Marriage ceremony and occasion photographer Taylor Jackson has been taking pictures with the authentic Nikon Z6 just about because it got here to market. So when the Nikon Z6 II got here out promising improved autofocus, TWO picture processors, higher video, and a battery grip, he jumped on it.
In the video, Taylor needed to particularly check out the autofocus: a standard (if not completely honest) grievance about the Nikon Z sequence that ought to be a lot improved given the further processor that’s packed inside the Mark II. So… can we alter that “ought to” to a “has?” Based on Jackson, completely.
“The Z6 II represents a very strong enchancment on the authentic Z 6. Every part autofocus has been up to date,” Jackson tells PetaPixel. “And with the addition of a second processor in the digital camera I feel that, much like how we noticed the Z6 autofocus evolve in firmware, that is simply the begin of the runway for the Z 6 II.”
In every of his checks—which start round the 6 minute mark—Jackson noticed an enchancment over the already-capable Z6 (operating the newest firmware). He goes over all of the most essential AF settings for somebody photographing individuals: from common Face/Eye Detection, to the new Vast-Space Face and Eye Detect mode, to the commonplace Topic/Object monitoring. You may see some related screenshots from his testing under:
It’s essential to notice that every one of this was completed with a pre-production mannequin of the Z6 II, so it’s potential (if unlikely) that there are just a few bugs left to work out. That mentioned, as Jackson factors out, the AF efficiency was nonetheless noticeably improved “throughout the board.” From low gentle, to the new modes, to focusing-while-moving, to the digital camera’s potential to interpret the scene with out leaping to the “fallacious” object, Jackson was typically impressed.
Even past AF, he mentions a few “easter eggs” and shares some custom-button settings that you need to undoubtedly make the most of.
To see all of this in motion for your self, try the full focus check up high. And if you wish to see extra about the Nikon Z6 II from Jackson, subscribe to his YouTube channel the place he’s promised to add a “full, in-depth overview” of a manufacturing mannequin simply as quickly as he can get his fingers on one.