Nikon Z6III Debuts with Partially Stacked 24.5MP CMOS Sensor

Nikon Z6III Debuts with Partially Stacked 24.5MP CMOS Sensor

Nikon Imaging Cloud Online Service & Curated Image Recipes Also Announced


Melville, NY—The just-announced Nikon Z6III is a 24.5-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera that is touted as “the world’s first camera with a partially stacked CMOS sensor.” Furthermore, the sensor is engineered to deliver ultrafast readout along with blistering speeds and high frame rates in both photo and video modes.

Other benefits include an immersive viewfinder experience with the brightest electronic viewfinder yet. The camera also adopts a range of pro-level features from Nikon’s Z8 and Z9 flagship cameras.

“Offering a camera with this level of performance, reliability and an appealing price is a winning formula for all kinds of users who need a camera that will help them excel in every job or creative endeavor,” said Naoki Onozato, president and CEO, Nikon Inc. “The Z6III represents much more than simply a generational update. It’s a major leap forward that’s going to establish a whole new concept of what a mid-range camera should be capable of.”

Nikon Z6III Details

The combination of the Z6III’s unique new sensor design and Nikon’s Expeed 7 image processor results in a 3.5x increase in readout speed compared to the Z6II. Consequently, they enable benefits such as 6K internal N-RAW and ProRes RAW video; Full HD video at up to 240p; as well as continuous still shooting at up to 120 frames per sec with pre-release capture. Moreover, the Z6III employs a fast AF (autofocus) system inherited from the Z8 and Z9 cameras. Further, the system provides advanced multi-subject detection.

Nikon Z6III

Notably, the Z6III is the first mirrorless camera to adopt a partially stacked sensor architecture. It incorporates multiple high-speed processing circuits stacked in layers above and below the imaging area of the sensor. The high-speed readout made possible by this new sensor, in combination with an Expeed 7, results in a range of more powerful features.

For instance, autofocus is faster and more accurate, clocking in at 20% faster than the Z6II. What’s more, for shooting in challenging light, Nikon extended the AF detection range to -10 EV. This is superior even to the flagship-level cameras. The enhanced sensitivity also makes it easier to focus in dark situations like nighttime sports.

In addition, the Z6III draws on the advanced subject-detection technology of the Z8 and Z9 to automatically detect nine subject types. They include people, animals and various vehicles. Users can lock onto these subjects with advanced AF modes like 3D-tracking, auto-area AF, wide-area AF as well as dynamic-area AF. Plus, custom wide-area AF patterns allow for the detection and tracking of subjects within a custom designated area.

More Advanced Features

Further, the camera has a pre-release capture function that shoots at up to 120 fps. As a result, photographers can capture shots they may otherwise have missed, such as the moment a bird takes flight, a lightning strike or the game-winning goal. A half-press of the shutter-release button starts buffering images. And when the shutter is pressed all the way, the Z6III saves images taken up to one second prior.

Additionally, the Z6III captures 12-bit 6K/60p N-RAW and 6K/30p ProRes RAW as well as 10-bit 5.4K ProRes 422 and H.265 video. The ability to capture super high-resolution video footage affords filmmakers the freedom to crop, trim, track as well as stabilize a 4K timeline in post. Furthermore, filmmakers can take advantage of the Z6III’s maximum video resolution of 6K to create oversampled 4K UHD/60p video footage. The Z6III’s heat-dissipating design also permits continuous 4K UHD/60p recording for up to 125 minutes. The camera also captures slow-motion footage up to 10× with 10-bit Full HD/240p H.265 video recording.

Nikon Z6III

Another new benefit is the brightest EVF of any current mirrorless camera. At up to 4,000 cd/m2 (nits), the Z6III’s 5.76M-dot electronic viewfinder delivers detailed views even in extremely bright outdoor situations while minimizing viewfinder blackout. In addition, its EVF is the first in a mirrorless camera to support a DCI-P3 equivalent color gamut. As a result, photographers and filmmakers see a more lifelike display of colors. Moreover, complementing the EVF is a 3.2-inch, vari-angle rear LCD touchscreen. Photographers can use it as a front-facing screen for video production and self-recording, as well as framing at a low angle.

Additional Functions

What’s more, the camera’s native ISO 100–64,000 range (51,200 in video) is expandable to 204,800 for ultralow-light shooting. Add to this a built-in 5-axis image stabilization system that can achieve 8.0 stops of vibration reduction (VR) for handheld shooting. Additionally, the Z6III features focus point VR in photo mode, which prioritizes stabilization on the active focus point.

Nikon Z6III

Plus, in high-resolution pixel shift mode, the Z6III’s sensor subtly shifts across 4, 8, 16 or 32 exposures. This allows for increased color and detail with a high resolution of 96MP. The Z6III also supports the new flexible color picture control feature in the NX Studio. Z6III owners can use the software’s color blender and color grading features to create custom presets to upload to the camera as custom picture controls.

Finally, Nikon constructs the Z6III from magnesium alloy and Sereebo material. The camera weighs in at 1.67 pounds with a battery and memory card. Further, it is sealed against dust and moisture. Plus, it is rated for operation down to 14°F.

The Nikon Z6III will reach retail in late June. It has a suggested retail price of $2,499.95 body only. Kitted with a Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/4 lens, it has an SRP of $3,099.95.

Nikon Imaging Cloud Launches

In related news, the Nikon Imaging Cloud is a new complimentary cloud service that expands connectivity and creative options for Z6III owners. Users can browse a suite of curated “imaging recipes” courtesy of Nikon and selected creators. They provide suggested camera settings, inspiring insights plus Cloud picture control presets that Z6III owners can download to their camera.

Furthermore, when users connect the Z6III to Nikon Imaging Cloud via Wi-Fi, still images captured with the camera are automatically uploaded to popular cloud services, including Nikon Image Space. In addition, Z6III owners can use the Nikon Imaging Cloud to keep their camera’s firmware up to date automatically over Wi-Fi.