Sooner or later we will get a Nikon Z6 III. That much seems certain, but a lot has changed since the original Z6 launched in 2018.
So where does the Nikon Z6 III fit into Big N’s current range of mirrorless cameras? As one of the first two bodies of the Z System, the original Nikon Z6 (opens in new tab) had a much clearer niche. Also with the Nikon Z6 II (opens in new tab) released just a few years later, in 2020, the landscape was much clearer.
Today, however, the Nikon Z6 III will find it much harder to establish an identity among the manufacturer’s other mirrorless cameras, such as the Nikon Z30 (opens in new tab) at one end of the scale and the Nikon Z9 (opens in new tab) on the other.
All things considered, however, this is what we think the Nikon Z6 III will look like…
Nikon Z6 III: release date
Rumors circulated mid-year that we might see the Nikon Z6 III or the Nikon Z8 (opens in new tab) announced Aug. Then it became August to October. Then it became, actually it’s just the Z8 that’s being announced. And now the rumor mill has gone quiet again.
However, the mere fact that the Nikon Z6 III is being whispered about suggests that it’s far enough along in development to be on the radar. And given that the Z6 was released in 2018 and the Z6 II in 2020, it certainly makes sense that the Z6 III would have been slated for a 2022 launch to maintain a two-year release cycle (if it weren’t for the running component). Crisis).
So by the looks of it, we could well see Nikon dropping the Trifecta in 2023.
Nikon Z6 III: specifications
The upgrades over the original Z6 were obvious – and arguably necessary, as the Z6 II and Z7 II were both the only choices for professional photographers until the Z9 came out.
However, the Nikon Z6 III’s upgrades can be a bit more incremental. It seems logical to replace the two Expeed 6 processors with a single Expeed 7 processor, for example, although this will hardly tempt consumers to buy a new camera.
It’s possible we’ll see a slight bump on the sensor to further differentiate the camera from the Nikon Z5 (opens in new tab) – which, as a full-frame camera with a 24.3 MP sensor and two memory cards, comes insidiously close to the specifications and unique selling points of the Z6 II.
So perhaps we’ll see a slightly higher-resolution or stacked sensor being introduced to the Z6 III to either make it more pixel-rich or double the current 14fps capture speed.
The most obvious – and needed – upgrade we foresee is the addition of a fully articulated screen. Given that Nikon has repeatedly been reluctant to stray from tilt screens, even with the flagship Z9, as the only full-frame mirrorless camera with a movable screen, the Nikon Z6 III would be a coveted selling point, particularly for video shooters.
Video is another area where serious advances could be made, which would allow Nikon to make this the video-centric model in the full-frame Z ecosystem. Adding 4K 60p is a no-brainer, and if it can at least achieve parity with the Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab)it would make the Z6 III a compelling alternative.
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