Nikon Z Mirrorless Camera Roundup - 2021

6 October 2021

When Nikon introduced the first FX-format models of their new Nikon Z Mirrorless system, it was just what the photographic world needed to embrace Mirrorless cameras as genuine competition for DSLR cameras, albeit in smaller and more portable packages.

While previous Mirrorless models were accepted as good for daily usage and travel, full-frame offerings such as these new models from Nikon were finally seen as viable options for more professional photography and videography purposes. If you are wondering what is so special about the Nikon Z Mirrorless cameras and the benefits of each model within the range, read on for this 2021 product roundup.


Nikon Z6

  • 24.5MP FX-Format sensor
  • 4K UHD Video
  • 273-point Hybrid AF system
  • Built-in 5-AXIS VR Stabilisation
  • 12FPS Continuous Shooting


The Nikon Z6 is one of the first models announced in the exciting Z system - this is where it all began. The Z6 features a 24.5MP FX-format sensor that delivers pro-level still and video image quality, while the camera itself is portable and manageable for long periods of shooting. The Nikon Z6 can be worn around your neck proudly as you travel the globe, without you ever having to take it off to rest your neck.

The Nikon Z6 features a 3.6MP EVF at the rear, as well as a vari-angle, touch-sensitive LCD screen, the latter being great for better composition at tricky angles. As well as a built-in VR stabilisation system which is available for drastically reducing camera shake and blur, this camera features a broad 100-51200 ISO range and images captured at the higher settings of this range are remarkably free from noise. The 273-point Hybrid AF system of this camera comes in handy when utilising the 4K resolution video recording, as well as the 12 frames per second continuous shooting rate.

Nikon Z6II

  • 24.5MP FX-Format sensor
  • 4K UHD Video
  • 273-point Hybrid AF system
  • Built-in 5-AXIS VR Stabilisation
  • 14FPS Continuous Shooting
     

Like the original Z6, the Z6II is a multimedia-friendly camera. If your interests include both video and stills, it should be on your watchlist. The Z6II features a 24.5MP FX-format sensor and it is capable of 4K UHD video capture. Dual EXPEED 6 processing engines are onboard, which equates to excellent low-light quality, as well as blisteringly fast performance. A range of advanced video features can be found in the Z6II, such as 12-bit RAW video output, while it is also one of our top cameras for vlogging. This camera is home to a tilting, touch-sensitive LCD screen to go with its EVF, both microphone and headphone inputs, dual memory card slots and the ability to be powered via USB - this keeps the camera going for longer periods.

To keep you up to pace, the Z6II includes a speedy hybrid AF system of 273-points. It can find focus in dark conditions, a feature that goes nicely with the camera’s terrific high ISO performance. Sports photography enthusiasts will appreciate the fast burst shooting of this camera, which can be done at up to 14 frames per second and with a drastically increased buffer when compared to the Z6, while all comers can enjoy the blur-free quality that is made possible by the built-in 5-Axis image stabilisation system.

Nikon Z7II

  • 45.7MP FX-Format sensor
  • 4K UHD Video
  • 493-point Hybrid AF system
  • Built-in 5-AXIS VR Stabilisation
  • 10FPS Continuous Shooting
     

The Nikon Z7 II follows in the footsteps of the original Z7, with both models being notable for their extremely high-resolution image sensors. The FX-format sensor of the Z7II is a whopping 45.7MP, which makes it a popular choice for professional still photography purposes, both in the studio or on location. Portrait, wedding and sports photographers will all see the merits of the Z7II, thanks to advanced features, such as its 493-point hybrid AF system and 10 frames per second continuous shooting, a rate that can be maintained for up to 77 shots. Dual EXPEED 6 processors are responsible for this speed, as well as the crystal-clear image quality that this camera produces throughout its ISO range.

Although being lightweight enough to wear around your neck comfortably for prolonged periods, this camera is rugged, with a dust and moisture-resistant build to suit all-weather shooting. Much of this shooting can be done handheld too, as this camera also features built-in 5-Axis VR stabilisation. While the Z7II is noted for its still photography prowess, it is still a capable video performer, with 4K60p movies on offer, as well as 12-bit RAW video output. Once again, a 3.2-inch tilting LCD screen accompanies the camera’s high-res EVF, and dual memory card slots are available for file management.

Nikon Z5

  • 24.3MP FX-Format sensor
  • 4K UHD Video
  • 273-point Hybrid AF system
  • Built-in 5-AXIS VR Stabilisation
  • 4.5FPS Continuous Shooting

The Nikon Z5 makes it easier for entry-level photographers to enjoy the FX-format Mirrorless Z system, thanks to its more compact, travel-friendly design. Despite its portability, this camera still includes some of the key features that we love about this mirrorless range, such as a 24.3MP FX-format sensor, 4K video recording and a fast and accurate Hybrid AF system. To keep things portable, the Z5 has been redesigned compared to higher-end models in the range, with the enthusiast-friendly top LCD screen being sacrificed. This camera is tough despite its small stature, made from high-grade materials and featuring weather-sealing so you can use it confidently in various climates as you travel.

The Nikon Z5 is a great option if you enjoy doing much of your shooting handheld. It features an effective 5-axis VR stabilisation system, as well as a broad 100-51,200 ISO range which is capable of detailed, noise-free images throughout. The Nikon Z5 is not the most sports-friendly camera in the Z system, but its 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting rate is speedy enough for most daily subjects. Once again, high-quality vlogging is possible with this camera, thanks to its tilting and touch-sensitive LCD screen, microphone and headphone inputs, and dual memory card slots.

Nikon Z50

  • 20MP DX-Format sensor
  • 4K30p Video
  • 11FPS Continuous Shooting
  • 209-point Hybrid AF system

If, despite their relative portability, the full-frame Z system cameras still seem a little too bulky for your liking, the DX-format Z50 is just for you. This compact and lightweight Mirrorless camera features a 20MP DX-format image sensor, which is similar to the type found in Nikon’s entry-level DSLR range. Like those cameras, the Z50 is a great starting point for families that are looking to improve upon the quality of their smartphone or compact camera snaps, without blowing all of their budget.

Once again, the Z50 is suitable for both still and video shooting, with 11 frames per second continuous shooting, 4k30p video recording, and a fast and accurate 209-point hybrid AF system available to make the most of both. As well as being compatible with the full range of FX-format lenses, Nikon has produced some compact DX-format friendly zoom lenses that compliment the Z50 perfectly.

Nikon Z FC

  • 20.9MP DX-Format sensor
  • 4K30p Video
  • 11FPS Continuous Shooting
  • 209-point Hybrid AF system

Another DX-format option in the Nikon Z range, the Nikon Z FC is, like the Z50, an ideal option for beginners and those looking for a more compact mirrorless camera for travel purposes. The camera owes more than a little bit to classic Nikon cameras from days gone by, thanks to its leaning towards physical dials for key settings and its textured leather covering. A major selling point for the more stylish user will be the fact that this leather exterior is available in a range of eye-catching colours.

Many of the features and functions of the Z fc are familiar to the ones we highlighted in the Z50, including speedy continuous shooting, a fast hybrid AF system and 4K resolution video recording. While this mirrorless camera has been inspired physically by retro cameras, it fits snugly into what is required of a modern digital camera, from its advanced wireless connectivity, to its vlogging potential; the Nikon Z fc includes a tilting LCD screen, external microphone input, and USB charging and power delivery.


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As you will have noticed from this product roundup, the Nikon Z system is your answer to great photography and video results, whether you are a professional or just starting your love affair with photography.

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