The Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera was released in November of 2018 with a lot of anticipation from the photography community. The specs are impressive but come with a professional price tag. Costing between $2599.99 and $2799.99 in Canada for the body alone it certainly isn’t a purchase to make without consideration. The cost is certainly justified by its capabilities though.
12FPS Burst Shooting
4K Video Capture
30P, 60P and 120P Slow Motion
Battery Reportedly Lasts Around 600 Shots
Wifi & Bluetooth Sharing
Now some of those features don’t really aid in the functionality of the camera and realistically just increase the price tag and repair costs. Having a touch screen on a camera may seem convenient, but in cold weather conditions the screen becomes difficult to use and inconvenient for the user. Bluetooth and Wifi sharing has always seemed to be a limited use feature to me, but that is pure opinion. I’ve always thought of it as a simple way to increase the price of the unit.
Now when it comes to video, the battery life is extremely limited, coming in at under 18 minutes until having to change out batteries. To put that in perspective, if you were working with a model doing outdoor shoots with multiple locations, you would need to bring three or four batteries with you. Not a deal breaker, but certainly inconvenient. There is only one card slot, which again is not a deal breaker, but is also an inconvenience for the photographer.
Moving onto the better aspects of the camera, the pictures taken are in stunning clarity and many auto focus and light modes that facilitate its use for newer photographers. So overall, I would say yes, the camera is worth it’s price, but should not be purchased without thinking it over.
Now if the price tag is intimidating, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i is a great option with a much lower cost, $749.99 for the body alone. Below are comparisons between the Canon and the Nikon.
As you can see the basic functions and specs are incredibly close, the biggest difference lies in the ISO range, where Nikon is a mile ahead. Otherwise the Canon is a much more affordable camera with a wider selection of directly attachable lenses without using any conversion rings.
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