Nikon Z6 II

24MP full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor | In-body image stabilization | 4K/60p video (w/crop)

What we like:

  • Excellent image quality
  • Effective image stabilization
  • Solid, weather-sealed body

What we don't:

  • Autofocus interface more difficult to use than competition
  • 4K/60p only with APS-C/Super35 crop
  • Below average battery life
The Nikon Z6 II is a stills and video-capable 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera
The Z6 II continues a tradition of well-thought-out ergonomics, with a good grip and well positioned control points. The menus are relatively easy to navigate, for such a feature-rich camera and there's a reasonable degree of customization.
The Nikon Z6 II gives a further polish to an already very capable camera
We've not tested the Z6 II yet but the original Z6 was competitive with its peers, in terms of AF. The autofocus system doesn't integrate its face/eye and general subject tracking features as well as it could but each of these elements generally performs well.
Nikon isn't making major claims of changes in image quality but the existing Z6 model was already among the best in class. We'd expect good JPEG color and excellent Raw performance from the camera's very good image sensor.
Video quality and autofocus is good but you'll need an external recorder to access its more flexible 10-bit Log and HLG HDR modes. Handling is good, though, with plenty of control over which settings do and don't carry-over from stills shooting.
The Z6 II adds dual cards, the option to add a full battery grip and a number of other small tweaks to give a further polish to an already very capable camera. It's likely to perform well for both stills and video shooters in a variety of situations.

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