Nikon Z6 III review: a dream camera for content creators through to enthusiast and pro photographers

With a revolutionary ‘partially stacked’ sensor and an eye-popping viewfinder, the Z6 III takes Nikon’s mid-range mirrorless camera to new heights

5 Star Rating
Person holding a Nikon Z6 III camera up to their face
(Image: © Mike Harris / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

You don’t get something for nothing. The Z6 III is by far the most expensive Z6-series camera to date, bumping up the purchase price at launch by about 25 percent, compared with previous models. Is it worth it? I’d say 100% yes, with no reservations. The new ‘partially stacked’ image sensor enables blistering performance, the ultra-high-res HDR wide gamut viewfinder gives an ultra-realistic display, and the new vari-angle screen with its front-facing facility makes the Z6 III much more ideal for vlogging than its predecessors. And for night owl photographers, the autofocus system can practically see in the dark. All in all, this camera is an epic all-rounder.


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    Ultra-realistic OLED viewfinder

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    Fast shutter speeds and drive rates

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    First Z6 with a vari-angle screen

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    Excellent autofocus performance


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    Pricier than previous Z6 models

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    Video tops out at 6K

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    Incompatible with previous battery grip

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    No standalone battery charger supplied

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It’s been a long time coming and the rumor mill has been at fever pitch for a year or more, but Nikon has finally unveiled the latest in its Z6 line of ‘enthusiast’ full-frame mirrorless cameras. 

With a lower 24.5Mp count than its more upmarket (and expensive) Nikon Z8 and Nikon Z9 pro models, which boast twice the resolution at 45.7Mp. It’s a little bit bigger than its predecessors (the Z6 and Z6 II shared almost identical dimensions), but a fair bit smaller than the bigger-bodied Z8 and Z9. It shares some of the same tech as the similarly enthusiast-level Nikon Zf but ushers in some serious upgrades and has more up-to-date handling characteristics, whereas the Zf has retro styling with plentiful control dials, more akin to a classic Nikon 35mm film camera. 

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Lens mountNikon Z mount (FX)
Sensor 24.5 MP CMOS
ISO100 to 64,000 (204,800 expanded)
IBIS 5-Axis, up to 8.0 stops
Viewfinder0.5-in, approx. 5760k-dot UXGA OLED electronic viewfinder, approx. 0.8x
ScreenApprox. 2100 k-dot, Vari-angle TFT touch-sensitive LCD
Max focus points 299
Max shutter 1/8000 (mechanical), 1/16000 (electronic)
Burst speed 120fps (DX format)
Video 6K60p, 4K oversampled, FHD 240p
Video codecs N-RAW (12 bit), Apple ProRes RAW HQ (12 bit), Apple ProRes 422 HQ (10 bit), H.265/HEVC (8 bit/10 bit), H.264/AVC (8 bit)
Memory CFexpress (Type B), XQD, SD (UHS-II)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 138.5 x 101.5 x 74 mm ( 5.5 x 4 x 3 in.)
Weight Approx. 760 g ( 1 lb. 10.9 oz. )
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FeaturesKey features include the speedy new partially stacked image sensor and suped-up OLED viewfinder.★★★★★
DesignIt has a mostly tried and trusted Z6-line design but the new vari-angle rear screen is a bonus for vloggers.★★★★★
PerformanceThe subject recognition autofocus, IBIS and metering systems work flawlessly and quality is superb for both stills and video.★★★★★
ValueIt’s more expensive than previous Z6-line cameras but the upgrades make it well worth the price.★★★★☆
Nikon Zf

The Nikon Zf has the same megapixel count and vari-angle rear screen as the Z6 III but lacks the partially stacked image sensor. With a design based on Nikon’s classic FM2 film camera, it’s arguably the best ‘retro’ option on the market.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II

The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is similarly adept as a ‘hybrid’ camera for shooting both stills and video, offering up to a 40fps drive rate for stills and 6K oversampled video, along with similarly advanced subject-recognition autofocus.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.