The first thing you’re going to notice when shooting on the Nikon Z6 is how gorgeous the viewfinder and back LCD are. Both are extremely well implemented.
One of my biggest complaints of 99% of the cameras in the digital era are the eye-level viewfinders and EVF’s on mirrorless cameras. Back in the film days this was actually something that was difficult to pull off with a mirror-reflex system. Essentially there are two problems that have to be solved. First is the magnification and the second is the eye-point. If the magnification is too small it was very difficult with film cameras to focus. Magnifying isn’t difficult, but doing it where you see 100% of the frame was challenging.
The problem with most viewfinders
High-end cameras like the Nikon F3, F4 etc often had great viewfinders. Magnification was usually in the 0.80x to the 0.84x found on the Olympus OM-4T. The F3HP was introduced to move the image back further in the frame so people wearing eye-glasses could see the full composition. Entry level cameras such as the Nikon N55 cut corners in their design – the N55 featured a .6 magnification and you only saw 89% of what was going on the frame.
The early DSLR cameras were APS-C so it was a smaller frame and these cameras featured tiny viewfinders. The logic was we would use autofocus so it wasn’t a big deal. Even modern flagships suffer – the Nikon D850 has a 0.75x magnification. Better but not outstanding.
Mirrorless cameras have a clear advantage because the viewfinder is essentially a tiny monitor. You can do whatever you want with the design. The best viewfinder I’ve seen is on the Panasonic G9 which is a 0.83x magnification and has an adjustable eye-point so you can move the image back for eye-glass adjustment.
Viewfinder on the Nikon Z6
The Nikon Z6 is a 0.80x magnification and it is an extremely high resolution of 3.5 million dots. Combine this with stellar NIKKOR optics and you have one of the best viewfinders on the market – its only a hair behind the Panasonic G9.
The LCD is exceptional as well – its bright and vibrant and provides excellent monitoring when shooting photographs or filming video.
Nikon as implemented touch capabilities to the LCD. One really nice implementation is swipe gestures for navigating menu pages. Swipe up to go to the next page or down for the previous. Menu navigation is a wonderful experience.
My only complaint is that while the screen will move up and down, it is not fully articulating. As someone who creates regular videos of myself with no crew – this is extremely frustrating. There are other arguments for wanting more articulation for unconventional shot angles as well. I hope Nikon considers this on future models.
But both the viewfinder and the LCD screen are a joy to use. Both are solid and make a better shooting experience with this camera.
Nikon Z6 Review Index
• 01 Introduction
• 02 EVF/LCD
• 03 Ergonomics
• 04 Autofocus
• 05 Menu System and Controls
• 06 Performance
• 07 Image Quality
• 08 Dynamic Range
• 09 Video Quality
• 10 Image Stabilization
• 11 Conclusion
• 12 Image Gallery