Nikon Z6 Australia – Top Display, Solid Battery Life and Excellent Electronic Viewfinder
Very much like us, everyone certainly hoped for a camera system that would blow us off when Nikon announced its Nikon Z6 in Australia. What we got instead was a camera system that at best felt semi-baked. Five years later than the competition, when you come to the mirror-less market, you would expect Nikon to avoid crashes plaguing competing camera producers, but the reality is they seem to make many the same mistakes. Nikon has been quite right with its Z6, and it's surely a good enough interchangeable camera for a mirror-free input level.
Today, here on this single page, we have gathered everything Z6 is equipped with, in our Nikon Z6 Review. Everything mentioned here is entirely based on a bunch of online sources who have tested Z6 and shared their hands-on experience. So, let’s keep going!
Price and Availability
The Nikon Z6 Release Date in Australia was somewhere back in August 2018 and it’s available on all major stores and Aussies from every corner of Australia i.e. Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Path and Adelaide can get their hands on one. As far as Nikon Z6 Price in Australia is concerned, it’s priced in between AU$2585-2888.
Nikon Z6 Specs
- Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount
- Image Sensor Effective Pixels: 24.5 Million
- Sensor Size: 35.9mm x 23.9 mm
- Dust-Off Reduction Photo: Yes
- Storage Media: XQD Memory Cards
- Card Slot: 1 Slot
- File System: DCF 2.0. Exif 2.31, PictBridge
- Viewfinder: 1.27-cm/0.5-inches – approx. 3690k-dot
- Eye Sensor: Switches Automatically between Monitor and Viewfinder Displays
- Lens Capability at a Glance: Z Mount NIKKOR Lenses
- Shutter Type: Electronically-Controlled Vertical-Travel Focal-Plane
- Continuous Shooting Options: Low-Speed Continuous: 1-5 fps
- Picture Control: Auto, Flat, Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard and Vivid
- ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 51200 in Steps of 1/3 or ½ EV
- Focus Point: 273 (Single-Point AF)
- Focus Modes: Pinpoint, Single-Point, Dynamic-Area AF, Wide-Area AF, and Auto-Area AF
- Monitor Size: 3.2-inches Diagonal
- Monitor Type: Tilting TFT (Touch-Sensitive LCD)
The Nikon Z6 looks, at first glance, almost like Nikon Z7, the only distinction being the badge, which you will find on the bottom right corner of the camera body. One of the first things you will see about a Z6 is how massive the brand-new 55 mm Z mount is when you look on the front of the camera body. The lens release button is mounted on the right side of Nikon Z6, and a pair of function customizable buttons are on the left. The lighting aid is the clear point on the top right corner.
Taking a look at the top of Nikon Z6, on the left side of the camera body you'll find the mode dial. The mode dial wouldn't be locked automatically unless you reduce a lock release in the center of the dial - preventing accidental changes in a mode. The different connector ports are a shifting focus to the left side of the Z6. To change the behavior of the EVF as well as the rear LCD, use the Monitor Mode button on the left of the Electronic View Finder. The headphones and the external microphone ports located at the front are removed from the connector ports, whereas Accessories connector ports and USB Type-C and Mini HDMI can be found towards the back.
The Nikon Z6 features class-leading weather sealing feature that is an amalgamated body from the Sony A7 series and a hand grip from the Nikon D850, similar to many of the Nikon DSLR flagship that came before it. Online sources have said that they put this weather sealing through their pace during their time with a camera, and the Z6 passed in flying colors after surviving many heavy rain storms in New York and Massachusetts and the Arctic. The Nikon Z6 did not skip the beat and, despite the low temperatures, they didn't notice a major deterioration in battery life.
The Nikon Z6 autofocus system is generally quite responsive, but customize to Face/Eye Detection Autofocus systems from competing camera manufacturers will find a lot to be desired for from their autofocus performance, with photographers expecting the same level of performance as the 3D focal track system found in existing Nikon DSLRs. Compared to the Nikon Z7, the performance of the Z6 autofocus seems a little more responsive, but bear in mind that only the Z6 has 273 autofocus points compared with the Z7 493 and only 24.5MP has to be worked out, while the Z7 has a significantly higher resolution of 45.7MP.
Single-Point AF, Wide-Area AF, and Auto-Area AF, all worked considerably faster than Pinpoint AF, which was slower than the sight that grass grows. You won't be disappointed if you are to shoot a Z6 in studio environments. Furthermore, portrait photographers should observe that face sensing is only working at the time the Z6 is set to auto zone AF. In future firmware updates, Nikon will hopefully be able to expand this feature in additional AF mode.
One aspect which is very important to note with the Nikon Z6 is the quality of the images that it can produce. Although the back display indeed does not do just that, most images looked great straight out of the camera and when you import them into a raw converter, you can do a lot with their pictures. The Nikon Z6 can capture uncompressed raw files up to a 14-bit bit depth and provides you with a lot of postal information.
The Nikon Z6 contains enough information to enable you to work with your post-processing to save the image even though you do have to photograph in situations that do not have flattering light. With respect to the high ISO output on Nikon z6, you will be happy to produce images that you'll be perfect with when posting to the web with the 24MP Full framework sensor at the very heart of your camera. The images at ISO 6400 are pretty clean–particularly if the web is downsized.
Ease of Use
The Nikon Z6 has long been found to be instantly familiar by Nikon DSLR shooters. The handle, decorated with a red stripe signature, makes Nikon feel distinct when you hold the Z6 in hand. Apart from minor design problems, most photographers will be able to collect and start to shoot the Z6 after a few minutes to learn how all of the Z6 is arranged. Besides a few adjustments that require some digging, the Z6 menu system is set up quite simply.
The majority of Z6 controls can now be found on the right side of the camera, with the exception of the mode dial as well the playback and delete buttons, along with the Z6 handle, allowing you to operate your camera one-handed in most cases. Everyone expects every manufacturer of a mirror-less appliance to be able to see and confirm all their settings from the top settings display that Nikon calls the Control Panel
The Bottom Line
Without a doubt, Nikon didn't detain back with its Nikon Z6, and it seems like any worries it misses will disappear when you pick up one for yourself. The Nikon Z6 is an extremely nice camera to capture amazing and coloured images with, thanks to its polished handling, a robust construction, excellent 24.5MP image quality, the brilliant electronic spectator and a lot of nice little touches.
Adopting a new lens mount is a big step for Nikon, but if the two lenses you shot with are anything to go by, it pays dividends as the lens range grows while the FTZ mount adapter optionally ensures that you do not necessarily start from scratch if you have already invested in plenty of Nikon glass. The single XQD card slot will cause a certain split, while the buffer may be a little wider when you shoot raw files, but these are small marks for a very impressive camera.
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