Nikon Z5 vs. Nikon Z6 comparisons

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The first Nikon Z5 vs. Nikon Z6 comparison is from Adorama:

Specification
Nikon Z 5
Nikon Z 6
Megapixel 24.3MP 24.5MP
Sensor Type & Size 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm FX Sensor 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm FX Sensor
ISO Sensitivity 100–51,200 Native ISO 100–51,200 Native ISO
AF System 273-point AF System 273-point AF System
Shutter Speed Range 30-1/8000 sec 30-1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 4.5 fps 12 fps
Video 4K Ultra HD/30p; 1080 at 60p 4K Ultra HD/30p; 1080 at 120p
Display 3.2-inch (1.04M dots) tilting TFT, touch-sensitive LCD 3.2-inch (2.1M dots) tilting TFT, touch-sensitive LCD
AF Features Eye AF for People and Animals Eye AF for People and Animals
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.3 in. (134 mm) x 4.0 in. (100.5 mm) x 2.8 in. (69.5 mm) 5.3 in. (134 mm) x 4 in. (100.5 mm) x 2.7 in. (67.5 mm)
Weight 20.9 oz. (590 g) 20.7 oz. (585 g)
Storage Media Dual SD Card Slots CFexpress (Type B); XQD Type Memory
Price (Body Only) $1396.95 $1796.95

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Nikon Z5 vs. Nikon Z6 comparison based on the information provided by Nikon:

Nikon Z5

Nikon Z6

Type
Mirrorless Mirrorless
Lens mount
Nikon Z mount Nikon Z mount
Effective angle of view
FX FX (full-frame)
Image sensor
CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Total pixels
24.93 million 25.28 million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required) Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D); image sensor cleaning.
Effective pixels
24.3 million 24.5 million
Image size
[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area: (L)6016 x 4016 (24.2 million), (M)4512 x 3008 (13.6 million), (S)3008 x 2008 (6.0 million); [DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area: (L)3936 x 2624 (10.3 million), (M)2944 x 1968 (5.8 million), (S)1968 x 1312 (2.6 million); [1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area: (L)4016 x 4016 (16.1 million), (M)3008 x 3008 (9.0 million), (S)2000 x 2000 (4.0 million); [16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area: (L)6016 x 3384 (20.4 million), (M)4512 x 2536 (11.4 million), (S)3008 x 1688 (5.1 million); Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160; Photographs taken while filming movies at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080 FX (36x24) image area
(L) 6048 x 4024 ( 24.3 million), (M) 4528 x 3016 ( 13.7 million), (S) 3024 x 2016 ( 6.1 million).
DX (24x16) image area
(L) 3936 x 2624 ( 10.3 million), (M) 2944 x 1968 ( 5.8 million), (S) 1968 x 1312 ( 2.6 million).
1 : 1 (24x24) image area
(L) 4016 x 4016 ( 16.1 million), (M) 3008 x 3008 ( 9.0 million), (S) 2000 x 2000 ( 4.0 million).
16 : 9 (36x20) image area
(L) 6048 x 3400 ( 20.6 million), (M) 4528 x 2544 ( 11.5 million),(S) 3024 x 1696 ( 5.1 million).
Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160
Photographs taken during movie recording at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080
Storage file formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed or compressed), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed); large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression).
TIFF (RGB).
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available.
NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats.
Picture Control System
Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat.
Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls.
Storage media
2 Secure Digital (SD) cards, the card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards. --
File system
DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31 DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge
Viewfinder
1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls 1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED with color balance and auto and 11-level manual brightness controls
Frame coverage
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification
Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-¹) Approx. 0.8× (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint
21 mm (-1.0 m-¹; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens) 21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment
-4 to +2 m-¹ -4 to +2 m-1
Eye sensor
Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays Automatically switches between monitor and viewfinder displays
Compatible lenses
Z mount NIKKOR lenses F mount NIKKOR lenses (mount adapter required; restrictions may apply) Z mount NIKKOR lenses. F mount NIKKOR lenses with mount adapter; restrictions may apply.
Shutter type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter.
Shutter speed
1/8000 to 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV), bulb, time, X200 1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X200
Flash sync speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; auto FP high-speed sync supported X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
Release mode
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Self-timer Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, high-speed continuous (extended), self-timer
Frame advance rate
Continuous L: Approx. 1 to 4 fps; Continuous H: Approx. 4.5 fps (Maximum frame advance rate as measured by in-house tests.) Up to 12 fps. Low-speed continuous: 1 to 5 fps. High-speed continuous: 5.5 fps. High-speed continuous (extended): 12 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW: 9 fps)
Self-timer
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Exposure metering
TTL metering using camera image sensor TTL exposure metering
Metering method
Matrix metering Center-weighted metering: weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame Spot metering: meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point Highlight-weighted metering Matrix metering.
Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; weighting can instead be based on average of entire frame.
Spot metering: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point.
Highlight-weighted metering.
Metering range
-3 to +17 EV (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) –4 to +17 EV (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Mode
Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual U1, U2 and U3: user settings modes Auto; programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); user settings (U1, U2, U3)
Exposure compensation
–3 to +3 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in modes P, S, A, and M –5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A, and M
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value Luminosity locked at detected value
ISO sensitivity
ISO 100 to 51200, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2EV, can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available ISO 100 to 51200
Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200
auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Multiple exposure
Add, average, lighten, darken Add, average, lighten, darken
Other options
HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction HDR (high dynamic range), photo mode flicker reduction
Autofocus
Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist 273 points (phase-detection, in single-point AF) / 90% coverage vertically & horizontally.
Detection range
-3 to +19 EV,³ Without low-light AF: -2 – +19 EV -2 to +19 EV (-4 to +19 EV with low-light AF)
Lens servo
Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking, Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used Autofocus (AF):
Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), full-time AF (AF-F; available only in movie mode); predictive focus tracking.
Manual focus (M):
Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus points
273 (Number of focus points available in photo mode with single-point AF selected for AF-area mode and FX selected for image area) 273 (single-point AF)
AF-area mode
Pinpoint (available in photo mode only), single-point, and dynamic-area AF (available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF Pinpoint, single-point, and dynamic-area AF (pinpoint and dynamic-area AF available in photo mode only); wide-area AF (S); wide-area AF (L); auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF-S) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Camera VR
5-axis image sensor shift 5-axis image sensor shift
Lens VR
Lens shift (available with VR lenses) Lens shift (available with VR lenses)
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering
Flash modes
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation
-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, available in modes P, S, A, and M -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV available in modes P, S, A, and M
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes as underexposure warning after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System
i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
White balance
Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning except choose color temperature Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all except choose color temperature with fine-tuning
Bracketing types
Exposure and/or flash, white balance, ADL Exposure,  Flash,  White balance,  ADL
Movie - metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor, TTL metering using camera image sensor TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - metering method
Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Movie - frame size and frame rate
3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 30p (progressive)/25p/24p; 1920 x 1080: 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p.
1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p.
1920×1080 (slow-mo); 30p ×4, 25p ×4, 24p ×5.
Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo, when quality is fixed at high.
Movie - file format
MOV, MP4 MOV ,  MP4
Movie - video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording format
Linear PCM (for movies recorded in MOV format), AAC (for movies recorded in MP4 format) Linear PCM ,  AAC
Movie - audio recording device
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
Movie - ISO sensitivity
M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 25600; choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) available with selectable upper limit P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) with selectable upper limit; Auto: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 25600) Auto: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 51200).
P, S, A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit.
M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 51200.
Movie - Active D-Lighting
Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off Can be selected from Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Movie - Other options
Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes Time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, movie log output (N-Log)
Monitor
8-cm (3.2–in.) diagonal; Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls; Approx.1040k-dot 8 -cm ( 3.2 –in.) diagonal. Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 11-level manual brightness controls. Approx. 2100 k-dot.
Playback
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, and picture rating Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating, and auto image rotation.
USB
Type C connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended Type C connector (SuperSpeed USB). Connection to built-in USB port is recommended.
HDMI output
Type C HDMI connector Type C HDMI connector
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported) Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter) Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Accessory terminal(s)
Built-in (can be used with MC-DC2 remote cords and other optional accessories) Can be used with MC-DC2 and other optional accessories
Wi-Fi standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac
Wi-Fi operating frequency
2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) 2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180 to 5320 MHz
Wi-Fi maximum output power
0.7 dBm 2.4 GHz band: 7.0 dBm. 5 GHz band: 12.1 dBm
Wi-Fi security
Open system, WPA2-PSK Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth standards
Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2, Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth: –4.8 dBm Bluetooth Low Energy: –6.3 dBm; Approximately 10 m (32 ft)⁶ Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2
Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz. Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz
Maximum output power (EIRP): Bluetooth: 1.9 dBm. Bluetooth Low Energy: 0.4 dBm
Battery
One EN-EL15c rechargeable Li-ion battery⁷ One EN-EL15b rechargeable Li-ion battery; EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 can also be used, but note that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge and that charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL15b batteries only
Battery pack
MB-N10 battery pack (available separately); takes two EN-EL15c⁸ batteries --
AC adapter
EH-7P charging AC adapter (available separately); EH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter, requires EP-5B power connector (available separately) EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter (requires EP-5B power connector, which is available separately)
Tripod socket
1/4–in. (ISO 1222) 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions
Approx. 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mm (5.3 x 4.0 x 2.8 in.) Approx. 134 x 100.5 x 67.5 mm ( 5.3 x 4 x 2.7 in.)
Weight
Approx. 675 g (1 lb. 7.9 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 590 g/1 lb. 4.9 oz. (camera body only) Approx. 675 g (1 lb. 7.9 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 585 g/1 lb. 4.7 oz. (camera body only)
Operating environment - temperature
0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity
85% or less (no condensation) 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories
BF-N1 Body Cap, DK-29 Rubber Eyecup (comes attached to camera), EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion, Battery with terminal cover, MH-25a Battery Charger (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), AN-DC19 Strap, UC-E24 USB Cable, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover BF-N1 Body Cap, DK-29 Rubber Eyecup (comes attached to camera), EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion, Battery with terminal cover, MH-25a Battery Charger (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), AN-DC19 Strap, HDMI/USB Cable Clip, UC-E24 USB Cable, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover.
Card slot
-- 1 XQD card
Exposure meter coupling
-- CPU
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range
-- Approximately 10 m (32 ft) without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles
Supported languages
-- Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Greek, French, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Arabic

**Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
**Refer to the product manual or the Compatible Lenses Specification for additional details.

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