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Say hello to the Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II

Nikon launches improved versions of its top full-frame mirrorless cameras…

It’s been around two years since Nikon jumped feet first into the full-frame mirrorless market with the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras. Well, now a lot of the niggles from the original cameras have been addressed as Nikon has pulled the covers off new, improved versions of each model in the shape of the Z 6II and Z 7II.

Let’s start with the flagship full-frame mirrorless model – the Z 7II, which sees improvements to both sensitivity and speed among other upgrades. Firstly, the burst mode increases from nine frames per second to 10 FPS and the introduction of Dual EXPEED 6 image processors means the buffer enables the capture of 200 full-res JPEGs, or 77 12-bit uncompressed RAW images, in one burst.

When it comes to autofocus, the Z 7II welcomes enhanced AF capabilities to offer wide-area AF support for human and animal subjects, subject-tracking AF that operates similar to 3D-tracking, and improved AF in low-light situations. What’s more, Nikon explains the 3690k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) delivers a more natural view, with the high refresh rate reducing blackout.

The Z 6II also sees an improvement to speed, which should be of great interest to sports and wildlife photographers as the burst rate jumps from 12 to 14 frames per second and those Dual EXPEED 6 image processors enable the capture of 200 JPEGs or 124 12-bit uncompressed RAW images in one burst. The Z 6II also sees upgrades to autofocus including improved Eye-Detection and Animal-Detection AF too.

Of great interest to videographers is that those Dual EXPEED 6 processors allow both the Z 6II and the Z 7II to shoot 4K video at 60p, enabling photographers to use the footage at half speed for a slow motion effect. It should be noted however that while 4K 60p is in the Z 7II from the off, the technology will be added to the Z 6II via a  free firmware upgrade in February 2021.

Also worthy of not is the changes to the storage slots, with both cameras now offering one XQD/CFexpress card slot and one slot for UHS-II SD cards, which will enable photographers to make an instant backup of the content or choose to record stills to one card and video files to the other.