Nikon Z7 vs Nikon Z6 – Differences and Specs Comparison

After weeks of teasing, Nikon finally introduced its new Z-mount and two new mirrorless cameras — the Z7 and Z6. These full-frame cameras share the same body and have many similarities, but are very different at the same time and geared towards a different demographic.

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Let’s take a look at some specs these two cameras have in common and then we’ll take a look at the differences. Both cameras feature:

  • Z-mount
  • Same weather-sealed body and button layout
  • Identical size (5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7″ / 134.0 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm)
  • Identical weight (1.29 lb / 585 grams)
  • One XQD memory card slot (check out our article on best memory cards for Nikon Z7 and Z6)
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • 4K video recording at up to 30 fps
  • 1080p video recording at up to 120fps
  • EN-EL15b battery
  • Electronic viewfinder (3.7-million dots) with 0.80x magnification
  • 3.2-inch rear touchscreen tilting LCD (2.10-million dots)
  • Headphone jack and microphone jack
  • USB charging
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Now that we’ve seen what Nikon Z7 and Z6 have in common, let’s take a look at the main differences:

Sensor Resolution

While both cameras feature a full-frame sensor with BSI (backside illumination, which helps with low-light-photography), the resolution on them is very different.

Nikon Z7 features 45.7MP, while the Z6 has 24.5MP sensor. Because of this, the Z7 appears to be geared towards professional landscape and portrait photographers, while the Z6 seems to be aimed at enthusiast photographers and videographers. However, the Z7 can shoot some amazing video as well.

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Autofocus Points

Just like most recent mirrorless cameras, the Z7 and Z6 also feature a hybrid autofocus system with phase detection and contrast detection points. Nikon Z7 leads the way here, as it has 493 phase detection points vs 273 on the Z6. With that said, there shouldn’t be too much of a difference when it comes to real world performance.

Burst Shooting

Thanks to the lower MP count on the Z6, this camera can shoot up to 12fps in continuous shooting mode, while the Z7 tops out at 9fps. Essentially, neither camera is a slouch when it comes to burst shooting and 9fps is quite good considering the resolution of the Nikon Z7.

4K Video

Like we previously mentioned, both cameras offer 4K video recording at up to 30fps (100 Mbit/s bitrate). However, there’s a little bit of difference here. The Z6 offers full pixel readout in full frame mode, while the Z7 offers line-skipping in full frame mode and full pixel readout only in the APS-C mode (similar to how A7RII/A7RIII work). This makes the Z6 a better choice for video work, especially if you want the full frame look.

ISO Sensitivity

The Z7 starts from a native ISO of 64 and goes up to 25600, while the Z6 starts from 100 and goes up to 51200.

Timelapses

Both mirrorless cameras from Nikon can record video timelapses, but the difference is in resolution. The z6 can record 4K time lapses, while the Z7, thanks to its high-resolution sensor, is capable of recording 8K timelapse movies. Keep in mind that these aren’t recorded in-camera and you need to use use a third-party software to create a timelapse on your PC or Mac.

Battery Life

Although these cameras use the same battery, it appears that the Z7 is a little better at power management. It is rated at about 330 shots per charge, while the Z6 can do around 310 shots.

Price

Of course, one of the biggest differences between these cameras is the price. Nikon Z6 is less expensive, and will retail for $1,999 or $2,599 if you purchase it with a 24-70mm f/4 kit lens. Nikon Z7 is going to retail for $3,399 or $3,999 if you bundle it with the kit lens. We hope this article helped you understand some of the main differences between the Z7 and Z6.