Nikon Z6 review

So is the Nikon Z6 just a consolation prize for those who can’t afford a Z7? Absolutely not – especially if you shoot video

5 Star Rating
Nikon Z6 review

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nikon Z6 is always going to be somewhat overshadowed by the more powerful and higher-resolution Z7, but actually it’s a much more versatile camera, as well as being much more affordable. On paper it could easily come across as being a little bit dull but worthy; in practice its finesse, performance and image quality are just awesome. Every camera has flaws and weaknesses, but the Z6 almost squeezes them out of existence.


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    12fps burst mode

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    Superb high-ISO quality

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    In-body stabilisation

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    Full frame 4K video

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    Stellar Z-mount lenses


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    Weak 310-shot battery life

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    Average buffer capacity

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    Some viewfinder lag

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The Nikon Z6 is evolving into a bit of a camera classic. When it was launched it was in the shadow of the 46-megapixel Nikon Z7, but the Z6 has all the build quality, ergonomic finesse and robustness of the Z7 at a much lower price. 

And the price is a factor. Z6 pricing has proved ever more competitive since the camera's launch, and a whole series of firmware updates has extended its capabilities considerably. The Nikon Z6 isn't just getting cheaper, it's getting better!

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at