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Nikon D6 Revealed: Complete Specifications and Image Gallery

- 4 years ago

After much anticipation and plenty of guesswork as to what Nikon would deliver with the latest iteration of their flagship DSLR series, the waiting is over with the arrival of the mighty D6; Nikon’s new powerhouse full-frame FX-Format DSLR. Look no further for a comprehensive overview of specs, features and an early image gallery to boot.

Nikon D6 front lens

Nikon’s flagship DSLR series has a long and enviable heritage, having been the choice of countless professional news shooters and sports photographers, the all-new D6 will be a welcome addition to the imaging giant’s range.

The new Nikon D6 arrives boasting the brand’s most powerful AF system yet, along with quick in-camera connections for all-important real-time image transfer. Its newly developed AF engine is quicker than ever. An arrangement of 105 all-selectable cross-type sensors with 1.6x higher density coverage than the D5 takes precision to the next level, with market-leading tracking performance and next-level subject acquisition. An increased range of selectable Group-Area AF patterns will allow users to optimise AF setup for any job.

Nikon D6 back

Streamlined workflows and instant connections allow for a greater number of methods to select and prioritise key shots for transfer. The camera’s high-resolution displays now offer improved visibility and readability, and the D6 maintains the tough body that made the D5 such a firm favourite among pro shooters.

Nikon D6 top

Key features

105-field AF: 105 all-selectable cross-type sensors with AF sensitivity down to -4.5 EV at the central focus point, and -4 EV at all other points. Group-Area AF with more custom settings for unparalleled tracking. An improved scene recognition system for next-level subject acquisition.
Get that champion shot: The D6 allows users to define the focus starting point when shooting in Auto-Area AF and prioritise focusing on a subject’s eyes when using Auto-Area AF or 3D tracking.
Ultimate precision and speed: Burst rates [up to] 14 fps with full AF/AE, or [up to] 10.5 fps with AE tracking in Silent Photography mode.
Flagship image quality: F-mount lens compatibility, 20.8 MP full-frame CMOS sensor. EXPEED 6 image processor. 180K-pixel RGB sensor. Wide ISO 100–102400 range, extendable to ISO 3 280 000 and down to ISO 50.
Fast in-camera connection: Native Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The camera’s wired LAN supports 1000BASE-T standard and achieves approx. 15% quicker communication than the D5.
0.72x optical viewfinder with OLED elements: Allows for pin-sharp support over a wide field of view, without delay. Roll and pitch indicators also display in the viewfinder.
Simplified workflow: increased means to check, select, and transfer key shots via the 3.2 ” touch-sensitive monitor. Key shots can be sent to the top of the queue when transferring images to a computer via wired LAN or the camera’s native Wi-Fi connection.
Versatile card slots: Dual card slots accept XQD and CFexpress cards. 
Ergonomic improvements: Higher-res displays promise to give improved visibility. Key ports are easily accessible, even when shooting with a wireless transmitter.
Tough and safe: The new D6’s strong body has been built to take on the most demanding of professional shooting environments and is compatible with Kensington locks.

Robert Harmon, Interim Head of Commercial Planning, Nikon UK, told PhotoBite: “The D6 is a phenomenal successor to the Nikon D5. Nikon’s new flagship improves on its forebear with industry-defining AF and versatile connectivity. You can’t control the action, the lighting, or the environment. But you can control the D6, and this DSLR will deliver incredible shots of defining moments, without fail.”

Pricing and availability

We’re told, [rather loosely] that the new D6 will become available during this spring [2020] and that it will cost a cool £6,299. 

We will get hands-on in the near future for a full review, so hold tight and let us know of anything you’d like us to check out in particular on our social handles – @PhotoBiteUK.

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.