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Nikon Z6 III Comparison Review

The Nikon Z6 III is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was revealed to the public in June 2024 and is equipped with a full frame sensor. It offers a resolution of 24.3 megapixel.

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Is the Nikon Z6 III a good camera? The Z6 III has a Camera Elo of 3208. This very strong rating puts it among the elite group of camera grand masters. The Z6 III ranks among the top 10 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (full frame cameras), the Z6 III also ranks among the top 10 percent.

Headline Specifications
Nikon Z6 III
Mirrorless system camera
Nikon Z mount lenses
24.3 MP, Full Frame Sensor
6K/60p Video
ISO 100 - 64 000 (50 - 204 800)
Electronic viewfinder (5760k dots)
3.2 LCD, 2100k dots
Swivel touchscreen
14 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilization
Weathersealed body
380 shots per battery charge
139 x 102 x 74 mm, 670 g

Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

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Body comparison with a credit card

An illustration of the physical dimensions of the Nikon Z6 III vis-à-vis a credit card is provided in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Nikon Z6 III vs credit card front
Z6 III versus credit card top view
Z6 III and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Nikon Z6 III alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon Z6 III 139 mm 102 mm 74 mm 670 g 380 Y Jun 2024 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
2.
 
Canon R6 Mark II 138 mm 98 mm 88 mm 670 g 450 Y Nov 2022 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
3.
 
Fujifilm X-H2S 136 mm 93 mm 85 mm 660 g 580 Y May 2022 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
4.
 
Nikon Z5 134 mm 101 mm 67 mm 675 g 470 Y Jul 2020 US$ 1 399 amazon.com
5.
 
Nikon Z6 134 mm 101 mm 67 mm 675 g 310 Y Aug 2018 US$ 1 999ebay.com
6.
 
Nikon Z6 II 134 mm 101 mm 70 mm 705 g 410 Y Oct 2020 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
7.
 
Nikon Z7 II 134 mm 101 mm 70 mm 705 g 420 Y Oct 2020 US$ 2 999 amazon.com
8.
 
Nikon Zf 144 mm 103 mm 49 mm 710 g 380 Y Sep 2023 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
9.
 
OM System OM-1 135 mm 92 mm 73 mm 599 g 520 Y Feb 2022 US$ 2 199ebay.com
10.
 
OM System OM-1 II 135 mm 92 mm 73 mm 599 g 500 Y Jan 2024 US$ 2 399 amazon.com
11.
 
Panasonic GH7 138 mm 100 mm 100 mm 805 g 380 Y Jun 2024 US$ 2 199 amazon.com
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Nikon Z6 III was launched in the US market at a price of $2,499. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Nikon Z6 III features a full frame sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Nikon Z6 III among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality.

Nikon Z6 III sensor measures

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Nikon Z6 III Full Frame 24.3 6048 40246K/60p25.414.8331897
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Canon R6 Mark II Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004k/60p25.414.6315496
3.
 
Fujifilm X-H2S APS-C 26.0 6240 41606.2k/30p24.313.9222486
4.
 
Nikon Z5 Full Frame 24.2 6016 40164K/30p25.314.3292995
5.
 
Nikon Z6 Full Frame 24.3 6048 40244K/30p25.314.3329995
6.
 
Nikon Z6 II Full Frame 24.3 6048 40244K/60p25.014.4330394
7.
 
Nikon Z7 II Full Frame 45.4 8256 55044K/60p26.314.72841100
8.
 
Nikon Zf Full Frame 24.3 6048 40244K/60p25.414.7324396
9.
 
OM System OM-1 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p23.413.4155377
10.
 
OM System OM-1 II Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/60p23.413.6174978
11.
 
Panasonic GH7 Four Thirds 25.0 5776 43365.7K/60p23.413.6178478
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The Z6 III indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the Z6 III can use is 6K/60p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the Z6 III has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 5760k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.80x. The following tables report on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Nikon Z6 III and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Nikon Z6 III5760 Y3.2 / 2100 swivel Y 1/8000s 14.0/s n Y
2.
 
Canon R6 Mark II3690 n3.0 / 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0/s n Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X-H2S5760 Y3.0 / 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 15.0/s n Y
4.
 
Nikon Z53690 n3.2 / 1040 tilting Y 1/8000s 4.5/s n Y
5.
 
Nikon Z63690 Y3.2 / 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 12.0/s n Y
6.
 
Nikon Z6 II3690 Y3.2 / 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 14.0/s n Y
7.
 
Nikon Z7 II3690 Y3.2 / 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0/s n Y
8.
 
Nikon Zf3690 n3.2 / 2100 swivel Y 1/8000s 14.0/s n Y
9.
 
OM System OM-15760 n3.0 / 1640 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0/s n Y
10.
 
OM System OM-1 II5760 n3.0 / 1640 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0/s n Y
11.
 
Panasonic GH73680 n3.0 / 1840 full-flex Y 1/8000s 14.0/s n Y
Note: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.

The LCD screen on the Nikon Z6 III is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is hinged on the side and can be flipped out for odd-angle shots in both portrait and landscape orientation. Also, this fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment is often appreciated by videographers for its flexibility. Moreover, v-loggers like the design because the screen can be turned to be front-facing.

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Flexible screen on the Z6 III

One useful feature of the Z6 III is a presence of a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

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Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon Z6 III and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Nikon Z6 IIIYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
2.
 
Canon R6 Mark IIYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X-H2SYstereo / monoYYfull3.0Y-Y
4.
 
Nikon Z5Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
5.
 
Nikon Z6Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Nikon Z6 IIYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon Z7 IIYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
8.
 
Nikon ZfYstereo / monoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
9.
 
OM System OM-1Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.0Y-Y
10.
 
OM System OM-1 IIYstereo / monoYYmicro3.0Y-Y
11.
 
Panasonic GH7Ystereo / monoYYfull3.2Y-Y

It is notable that the Z6 III has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

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Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the Z6 III handle or perform in practice. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is why expert reviews are important. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price
Street
Price
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Nikon Z6 III............ Jun 2024 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
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Canon R6 Mark II5/5+ +4.5/591/1004.5/55/5 Nov 2022 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
3.
 
Fujifilm X-H2S5/5+5/590/1005/55/5 May 2022 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
4.
 
Nikon Z54/5..4/589/1004.5/54/5 Jul 2020 US$ 1 399 amazon.com
5.
 
Nikon Z65/5..5/589/1004.5/55/5 Aug 2018 US$ 1 999ebay.com
6.
 
Nikon Z6 II4.5/5..4/589/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2020 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
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Nikon Z7 II4.5/5..4.5/5..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2020 US$ 2 999 amazon.com
8.
 
Nikon Zf4.5/5..4.5/590/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2023 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
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OM System OM-15/5....87/1005/54.5/5 Feb 2022 US$ 2 199ebay.com
10.
 
OM System OM-1 II............ Jan 2024 US$ 2 399 amazon.com
11.
 
Panasonic GH7............ Jun 2024 US$ 2 199 amazon.com
Note: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Nikon Z6 III FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the Z6 III.

What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the Nikon Z6 III?

The camera is build around a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used in the Nikon Z6 III to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Nikon equipped the Z6 III with the EXPEED 7 image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Nikon Z6 III?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 64000, which can be extended to ISO 50-204800.

Does the Nikon Z6 III have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the Z6 III is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Nikon Z6 III?

Nikon mentions a shutter rating of 200 000 actuations for the Z6 III. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the Z6 III over, say, three years, one would have to take about 200 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my Nikon Z6 III?

Nikon embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your Z6 III has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Nikon Z6 III?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences with the Nikon Z6 III?

No, the Nikon Z6 III has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Nikon Z6 III?

The Z6 III offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Nikon Z6 III feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Nikon Z6 III for flash photography?

The Z6 III's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Does the Nikon Z6 III support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).

Which battery does the Nikon Z6 III use?

The camera gets its power from the Nikon EN-EL15c (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Is there a vertical grip available for the Nikon Z6 III?

Yes, Nikon offers the MB-N14 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Nikon Z6 III
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Nikon Z mount lenses
    Launch Date June 2024
    Launch Price USD 2 499
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 35.9 x 23.9 mm
    Sensor Area 858 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.1 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 24.3 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6 048 x 4 024 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.94 μm
    Pixel Density 2.84 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 6K/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 64 000 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 204 800 ISO
    Image Processor EXPEED 7
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.80x
    Viewfinder Resolution 5760k dots
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.2 inch
    LCD Resolution 2100k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 14 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy200 000 actuations
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CFexB or SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Dual card slots
    UHS card support UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.2
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type Nikon EN-EL15c power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)380 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 139 x 102 x 74 mm
    (5.5 x 4.0 x 2.9 in)
    Camera Weight 670 g (23.6 oz)

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