Nikon Z5 vs Z6: How does the new Z5 compare to the Nikon Z6?

Nikon Z5 vs Z6
(Image credit: Nikon)

While the rest of Nikon's mirrorless line is quite distinct, the Nikon Z5 vs Z6 question is one that many photographers are asking. Both are full-frame 24MP cameras, with a number of similarities – but just as many differences. 

Ultimately, Nikon is positioning them as cameras for two very separate audiences – the Nikon Z5 being its entry level full-frame mirrorless option, sitting above the Nikon Z50 and aimed at smartphone graduates and DSLR holdouts, with the Nikon Z6 as the intermediate model for more experienced users.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.