Nikon has announced its latest full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 II and Z7 II, which enhance their predecessors with faster performance, improved autofocus and the inclusion of a secondary memory card slot. Otherwise, the second-generation cameras are largely similar to the Z6 and Z7, using the same sensors and without external design updates. The electronic viewfinder and LCD with variable angle – it cannot be rotated so that it can be turned forward for a deposit – are unchanged in both models.
But professionals will appreciate a new addition when they open the door to the memory card: Nikon has added the UHS-II SD card slot, which joins the single XQD / CFexpress slot from the last time. So if you want instant backups of your photos and videos, here you are. Other changes are inside: each camera has a second Expeed 6 processor ̵
4K video at 60 frames per second has been added to both the Z6 II and the Z7 II, but only the latter will offer it at launch. Nikon says that the firmware update in February 2021 will bring this feature to the Z6 II. On the Z7 II you will get a 1.08x cut when recording to 4K60.
In terms of autofocus enhancements, Nikon’s face and eye recognition autofocus (along with animal detection AF) can now be used in wide area AF mode. Both cameras are better when focusing in low light conditions, according to the company. There’s a new vertical battery grip, and Nikon has also made usability improvements, such as allowing firmware updates via the Snapbridge mobile app.
The Z6 II will sell in November for $ 2,000 in a body-only configuration or $ 2,600 when bundled with the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f / 4 S lens. The Z7 II will follow in December for $ 3,000 (body only) or $ 3,600 (with lens kit). Nikon hopes that with both cameras, increased processing power, improved speed, expanded buffer capacity, more capable autofocus options and faster shooting will help the company stay in line with camera makers Canon, Sony, Panasonic and others.