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Nikon Z6 III leaks - June launch to see 6K RAW, 120 fps JPEG burst, flagship AF, and massive IBIS boost

The Nikon Z III has leaked as an update to Nikon's Z6 II, allegedly to arrive by around June 11. The new full-frame camera will supposedly support 4K ProRes RAW video at up to 60 fps as well as 6K, 12-bit NRAW video. Allegedly, the new autofocus system in the Z6 III will perform as well as or better than the flagship Z9. Leaks also put the Z6 III's price at around €3,000 in the EU and slightly lower in the US.

Nikon's Z6 II has been serving everyone from professional hybrid shooters to aspiring hobbyists since its launch in 2020, but it appears as though the mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera is due for an update very soon. Recent leaks and rumours from New Camera and Nikon Rumors point to the Nikon Z6 III landing around June 11 with a number of significant updates over the outgoing Z6 II that should make it an attractive prospect for both photo and video shooters.

Arguably one of the biggest alleged updates to the Nikon Z6 III comes from its video specifications. While the Z6 III will supposedly have the same 24.5 MP BSI CMOS sensor as the Z6 II (curr. $1,596.95 on Amazon), it gets an update to dual Expeed 7 processors, allowing for higher resolution video and higher frame rates.

Instead of the Z6 II's video cap of 4K at 60 fps, the leaks claim that the Nikon Z6 III will be capable of 6K video in 12-bit NRAW format — presumably 24 or 30 fps, although it's not specified — while 4K video will still be limited to 60 fps with support for Apple ProRes RAW. Full HD video also remains the same, at 240 fps in 8-bit with a crop.

The autofocus system on the Z6 III will also allegedly get a boost thanks to the new processors, with performance supposedly surpassing that of the flagship Z8 and Z9. The IBIS is also said to be getting a bump from five CIPA-rated stops to the same eight-stop system found in the Nikon Zf.

The body and ergonomics will allegedly also see an adjustment towards a larger overall footprint, which may improve cooling.

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Julian van der Merwe, 2024-06- 6 (Update: 2024-06- 6)