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
  • Below average battery life
  • External recorder required for 10-bit Log video
The Nikon Z6 II is a stills and video-capable 24MP full-frame camera that performs well across both disciplines.
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 Z6 II's autofocus is pretty effective, with its performance falling only a fraction behind the very best of its full-frame mirrorless rivals. However, the interface isn't as polished as it could be, with face detection and AF tracking acting as separately selected modes.
The Nikon Z6 II gives a further polish to an already very capable camera.
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 produces excellent images, both in JPEG and Raw modes. JPEG color is attractive and high ISO looks good, though noise reduction isn't as sophisticated as some of its peers. Raw files offer a choice of compression options and provide lots of flexibility as you edit.
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 an engaging camera that performs well for both stills and video shooters in a variety of situations.

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