Nikon Announces the Nikon Z6 and Z7 Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon is finally here with its first professional, full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Z6 and the higher-megapixel Z7.

UPDATE: Pre-orders now open. Order now to get in line before everyone else.

We’ve waited for a long time for this, and now, after watching Sony from afar, tonight Nikon announced its answer to Sony’s rather successful a7- and a9-series cameras. The Z6 is Nikon’s low-light, mid-resolution body, high frame-rate body while the Z7 is a high-resolution equivalent. Alongside the Z-mount system, Nikon also introduced a new AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR compact, super-telephoto lens with the standard F-mount. But let’s dive right into the specifications for the Z cameras.

Nikon Z6

  • $1,995.95, $2,599.95 with 24-70 f/4 kit lens
  • Available late November 2018
  • 24.5 MP full-frame sensor
  • ISO 100-51,200 (expands to 204,800)
  • 273 AF point, Hybrid PDAF, 90-percent viewfinder coverage
  • 3.6M EVF
  • 3.2-inch, 2.1M touchscreen
  • 12 fps
  • Video: Full HD at 120p, 4K at 30p, N-LOG profile (4:2:2 10-bit HDMI)
  • Focus peaking and zebra stripes
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Single XQD card slot
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • EN-EL15b battery (supports both EN-EL15a/b)
  • Weighs 585g (similar to Sony a9 with battery)


Nikon Z7

  • $3,399.95, $3,999.95 with 24-70 f/4 kit lens
  • September 27 availability
  • 45.7 MP full-frame sensor
  • ISO 64-25,600 (expands to 102,400)
  • 493 AF point, Hybrid PDAF, 90-percent viewfinder coverage
  • 3.6M EVF
  • 3.2-inch 2.1M touchscreen
  • 9 fps
  • Video: Full HD at 120p, 4K at 30p, N-LOG profile (4:2:2 10-bit HDMI)
  • Focus peaking and zebra stripes
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Single XQD card slot
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • EN-EL15b battery (supports both EN-EL15a/b)
  • Weighs 585g (similar to Sony a9 with battery)


The Nikon Z6 and Z7 share the same bodies, EXPEED 6 image processor, and overall system compatibility. The sensors’ resolution, autofocus point count, frame-per-second performance, and ISO performance are the only differentiating factors. Of course, it’s clear Nikon went all-out on features, including its first in-body stabilization system in any of its bodies. Full weather sealing and 4K video (although not at 60p) round out some of the higher-end features, but there is one rather glaring issue for some professional shooters: even though it supports XQD cards, there is only one card slot.

Lenses

The crown jewel of the Nikon Z lens system is the in-development NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S NOCT. Nikon also announced three lenses that will be available at or soon after the launch of the system: the NIKKOR Z 35mm and 50mm f/1.8 S lenses alongside a 24-70mm f/4 S lens. The S-Line designation is “reserved only for lenses which have cleared…stricter quality control,” which is beyond the standards of any of Nikon’s previous lenses. All S-Line lenses include Nikon’s high-end Nano Crystal Coating. A full lens roadmap (naturally subject to change) spans the next couple years and shows plans for more than a dozen new lenses.

The NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S and 24mm-70mm f/4 S will be released September 27 for $849.95 and $999.95, respectively, along with the Z7 and the FTZ F-mount adapter for Z-mount lenses ($249.95, but $100 off when purchased with a Z 6 or Z 7 before the end of the year). The 50mm f/1.8 S will come in late October for $599.95.

To wrap this up, here are most of the Z6 and Z7 system product photos:

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84 Comments

Ariel Martini's picture

Two bad news:
- Only one XQD slot
- Z mount specs are undisclosed, so no Sigma/Tamron lenses or third party smart adaptors in the near future.

thomas Palmer's picture

Actually seeing all the vids, they nailed a lot of things, I listed around 12 problems based on specs and returns. It's nice for a first gen

Ariel Martini's picture

Where is this listing?

Fritz Asuro's picture

About one card slot, I know it's very important to have 2 cards writing at the same time. But I just realized that most of the time (in my case) I have shot with only one card and managed to survive the photography world for 10 years.
I'm not happy as well, but I can live with it ( because I already did and still doing it)

DJ Toman's picture

I was just thinking about this today as well. I prefer dual card slots, but over all the years that I was using a D700 as my main camera I never lost any work due to a card error (touch wood).

Ariel Martini's picture

That's a step back anyway

Fritz Asuro's picture

I know, but there must be a reason, right? We can say that Nikon screwed it up but maybe engineering wise, it's not possible to fit in 2 XQD or XQD/SD Combo.
Sony still uses 2 SD slots, probably because the mechanism is small enough that they can fit 2 slots.

XQD cards are far more reliable too compared to SD. That's something to consider.

I know it's still a bummer, but it's for you to decide if that's a deal breaker or not.

Michael Higgins's picture

I like your level-headedness.

Dass Ala's picture

One card is enough to shoot with an XQD card, I shoot daily more than 2K photos and an XQD with 128GB from Sony works awesome I notice when I have a back up with SDXC from Sandisk Extreme pro, I have some delay and risk my photos to be corrupted, SD can't handle too much information too fast as an XQD, I shoot with a D850, and the second slot is only used for redundancy.

Maximilian Sulzer's picture

I never needed my seat belt, but when the day comes I'll be happy to have it.

But yeah it's not an issue for me either. I had a card fail on me once, but it wasn't a big deal cause i was just strolling around. I guess it's more of an issue for Sports and Wedding Photographers.

Dan Howell's picture

actually it is more like you have your seatbelt which you put on every day, but you have never had an airbag deploy.

Michael Jin's picture

Dual slots is like insurance. You don't need it until you need it and when the time (God forbid) comes that you need it, you'll rue not having it.

Felix Wu's picture

So true. I just put one card in my camera and shoot away. It was ok for the past decade or so. It’s like tethering into a computer...a computer hard drive could also fail..but I guess most people are paranoid and prefer more options. Seriously photographers are so paranoid about data loss its not even funny.

Rayann Elzein's picture

Maybe because data loss for a photographer can have disastrous consequences?

marc gabor's picture

I totally agree, I pretty much never use the second slot in my Nikon D750 or Fuji XT2. I always use professional cards and have never had one fail on me ever. That said it might not hurt to keep a second card in either body just in case something happens. I can see why it's important for Nikon to at least offer the user to make the choice to shoot with one or two cards. The only time I shoot with two cards is when I'm shooting weddings or video and I don't want to be surprised by running out of space at the wrong time (not that changing cards takes much time but it means reaching into your bag, etc...)

I've already seen one review by LRTimelapse where he tested the Sigma 18-35 DX and it performed flawlessly. AF performance was the same as using it on his D850.

It doesn't have two memory card slots !!!

They did a mistake, should have introduced with 2 card Slots.

Argh, now I have to Google what codec it shoots to -wait, does that release mean the HDMI out isn't a clean signal?

Ariel Martini's picture

So you need an external recorder to get 10 bit log?

Yes! Thats correct.

External recorder to get 10 bit at 4K, yes. It will record 1080 10bit internally.

Grant Watkins's picture

Don't know if I would call it "professional" if you don't have dual cards.

Should have been a XQD slot and SD slot like in the D850.

It is not "professional" in Nikon's world. There are three clues on the body that make that very obvious. Look at a D500/D850/D5 and see the difference between those bodies and a D7500/D750,

thomas Palmer's picture

The price is also worst than Sony for both bodies and lenses, be prepared to sell kidneys

Maximilian Sulzer's picture

Here in Germany the RRP is 100€ cheaper than the street price (z6 kit vs A7 iii kit)

Matei Horvath's picture

one card sloooooooooooooot. What a hell? Professional cameras? No sir. Toys

Do you know what a Nikon professional camera looks like? It is very obvious with the three missing features that all Nikon professional cameras have.

Ariel Martini's picture

Wadu hek are you talking about??

Maximilian Sulzer's picture

Round viewfinder, dual card slot, and?

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