Fuji X-T3 and Nikon Z6 were announced only two weeks apart, and although they have some similarities, they are very different cameras that belong to two different mirrorless systems. Nikon is just starting out in the mirrorless world, while the Fuji X system has been around for a couple of years and has a lot to offer. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the specs these cameras share, and then we’ll take a look at the main differences between them. Both cameras feature:
- BSI (backside illuminated) sensor
- 1080p video recording at up to 120fps
- 10-bit video recording
- Weather-sealed body
- Headphone and microphone jack
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- USB charging
- USB-C port
Now that we’ve taken a look at what Fuji X-T3 and Nikon Z6 have in common, let’s discuss some of the main differences:
The sensors on these two cameras have only one thing in common – they are backside illuminated, which essentially means you’ll get slightly better low light shots with more dynamic range. While the X-T3 sensor has a bit more resolution (26MP) compared to 24MP on the Z6, the Nikon actually has a bigger sensor (full frame vs APS-C on the X-T3).
Nikon’s sensor will perform better in low light conditions and give you more bokeh, but the lenses will be bigger and heavier as well. Speaking of lenses, if you opt for the X-T3, you’ll have numerous lenses to choose from, because the X system is a couple of years old now and features many great lenses. On another hand, Nikon is just starting to build its lens lineup and is expected to have about 10 native lenses by 2020.
Fuji X-T3 has 425 phase detection points that cover the entire sensor, while the Nikon Z6 has 273 hybrid (phase/contrast) detection points that cover 90 percent of the sensor. Fuji improved its AF capabilities quite a bit with the release of the X-T3 and early reviews say that the Z6 is quite capable as well when it comes to autofocus.
One of the biggest advantages of the Z6 over the X-T3 is the fact that it has in-body image stabilization. This definitely helps when taking photos at slower shutter speeds, but is also very useful for videographers. With that said, if you’re planing on using a gimbal for your video work, then IBIS isn’t really important.
Body Size and Weight
When it comes to body size, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Fuji X-T3 is smaller, considering it has a smaller sensor. Fuji weighs 1.19 lb (539 grams), while the Nikon Z6 comes in at 1.49 lb (675 grams), and while that isn’t a lot, you’ll certainly notice it during long shoots. On top of that, the Fuji lenses are much smaller thanks to the APS-C sensor.
Despite the bigger sensor, the Z6 can do 12fps, while the X-T3 can shoot up to 11fps.
As we mentioned previously, both cameras can shoot 1080p video at up to 120fps. However, the real difference comes when shooting 4K. Fuji X-T3 can record 4K at up to 60fps, while the Z6 can only do 30fps. On top of that, the Nikon records at 100 Mbit/s, while the X-T3 offers wide range of codecs that allow recording up to 400 Mbit/s. Like we mentioned, both cameras can record 10-bit footage, but the X-T3 can do it internally, while the Z6 can only do it via an external recorder.
Fuji X-T3 has dual SD card slots, both of which supports UHS-II memory card. If you want to learn more about compatible cards, feel free to check out our article on best SD cards for Fuji X-T3.
On another hand, Nikon Z6 has only one XQD memory card slot that offers faster write/read speeds, but not by a whole lot compared to UHS-II cards. On top of that, XQD cards are harder than find and quite pricey. However, if you go with the the Z6, XQD cards are your only choice so don’t forget to check out our article on best XQD cards for Nikon Z6.
Electronic Viewfinder and Display
When it comes to the EVF, the Z6 has a tiny lead over the X-T3. Both viewfinders have 3.69 million dots, but the Z6 has a magnification of 0.80x compared to 0.75x on the X-T3. However, the refresh rate is better on the Fuji.
Nikon has a better rear display as well. Not only is it larger (3.2 inches compared to 3 inches), but it also has better resolution than the Fuji (2.10 million dots vs 1.04 million dots).
As far as battery life goes, the X-T3 takes the win. Fuji is rated at about 390 shots per charge, while the Z6 can do about 310 shots. The difference isn’t huge, but it’s definitely exists.
Retail price for the Fuji X-T3 is $1,499, which is excellent in our opinion when you take into account the number of features you get. The Z6 retails for $1,999, which is understandable considering it has a full frame sensor.
We hope this article helped you understand some of the main differences between the Fuji X-T3 and Nikon Z6.