Watch: Video tests to see if the Nikon Z6 II Eye AF really that much better than the Z6
Some of the biggest complaints about the Nikon Z6 have been addressed with Nikon’s new Z6 II. It now has dual card slots for redundancy and its continuous shooting speed has been bumped up from 12fps to 14fps. But one somewhat embarrassing setback of the Z6, even after the firmware updates, was its Eye Autofocus abilities.
Manny Ortiz has had his hands on a pre-production model Z6 II for a little while, and he wanted to put it to the test to see if the Eye AF issues, particularly in low light situations have finally been resolved. And, well, it looks like they might have been.
It’s no secret that Nikon hasn’t been having a great time lately, and they aren’t as big or diversified enough as companies like Canon and Sony, so it’s not surprising that they’ve taken a while to get caught up while the others seemed to be pulling ahead. Now, though, I’d say that Nikon is finally stepping up to compete again if Manny’s video above is anything to go by.
Manny does stress that it’s a pre-production model, so he hasn’t put it side-by-side against its main competitors yet, but he plans to do so when he receives a copy of the retail model.
If you want to see some further evidence that the Z6 II autofocus is dramatically improved over the Z6, also check out this video from Kelvin Hu, which shows some very impressive tracking, even when subjects are wearing sunglasses and a face mask at the same time.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.