Nikon Z5 vs. Z6 – The Only 5 Differences that Matter

The Nikon Z5 was announced this week at a price point approximately $400 less than the older Z6. While it was assumed that the Z6 would remain more capable in most ways, the cameras seem remarkably similar.

Aside from some minor size and weight differences, I could only find five major differences in the camera bodies, summarized below:

Nikon Z5 vs. Z6 Feature Comparison Table

Nikon Z5

Nikon Z5
Nikon Z6

Nikon Z6
Max Frame Rate: 4.5 FPS Continuous Shooting12 FPS Continuous Shooting
Video:4K Ultra HD at 30p; 1080 at 60p4K Ultra HD at 30p; 1080 at 120p
Rear LCD Screen:3.2-inch (1.04M dots) tilting TFT3.2-inch (2.1M dots) tilting TFT
Top Display:noneDSLR-style top OLED display
Card Slots:2 SD Slots1 XQD/CFexpress Slot
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Aside from the addition of two card slots (an advantage in favor of the Z5), the other four differences point to the Z5 being an intentionally downgraded version of the Z6, designed to occupy a lower price slot and compete with the EOS RP. It’s not a bad strategy on Nikon’s part, as a low-end full-frame camera will allow them stay competitive on the lower end, while preserving their margins on the upcoming Z6s and Z7s models.

Do you see any other major differences between the Z5 and Z6 that I’ve missed here? Let me know in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Nikon Z5 vs. Z6 – The Only 5 Differences that Matter”

    • Good point–it’s not the resolution per se that matters but the fact that it indicates they are using different sensors between bodies. It looks like the Z6 uses a BSI sensor while the Z5 is a standard CMOS variety.

      It remains to be seen how much difference this will make in real life, or even in pixel peeping. I’m looking forward to seeing some samples in the DPReview studio scene comparison tool, as well as the dynamic range test results at Photons to Photos.


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