Analysis of Nikon Z6’s advantages and why it is favored by photographers
With the increasing demand for lightweight travel, with a relatively small body and the same excellent picture quality, “micro-single” has been regarded as the overall development trend of the industry. As a century-old optical brand, Nikon, since the launch of the Z-series mirrorless singles in 2018, the three “Nijia” brothers, Z 6, Z 7, and Z 50, have also become crazy pick models for photographers, whether for novice or professional users , Whether it is focused on video shooting or photo shooting, Nikon Z series provide them with choices.
Among them, the Nikon Z 6 can be said to be due to the overall balanced performance The most versatile one. In the ranking of Japanese Map camera sales last year, the Nikon Z 6, the best-selling Yodobashi Camera interchangeable lens digital camera in the first half of June, took the first place. This kind of market feedback is surprising, but some people must also think about the advantages of the Nikon Z 6 that have won the hearts of photography enthusiasts.
1. The continuation of the Z-series style has high control efficiency
Nikon’s Z 6 and Z 7 were released at the same time. In terms of design, the two cameras are also like twins, except Except for the model logo, it can be said to be exactly the same.
The handling of Nikon Z6 is very good, it is not only suitable for many years of Nikon “SLR” party, but also very friendly to camera novices. The wide handle of the fuselage brings a good grip. The button design of the whole fuselage is very reasonable. The commonly used functions have independent button settings, which are clearly marked and easy to adjust.
Moreover, Nikon Z 6 continues the Nikon SLR system control design One-handed concept, most of the functions can be completed by one-handed operation, thus improving the control efficiency and reducing a lot of adjustment process for shooting.
Nikon Z 6 is equipped with a large-size 2.1 million high-resolution foldable display that supports touch. The high resolution ensures a clear look and feel when playing back photos. The design of the folding screen facilitates the multi-angle viewfinder of photographers.
At the same time, the Nikon Z 6 is also a very practical machine. The endurance is strong, and the magnesium alloy used in the fuselage controls the weight of the fuselage while also ensuring the tightness. Including the battery and memory card, the body weight of the Nikon Z 6 is 675g. Even though it is light in weight, the Nikon Z 6 is still dust-proof and waterproof. For travel photographers, the Nikon Z 6 not only achieves a lightweight body, reduces the burden of travel, but also has high battery life and good airtightness, which can accompany the photographer to deal with bad weather.
Second, high-sensitivity, excellent performance, and wide ISO usable range
Nikon Z 6 is equipped with a full-frame CMOS sensor, which is different from the Nikon Z 7 style with 45.75 million effective pixels. The Nikon Z 6 with 24.5 million effective pixels has a wider ISO usable range, and the standard sensitivity range can achieve ISO 100-51200.
The performance of noise control like Nikon Z 6 must be Benefit from EXPEED 6’s image processor, it can better help the lens and camera body to exert noise control ability. As shown in the figure below, when we are shooting night scenes and low light environments, in order to ensure the hand-held shutter speed, the high sensitivity of ISO 5000 is used, and the final image is basically no noise.
Nikon Z 6 Shooting, ISO 5000
Nikon Z 6 shooting, ISO 5000
3. Tolerance performance is good in dark part reduction ability
Tolerance performance is a factor that many photographers will consider when choosing a camera. The latitude is excellent, leaving us with more room for brightening the picture later, which can help us save photos with inconsistent exposure.
Especially for landscape photographers, the camera’s tolerance performance requirements are higher. Landscape photographers often shoot sunrise, sunset, night city scenery and other scenes. The common point of these scenery is that there is a big gap between highlights and shadows. At this time, filters are needed to balance this high contrast, but if the camera is tolerant If the degree is good, you can coordinate this kind of light imbalance in post-processing.
Nikon Z 6 has excellent high performance. The picture below is a picture we shot with Nikon Z 6, ISO 100, long exposure 60s. In the original picture, the ground is basically completely darkened, and it was brightened by Camera Raw by about 2 stops later. You can see the following comparison chart.
The image restoration ability of the Nikon Z 6 when the photo is underexposed Still satisfactory. The following is a screenshot of the details of the dark part after brightening:
Excellent tolerance performance, after brightening, the color and details of the picture are still retained, which solves a lot of troubles for users in later adjustments.
Fourth, high-speed continuous shooting dynamic capture ability is good
In Nikon’s Z series, if Nikon Z 7 is mainly high-resolution, then Nikon Z 6 is more high-speed Compared with the Nikon Z 7, the continuous shooting speed of the Nikon Z 6 is higher, increasing to 12 frames per second. At the same time, the Nikon Z 6 uses a 236-point hybrid focus system, which is more stable when tracking objects.
On the Nikon Z series, Nikon uses a new hybrid focus The system is a focus mode that combines phase focus + contrast focus. Nikon is also very attentive to the subsequent firmware upgrades. Not only has it added the function of detecting the face and eyes of cats and dogs to the Nikon Z 6, but also added eye detection autofocus when shooting still pictures. When creating portrait subjects, The efficiency is greatly improved.
5. Good 4K definition and excellent 1080p upgrade capability
Nikon Z 6 is also a particularly suitable machine for video shooting, supporting 4K/30p, external recording 10bit 4:2:2 Video shooting, and uses a full-frame 6K super-sampling 4K video output, not only the picture is not cropped, the picture quality is also better than the traditional point-to-point sampling 4K video.
Nikon Z 6 also supports 1080p/120p high frame rate Recording, for users who need to upgrade, there is a lot of room for post-production. In addition to the later stage of upgrading, some users have higher requirements for video tones. Nikon Z 6 also has an N-log curve. Video shooting has very high requirements for camera anti-shake performance. Nikon Z 6 is equipped with five-axis anti-shake on the fuselage. In most cases, handheld shooting can also maintain the stability of the picture.
In short, the Nikon Z 6 is a balanced performance camera. And it’s very practical for photo and video users. Starting with Nikon’s Z6, Nikon’s mirrorless series layout has basically taken shape. Excellent image quality is what Nikon has always insisted on, and we are also looking forward to Nikon’s next step.
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