Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7

Currently in its Third Edition!

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A separate version of this book for the Z6 II and Z7 II is available and should be ordered instead if you have those cameras. The books are different, so buy the version for the camera model you own.


Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 Third Edition helps you understand and master the use of the Nikon Z6 or Z7 camera. Both are covered in this 1090 page eBook. The Third Edition covers up through firmware 3.12.

You may think that you're well versed on Nikon cameras at this point, but in putting together this book I found dozens of small changes and differences that are important for you to know. Nikon's also introduced new features, such as Mid-range Sharpening and Diffraction Compensation, a host of new Creative Picture Controls, and many nuances to lots of DSLR-type features. Did you know, for instance, that Highlight-Weighted metering works differently on the Z6/Z7 than it does on the D5/D850? Moreover, in my continued use of these cameras I found certain tips and tricks that are useful for any Z6 or Z7 user to know.

This book covers everything (thus the name). I'll walk you through why the new lens mount is significant, what older lenses you can use with the FTZ Adapter, and how the Z focus system actually is put together and works. Pretty much everything that's known about the Z system is in this book, including why Nikon doesn't want you physically touching the sensor to clean it (that's in a footnote, but it's there). Moreover, the Third Edition is current with the 3.12 firmware update, and covers all changes Nikon made via firmware updates).

You'll find deep-yet-understandable explanations with more examples and suggestions than in other guides you can buy, all in the no-nonsense and understandable writing style for which Thom Hogan has become famous. No matter how well you think you know the Nikon Z cameras, you'll find things in this work that you didn't know about the Z6 and Z7. That's why it's called a "complete guide." 

  • Organized to help you learn. Strongly organized, with distinct sections for what you need to know before using the camera (background and setup), while using the camera (shooting features), and after using the camera (what to do with your images). I've taken the time to re-organize many sections from my previous books, as Nikon's own organization in the menus and options has changed.
  • A complete instruction manual and an introduction to relevant digital issues in one book. Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Z6 and Z7 Third Edition manages to not only fully describe every feature of the Nikon Z6 and Z7 running firmware 1.x, 2.x, or 3.x in clear, easy-to-understand language, but also provides you rich, technical background for many of the critical issues that confront digital camera users. First time digital camera users will get information about how digital cameras work. Digital veterans will get insights into how to set their Nikon Z bodies for the best results. Video users get information on how to use the video functions on the Z6 and Z7, including shooting 10-bit N-Log or ProRes RAW to an external recorder.
  • Z autofocus modes explained in plain English! Nikon loves inventing acronyms and cryptic terms. Can't figure out tracking autofocus, what the autofocus area modes actually do, and how to best configure you camera for focusing? Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 Third Edition explains these terms and accompanying techniques in the same simple, no-nonsense language that made his original Nikon Field Guide a best seller. And yes, the eye detection and the small changes to Wide-area AF that came with Nikon's 2.0 firmware update are dealt with.
  • Video, Focus Stacking, and more are covered in detail. Nikon didn't spend a lot of time in their documentation outlining how everything works. Some of their descriptions are almost as simple as "press this button and turn this dial." Thom's book covers what the camera is actually doing and how that might impact your results. Since the Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras actually allow manual control of video, you'll learn how to do that, too.
  • All the ways you can connect to mobile/computers are dealt with. SnapBridge? Yes. Tablet direct connections? Yes. Wi-Fi to your computer? Still yes. 

The PDF eBook file has been checked and runs on Kindle, Nook, and iPad readers, though it is optimized for iPads (we suggest the low-cost Goodreader app on the iPad to get the very best reading and annotating experience, but Books works quite well). Don't have an eReader? No problem, the eBook also works using Adobe Reader on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems. Technically, it works on iPhones and Android phones, too, but the screens on those devices are bit small to read comprehensive text and tables like those in this book. 

The Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 Third Edition is a must-own for any Nikon Z6 or Z7 user. There simply isn't any other work out there that comes close to touching the detail, usefulness, or completeness of this work. 

What do readers say?

  • "Excellent, informative" —LB
  • "Really enjoying the depth and work you put into the eBook" —KW
  • "My reference for the Z6. Happy to recommend this book" —VR
  • "Incredibly thorough" —FS
  • "Great book!" —JH
  • "Money well spent." —JK
  • "A wealth of knowledge." —MP

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