Z5 for 1080p video or Z6ii ?

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24Peter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,529
Re: Z5 for 1080p video or Z6ii ?

mu7z wrote:

Hi all,

I've done a lot of research between these two bodies. I really love the Z5 layout, especially the ergonomics of the buttons all being on the same side. Honestly, I have no use for the oled top view panel on the Z6 and would've preferred the Z5 layout instead. I know the Z6 will be discounted, but the Z6 has some features I can't live without, so my comparison will be with the Z6 ii, since it includes those required features.

I'm looking for an allround photography/video cam. I'll probably be shooting mainly photos, but need to record video for lectures and tutorials. For these purposes I am thinking 1080p might be good enough, and if not I could always upscale the 1080p footage.

Question 1: Is there an appreciable difference between the Z5 and Z6ii if I restrict myself to 1080p? I know the Z6ii is a far more capable video cam and can shoot 4k uncropped, while the Z5, is essentially "useless" at 4k with it's severe 1.7x crop. But at 1080p what are the differences (other than BSI sensor)?

Is the extra cost really worth it? I was hoping to get the Z5 because of the compact 24-50mm kit lens. I know it's not the highest quality lens, but it does seem like a very good quality "kit" lens. The reason for this decision, is it's compact size. I'm worried that the Z6 kit lens would be a bit too bulky for travel photography and casual outings. The cost difference is about 1k, but that includes the upgraded lens 24-70mm lens. I suppose I could wait to get the "pancake" lenses that Nikon is going to release at some indefinite point in the future. I would also have loved compact primes.

Another worry, are there record limits on 1080p or 4k? The recording often stretch to 1 hour. Perhaps I will need a hdmi capture card and record directly through OBS.

Can only address the last point with any certainty (since the Z6II isn't out yet) - there are 30 min record limits on Nikon's Z cameras. So... you'll either need to stop/start at 29:58 or go with an external recorder. I use the El Gato CamLink 4K and can capture unlimited (other than by battery life) video to my laptop using the free El Gato 4K Capture Utility (it also captures 1080p). (For multicam shoots I use the BlackMagic ATEM Mini.) If you prefer OBS, that works too.

You don't mention which features in the Z6II you "can't live without" (maybe you meant "can" live without.) But in terms of 1080p, video from all three cameras (Z5, Z6 and Z6II) should be pretty comparable and fine for your purposes. I would save the $1K and buy the Z5 with an extra lens and/or good tripod along with the El Gato.

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