The Nikon Z50 and Z6 are both excellent options for mirrorless cameras from Nikon’s vast and impressive range. The Z50 is the newer model from the two as it was in 2019 whereas the Z6 is a 2018 model. Both have quite a range of features and today we will be comparing them based on a few important considerations.
First, we are going to provide our readers with an overview of the main features that each product has and then we will compare based on lenses, size, weight, LCD, battery life, price, and other additional features as well.
Nikon Z50 DX-format Mirrorless Camera
Looking at the Z50 in our review of the Nikon Z50 vs. Z6, we see that this device is one of the most lightweight offerings from the Nikon brand. It is intended to be compact and has been constructed to be quite the sturdy camera especially since it is a mirrorless design. It has quite a few features when it comes to its lens compatibility as users will be able to use most Nikon 55 mm lens along, Nikon Z lenses, and F Mount NIKKOR Lenses.
However, this will require users to purchase an FTZ mount adapter. This will also be sold separately so that will become an extra cost to incur. This is one of the first few mirrorless DX-format cameras that is compatible with a larger 55mm lens but this does ensure that you can get excellent performance even in dimly lit situations.
The reason why you can easily get such a high-quality image result and performance is partly due to the inclusion of an impressive 20.9 MP sensor. This also ensures that users will be able to make blur-free and faster video footage as well. It claims to provide clear and vibrant performance with the use of 4K UHD video features.
This is the best camera for younger people or Vloggers because the special LCD that is integrated can be flipped down to get into a selfie mode. It makes looking at yourself much easier and makes for a more interactive video experience. The Z50 also can be connected to your smartphone via the use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features that are built-in.
Moving onto the next contender we have for today, we are looking at the Nikon Z6. This device comes with a versatile full-frame Z mount so that you can have a camera experience that is enhanced with better optical performance. The autofocus system on this camera is quite impressive as it uses phase-detection technology. This device also a 273-Point on-sensor so naturally making videos with this device is quicker and more seamless.
For the image sensor, it comes fitted with their own Nikon patented one that offers 24. 5MP and is backside illuminated. This will ensure that even if you are working in a dimly-lit area, you will not have any trouble because the BSI will work to increase the capturing of light inside the camera.
Like we mentioned, this camera does quite well with video. However, it has different frame rates for different resolutions. So while it does offer higher settings such as a 4K HD video or a 6K time-lapse for example, it also offers 12 fps and a 1080P/120Fps slow-motion option as well. This will depend quite a bit on the requirement of the situation and the light. In terms of the lens options available for this product, it can be used with all over 360 F-mount NIKKOR lenses and NIKKOR Z lenses.
So with our product features overview out of the way, we are now moving on discussing the main features we highlighted in a side by side format. This will enable our users to get a better idea of the product’s features in comparison to the other.
Build and weight
This will forever be the most important question apart from the cost in our opinion because you do not want a camera that will weigh you down! You want swift mobility and ease of maneuverability. So when it comes to the Nikon Z50 vs. Z6, the Z50 weighs approximately 397 g while the Nikon Z6 comes in at 675 g. These dimensions and weight are with both the camera batteries included! So, as you can see, there is a marked difference between the size and weight of each of our options for today.
This difference is also clearly represented when you look at the two in real life. The Z50 looks smaller in comparison to the Z6 especially since it has a body that is narrower, shorter, and much sleeker in style. The reason why this is an important feature is that you are the one who will be carrying the camera all day and as technology advances, we expect our devices to get smaller and more compact.
Both of these devices are good in their own right and as we will find out towards the end, they offer quite a different experience in terms of features. When it comes to weight, the Z50 is the definite winner because this is the lighter option.
However, to each, their own and the size difference does not disqualify the Z6 from the race. If you are someone who will not be traveling a lot or will not mind a heavier option, then the Z6 has quite a few merits. We will get to these shortly.
Whenever we discuss the weight of a camera, we have to remember that even with the batteries included, the product might be advertised and sold without a lens attached. This means you might not get an accurate depiction of what the exact weight of your final product will be. This is why it is also necessary to figure out exactly what lenses are compatible with both cameras.
However, in this regard, the Z50 is the clear winner once again. This is because it comes fitted with an APS-C sensor that is more compact. Ultimately, what this means is that you will be able to fit in with smaller lenses. On the other side of things, the Nikon Z6 comes fitted with a larger Full frame sensor so naturally, the lenses will also be larger.
As we outlined in the features overview earlier, the Nikon Z50 offers a much nicer LCD screen as it can tilt up and down completely. This ensures you can turn it towards yourself for easy vlogging and selfies. The Z50 does have a tilt option but this is not as flexible as its contender.
Looking at the discussion of the Nikon Z50 vs Z6, we see that the screen of the Z6 provides a higher resolution quality. Both have screens of the same size and at 3.2-inches, these are pretty good. The Z50 offers a 1040K-dot resolution and the Z6 has a 2100K resolution display. So we can see that the Z6 is the evident winner here but this will result in greater power consumption as well.
This might seem like a factor that is more important for professionals who want to expand on their arsenal but the number, types, and kinds of lenses that will be compatible with your choice of camera will be quite important. Of course, since both of these cameras are compatible with interchangeable lenses, you will find that the amounts of lenses that are compatible are crucial. There is not much difference between these two in this regard as both the Nikon Z50 and Nikon Z6 are compatible with 18 Nikon lenses. However, the Nikon Z6 is only going to be able to fit 16 of these since it is a full-frame design.
Image stabilization is another important element but unfortunately, there is no sensor-based feature for image stabilization in the Nikon Z50. This is present in the Z6 however and it saves you some money because for the other model you will have to purchase a lens that is equipped with an optical stabilization feature.
As we have already established, the Z50 is smaller in size largely because its battery is quite compact and small. This allows it to appear narrower and also weigh considerably less. So, the question that then arises is, how does the battery fare in comparison?
When we look at the official specifications of the Z6, it says that you can get just over 300 shots out of it. That doesn’t sound like a lot and in reality, out on the field, you will probably get more use from it. While there is no clear similar rating for the Z50, we feel that since it works with a lower resolution, it will most likely last for much longer in comparison. Battery life and rating will be quite an important deciding factor for most users especially if they are to use either of these cameras in a professional setting.
When it comes to the comparison between the Nikon Z50 vs Z6, in terms of price, they have a bit of a margin between them. While the Z50 is just under the 1000 dollar mark, the Z6 is much more expensive as it comes in at 1500 dollars. One might say that since their lens would cost around about the same amount, it isn’t that big of a difference. However as we have observed, both these devices are fitted with quite different features. They are still both excellent options and if you are on a tighter budget, we would recommend the Z50.
The coming features might seem like additional or extra features but they will play quite an important role in the overall experience that you will have using your cameras. While the Z6 does not have any selfie facing LCD option, the Z50 does. Similarly, the Z50 also comes fitted with an integrated flash for easy use in dimly lit areas but this is not present in the Z6. This flash in the Z50 is also quite versatile as along with being a flash, it also doubles as an impressive fill light for photo experimentation and ease.
With most DSLR cameras, they will either be equipped with a shutter that is electronic or mechanical. There is not much difference between the two but we have found that the electronic alternative does offer more of a quiet operation advantage. This will be crucial if you are engaging in nature photography and you want to be completely silent. This has to do with the speed at which the shutter opens and closes. Both our options for today are fitted with electronic shutters. This means that you will not have to deal with mechanical clicks each time the shutter opens or shuts.
When it comes to the most evident similarity between these two cameras, you will see that they both are fitted with an electronic viewfinder. This means that you will have more control over the image you are capturing as it will be visible in the viewfinder. While both are fitted with these, the Z50’s resolution is slightly lacking when compared to the Z6. This is because the former only uses 3690k vs 2360k dots while the latter has a higher resolution option.
Last but not very least, most users expect a good amount of connectivity features from cameras today. These features will ensure that you get a swift and seamless connection to your other devices whether for sharing, editing or picture transferring. If you are a professional or even a Vlogger, you will want great connectivity options and this might even include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
When we talk about our two contenders for today, the Z6 offers the option of a headphone jack. This means it is much easier to connect external devices to ease and enhance the recording and playback experience. On the other hand, the Z50 does not come with this feature included. Both, however, offer a built-in wireless option.