The new Nikon Z6 II Body Only an upgrade of the Z 6 all-rounder, gives you both dramatic still images and cinematic 4k UHD video. Harnessing Dual EXPEED 6 image-processing engines, the Z 6II allows continuous shooting at approx. 14 fps with extended buffer. Eye-Detection and Animal-Detection AF are available in both stills and videos. A variety of video recording options now includes 10-bit HDR (HLG) and 4K UHD/50p/60p. What’s more, the dual memory card slots and new optional MB-N11 Battery Pack give you all this versatility in a dependable package. The Z 6II provides a solid hybrid solution for multimedia creators.
On the sensor, you will find an enhanced phase-detect autofocus system using 273 points covering 90% of the image area, and the sensor features 5-axis Vibration Reduction technology for stabilized photos and video regardless of the lens used. This advanced hybrid AF system will also benefit video. The Z 6 II features UHD 4K recording at up to 30p and can use the N-Log gamma profile along with the camera's 10-bit HDMI output to create cinema-quality video.
The Z 6 II'sslimmed down design and lighter build maintains the weather sealing and ergonomics for which Nikon is known. The camera features multiple displays and screens for ease of use, including a 0.80x 3.6m-dot OLED EVF with NIKKOR optics and a Fluorine coating, ensuring clear viewing. The rear of the camera is equipped with a 3.2" 2.1m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD while the top offers a dot-matrix OLED for quickly checking settings. Additionally, the body is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Using its 24.5 megapixels, the Z 6II’s images are clear, sharp and beautiful even under low light. The FX-format backside illumination CMOS sensor, together with the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine achieves a wide standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 (expandable to ISO 50-204800 equivalent).
Approx. 14-fps continuous shooting for up to 124 frames
The Z 6II gives you greater ability to nail that important moment thanks to its Dual EXPEED 6 image-processing engines. The maximum continuous shooting speed is now approx. 14 fps*1 with AE/AF tracking. Thanks to an extended buffer, it also allows you to keep continuous shooting going up to 124 frames*2 in 12-bit lossless compressed RAW (L) – meaning that 14-fps shooting can be maintained up to 9 seconds.
*1 In high-speed continuous shooting (extended), with single-point AF. Approx. 12 fps when using silent photography or AF-C with AF area modes other than single-point AF.
*2 With Sony CEB-G128 CFexpress card in use.
The Z 6II features in-camera vibration reduction (VR) that offers an effect equivalent to a shutter speed up to approx. 5.0 stops faster. It detects camera shake using the image’s motion vector information as well as the gyro sensor and then drives the VR unit to offer compensation in five directions: yaw, pitch, X, Y, and roll. Use the Normal VR mode for reducing camera shake during handheld still shooting, while Sport VR is best utilized to stabilize the image when tracking moving subjects in stills and for video. When recording video with a fixed angle of view, Normal VR can be combined with electronic VR2 for even steadier shots. VR also works with NIKKOR F lenses, including non-VR lenses when using the optional FTZ Mount adapter.
If you want to discover more in a fast-moving scene, try the Z 6II’s High-Speed Frame Capture. This allows you to take 2-megapixel images at up to an incredible 120 fps*1, or 8-megapixel images at up to 30 fps*2 with AE/AF tracking by keeping the shutter-release button pressed in movie live view mode. Now you can capture the defining image in a sequence of fleeting moments.
*1 With Full HD selected for movie image quality.
*2 With 4K UHD selected for movie image quality.
When you want to create a time-lapse movie larger than 4K, interval-timer photography is the way to go and the Z 6II makes it more convenient to do. In addition to a set of stills, the camera can now automatically generate and record a time-lapse movie in 4K UHD or Full HD for quick confirmation of the result on site. In both interval-timer photography and time-lapse movie modes, Nikon’s unique exposure smoothing function reduces the subtle exposure variations between frames. When used together with silent photography, it extends the camera’s exposure metering capability beyond -4 EV, letting creators capture scenes where brightness changes significantly, such as a sky transitioning from sunset to midnight, all in one continuous sequence using aperture-priority auto exposure mode.
The Z 6II’s 273-point hybrid AF system is enhanced to let you focus on the intended subject more easily than the Z 6, even in busy scenes. Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF are now available in wide-area AF (L) in addition to auto-area AF. What’s more, When “on” is selected for “save focus position” in the setup menu the camera saves the last focus position when it is switched off, allowing you to resume your shoot right where you left off. Just like the Z 6, low-light AF is also available, enabling autofocusing down to -6 EV. Together with NIKKOR Z lenses, that are designed to meet an incredibly strict AF standard, the Z 6II offers superb AF accuracy.
Eye-Detection AF is convenient for shooting portraits where the model is constantly changing poses, and Animal-Detection AF is effective whether you’re capturing cats playing with bristlegrass or dogs relaxing indoors. With the Z 6II, capturing your intended subject is easier, even in a crowd. In addition to auto-area AF, these functions are now available in wide-area AF (L), allowing easier focusing only on your intended subject within the focus area. As they are now included in the i menu, quick switching is also possible. Also, Eye-Detection AF, combined with face-detection and upper-body detection technologies, allows you to keep focusing on a human subject even when they temporarily turn their back.
The Z 6II lets you produce 4K UHD/30p videos and will also offer 50p/60p with firmware update*1. The 6K-equivalent rich data it employs ensures that rendering is truly stunning. Together with NIKKOR Z lenses, it delivers extraordinary high-resolution movies.
Novice videographers may benefit from in-camera Picture Controls, which allow easy video production with minimum colour grading. Meanwhile, 12-bit RAW video output, 10-bit N-Log or HDR (HLG) can satisfy professional needs. The Z 6II has got something for everyone’s filmmaking requirements.
Boasting ISO 100-51200 for low-light situations, the image is clear with minimum noise, reducing the need for additional lighting. The camera also records Full HD/120p or 100p*2, for smooth, dramatic slow motion. The APS-C equivalent, DX-based movie format is easily accessible, which can bring you closer to your subject without changing the lens. Separate settings for videos and stills make switching between the two very easy.
*1 Scheduled in February 2021, available in DX-based movie format.
*2 Not available with HDMI output.
The Z 6II’s HDMI output*1 offers external recording of RAW*2, 4:2:2 N-Log and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). 12-bit RAW video output, a feature obtainable with high-end video cameras, is available in both 4K UHD and Full HD to provide maximum flexibility in colour adjustment. 10-bit N-Log records very rich gradation information, capturing up to approx. 1.07 billion colours as well as a wide dynamic range at 12 stops and 1300%, which enables effective colour grading. The HLG is convenient for producing HDR videos for HLG monitors. The profile supports ITU-R BT.2100, which features the wide colour gamut of the Rec.2020 standard.
*1 Full HD/100p and 120p are not available.
*2 Optional with charge. Requires shipping of the camera to Nikon.
The Z 6II is well equipped for professional video shoots. The camera can record a timecode*, helping in combining footage shot by several cameras. In manual focusing, focus peaking is available even in 4K UHD, with selectable peaking highlight colour. Highlight display lets you confirm the highlight area with a zebra pattern while allowing you to set the level of brightness from 180 to 255 depending on your needs.
* Not available when shooting slow-motion movies.
For those wanting to minimize post-production, the Picture Control Standard in-camera preset comes in handy. To easily add a creative twist, try one of the 20 Creative Picture Controls. Picture Control Flat is for simple grading. It captures 8-bit footage with as much colour, texture and brightness information as possible, allowing you to enhance the colour simply by adjusting the tone curve, just like you do with stills. Three sharpness parameters – sharpening, clarity and mid-range sharpening – are also available. You can adjust those in advance to increase or decrease sharpness and achieve your ideal look.
AF is critical when filming alone on a gimbal without a focus puller: The Z 6II’s video AF system has gained a boost by introducing Eye-Detection and Animal-Detection AF. Together with NIKKOR Z lenses, which are designed for video shooting as well as stills, the Z 6II offers superb AF performance.
These functions let you maintain focus on the eye of your human subject even when they are in motion. Eye-Detection AF, combined with face and upper-body detection technologies, also allows you to keep focusing on a human subject even if they temporarily turn their back. These features are now available not only in auto-area AF but also wide-area AF (L), which makes it easier to grab focus only on your intended subject even in a busy frame. As they are now included in the P menu, quick switching is also possible.
Focusing speed and the timing of focus transitions when switching between subjects can make a huge difference in movies. The Z 6II lets you customize the speed* and tracking sensitivity of AF when filming videos. AF speed is adjustable in 11 steps, between “Slow” (-5) and “Fast” (+5). At lower levels, focus is achieved slowly, making scenes look more cinematic. AF tracking sensitivity can be adjusted in seven steps, from “High” (1) to “Low” (7). Select a higher sensitivity if you want to move the focus quickly to another subject and lower sensitivity to maintain focus on the current subject for longer.
* When using NIKKOR Z lenses and some NIKKOR F lenses.
The Z 6II is equipped with dual card slots which support reliable CFexpress (Type B) cards and readily available UHS-II SD cards – both realize fast data transfer. The card slot for CFexpress (Type B) supports PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3, enabling even speedier data writing than the Z 6. They offer a variety of storage options, including the ability to store the same data onto two cards for instant backup or record RAW and JPEG copies onto separate cards simultaneously.
Mirrorless cameras have typically consumed a lot of battery power. However, the Z 6II offers improvements to let you keep shooting for longer. A power-saving mode is now available for situations where you want to be economical with energy usage - lowering the live view resolution and frame rate to conserve power. In addition to USB charging when the camera is off, USB power delivery during shooting is now possible from a mobile battery or computer via the optional UC-E25 USB Cable. This helps in situations such as outdoor time-lapse shooting, letting you continue shooting for a long period of time.
The Z 6II comes in a compact, comfortably ergonomic and highly durable body. It offers reliable robustness by incorporating magnesium alloy in the top, front and back covers. It is designed with rigorous care based on impact and drop tests conducted repeatedly throughout the development process. Effective sealing, equivalent to that of the D850 and the Z 6, is applied to joints of each exterior cover and components such as the shutter release button and battery-chamber cover, boasting high dust- and drip-resistance performance. Sealing is also employed in the NIKKOR Z lenses and Mount Adapter FTZ to enhance total reliability as a system.
The Z 6II’s large 8-cm/3.2-in. approx. 2100k-dot high-resolution tilting touch-screen monitor brings even more convenience to live view operation than the Z 6. When it tilts, the camera automatically turns off the eye sensor. This prevents the monitor accidentally switching to the EVF while holding the camera at the waist position.
The Z 6II incorporates the same high-quality electronic viewfinder that was so well received with the Z 6. Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies ensure a clear and comfortable view with reduced aberration, causing minimum eyestrain, even during extended shoots.
Incorporating an organic EL panel, the EVF features approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.8× magnification, with approx. 37.0° diagonal viewing angle. A fluorine coat is applied to the eyepiece protection window, reducing flare while repelling dirt.
The Z 6II’s built-in Wi-Fi lets you transfer large images and videos to a computer, running Wireless Transmitter Utility, at up to approx. 433 Mbps The camera ensures reliable transmission by using the 5 GHz band to connect to your computer or a nearby router, in addition to the 2.4 GHz band, which can be unstable due to radio interference from other electronic devices.
Easy firmware upgrade via smart devices – SnapBridge ver.2.7
Nikon’s SnapBridge ver. 2.7 makes it possible to upgrade your camera’s firmware. It informs you of new firmware, lets you receive it via smart devices and transfer it to your camera*2 right away via Wi-Fi®. You no longer need a computer and a card reader for this process. SnapBridge also lets you transfer RAW images and video files to your smart devices, while offering various convenient remote control operations for stills and videos.
|Type of camera||Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses|
|Lens mount||Nikon Z mount|
|Compatible lenses||• Z mount NIKKOR lenses
• F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply)
|Effective pixels||24.5 million|
|Image sensor||35.9 × 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)|
|Total pixels||25.28 million|
|File format||• NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed)
• JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available
• NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
|Picture Control System||Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, 20 Creative Picture Controls; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls|
|Storage media||CFexpress (Type B), XQD, SD (Secure Digital), and UHS-II compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards|
|Dual card slots||Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.|
|Viewfinder||1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls|
|Viewfinder frame coverage||Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical|
|Viewfinder magnification||Approx. 0.8× (50 mm lens at infinity, −1.0 m−1)|
|Monitor||8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 2100k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls|
|Shutter type||Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter|
|Shutter speed||1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 and 1/2 EV, extendable to 900 s in mode M, bulb, time, X200|
|Release modes||Single frame, continuous L, continuous H, continuous H (extended), self-timer|
|Approximate frame advance (measured by in-house tests)||• Continuous L: Approx. 1 to 5 fps
• Continuous H: Approx. 5.5 fps rate
• Continuous H (extended): Approx. 14 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW: Approx. 10 fps)
|Exposure metering system||TTL metering using camera image sensor|
|Exposure metering modes||• Matrix metering
• Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame
• Spot metering: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
• Highlight-weighted metering
|Metering range (ISO 100, f/2.0, 20°C/68°F)||-4 to +17 EV|
|ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)||ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available|
|Active D-Lighting||Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off (available in both photo and movie modes)|
|Autofocus||Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist|
|AF detection range (in photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/2.0, 20°C/68°F)||-4.5 to +19 EV (-6 to +19 EV with low-light AF)|
|Focus points (in photo mode, FX format, single-point AF)||273 points|
|AF-area modes||Pinpoint AF, single-point and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); wide-area AF (L-people); wide-area AF (L-animals); auto-area AF; auto-area AF (people); auto-area AF (animals)|
|Camera on-board VR||5-axis image sensor shift|
|Lens on-board||VR Lens shift (available with VR lenses)|
|Flash control||TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering|
|Flash modes||Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off|
|Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)||i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, color information communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control|
|White balance||Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning except choose color temperature|
|Bracketing types||Exposure, flash, white balance and ADL|
|Movie metering modes||Matrix, center-weighted or highlight-weighted|
|Frame size (pixels) and frame rate||• 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
• 1920 × 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
• 1920 × 1080 (slow-mo); 30p ×4, 25p ×4, 24p ×5 Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
|File format||MOV, MP4|
|Video compression||H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding|
|Audio recording format||Linear PCM, AAC|
|Audio recording device||Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable|
|Movie ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)||• M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV); with additional options available
equivalent to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO
sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2.0) available with selectable upper limit
• P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2.0) with selectable upper limit
• i: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 51200)
|Other movie options||Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, logarithmic (N-Log) and HDR (HLG) movie output|
|USB||Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended|
|HDMI output||Type C HDMI connector|
|Accessory terminal||Built-in (can be used with MC-DC2 Remote Cords and other optional accessories)|
|Audio input||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)|
|Audio output||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)|
|Battery||One EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a/ EN-EL15 can also be used, but note that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge and that the EH-7P charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL15c/EN-EL15b batteries only|
|Battery pack||MB-N11 Power Battery Pack and MB-N10 Battery Pack (available separately); each takes two EN-EL15c batteries; EN-EL15b/ENEL15a/ EN-EL15 batteries can be used in place of the EN-EL15c. The number of pictures that can be taken on a single charge (i.e., battery endurance) will however drop compared to the EN-EL15c|
|Charging AC adapter||EH-7P charging AC adapter (available separately)|
|AC adapter||EH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter (requires EP-5B power connector, which is available separately)|
|Other features||Multiple exposure, silent photography, interval timer shooting, focus shift shooting, HDR, SnapBridge compatibility and High- Speed Frame Capture, retouch menu|
|Dimensions (W × H × D)||Approx. 134 × 100.5 × 69.5 mm/5.3 × 4.0 × 2.8 in.|
|Weight||Approx. 705 g/1 lb 8.9 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 615 g/1 lb 5.7 oz (camera body only)|
|Operating environment||Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)|