Nikon Z6 vs Z7: Which should you buy?

Nikon Z6 vs Z7: Which one should you buy? Nikon Z 6 vs Nikon Z 7
(Image credit: Nikon)

The big news of late 2018 was, finally, Nikon’s introduction of not one but two full frame mirrorless cameras in the 45.7 megapixel Z7 and its more affordable 24.5 megapixel Z6 sibling. Both these very capable options – since joined in 2019 by the more obviously consumer-orientated Z50 model – indicated that the manufacturer had decided to start taking mirrorless cameras seriously, having most obviously seen its market share eroded by Sony, who were quick to spot the full frame mirrorless ‘gap’. 

Those of us who may have worried it was too little too late from Nikon, had our nerves becalmed by the fact that the Z7 proved to be an instant classic on launch, with the less expensive and slightly pared down Z6 not far behind in terms of plaudits. In fact we said that the Z6, at two thirds of its bigger brother’s price, was very much not just a ‘consolation prize’ for those who couldn’t afford the Z7. While Nikon describes the Z7 as ‘the perfectionist’, it classes the Z6 as the ‘all rounder’.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.