How is the In-Camera Noise Reduction on the Z6/Z6ii?

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SportsGuyRy New Member • Posts: 1
How is the In-Camera Noise Reduction on the Z6/Z6ii?

Hello,

I shoot a lot of High School Football, Basketball and Volleyball in conditions that require ISOs of 8-16k(in some cases).  My D4s handles in-body Noise Reduction better than I can in Lightroom, so I generally shoot Jpeg Fine to allow for the noise reduction to do its thing.

How is the in-camera Noise-Reduction and all-around high ISO performance of the Z6/Z6ii compared to a Pro D body?  Could I consider the Z6ii as a viable replacement for my D4s?

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dj_paige
dj_paige Senior Member • Posts: 2,320
Re: How is the In-Camera Noise Reduction on the Z6/Z6ii?
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SportsGuyRy wrote:

Hello,

I shoot a lot of High School Football, Basketball and Volleyball in conditions that require ISOs of 8-16k(in some cases). My D4s handles in-body Noise Reduction better than I can in Lightroom, so I generally shoot Jpeg Fine to allow for the noise reduction to do its thing.

How is the in-camera Noise-Reduction and all-around high ISO performance of the Z6/Z6ii compared to a Pro D body? Could I consider the Z6ii as a viable replacement for my D4s?

Plenty of examples out there on the net. Here's one from someone who isn't a Nikon fan, but the High ISO performance is pretty good, he says "the Z6 II pretty much makes the same images from ISO 100 to ISO 25,600" https://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/mirrorless/z6-ii.htm#highisos

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DGriesmer
DGriesmer New Member • Posts: 16
Re: How is the In-Camera Noise Reduction on the Z6/Z6ii?
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I spent the better part of the last 3 years shooting a D4 and D4s.   Those cameras are both spectacular in low-light, and my experiences mirror your own, especially the JPEG engine.  
The Z6 and Z6ii I would say are equal to, if not better than those two cameras in JPEG rendering.

I don't have any samples to share here, but my regular shooting scenario for sports was in a cave of a gym where I'd regularly have to be at 12,800-16,000 ISO to freeze volleyball action.   I'm confident the Z6ii can produce equal or better results in image quality.

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