Nikon announces mirrorless Z6 II and Z7 II with 4K/60P and dual card slots

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Overnight, Nikon have officially announced the Nikon Z6 and Z7 II mirrorless full-frame cameras, which bring a number of largely iterative updates to last year's Z6 and Z7.

As expected, there's almost nothing to tell the new cameras apart from the first generation models, with the improvements largely focused under the hood.

This includes faster performance thanks to a second Expeed 6 processor in each camera, which Nikon says improves continuous shooting capabilities. The 24.5-megapixel Z6 II can fire away at 14 frames per second, while the 45.7-megapixel Z7 II tops out at 10fps.

There are improvements to the cameras' autofocus, with face and eye-detect autofocus (along with animal detect AF) now available in wide-area AF mode (it was limited to only full auto area AF before). Nikon says low-light AF has also seen a boost, down to -4.5EV.

Video specs have received a minor upgrade, with 4K video recording at 60fps and 10-bit N-Log (or HLG if you’re using an external recorder). 

However, if you're a Z6 II owner you'll need to be patient as Nikon says it won't be ready until a firmware update in February 2021. On the Z7 II, there is a 1.08x crop when recording 4K 60. 

Finally there's dual card slots too, with both cameras now featuring one XQD/CFexpress card slot and one UHS-II SD card slot, and there's also the addition of contacts for a battery grip, which will be released alongside the cameras.

The MB-N11 grip features an additional control wheel and shutter button, and takes two batteries. 

And for now, that's pretty much it. The Z6 II and Z7 II have the same sensors, EVF and vari-angle LCD, so if you were hanging out for improvements to these you may be a little disappointed.

The new Z 6II and Z 7II will be available in November and December, respectively, with preorders of the Z6 II receiving a bonus FTZ Adapter and EN-ELI5c Battery, and the Z 7II a SB 5000 Speedlight and EN-ELI5c Battery. 

No pricing was confirmed by Nikon, but the Z6 II looks like it will retail for around $3,499 AUD (body only), and the Z7 II $5,499 AUD, about a $1,000 premium over the Z7. 

You can find out more about the new cameras at Nikon.

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