Ted Forbes Reviews the Nikon Z6

Despite only having one card slot, Nikon's brand new Z6 full-frame mirrorless does have many other features and is a worthy addition to the marketplace. In this video, Ted Forbes at The Art of Photography goes through his thoughts on the Nikon Z6. 

For those not familiar with The Art of Photography, Ted Forbes offers some of the most unbiased and well-rounded discussions you will find on YouTube. This video is no exception. He discusses the positives and negatives about the system and gives several usage-case examples to give you a recommendation about the camera. He talks about the menu system, controls, autofocus, image quality, video, and how it compares to the Z7 for video.

Before making the switch to Fujifilm cameras completely a couple of years back, I used Nikon DSLRs for almost 10 years. It's great to see Nikon finally making the jump into the mirrorless space and offering cameras with their excellent ergonomics and image quality. This video takes a good look at the camera and honestly, makes me miss Nikon a little for their excellent design. 

If you're a Nikon user, how are you feeling about this body? Is it something you'll invest in? Will you wait for the second release in the series? Or will you stay with DSLRs? 

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Elan Govan's picture

Thank you Ted for talking through the pros and the cons of the Z6. Enjoyed listening to the review. .

David Apeji's picture

I just think it is utterly stupid to compare an XQD card with an SD card but some will do it anyway. Show me one person who has had a write failure with an XQD card. show me one person who hasn't had a failure with an SD card.

Jonathan Brady's picture


Possibly helpful, unless you want to be close-minded. but I wouldn't expect that from someone who just blindly insulted random people that they've never met by calling them utterly stupid. Or maybe I should. Along with an insult hurled at Tony.

Deleted Account's picture

Maybe semantics but, saying someone did something stupid is NOT the same thing as calling them stupid. Okay... carryon. :-)

Deleted Account's picture

Person on internet insists that he is not stupid, by citing random YouTube video, instead of doing research of actual academic and manufacturer literature.


Jonathan Brady's picture

I never said I wasn't stupid. All I did was show the person I was responding to what they asked for: one person (more, actually, overachieving on my part is free of charge) who said they had an XQD card fail and one person (more, actually, overachieving is still free) who said they've never had an SD card fail.
Also, real world surveys are, in my stupid opinion, more important than manufacturer claims.
The only thing debatable about this video, again - in my stupid opinion, is whether we trust those participating in the survey.
Seems as though your torch didn't burn hot enough to weld all that together. How's that for irony?

Deleted Account's picture

Yeah, OK, stupid:

"I wouldn't expect that from someone who just blindly insulted random people that they've never met by calling them utterly stupid."

Felix C's picture

Tony’s video is not helpful at all. He constantly gets his facts wrong and his study is not at all scientific.

Richard Kralicek's picture

LOL Took roughly 105000 shots with my Canon 6D, using a single Scandisk Extreme 32GB, transferring data by plugging into my MacBookPro. It never failed, still works perfectly.

Had xD-Card failures before on older Cameras.

Apart from that, statistics and only statistics show how often card failure happens, and if it happens on a job it's irrelevant what statistics previously said.

I'd opt for 64GB internal SSD and a single SD/XQD-card as removable backup. Would probably be recording data faster imho.

Tony Tumminello's picture

I haven't had an SD card failure before, if anything it's the card readers that die on me. For what it's worth, I haven't had a CF card die on me either.

Daniel Medley's picture

Data loss can happen for other reasons than card failure. Redundancy can help mitigate it.

So there's that.

J. W.'s picture

This is like saying in 2017 more Toyota’s needed major repairs than Bugatti’s. Thus Bugatti is more reliable. QXD has only been available on D4, D5, D850, and D500. Compare that to SD which is on almost every electronic device on earth for the last 15 years. All memory can fail period, there is no fail-proof format. I had a $500 Intel NvME SSD fail well before expected life expectancy. It was under a 3 or 5 year warranty and they replaced it. All data was lost, but I had redundant backups, just like I like having them in camera.

Bjarne Solvik's picture

I shoot with Sony but I agree, I hope Nikon will do well with mirrorless. As far as I can understand they made a great camera and most likely they are capable of upgrading autofocus by firmware. The hardware looks great.

Michael Kuszla's picture

Honnestly... 2 memory cards are a plus. But I don't need them.
My compact camera just has one slot and never failed, my smartphone has a intern memory and (hopefully) never failed.
My Nikon D500 has 2 slots. And the modern memory cards are somehow reliable. I love the XQD (wait whaaaaat?) as it's fast, robust. And certainly that the Z6 will be the companion of my D500.

Why the D500? Coming to the D300s, I had a D610, then a D810, but I didn't like the ergonomics, or the size, and I came again to APS-C to stay with Nikon and being light. Why staying with Nikon? I could argue the lens quality, the color rendition, the tech specs, and more blablabla - but in fact I know what my Nikon is capable to do, I know I can forget the camera or the settings and focus on my story.

This is a nice first release in the mirroless state. I've tried it, here, in Switzerland, and I has so suprised how good it was - not only the geek-tech parts (honnestly, this is rare to have, actually, a camera producing bad inages), but the feeling part. The way you feel the scene, the way you interact with your subject.

Am I ready to go forward with the Z6. YES SURE!
May I buy it? Not sure. I already have a beautiful camera. AH!

Michael Kuszla's picture

Oh... A last thing. With the USB-C embed, it felt like an open port for USB-c drives and devices for the future... Not?