The Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II Cameras
For many full-frame Nikon shooters the appeal of a mirrorless camera had been tempered by the thought of having to invest in and master a new system by moving to another ecosystem such as Sony. For those awaiting a mirrorless system that utilized Nikon imaging technology and ergonomics, the wait is over. The Z 6II and Z 7II cameras feature an identical body, differing only in their feature sets, an ideal feature when it comes to housing the camera for underwater use. Each camera also features dual EXPEED 6 image processor to significantly improve autofocus and continuous speed shooting.
Both camera bodies are built around Nikon's Z-mount. With an incredibly wide 55mm mount diameter (17% larger than F-mount) and very short flange distance, the Z-mount is able to offer a maximum aperture of F0.95. While the current range of Z-mount lenses continues to grow, almost the entire line of F-mount lenses is usable with the optional Nikon FTZ Adapter. When using the adapter, even non VR lenses benefit from the camera's in-body stabilization. VR and Z-Mount lenses receive 5-axis stabilization whereas non-VR F-mount lenses have access to 3-axis stabilization.
There is also a dedicated e-VR (electronic VR) that combines optical and electronic stabilization for video shooting. Both the Z 6II and Z 7II will be able to capture internal UHD 4K at 60fps or 1080 HD at up to 120fps. The Z 6II will be able to record 4K/60P early in 2021 through an expected firmware update. In addition to N-Log, both cameras also feature HLG (hybrid-log gamma for HDR) which work in 10-bit 4:2:2 over HDMI 2.0 to an external recorder such as the Ninja V.
The OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) of both the Z 6II and Z 7II gives 100% frame coverage at Quad-VGA (3.69M dot) resolution. When triggering external flashes, both cameras feature a 1/200 X-sync shutter speed.
The Nikon Z 7II Camera
The Z 7II features a high resolution 45.7MP FX-format sensor that can shoot at up to 10FPS. The Z 7II features a wide ISO range of 64-25,600. Autofocus is achieved with 493 on-sensor AF points that cover 90% of the frame and the camera intelligently switches between contrast-detection and phase-detection points to achieve accurate focus regardless of light conditions.
Key Camera Specs:
- 45.7MP FX Format Sensor with no OLPF
- 10 FPS continuous shooting
- 64-25,600 ISO Range
- UHD 4K 60p recording with 1.08x crop
- 10bit UHD 4K N-log output via HDMI with start/stop support
- 5-axis VR stabilization (with Z lenses)
- 3.69M-dot EVF, 3.2" 2.1M-dot rear screen
- -3EV focusing with F2.0 lens
- 1 CFExpress / XQD card slot, 1 UHS-II SD card slot
The Nikon Z 6II Camera
The Z 6II is equipped with a 24.5MP FX-format sensor capable of up to 14FPS continuous shooting with an ISO range of 100-51,200. Video is currently recorded internally at up to UHD 4K 30p. UHD 4K 60p with a 1.6x crop will be available in early 2021 through a firmware update. 273 on-sensor focus points cover 90% of the fame and the Z 6II intelligently switches between contrast-detection and phase-detection points to assure accurate autofocus.
Key Camera Specs:
- 24.5MP FX Format Sensor with OLPF
- 14 FPS continuous shooting
- 100-51,200 ISO Range
- Full Sensor UHD 4K 30p
- UHD 4K 60p recording with 1.6x crop (firmware update early 2021)
- 10bit N-log UHD 4K output via HDMI with start/stop support
- 5-axis VR stabilization (with Z-mount lenses)
- 3.6m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
- Two card slots (1x CFexpress/XQD, 1x UHS-II SD)
The Nauticam NA-Z7II Underwater Housing
The NA-Z7II underwater housing follows suit with Nauticam's drive for innovation. Both the Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II present shooters with the ability to use both the available legacy F Mount lenses via the FTZ adapter in addition to their native Z Mount optics. To support both the legacy and native lenses, Nauticam has integrated the NA-Z7II into the N120 port system. This is critical as the new Z mount lenses are being phased in over the next few years. The Nauticam NA-Z7II housing features two lens release buttons that correspond to either F or Z mount lenses. When switching between F and Z mount lenses, the camera must be removed from the housing to remove the adapter. When working within either the F or Z mount system use the appropriate lens release button to switch lenses without having to remove the camera from the housing. A vacuum system reset switch is located below the tray as well so there is no need to open the rear of the housing during lens or port changes.
The NA-Z7II is part of the N120 port system which allows for full support of Nikon F mount lenses with the same ports needed for their application on Nikon SLR housings. As more Z mount lenses become available Nauticam will add supported configurations.
Intelligent Control Placement
Nauticam engineers are obsessed with functionality and this is evident in the location of essential controls. Regardless of where the control is located on the camera, the Nauticam housing puts them where you need them to be underwater. For those switching between photo and video modes, an easily reachable switch is located on the right rear of the housing. The right side double thumb lever, easily reached from the right handle features access to the AF-on and Record buttons respectively. Between the double thumb lever and the multi-stage shutter release is an ISO lever allowing quick changes to sensitivity.
The left double thumb lever accesses the DISP and Playback controls. The Zoom In and Zoom Out controls, located on the right rear of the camera body is relocated to the left side of the housing to a location more familiar to Nauticam housing users.
The switch that allows for switching between the LCD display and the EVF, a crucial and much used control with mirrorless systems is located close to the left handle within easy reach.
Front and rear control dials are readily accessible by the familiar large knurled dials at the right handle. The ergonomic housing handles are rubberized and feature stainless steel stiffening brackets to ensure a stable platform when using large strobes or video lights attached to the pre-installed 1" mounting balls.
The NA-Z7II comes with Nauticam's self powered manual flash trigger preinstalled. The flash trigger plugs into the hot-shoe of the camera and uses LED lights recessed into each of the two optical bulkheads to trigger supported underwater flashes when used with the correct fiber optic connection. The flash trigger is powered by coin cell batteries that provide thousands of flashes per battery. The flash trigger can be upgraded to support TTL triggering (PN 26308 TTL Converter for Nikon).
Integrated Vacuum Check and Leak Detection System
The Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system is shipped with NA-Z7II as standard equipment. Combined with an accessory M16 vacuum valve (PN 25625), this monitoring system provides constant updates on the water tight and safe-to-dive status of the housing. A simple color coded LED lighting system lets the user know that the vacuum is solid, or that the housing is losing vacuum. Leak detection is built into the same circuit, so if there is water intrusion, an audible and visual indication will occur. The Nauticam system is temperature compensated, eliminating false alarms caused by a change in outside temperature, or from a camera heating up on an action packed dive.
Premium Professional Optics
Optical performance is just as necessary as camera performance and this becomes even more critical given the challenges of filming underwater. The Nauticam NA-Z7II uses the same N120 Port System as the previous NA-Z7 which makes for a seamless transition for those upgrading to the "II." While this system provides exceptional optical-glass and flat port solutions for a wide variety of F and Z Mount lenses, the real power of the Z 6II and Z 7II can be realized using Nauticam's Water Contact Optics. This lineup of dry and wet lenses are conceived using commercial lens-design software to achieve truly unparalleled underwater image quality both for stills and video in both macro and wide-angle situations. The WACP-1 and WACP-2 achieve ultra-wide 130º fields-of-view with reduced distortion over conventional optics while featuring ~0" minimum focus distances, zoom through capabilities and unbeatable corner sharpness at even wide-open apertures such as F5.6. The SMC-1 and SMC-2 macro wet-optics, when used with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G VR macro lens provide 2x and 4x magnification respectively and the SMC-1 actually provides a resulting image with increased contrast and sharpness than the 105mm lens itself can achieve in air without a magnifier.
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What's In The Box:
- Nauticam NA-Z7II Housing
- 90122 Housing O-ring, lubricant and removal tool
- CR2032 Battery (for vacuum system)
- Padded Travel Case
- Allen Wrench Set
- 25625 M16 Vacuum Valve II (Pushbutton Release)
- 32201 Nauticam 180 straight viewfinder
- 32203 Nauticam 45 viewfinder
- 26308 TTL Converter for Nikon
- 26216 Universal Fiber Optic Cable
- 85201 0.36x Wide Angle Conversion Port with Aluminum Float Collar (incl. N120 to N100 port adaptor)
- 86201 Macro to Wide Angle Lens 1 (MWL-1) 150 deg. FOV with full frame 60mm macro lens
26074 M14 Nikonos 5-pin Bulkhead with Micro Connector for Nikon TTL Converter
- 26075 M14 Ikelite Style Bulkhead with Micro Connector for Nikon TTL Converter
HDMI Recommended Configurations
For HDMI 2.0 Cable System
- 25089 M28 adaptor for HDMI 2.0 Cable
- 25085 M28C1R200-M28A1R170 HDMI 2.0 Cable for NA-Z7V/Z7II and NA-Ninja V
- 17922 Nauticam Atomos Ninja V Housing for Atomos Ninja V 5” 4Kp60 4:2:2 10-bit Reorder/Monitor/Player (excl. HDMI 2.0 cable)
For HDMI 1.4 Cable System
- 25033 Standard HDMI Cable with M16 Thread
- 25080 M28-M16 Step Down Adaptor
25036 HDMI (D-C) cable in 190mm length
- 17906 NA-502H Housing for SmallHD 502 Monitor
- 17920 NA-502B-H Housing for SmallHD 502 Bright Monitor
17923 NA-Shinobi-H Housing for Atomos Shinobi 5.2" 4K HDMI Monitor with
HDMI 1.4 input
*25033,25036 are included in monitor housing
Vacuum and Leak Detector System Tutorial
HDMI 2.0 Support
The NA-Z7II features the larger-bore M28 bulkhead opening that allows for the use of Nauticam HDMI 2.0 cables for connection to recorders such as the Atomos Ninja V.
Patented Port Locking Lever
Unveiled on the very first Nauticam DSLR housing in 2009, this locking lever has become a signature of the Nauticam brand. No twisting or threading action is required to mount a port, and it locks securely in place with this lever. Nauticam also offers locking port extensions, meaning a dome will never twist, even when used with a long extension ring.
FTZ Adapter Support
The NA-Z7II supports the FTZ adapter and belongs to the N120 Port System meaning Nikon F Mount lenses can be used with the same ports and extensions as on a Nauticam Nikon DSLR Housing. As more Z mount lenses become available, supported lenses will be integrated into the port system.
STAINLESS STEEL HANDLE BRACKETS
Stiffening handle brackets are included with the housing. These brackets eliminate any flex or wobble when using big strobes, and provide multiple attachment points for lanyards or other accessories.
The NA-Z7II supports many of the corrective wide angle and magnifying macro optics in the Nauticam lens lineup. F mount lenses, paired with the FTZ adapter can be used with the same extensions and ports as on Nauticam N120 Nikon DSLR housings.