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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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After launching the high-resolution, expensive Z7, Nikon has unveiled the much more affordable Z6. It’s the best full-frame mirrorless camera on the market for video, offering a full-frame, full-pixel sensor readout for super crisp 4K video. You can output 10-bit, 4:2:2 log video to maximize dynamic range and shoot 1080p video at up to 120 fps. While the selection of native lenses is still limited, you can adapt any F-Mount DSLR lenses with an optional $250 adapter. Image quality and colors from the 24.5-megapixel sensor is excellent, and your images and video are more likely to be sharp and smooth thanks to the 5-axis in-body stabilization. Autofocus tracking can be a bit slow, and the single XQD card slot is unfortunate. But if you’re looking at Sony’s A7 III, especially for video, you should take a hard look at the Nikon Z6, too.

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Pros
  • Best full-frame mirrorless camera for video
  • In-body stabilization
  • Good ergonomics
  • Excellent images and color science
  • Relatively affordable compared to Z7
Cons
  • Mediocre autofocus subject tracking
  • Single card slot uses hard-to-find XQD format
  • Touch display doesn’t flip around

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User Reviews 6
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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Lens mount
Other
Resolution (effective)
24.5 megapixels
Memory card
XQD
Type
Lens mount
Resolution (effective)
Memory card
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Other
24.5 megapixels
XQD

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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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89
 

User Reviews

90
Steve
I switch to the Z6 from the D500 about two months ago and I'm still mixed on...read more
80
Jody
I upgraded from a D90...a 10year old camera, my first and only DSLR that I had...read more
90
Vivek
I have used Z6 extensively over last 1 month with two third party lenses, the...read more
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