The Z 6II features dual card slots. One is Cfexpress (Type B) and XQD cards. The other slot accepts standard SD cards. Both slots can be used to separate RAW and JPEG files, create a backup or maximize your onboard storage.
The Z 6II is powered by not one but two Expeed 6 image processing engines. They work together for fast image processing, more buffer capacity and more overall speed. They also control other functions including image and video rendering, low light, AF performance and more.
The Z 6II can up to 14 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution. With a buffer 3.5x larger than the previous generation and minimal blackout between shots when shooting in CH mode.
The AF system’s 90% coverage lets you compose images the way you want, from the start. Wither manually choose one of the 273 AF points across the frame, or let the cameras subject tracking automatically select the focus based on your subject. With the addition of Eye Detect AF in video and new focusing modes, the Z 6II will always lock onto your subjects eye in the frame.
The Z 6II builds on the Z 6’s formidable video capabilities and might just be Nikons most versatile video camera yet. All the benefits of Z mirrorless system plus 4K Ultra HD at 60p*, Full HD at 120p, 4K time-lapse and much more.
With the additional of Blackmagic RAW format being added by a paid firmware update, the Z 6II is the perfect tool for any filmmaker.
*4k60p firmware update coming in Feb 2021
With one universal USB Type C cable, you can provide constant power to the Z 6II, charge your battery, stream footage and transfer photos and video. When shooting video or time lapses you can use an external power bank to power the camera via USB type C for extra shooting time.
True Multimedia powerhouse
A peak moment frozen in a dramatic still image. A beautiful, flowing sequence captured in cinematic 4K UHD video. The new Nikon Z 6II, an upgrade of the Z 6 all-rounder, gives you both. Harnessing Dual EXPEED 6 image-processing engines, the Z 6II allows continuous shooting at approx. 14 fps* with extended buffer. Eye-Detection and Animal-Detection AF are available in both stills and videos. A variety of video recording options now includes 10-bit HDR (HLG) to meet diverse needs. What’s more, the dual memory card slots and new optional MB-N11 Battery Pack give you all this versatility in a dependable package. The Z 6II provides a solid hybrid solution for multimedia creators.
*1 In high-speed continuous shooting (extended) using single-point AF, with 12-bit lossless compressed RAW (L) with Sony CEB-G128 CFexpress card in use.
*3 Optional with charge.
Easier to focus on the intended subject – Advanced hybrid AF system
The Z 6II’s 273-point hybrid AF system is enhanced to let you focus on the intended subject more easily than the Z 6, even in busy scenes. Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF are now available in wide-area AF (L) in addition to auto-area AF. What’s more, the camera saves the last focus position when it is switched off, allowing you to resume your shoot right where you left off*1. Just like the Z 6, low-light AF is also available, enabling autofocusing down to -6 EV*2. Together with NIKKOR Z lenses, that are designed to meet an incredibly strict AF standard, the Z 6II offers superb AF accuracy.
*1 When “on” is selected for “save focus position” in the setup menu.
*2 Using AF-S at f/2.0, ISO 100 and 20°C/68°F with the center focus point selected in the single-point AF area mode.
Increased focusing control – Enhanced Eye- and Animal-Detection AF
Eye-Detection AF is convenient for shooting portraits where the model is constantly changing poses, and Animal-Detection AF is effective whether you’re capturing cats playing with bristlegrass or dogs relaxing indoors. With the Z 6II, capturing your intended subject is easier, even in a crowd. In addition to auto-area AF, these functions are now available in wide-area AF (L), allowing easier focusing only on your intended subject within the focus area. As they are now included in the i menu, quick switching is also possible. Also, Eye-Detection AF, combined with face-detection and upper-body detection technologies, allows you to keep focusing on a human subject even when they temporarily turn their back.
Exceptional image quality, even under low light – Backside illumination CMOS sensor featuring ISO 100-51200 and 24.5 effective megapixels
Using its 24.5 megapixels, the Z 6II’s images are clear, sharp and beautiful even under low light. The FX-format backside illumination CMOS sensor, together with the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine achieves a wide standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 (expandable to ISO 50-204800 equivalent).
Dependable data backup for serious users – Dual slots for CFexpress and UHS-II SD memory cards
The Z 6II is equipped with dual card slots which support reliable CFexpress (Type B) cards and readily available UHS-II SD cards – both realize fast data transfer. The card slot for CFexpress (Type B) supports PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3, enabling even speedier data writing than the Z 6. They offer a variety of storage options, including the ability to store the same data onto two cards for instant backup or record RAW and JPEG copies onto separate cards simultaneously.
Save or boost energy while shooting – Power-saving mode and USB power delivery
Mirrorless cameras have typically consumed a lot of battery power. However, the Z 6II offers improvements to let you keep shooting for longer. A power-saving mode*1 is now available for situations where you want to be economical with energy usage. In addition to USB charging when the camera is off, USB power delivery*2 during shooting is now possible from a mobile battery*3 or computer via the optional UC-E25 USB Cable. This helps in situations such as outdoor time-lapse shooting, letting you continue shooting for a long period of time.
*1 This will lower the image quality and frame rate of live view.
*2 USB power delivery using optional EH-7P Charging AC Adapter is also possible.
When connected with the EH-7P and an EN-EL15c/15b is inserted in the body, USB charging is possible.
*3 Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W portable charger has been tested and approved for use. Use a USB cable with two Type-C connectors supplied with the charger. For more information about the portable charger, please visit the manufacturer’s website: Anker.com/support
Powerful, 5.0-stop compensation for diverse shooting scenarios – In-camera VR
The Z 6II features in-camera vibration reduction (VR) that offers an effect equivalent to a shutter speed up to approx. 5.0 stops*1 faster. It detects camera shake using the image’s motion vector information as well as the gyro sensor, and then drives the VR unit to offer compensation in five directions: yaw, pitch, X, Y, and roll. Use the Normal VR mode for reducing camera shake during handheld still shooting, while Sport VR is best utilized to stabilize the image when tracking moving subjects in stills and for video. When recording video with a fixed angle of view, Normal VR can be combined with electronic VR*2 for even steadier shots. VR also works with NIKKOR F lenses, including non-VR lenses*3.
*1 Based on CIPA Standards. This value is achieved when the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S is attached, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position. When VR lenses are attached, lenses’ own VR effect is applied.
*2 Image quality decreases and the angle of view changes when using electronic VR. Not available in 120p, 100p and slow-motion movie modes, or during 4K UHD 10-bit HDMI output.
*3 Requires Mount Adapter FTZ. When using NIKKOR F lenses, the VR effect is slightly lower when compared to using NIKKOR Z lenses. Firmware upgrade is required when using Mount Adapter FTZ.
Versatile options for cinematic video production
From 12-bit RAW video output to ready-to-go in-camera profiles – Extensive video recording options
Novice videographers may benefit from in-camera Picture Controls, which allow easy video production with minimum color grading. Meanwhile, 12-bit RAW video output, 10-bit N-Log or HDR (HLG) can satisfy professional needs. The Z 6II has got something for everyone’s filmmaking requirements.
External recording allows incredibly rich colors for grading – 12-bit RAW video output and 10-bit HLG/N-Log
The Z 6II’s HDMI output*1 offers external recording of RAW*2, 4:2:2 N-Log and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). 12-bit RAW video output, a feature obtainable with high-end video cameras, is available in both 4K UHD and Full HD to provide maximum flexibility in color adjustment. 10-bit N-Log records very rich gradation information, capturing up to approx. 1.07 billion colors as well as a wide dynamic range at 12 stops and 1300%, which enables effective color grading. The HLG is convenient for producing HDR videos for HLG monitors. The profile supports ITU-R BT.2100, which features the wide color gamut of the Rec.2020 standard.
*1 Full HD/100p and 120p are not available.
*2 Optional with charge. Requires shipping of the camera to Nikon.
More support for high-end video production – Focus peaking, timecode and highlight display
The Z 6II is well equipped for professional video shoots. The camera can record a timecode*, helping in combining footage shot by several cameras. In manual focusing, focus peaking is available even in 4K UHD, with selectable peaking highlight color. Highlight display lets you confirm highlight area with a zebra pattern while allowing you to set the level of brightness from 180 to 255 depending on your needs.
* Not available when shooting slow-motion movies.