Nikon Z6 II vs Nikon D4

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z6 II and Nikon D4. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z6 II
Nikon D4

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon Z6 II were released 2020 and Nikon D4 was released 2012. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z6 II Nikon 2020
Nikon D4 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Nikon Z6 II is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D4 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "FX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Z6 II 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D4 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon Z6 II has a 25 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D4 has 16,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Z6 II 25 MP 24337152 6048 4024
Nikon D4 16,2 MP 16163840 4928 3280

Nikon Z6 II has a 51 % larger resolution than Nikon D4. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D4 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon Z6 II. Nikon D4 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 204800 while Nikon Z6 II has 100 to 51200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z6 II 100-51200
Nikon D4 100-204800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z6 II
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D4

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z6 II can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds and Nikon D4 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z6 II 14
Nikon D4 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon Z6 II. Unfortunately Nikon D4 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D4 weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2,95 lb) which is 90% heavier than Nikon Z6 II and its 705 gr (or 1,55 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z6 II 705 gr 1,55 lb
Nikon D4 1340 gr 2,95 lb