The second generation of mirrorless full format cameras Nikon Z6 / Z7 is announced. Both cameras now feature two combined EXPEED 6 image processors each as well as a second memory card slot that can accept UHS-II SD cards; the other card slot is still for XQD or CFexpress cards.
As a new feature for filmmakers, the cameras offer 4K 60p recording, but with limitations -- it will only be possible internally and in a DX/APS-C crop on the Z 6II. The Z 7II will read almost the entire sensor, and will also support 60p at the factory, while the Z 6II will have to wait for a firmware update, which is scheduled for release in February 2021.
For the first time, both the Nikon Z6II and Z7II will now support Blackmagic RAW on the Video Assist 12G HDR recorder, in addition to the already established external ProRes Raw recording via Atomos Ninja V after a paid firmware upgrade. Here we are already very excited about the implementation.
Also added is the option to film in HDR with extended dynamic range in the form of HLG (Hyper Log Gamma), which can now be recorded externally in 10bit.
The autofocus functions have been improved by making eye AF and animal recognition AF available for video recording. When focusing manually, the direction of rotation of the focusing ring can be freely selected.
The key data of the cameras remain otherwise largely the same. The Z 6II with its full format sensor with 24.5 MP is aimed more at users with an affinity for video, while the Z 7II with its higher 45.7 MP resolution is primarily aimed at photographers.
Now with dual cardslot
Those who had hoped for internal 10-bit log recording unfortunately went away empty-handed with this rather moderate Nikon upgrade. So the question remains, when Nikon will catch up to the Panasonic, Canon and Sony competition ...
The Nikon Z 7II is expected to be available in stores from the beginning of December 2020 and the Z 6II from the beginning of November 2020. The housing prices are 2,143.56 Euro for the Z 6II and 3,313.31 Euro for the Z 7II. The cameras are also offered in various kit combinations, including the bayonet adapter FTZ, in order to use the classic Nikkor F lenses in addition to Z lenses.