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 Z6|
|Max Frame Rate:||4.5 FPS Continuous Shooting||12 FPS Continuous Shooting|
|Video:||4K Ultra HD at 30p; 1080 at 60p||4K Ultra HD at 30p; 1080 at 120p|
|Rear LCD Screen:||3.2-inch (1.04M dots) tilting TFT||3.2-inch (2.1M dots) tilting TFT|
|Top Display:||none||DSLR-style top OLED display|
|Card Slots:||2 SD Slots||1 XQD/CFexpress Slot|
|Where to Buy:||Amazon.com||Amazon.com|
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.