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Nikon Z6 & Z7 full-frame mirrorless camera preview (vs Sony a7 III & a7R III, Nikon D750 & D850)

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Nikon’s full frame mirrorless camera is here, and it’s a breakthrough. Two models: the NIkon Z6 (http://sdp.io/z6, 24 megapixels, AA filter, 12 FPS), and NIkon Z7 …

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  1. I believe that the higher frame rate of the Z-cameras is misleading since it depends on locked exposure at the first frame. This might or might not be what the user wants. With AE the frame rate drops to 5.5fps.

  2. Hey there Tony…. Love your videos. From a video perspective, the new Z series body still only has a mini HDMI port, instead of a full size, as the GH-5 has. And no 4K at 60fps. And of course, no dual card slot. These are the 3 things why I will hold on to my GH5 for a while yet, until Nikon can catch up… Oh…!!! … always waiting for Nikon to catch up, on the video side. Love many other features, but as a professional, I must have the above features in video these days.

  3. Could Sony's new 53mmX40mm medium format sensor could fit into this camera body? Forward thinking for Nikon? Will their FF mirrorless lenses work with this size medium format as well? The interior diameter of Canon's EF mount is 54mm. Will that fit the new Sony medium format sensor as well?

  4. Tony, I work on the sets of TV & movie productions creating stills which will be used later to advertise and promote them. Due to the sensitive microphones being used to record the actors, I need a camera system that is totally and absolutely SILENT. Up to now, my Nikon film and digital cameras had to be enclosed in a heavy aluminum Jacobsen blimp that did the job at the expense of weight and zero ergonomics. Yuk!

    Nikon's literature says "almost silent". ! What in the heck does that mean???

    I have been waiting for a silent Nikon camera for my work. Is this the time to make the move?

    And, yes, as a pro working on movie/TV productions, I need dual slot recording because (of course) there is no way I can ever re-stage scenes with million-dollar actors if a card fails!

    Thank you.

    Terry Thomas…
    the photographer
    Atlanta, Georgia USA

  5. About only 1 recording slot –
    Nikon: really, how much thicker would the camera body have been if a second slot was included? 3mm? 4mm? 5mm? What?
    As Tony said, Nikon has lost a lot of their sales to working pros without a second recording slot. Big Mistake!

  6. I do agree with most of your assessments Tony. However I feel that the 'one card slot' has been quite dramatically exaggerated as a major issue with this and other cameras in general. It is true the card may fail, but that chance is not greater than you getting hit by felling tile while filming/shooting at that deadly decisive wedding event .. please, do agree! … in my experience as a photographer I had more than 600 000 shots since the beginning of the dslr age ( yes … that's correct Six hundred thousand ) without a single issue with any of my cards …. NONE … . During that period of 17 years I had been shot once with a rifle, had two major car accidents , one dramatic crocodile attack while paddling a kayak and I lost half of my relatives due to natural death ….

  7. What about the latest connectivity?I believe Nikon is leading the way and using the dual band ac wireless protocol for faster transfer speeds from this camera to any device. So XQD is 400mbs and makes those bigger raw files transfer 4 times faster, finally! It's used on all high end smartphones.

  8. A card fail happens from bad handling and also from EOL (end of life) of the product:

    1. bad handling – it happens when you remove the card before the operating system on the camera had finished writing the file (that also can cause the breaking of the entire file system, not only the image that was in the process of saving), or correctly "closing the system file" (that means unmounting the card). Always remove/insert the card when the camera is off and start a new session with a freshly formatted card;

    2. end of life – any card has a limited number of writing/erasing cycles. When that ends, you need a new card. It would be ideal for the manufacturer to specify this number of cycles, that would help somehow preventing the failure and allowing the user to get a new card before the disaster.

    Of course, we are talking about a proven brand.

  9. Question – can you automatically copy all files from Nikon Z to, say, a laptop/iPad/iPhone while shooting, in the background? Nikon Z does have thethering over WiFi, can hyou use it to backup photos like chrome OS does it? this would solve the issue of single card slot everybody is complaining about.

  10. Watch out about silent mode. I just did a wedding on the a7riii in silent mode. Inside the church and another location, the LED lights interferes with the silent shutter and left me with banding going through most of my pics. That caused a tone of time on post production. Asked on forums about it. It was something todo with the light frequency and the rolling electric shutter of silent mode.

    Never gonna use silent mode again. Too risky….

  11. A couple of years ago I cam close, and I mean really close, to buying the latest Sony A7R or whatever, but two things stopped me. First, I do a lot of aerial, and the electric viewfinder doesn't works as well for really active fast frame and focus sort of stuff, which is something I found hard to explain, but the main reason I didn't buy the Sony was because my first digital camera was a Sony video camera that could take 1MP photos-with a wide angle lens attachment, it worked great, but then it broke. It had a problem with a ribbon cable on the pop-out video screen, which should have been repairable, and Sony said they could repair it, but there didn't really want tooooo, it would take months, cost hundreds if not over a thousand dollars, and it was explained to me that the camera was intended to be basically a consumer grade camera which was intended to be more or less disposable and they recommended that I use the situation as my opportunity to go out and buy the latest Sony product, which is what I did. Except I got a Nikon that did stills since I had other stuff that would do vids. The idea that a camera that I had to pay $ 2,700 for was considered by the people who made it as 'disposable' was translated in my mind as 'cheap consumer grade piece of crap' or more accurately as 'I got F—k'd by Sony'. Also, I had an issue with a Sony Trinitron TV and Sony quit letting local repair shops repair their TV's any I was going to have to ship this 36 inch, as I recall, TV by freight to I thnk California, to get a simple repair broken switch. AND I had gone thru the whole Betamax experience where I spent years producing a ton of content on beta and if you shot Sony, which was pretty high quality, you had to use their special media that cost two or three times as much and could not be used on anybody else's hardware and had to be dumped and presumably lost or copied with quality loss when Sony service got to be soooo bad and competing products sooo good that we had to switch, and then I went thru it AGAIN with my 1MP Sony camera thay they considered disposable because it required Sony 'memory sticks' whcih were total crap, cost two or three times as much as other media, and didn't work with anything else, took a special adapter to be read by a computer. So I'm sort of turned off of SOny, but the A7R and the various 2 and 3 versions are super great according to everything I hear, but I don't actually know anybody who has one, and I've never seen anybody stumble thru town doing what I do who was using one. Which also tells me something. I am, however, amazed at just how close I came to buying one, tho.

    Sorry for the rant on that. I probably won't buy the Nikon Z until I see how other people get along with it. And I would like to see if they come out with an adapter that would allow using old Minolta lenses on it. Where I was wanting to go with it was to wonder if the values of the D850 or the D800 / D810 might be affected by this new Nikon Z series, if the effect will be immediate or if it will take a couple of years. I seem to get along well with my trusty and surprisingly durable D300 pair, but there is an ad agency here in town that is tryhing to sell me their used pair of D810 bodies, and they have them fairly priced, not firesale, but fair, but I wonder if I should wait ??? Anybody have and ideas or past experienced that might help??

  12. Nikon and Canon need to take a step back. Here's what I mean. When the camera industry went to Digital format, that shift changed everything, including the basic design of DSLR. Some camera manufacturers thought out of the box and realized do we really need a mirror? Also, the camera body became a fully functioning "computer" – with I/O, memory buffers, CPUs, software/firmware, etc. Because of that, knowledgeable photographers started to realize that building a "solid" camera system wasn't enough. They wanted camera manufacturers to explore and innovate many new features that could be "programmed" into the camera. When you think of features like AEF (Auto Eye Focus), it captured the attention of many photographers and they started asking the question, "What cameras systems offer this feature and how good is it?" Also, when you think of the touch-screen, many photographers couldn't understand why camera manufacturers were so slow in bringing this to market (given that smart phones and tablets had this feature for many years before camera companies in general). Camera companies have been slow to provide fully functioning touch screens that control the menu and NOT just the focusing. What I'm saying is this – and it's the obvious. Photographers are going to gravitate to camera manufactures that innovate and consistently provide [and improve] great features, features that allow the photographer to concentrate more on capturing great pictures. And, because camera bodies are "computers", there will never be an end to even greater innovations, not to mention the possibilities that occur when sensor technology take a leap forward! The moral of this story is that camera manufacturers have got to change their internal structure and outlook if they want to survive the onslaught of aggressive competitors who understand the landscape of digital photography and all that this implies. Nikon "seems" to want to carry on using the same model of innovation as they did in the film days and that could be disastrous for them! It is going to be very interesting to see what Canon releases in terms of FF mirrorless.

  13. I'm excited for Nikon to be finally making a play in the mirroless game, I am a sole Nikon user and have been using it for years however going from a 2 card slot DSLR to one card slot mirroless is ludacris Tony is right, this camera has been marketed to the professionals in the industry who know what they are doing with a camera.not casual snappers, especially if you are going to spend $2000+ on it! you Peace of mind knowing that your event or wedding shots are backed up is insurance for when something unexpectedly happens! my cards have never failed but I refuse to pay that price for a single card slot system. (seatbelt click*)

  14. It is cool you have 3 FF mirrorless camera systems (Sony, Nikon and Canon) to compare now that the EOS R will be out. Maybe 4 with Panasonic. Look forward to your reviews on all of these systems.

  15. i wish it would be possible to plug in an external hard drive via USB into the Z6/7 and then write the images simultaneously to the SD card and the hard drive. I wouldnt mind having to put a small hard drive in my pocket.

  16. Three weeks later, and after seeing Canon's competitor, I think these and the Canon are a start in a direction, but not intended to replace current products. After the early adopters find all the bugs, and the features added and missing are rated by the public, a pro model will come out with 2 card slots. An F mount adapter with a focus motor and AI coupling ring will join it, as many pros still use the older lenses.
    My guess at a price point is about $5k for the camera, and $500 for the adapter, with it being sold for less in a package deal.
    Meanwhile as people move up, they will be selling their old AI and AF(D) lenses as they do not work 100%. More cheap glass for me 🙂

  17. For all of you so scared of card failure, you should start using WIFI backup to a on site NAS or server…
    you cant talk about redundance if you don't do that… and for the 700 or so dollar for the Nikon transmitter you have a 150-200 metre range…
    Why do I never see anyone talking saftety and redundance write about this type of set up?

  18. Goddamn vloggers and their narcissism. If we reduced the number of flippy screens out there, maybe vloggers would start pointing the lens at the subject they were reviewing rather than at their own face. If I want to learn about a camera, for example, I want to see close-ups of the camera. It doesn't help me to look at the narrator's face.

  19. ALL photographic brands are excellent and produce great results- just look at the work produced by artists using a particular brand on the manufacturer websites. Personally for me, I love using my incredible Olympus Pen-F and the awesome Zuiko glass but its not for everyone. It's not about the camera or silly arguments about sensor size. The important question is this- What camera or brand brings you JOY and is not a hassle or burdensome to your creative vision? Read the article in Lens Work magazine by Guy Gal entitled- "Prioritize your Joys". Superb article.

  20. I am by no means a professional photographer so the one card slot won't sway me one way or another. I currently have a D7000 and will be upgrading my camera (finally) during Black Friday. I am torn between the Z6, the A7iii and the D750. First, will the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 G2 for the DSLR work just as well on the Z6 (with the adapter)? And lastly and most importantly, What camera should I buy? VERY CONFUSED….

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