probably seen all kinds of opinions about this, and that started with the pre-release Z events Nikon put on for "opinion leaders" (apparently I'm not one of them; that's okay, I'll be a follower and actually set your expectations correctly ;~). I currently shoot with Nikon D500 with Nikon 500mm f4 G lens and my primary use is for bird photography. Nikon claims 273 points for autofocus, but that's, The thing about phase detect on the image sensor is that the precision with which the current focus position can be, The main worry of Nikon DSLR users considering a Z6 has tended to be focus, If you just want "more power" because you're worried about how many shots you'll get or how long the video will run, Nikon makes an, The other thing you need to be aware of is that if a Nikkor lens has VR and a switch to control that, that switch controls. Some lenses, such as the bargain 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E AF-P are astonishing good on the Z6+FTZ combo (and make for a compact telephoto option). 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