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The Secret of the Nikon Z6 III: The Partially Stacked Sensor

While Pentax went all retro with their new film camera, Nikon decided to shake things up with the Z6 III, aiming squarely at the heart of the mirrorless market. This isn’t just another release in the Z6 series; it’s a game-changer.

The Evolution of Nikon's Z6 III

At first glance, the Nikon Z6 III might look like its predecessors, but there's a big improvement. It’s a bit thicker and heavier, thanks to the new fully articulated screen, which is a dream for both stills and video. Historically, if you had a budget under $4000, you had to choose between a fast, stacked sensor in a smaller format OR a full-frame camera with slower sensors. The Z6 III changes the game by offering a partially stacked sensor in a full-frame body at a mid-range price.

Understanding the Partially Stacked Sensor

So, what’s the deal with this “partially stacked” sensor? Here’s a bit of tech talk: traditional non-stacked se...

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Dan Wells, "Shuttterbug" on the trail, is a landscape photographer, long-distance hiker and student in the Master of Divinity program at Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Cambridge, MA when not in wild places photographing and contemplating our connection to the natural world. Dan's images try to capture the spirit he finds in places where, in the worlds of the Wilderness Act of 1964, "Man himself is but a visitor". He has hiked 230 miles of Vermont's Long Trail and 450 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail with his cameras, as well as photographing in numerous National Parks, Seashores and Forests over the years - often in the offseason when few people think to be there. In the summer of 2020, Dan plans to hike a stretch of hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, focusing on his own and others' spiritual connection to these special places, and making images that document these connections. Over years of personal work and teaching photography, Dan has used a variety of equipment (presently Nikon Z7 and Fujifilm APS-C). He is looking for the perfect combination of light weight, ruggedness and superb image quality.
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