Streamlined, Familiar Ergonomics
A deep grip design and balanced weight feel great with both NIKKOR Z and F-Mount NIKKOR lenses with the Mount Adapter FTZ. Buttons and dials are comfortably placed – features like the sub-selector and AF-On button are in the same position as the D850. Unmistakably Nikon.
Harmony in Design
One of the major benefits of the Z 6’s thin 16mm flange back distance is that cameras can be made smaller and lighter. The Z 6 is smaller and lighter than the D750, yet it maintains outstanding handling and balance, even when using telephoto F-Mount Nikkor lenses. It’s as comfortable to carry as it is to shoot with.
Flagship Nikon Durability
A skeleton forged from ultra-strong Magnesium Alloy, the same material used in the D850 and D5 for its extreme durability and incredible strength-to-weight ratio. The same brake mechanism and shutter blade material used in the D850, tested for 200,000 cycles while actually loaded in the camera. The Z 6 is ready for the field.
Extensive Weather Sealing
Like the D750 and other high-end Nikon DSLRs, the Z 6 is extensively weather sealed against dust and moisture, as are NIKKOR Z lenses and the Mount Adapter FTZ. No need to baby this camera.
The Next Generation of NIKKOR Glass
Empowered by the larger Z Mount and shorter 16mm flange focal distance, NIKKOR Z lenses gather more light and break traditional rules of the “sweet spot”. Forget about stopping down for maximum sharpness—NIKKOR Z are at their best and deliver corner-to-corner sharpness even at their widest aperture.
Greater Performance From the Lenses You Love
When used with the optional Mount Adapter FTZ, more than 90 F-Mount NIKKOR lenses maintain all of their sharpness, resolving power and functionality and gain the advantages of the Z 6’s in-body VR, silent shooting, PDAF focusing system*, 4K video and more. Approximately 360 F-Mount NIKKOR lenses can be used. Compatibility as only Nikon can deliver.
*Full AF/AE supported when using FX or DX AF-S Type G/D/E, AF-P type G/E, AF-I type D and AF-S / AF-I Teleconverters
The Points of the Story
273* on-sensor AF points cover 90% of the frame (approx.) horizontally and vertically. Subjects are acquired quickly when they enter the frame and tracked throughout the frame, even to the far edges.
*231 on-sensor PDAF points used for video In FX-based movie format with single-point AF.
New Hybrid Autofocus
Using an AF algorithm optimized for its FX-format sensor, Z 6 automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detect AF and contrast-detect AF to fine-tune focus. The light-shielding phase detection pixels are carefully arranged on the sensor to preserve light, ensuring accurate AF even in dim lighting.
New Subject Tracking
Whether shooting eye-level with the EVF or in Live View with the LCD, Auto Area AF smoothly tracks your subject’s face—even when it’s one among many. The system pays attention to the upper body, too, maintaining focus position when your subject briefly turns away from the camera or moves out of view.
Oh, What a View
Take an ultra-high resolution QUAD VGA display, add Nikon optics for magnification, including Aspherical lens elements and Fluorine coating, and you’ve got an EVF experience unlike any before it. Minimal lag and blackout, 100% frame coverage (approx.), corner-to-corner clarity and sharp magnification. It has the feel of an optical viewfinder, and you can use it for both stills and videos.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
All relevant info is displayed out of the way and is easy on the eyes. A new customizable menu appears right inside the viewfinder, so you can quickly adjust settings without ever taking your eye off the shot. Focus modes, white balance, exposure, VR settings, Picture Controls, and more—all within eye’s reach. Preview exposure and white balance changes, image stabilization and depth-of-field in real time. You can even review the photo or video you just shot.
Rock steady. Tack sharp.
Powerful in-body 5-axis VR image stabilization is applied to whatever NIKKOR Z lens you’re using. Up to five stops* of image stabilization in up to five directions—yaw, pitch, roll, X and Y. During video recording, optical VR is combined with electronic VR (e-VR) for even steadier shots. Normal VR mode for static subjects. Sports VR for moving subjects.
*Based on CIPA Standards. This value is achieved when the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens is attached, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position.
Your Favorite Lenses Now Have VR*
For the first time, F-Mount NIKKOR lenses like the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED or AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED can benefit from in-body 3-axis VR. NIKKOR lenses that already have VR, like the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, get the added benefit of roll axis for a total of 3-axis VR. Just add the optional Mount Adapter FTZ and you’re good to go.
*Requires use of the Mount Adapter FTZ
Amazing Productions Start Here
Capture cinematic 16:9 4K UHD/30p video in full-frame using the total width and resolution of the Z 6’s backside-illuminated sensor. Full-pixel readout for sharper 4K footage with rich information equivalent to 6K. Clean output at high ISO. Zero crop factor with full-frame NIKKOR Z and F-Mount NIKKOR lenses. Focus Peaking in both 4K and 1080p recording. Simultaneous 8MP stills*. This is 4K as it was meant to be.
*During 4K recording
Travel Through Time
Shoot up to 9,999 full resolution stills using Interval Timer (and zero shutter vibration), then combine them into one 4K movie with 3rd party software. Or create time-lapse sequences right in the camera with exposure smoothing and extended low-light metering range – great for star trails and light painting.
High Resolution Video Capture
The Z 6 is capable of full-pixel readout, utilizing a wealth of information – equivalent to 6K – to deliver sharp, beautiful full-frame 4K UHD/30p movies in FX-based movie format.
Smoother, Richer Post Processing
What’s the difference between 8-bit and 10-bit recording? Only about 1 billion more colors (64X more data) – so much more flexibility in post-processing. Record directly to an optional external recorder with 10-bit output via HDMI, the industry standard. Simultaneously record uncompressed 8-bit 4K UHD movie files to the memory card and an external recorder. (Atmos Open Protocol supported for syncing start/stop.)
Smooth, Quiet AF
The speed, smoothness and accuracy of the Z 6’s AF system is ideal for video. It’s virtually silent, very little chance it will be picked up by an external mic. When used with NIKKOR Z lenses, “breathing” and “wobbling” are all but eliminated. You can even touch to focus using the LCD for fast transitions between subjects.
Four AF-Area Modes
Four AF-area modes for videos: Single-Point AF, Wide-Area AF (S or L) and Auto-Area AF. Seamless automatic switching between Phase Detect and Contrast Detect AF based on the situation. Mimic focus pulling techniques by controlling when AF starts and stops in AF-C mode using AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity options.
Maximum Detail, Viewable In-Camera
Nikon’s N-LOG format preserves more detail, up to 12 stops of dynamic range, shadows and highlights to make color grading more precise in post. For easier spot checking of focus and exposure, the new View Assist function displays simple gradation compensation, highly useful for confirming the final look of the footage.
Shot Lists Made Easy
All of your Z 6 footage can be time-coded in-camera for easier synchronizing and logging, especially when editing shots from multi-camera shoots.
Slow Motion Videos
Capture every detail of movement with 120 FPS. Then play them back at 30, 24 or 24 FPS for jaw-dropping, flued slow motion in 1080p High Definition.
Brilliant. Bright. Stunning.
The beautiful high-resolution touchscreen is as sharp and clear as a smartphone. 3.2-inches. 2.1-million dots. Crystal clear and vibrant. Tilt for shooting at high and low angles. Touchscreen control. This display is a smooth operator.
Full Touch Operation
Nikon takes touchscreen control to the next level. Touch to focus. Pinch to zoom. Touch to fire the shutter. Swipe through photos and videos. Navigate settings as easily as navigating a smartphone. Pinch to magnify the image on-screen to check for critical sharpness. We’re living in a touchscreen world, and this is a touchscreen camera.
Sharper, Clearer Menus
Totally familiar for a Nikon DSLR shooter, fast and intuitive for someone new to the Nikon system. Z 6’s menus and user interface are elegant, clear and easy to navigate with touch control. Easily add your favourite functions to the (i) menu – over 30 settings available – then access them from the LCD or EVF.
A Breakthrough in Optical Design
17% larger internal diameter than Nikon’s acclaimed F Mount. Wider than any full-frame mount available*. It totally changes what’s possible with lens design. Enhanced low-light performance. Even illumination from corner-to-corner. Maximum apertures as wide as f/0.95. Faster data transfer between camera and lens. This is the ideal balance between mount diameter, large image sensor and flange focal distance.
*As of 8/23/18
Built for Speed
Shoot up to 12 FPS at full resolution in Hi+ mode (12-bit RAW or JPEG) without the need for an external battery pack. When speed matters—and it always matters—you’ll catch the shots others might miss.
Maximum Low-Light Capability
The Z 6’s 24.5MP image sensor along with the Z Mount’s light gathering potential and flawless EXPEED 6 noise reduction free you to capture beautiful photos and videos at extremely high ISO settings—up to ISO 51,200 (expandable to ISO 204,800).
A great advantage of a mirrorless design is the ability to shoot in near silence. Quietly capture important moments during recitals, weddings, newborn photography…anywhere silence is golden.
Our Fastest Wi-Fi Transfers Yet
Transfer images to compatible smart devices 2X faster than previously possible—up to 25 mbps. Choose between the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands for optimum transfer speeds.
May not be available in certain countries.
The Z 6 can automatically connect whenever your compatible smart device is in range. Send original resolution JPEGs or have the camera automatically transfer 2MB versions of your photos as you shoot them.
Your Smartphone Is Your Favorite Accessory
With SnapBridge version 2.5, you can also use your compatible smartphone as a remote monitor and controller. Touch focus, adjust settings like exposure mode, white balance and more, then fire the shutter.
Leading the Charge
For the first time in a full-frame Nikon camera, you can charge the Z 6’s new EN-EL15b battery in the camera through a standard USB-C connection—from your computer, a wall outlet or other charging device. Already have EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries*? They work with the Z 6, too.
Requires optional EH-7P Charging AC Adapter. Camera cannot be used while charging via USB.
*EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries cannot be charged in the camera via USB.
Wire-Free to a Mac or PC
Connect to a Mac or PC over Wi-Fi and wirelessly transfer RAW, JPEG and movie files. Two modes available: Camera Access Point mode, for connecting directly to a PC, and Station (STA) mode, for connecting over a router.
Wireless Transmitter Utility software must be installed on the computer.
Type: Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens Mount: Nikon Z mount
Effective Pixels: 24.5 million
Sensor Size: 35.9mm x 23.9mm
Image Sensor Format: FX
Image Sensor Type: CMOS
Total Pixels: 25.28million
Dust-Reduction System: Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D); image sensor cleaning
Dust-Off Reference Photo: Yes
Image Area (pixels): FX-format – (L) 6,048 x 4,024, (M) 4,528 x 3,016, (S) 3,024 x 2,016; DX-format – (L) 3,936 x 2,624, (M) 2,944 x 1,968, (S) 1,968 x 1,312; 1:1(24 x 24) – (L) 4,016 x 4,016, (M) 3,008 x 3,008, (S) 2,000 x 2,000; 16:9 (24 x 24) – (L) 6,048 x 3,400, (M) 4,528 x 2,544, (S) 3,024 x 1,696; Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3,840 x 2,160 : 3,840 x 2,160; Photographs taken during movie recording at other frame sizes: 1,920 x 1,080 :1,920 x 1,080
File Format Still Images: NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed); large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression); TIFF (RGB); JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Storage Media: XQD memory cards
Card Slot: 1 slot
File System: DCF 2.0; Exif 2.31; PictBridge
Viewfinder: 1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls
Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approx. 100% horizontal; 100% vertical
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m -1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint: 21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: -4 to +2 m−1
Eye Sensor: Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
Depth-of-Field Control: Yes
Lens Compatibility at a Glance: Z mount NIKKOR lenses; F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter; restrictions may apply
Compatible Lenses: Z mount NIKKOR lenses; F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter; restrictions may apply
Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X200
Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
Flash Sync Speed: Up to X=1/200 sec.; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 sec. or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes
Shutter Release Modes: Single frame; Low-speed continuous; High-speed continuous; High-speed continuous (extended); Self-timer
Frame Advance Rate: Low-speed continuous:1-5 fps; High-speed continuous: 5.5 fps; High-speed continuous (extended): 12 fps
Continuous Shooting Options: Low-speed continuous: 1-5 fps; High-speed continuous: 5.5 fps; High-speed continuous (extended): 12 fps
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution: 12 frames per second
Self-Timer: 2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec.; Timer duration electronically controlled
Exposure Metering System: TTL metering using camera image sensor
Metering Method: Matrix metering; Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame
Spot metering: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point; Highlight-weighted metering
Metering Range: Matrix or center-weighted metering: -4 to +17 EV; Spot metering: -4 to +17 EV; Highlight-weighted metering: -4 to +17 EV
Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU
Exposure Modes: Auto; Programmed auto with flexible program (P); Shutter-priority auto (S); Aperture-priority auto (A); Manual (M); User settings (U1, U2, U3)
Exposure Compensation: -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A, and M
Exposure Lock: Luminosity locked at detected value
Picture Control: Auto; Flat; Landscape; Monochrome; Neutral; Portrait; Standard; Vivid; Creative Picture Controls: (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); Selected Picture Control can be modified; Storage for custom Picture Controls
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 51,200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 204,800 equivalent) above ISO 51,200; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 100
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 51,200
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: 50
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: 204,800
Active D-Lighting: Can be selected from: Auto; Extra High; High; Normal; Low; Off
Active D-Lighting Bracketing: Yes
Autofocus System: Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
Detection Range: -2 to +19 EV (-4 to +19 EV with low-light AF); Detection range (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens Servo: Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking; Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus Point: 273 (single-point AF)
AF-area Mode: Pinpoint; Single-Point; Dynamic-area AF; Wide-area AF (S); Wide-area AF (L); Auto-area AF; Pinpoint and Dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only
Focus Lock: Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing center of sub-selector
Focus Modes: Pinpoint; Single-point; Dynamic-area AF; Wide-area AF (S); Wide-area AF (L); Auto-area AF; Pinpoint and Dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 273
Vibration Reduction: 5-axis image sensor shift
Autofocus Fine Tune: Yes
Flash Bracketing: Yes
X-Sync Speed: 1/200th sec.
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to: 1/8000 sec.
Flash Control: TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Sync Modes: Front-curtain sync; Rear-curtain sync; Red-eye reduction; Red-eye reduction with slow sync; Slow rear-curtain sync; Slow sync; Off
Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available
Flash-ready Indicator: Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
Accessory Shoe: ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
White Balance: Auto (3 types); Choose color temperature (2,500 K–10,000 K); Cloudy; Direct sunlight; Flash; Fluorescent (7 types); Incandescent; Natural light auto; Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning; Shade
White Balance Bracketing: Exposure, flash, white balance, and ADL
Live View Shooting: Photography Live View Mode; Movie Live View Mode
Movie Metering: TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Maximum Recording Time: 29 minutes 59 seconds
Movie File Format: MOV; MP4
Movie Video Compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio Recording Format: Linear PCM; AAC
Movie: 4K UHD 3,840×2,160/30 fps; 4K UHD 3,840×2,160/25 fps; 4K UHD 3,840×2,160/24 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080/120 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080/100 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080/60 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080/50 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080/30 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080/25 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080/24 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 slow-mo/30 fps x4; Full HD 1,920×1,080 slow-mo/25 fps x4; Full HD 1,920×1,080 slow-mo/24 fps x5; Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; Quality selection available at all sizes except; 3,840 x 2,160, 1,920 x 1,080 120p/100p, and 1,920 x 1,080 slow-mo, when quality is fixed at high
Movie Audio: Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity can be adjusted
Movie ISO: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 51,200); P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit; M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 51,200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 204,800 equivalent) above ISO 51,200
Movie Active D-Lighting: Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low; Off
Time Code: Yes; Drop frame
Movie Log Gamma Output: N-Log with View Assist (HDMI output only)
Movie e-VR: Yes
Movie HDMI Output: Yes, up to 10bit; Start/Stop supported
Movie Focus Peaking: Yes
Movie Highlight Display (Zebras): Yes
Time-Lapse Movie: Up to 4K UHD; Silent mode option
AF for Movie: AF Speed and AF Tracking Sensitivity can be adjusted
Monitor Size: 3.2in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution: 2,100,000 dots
Monitor Type: Tilting TFT; Touch-Sensitive LCD
Monitor Angle of View: 170° viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments: Color balance; 11-level manual brightness controls
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: Also visible in LiveView Modes; Also visible in Viewfinder
Playback Functions: Auto Image Rotation; Full-frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images); Highlights; Histogram Display; Location Data Display; Movie Playback; Photo and/or Movie Slide Shows; Photo Information; Picture Rating; Playback with Playback Zoom; Playback Zoom Cropping
In-Camera Image Editing: Distortion Control; D-Lighting; Image Overlay; NEF (raw) Processing; Perspective Control; Red-eye Reduction; Resize; Side by Side Comparison; Straighten; Trim; Trim Movie
Image Comment: Yes
Interface: USB: Type C connector (SuperSpeed USB); HDMI: Type C HDMI connector; Accessory terminal: Can be used with MC-DC2 and other optional accessories; Audio Input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported); Audio Output: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Wi-Fi Functionality: Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac; Operating frequency: 2412–2472 MHz (channel 13) and 5180–5700 MHz; Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 7.4 dBm 5 GHz band: 12.2 dBm; Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Smart Device App Connectivity: SnapBridge
Bluetooth: Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification; Version 4.2; Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz; Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz; Approximately 10 m (32 ft.) without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles
GPS: Via the SnapBridge app
Save/Load Camera Settings: Yes
Supported Languages: English; French; Portuguese (Brazil); Spanish; The languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings: Yes
World Time Setting: Yes
Total Custom Settings: 38
My Menu: Yes
Recent Settings: Yes
Battery / Batteries: One EN-EL15b rechargeable Li-ion battery
EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 can also be used, but note that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge and that charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL15b batteries only
Battery Life (shots per charge): 310 shots (CIPA)
Movies: Approx. 85 min. of movie recording
AC Adapter: EH-7P Charging AC Adapter; EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter (requires EP-5B power connector, available separately)
Battery Charger: MH-25A Battery Charger
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 5.3in. (134mm) x 4in. (100.5mm) x 2.7in. (67.5mm)
Approx. Weight: 20.7oz. (585g); camera body only
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C); Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)