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The A7 III is getting some good competition for the title of the best mirrorless camera from the Nikon Z6. The Z6 new mirrorless camera offers high burst shooting, 4K video recording, 35.9×23.9 sensor size for optimal image quality, great autofocus performance, and hand grips to make the camera comfortable to hold.

Why We Like It – Nikon Z6

Launching alongside the Z6/Z7 for the first time is three lenses in Nikon’s new S-Line. You’ll like Nikon’s new full-frame camera because it improves on everything that made the Nikon D750 so loved and even gives its older brother, the Z7, a run for its money in terms of performance and design.

  • Great image quality across ISO ranges
  • Easy and comfortable to hold camera body
  • In-Camera image stabilization
  • No shooting video raw
  • Only average battery life
  • XQD card slot instead of SD card slot


Nikon uses the touchscreen much better than the Sony A7 III by allowing you to go over the menu and setting instead of just choosing focus points, which is nice. Unlike the Sony Alpha A7R IV, the Z6 Nikon has a 24.5MP back-illuminated CMOS full-frame sensor. This image sensor thus offers excellent image quality even with high ISO performance. The Z6 offers 4K video quality, but you will need to send your camera to a service center for a paid upgrade to your video camera for raw video shooting.


The Z6 has a 273-point autofocus system (whereas the Nikon Z7 has a 493-point system) and AF Mode has a choice of Auto-Area, Wide-Area, and Single-Point options. The Z6 also has a continuous AF mode where a focusing mode allows you to select additional AF points on top of the active one. The camera body is nice to hold thanks to the hand grips on either side. If portability is your deciding factor in a camera, consider the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. F-mount lenses on the Z6 are possible via the FTZ adapter. To change settings you hold down the desired button and use the mode dial to make the change.

If you’re interested in more models from Nikon, check out our Nikon W300 review, Nikon D780 review, Nikon 1 AW1 review, and our Nikon Z50 review.


Battery life on the Z6 Nikon is 310 shots, the burst rate is 12fps, and while Nikon DSLR lenses have image stabilization, (think of a camera like the Canon EOS RP) the new Z mirrorless camera invokes an in-camera system. The Nikon Z has only one XQD card slot instead of two SD card slots like other mirrorless cameras and focusing drops slightly in low light. The Panasonic Lumix G7 can offer you the traditional SD card slot if you really need it.

Nikon Z6 Wrap Up

As far as full-frame mirrorless cameras are concerned the Nikon Z cameras are top-notch. Like the Nikon D750, this new camera looks to be gaining as much love. Nikon has come a long way since the Nikon F and the Z series cameras are continuing in Nikon’s high-performance tradition.

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