With the release date set for the new Nikon Z5, you may have to ask yourself which camera is the best choice for your needs: Z5 vs Z6? The reviews of the Z5 show many similarities vs Z6. However, there are also just as many differences vs Z6. The pixel size is similar when comparing the Z5 vs Z6 with both being right around 24MP. However, when it comes to the Z5 vs Z6 sensors, the Z5 has a standard CMOS chip to help lower the price point somewhat vs Z6 with its back-side illuminated sensor. The Z5 has two card slots that use the affordable SD cards vs Z6 single XQD/CFexpress card slot. This could come in handy for extra storage. When it comes down to size, the Z5 is a little smaller vs Z6. The layout on the back vs Z6 is pretty much the same with a joystick for the AF point and an “i” button that gives you a shortcut to a 12-feature menu. You can also switch between stills and shooting video at the flip of a switch. The mode dial vs Z6 has switched from the left to the right of the viewfinder on the top.
Power up the Nikon Z5 with its new battery, the EN-EL15C, to take more shots vs Z6. With the new battery, you can take 390 shots or 115 mins of video EVF-only. With LCD-only, you’ll be able to take 470-shots or 120 mins of video. The Z6 can take 310 shots or 85 mins of video using the older EN-EL15b battery. Another advantage that comes with this new battery vs Z6 is the support for USB charging while the camera is powered. This means you can shoot time-lapses while it's plugged in! You can’t do that with the old
battery on the Z6.
With the release date announced for the new Z5 comes the release of a new lens for the Z series. In addition to a body-only option, you can also preorder the Z5 alongside the all-new kit lens from Beachcamera.com. The Nikon Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 interchangeable lens is less than three inches long when the button-free retractable barrel is not extended. This shortest and lightest full-frame lens can be taken anywhere. It’s perfect for shooting video, landscapes and still life.
The Z5 will be available in August for $1,396.95 body-only, and is available for preorder now from Beachcamera.com. There’s a $1,696.95 kit with the new 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens and a $2,196.95 option with the 24-200mm f/4-6.3 lens.