For years, I have been taking photographs using my Nikon D700. These days, mirrorless full-frame cameras seem to be the trend. Unable to resist my curiosity – and mainly drawn towards the lightweight build – I have bought a Nikon Z6 with little or no expectation. Here are my quick observations.
Click here to view the full album. There is no Photoshop. Just cropping and fine-tuning via Capture NX-D software. That is to say, what you see is what you can get straight from the camera.
- I am impressed by the photo quality. Superb ISO range. Starting to fall in love with the 35mm f/1.8 Z mount lens. The camera body is made in Japan. But the lens is made in China.
- Lightweight. I can even take pictures with one hand!
- Lesser physical buttons compared to D700. Hence, need to get used to the in-camera menu and touchscreen LCD.
- I use the electronic viewfinder and immediately feel at home. My wife prefers LCD (that can be pulled out for food shots!).
- Able to wirelessly transfer the photos into my wired computer. No cable is required.
- Z6 photos cannot be exported through Capture NX-2, which is a shame. Because I have the Color Efex Pro plug-in.
- Capture NX-D is a nightmare to use.
- Lightroom is an option (gosh, I hate Adobe’s hard sell for monthly or yearly subscription … and no, I don’t need your cloud). But I still prefer Capture NX-D.
- Battery life is pretty poor, which is expected. There is a heavy reliance on the LCD so as to navigate the various menu options.
- So far, no regret. I have also purchased the FTZ mount. I shall test out the Z6 with my legacy F mount lenses.