Nikon Z6 Nature Photography
400mm f/2.8 ED FL
Please see the Nikon Z6 Camera review at the link below for the more comprehensive review with some comparisons to the Nikon D500. This article relates to the suitability as an outdoor nature camera.
Bottom Line up Front (BLUF): I have no hesitation recommending the Nikon Z6 to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded camera for Nature Photography. Because a lot of my time is spent outdoors doing nature photography I fully understand of the limits any cameras face in demanding lighting situations, extreme weather, or when the photographic situation rapidly change. The Nikon Z6 is fully capable and when you need to adjust your camera settings to meet your photographic challenges the Nikon Z6 makes that task quick and painless.
Being able to make quick adjustments to the Nikon Z6 in the field: Easy, you already know what type of photography you will be doing. With the Nikon Z6 you have a lot of options that are customizable and quickly accessible. You could set up a few custom profiles and save them to the U1-U3 positions and simply rotate the dial to access them. Or use the I menu to access your frequently used features.
The image quality of the Nikon Z6 is exceptional - offering high resolution good color rending images with the 24.5mp Backlighted Full Frame Sensor. Excellent image rendering at higher ISO, I would have never before used such high ISOs that now are usable while maintaining good image quality, I do not recall better image quality than the output of the Nikon Z6 is capable of. Along with the high dynamic range, you are almost always going to have images you can use for your day of shooting nature. We have all made those underexposed shots, it is best to avoid them but I know the images from the Z6 will pull up the shadows quite well this is good for other photography, not just nature. The Mallard photos show how much details were pull up from the shadows using this full cropped image.
How does the Nikon Z6 perform out in the wilds of Nature? You don't need to worry how it handles the elements that is for sure, this camera is top of the line in build quality and weather sealing and can go anyplace you go. For my outdoor nature photography, I find the Nikon Z6 to be a very compelling camera for all of my needs. I particularly appreciate the compact size and STELLAR images that are produced especially with the Native Z mount lens line up. Moving from a DSLR to this Nikon Z6 mirrorless takes some time to get accustomed to due to the fly by wire EVF. After a short period, it feels right at home in my camera bag, especially like the layout of everything.
Like the Nikon Z7 I appreciate user configurable settings for both stills and video shooters, you get 6 total dedicated with an I menu that is also configurable. User modes have three for stills and 3 for video and switching between them is seamless. The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 has the quickest access to settings.
Summary: If you have room in your camera bag and budget I would recommend a Nikon Z6 Mirrorless for your photographic needs!
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