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Industry News: Nikon officially announces their flagship D6 DSLR

MELVILLE, NY (February 11, 2020) – Today, Nikon Inc. has unveiled the D6, a new professional-grade DSLR built for those in need of extreme reliability and ultimate performance. The D6 addresses the needs of professionals and press agencies and is faster and more powerful than ever before. Offering the most powerful AF system in Nikon’s history, this flagship DSLR camera delivers crucial improvements to modern workflow while also accelerating file transfer capabilities. Promising unparalleled low-light performance, powerful agility, advanced 4K UHD multimedia capabilities, and a mechanical shutter frame rate boosted to a staggering 14fps, the D6 will redefine the way pros work.

“The D6 is purpose-built and inspired by the valuable feedback of professional users,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President of Nikon Inc. “The world relies on photojournalists and professionals to document every corner of the globe through impactful images; Nikon cameras are trusted to stand up to any job and help photographers capture the shot, time and time again.”

Preorder the Nikon D6

The Most Powerful AF in Nikon’s History: The D6 leaves nothing to chance. To maximize hit rate, it is equipped with a newly developed, densely packed 105-point AF system in which all the focus points utilize cross-type sensors and all points are selectable. Through the new focus point layout and the use of a triple-sensor arrangement for each focus point, the D6 achieves AF coverage that is approximately 1.6x denser than that of the D5. The D6 also sports an expanded focus detection range which increases the detection area for single point AF and dynamic area AF, making it easier to achieve focus on a subject even when slightly outside the focus point.

Improving upon Nikon’s popular Group AF mode, this function has evolved with support for 17 custom arrangements from which users can choose according to the scene or subject movement. The D6 also demonstrates superior low-light AF performance. The center focus point works down to -4.5 EV1 and the others to -4 EV, making autofocus possible even in dark situations or with low-contrast subjects.

Unparalleled Performance: The new EXPEED 6 engine’s superior image-processing capabilities combined with the vast amount of information provided by the new dedicated AF engine drives high-level performance in any situation. To help capture the decisive moment consistently, the D6 boasts a 14fps2 mechanical shutter with full AF and AE. The D6 can also shoot completely silent for sensitive situations, capturing full resolution at 10.5 fps. For faster frame rates, the Nikon D6 is able to take 2-megapixel images at approx. 60 fps and 8-megapixel images at 30 fps in Live View mode.

The D6 leverages a 20.8-megapixel FX-Format CMOS sensor, creating images that pop with stunning detail and true colors and exhibit incredible dynamic range. The ISO ranges from 100 to 102,400, which helps to preserve sharpness and subtle details in even the most challenging light. Additionally, ISO is expandable up to 3.2 million, giving photographers the ability to truly conquer the dark.

Concentration on Workflow: Building on Nikon’s history of serving professionals, the D6 is the most customizable Nikon DSLR yet, designed to speed up the workflow of any user during and after capture.

  • Recall shooting functions create combinations of settings that can be assigned to a specific button to get the perfect shot in a pinch
  • The D6 excels in connectivity and supports the same 1000BASE-T Ethernet standard as the D5, with an approximate 15% increase in transmission speed. The camera also supports a number of options for wireless networking, offering built-in 2.4- and 5-GHz*3 Wi-Fi®4 or traditional wireless transfer using the WT-6 Wireless Transmitter (optional)
  • Includes 14 customizable buttons, assignable to any of 46 unique function choices and a new intuitive menu system
  • Priority Image Transfer gives the ability to move an important image to the front of the queue when speed is of paramount priority, which can easily be done by swiping the touch LCD during playback
  • Security Lock compatibility supports connection of anti-theft cables to provide maximum security for remote applications or when the camera is unattended
  • Built in GPS5 gives accurate time, date and location information for just about anywhere on the planet
  • Dual CFexpress6 slots offer blazing fast read/write times and have the ability to overflow, copy or separate file types
  • JPEG functions allow for the simultaneous recording of two JPEG images with different image size and quality settings, which is convenient for separating images that will be transmitted from those that will be edited
  • Creativity options for multimedia creators including a new interval timer mode to retain the best resolution and enable in-camera time-lapse movie file recording providing professionals the ability to create exceptionally sharp 16:9 4K Ultra HD video

Absolute Reliability: Nikon’s flagship cameras remain trusted in the industry and have been proven on the sidelines, in the studio and even in outer space. With a magnesium alloy camera body and extensively weather-sealed design, the D6 is as tough as the professionals who use it, ready to take on the harshest shooting conditions. The camera offers long-lasting battery life, delivering the safety net and energy-saving performance that pros need on daylong outings. The D6 also employs a USB-Type C connector for faster direct-to-PC file transfer rates than previously possible with the D5.

Endless Lens Choices: By pairing the D6 with Nikon’s extremely diverse selection of F-Mount NIKKOR telephoto lenses, professionals have the most advanced imaging solution in Nikon’s history. No matter the job, the client or the location, there’s a NIKKOR lens, from the ultra-wide to the super-telephoto. The D6 is also compatible with Nikon’s line of creative Speedlights, offering extra creative freedom to enhance natural light and add artistry and drama to any scene.

Pricing and Availability

The new Nikon D6 will be available in April 2020 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $6,499.95* for the body only configuration. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Joules

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"For faster frame rates, the Nikon D6 is able to take 2-megapixel images at approx. 60 fps and 8-megapixel images at 30 fps in Live View mode"

Basically advertising frame grabs is pretty brutal. Especially if your '8-megapixel' mode, a.k.a. 4K, only does 30 FPS.

The AF improvements are probably the most interesting thing about this from my perspective (somebody not remotely interested in a 6K body, especially if it is stuck using F mount lenses).
 
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Joules

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FYI the large German camera store Calumet has a little AF tracking test up already:


The first half is just listing the specs, the second half is demonstrating AF tracking with a subject moving towards the camera as well as parallel to the camera. Doesn't look bad, the direct comparison with Canon will be cool to see.
 

Sharlin

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"For faster frame rates, the Nikon D6 is able to take 2-megapixel images at approx. 60 fps and 8-megapixel images at 30 fps in Live View mode"

Basically advertising frame grabs is pretty brutal. Especially if your '8-megapixel' mode, a.k.a. 4K, only does 30 FPS.
Yeah, I mean, the 1DX2 does 8MP frame grabs at 60 fps, albeit at a slight crop, and you have to switch to movie mode to do that. But still.
 
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My first thought after Polin's review, was Nikon could have skipped the upgrade altogether.

The D5 is a great camera. At least I think it would be hard to to knock. So if something new comes mirrorless in the next year or two, maybe Nikon would nave taken less criticism had they simply stuck with the D5 for a while longer in the DSLR range. I shoot Canon, but anyone I know with a D5 says they love their camera.
 

ahsanford

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My first thought after Polin's review, was Nikon could have skipped the upgrade altogether.

The D5 is a great camera. At least I think it would be hard to to knock. So if something new comes mirrorless in the next year or two, maybe Nikon would nave taken less criticism had they simply stuck with the D5 for a while longer in the DSLR range. I shoot Canon, but anyone I know with a D5 says they love their camera.

Yes, but one can see how in 1-2 generations, Canon will ween it's 1-series folks off of mirrors*. The mirrorless features on the 1DX3 are (in some ways) *upgrades* to the mirrored use case. There is a carrot being dangled to the 1-series crowd that mirrorless is not just a fad and that is can provide new value to even the most set-in-their-ways stills users.

*I'm not saying the 1-series will die anytime soon. We'll probably obsolete that SLR line dead last of all. But at least Canon has an exit strategy for it. The D6 was an opportunity for Nikon to build similar inroads to mirrorless so that when they do drop a gripped sports Z rig, it won't be a cliff to jump off of for D5 users. This D6 does not appear to do that.

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melgross

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Well, for those here complaining about the new 1Ds mk III, this new Nikon should come as a big disappointment. After all, it makes the new Canon look great. It seems that Nikon supporters are more disappointed by this than disappointed Canon users are over the mk III. And for good reason.
 

melgross

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Yes, but one can see how in 1-2 generations, Canon will ween it's 1-series folks off of mirrors*. The mirrorless features on the 1DX3 are (in some ways) *upgrades* to the mirrored use case. There is a carrot being dangled to the 1-series crowd that mirrorless is not just a fad and that is can provide new value to even the most set-in-their-ways stills users.

*I'm not saying the 1-series will die anytime soon. We'll probably obsolete that SLR line dead last of all. But at least Canon has an exit strategy for it. The D6 was an opportunity for Nikon to build similar inroads to mirrorless so that when they do drop a gripped sports Z rig, it won't be a cliff to jump off of for D5 users. This D6 does not appear to do that.

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I imagine that the mk III will be the last DSLR Canon makes for the top end. This should be around for 4 years, which would be typical. But Canon isn’t going to wait 4 years before coming out with an R series equivakent. I would be shocked if it’s not within 2 years. A bit over a year ago, Canon said that the EVF was the problem. That until they could get that at least equal to the optical viewfinder, they couldn’t do it. So it’s been a good 18 months since that statement. We’ll see how much better the R5 and R6 EVFs’ are. That should give us some idea as to the progress they’re making.
 
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For faster frame rates, the Nikon D6 is able to take 2-megapixel images at approx. 60 fps and 8-megapixel images at 30 fps in Live View mode.
Nice feature that I would like to see on the 1DX Mark III in a future firmware update. As Canon has stated, although their video quality is excellent, grabbing frames from video footage is not the same as stills.
 

AlanF

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Well, for those here complaining about the new 1Ds mk III, this new Nikon should come as a big disappointment. After all, it makes the new Canon look great. It seems that Nikon supporters are more disappointed by this than disappointed Canon users are over the mk III. And for good reason.
1Ds mk III?
 
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Joules

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TBH reading some of the stuff is pretty harsh. Yes, the specs aren't looking great compared to a 1DX III. But it should still deliver amazing performance with that new AF sensor (the number of points is meaningless), and 14 FPS vs 16 FPS is probably a moot difference for most folks. LiveView on the 1DX III sounds great, but may not be used that much anyway. So the only remaining difference are the video features.

But on the other hand, with how much bad press Canon gets, it's nice to see team red mentioned in a positive light for once, lol.
 

AlanF

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Not happy:


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You got me to click on this garbage, whose take home message is that the A9 II is the future. I suppose he is what we Brits say about Marmite or our Aussie brothers Vegemite: you hate it or love it. The AF stuff is nonsense. The previous Nikon AF module runs rings around all the mirrorless with thousands of points apart from the A9 II. And the A9 II was castigated for being a minor upgrade over the A9. It's not the number of AF points that count but what the camera does with them. I suppose I had better get used to mirrorless.
 

AlanF

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TBH reading some of the stuff is pretty harsh. Yes, the specs aren't looking great compared to a 1DX III. But it should still deliver amazing performance with that new AF sensor (the number of points is meaningless), and 14 FPS vs 16 FPS is probably a moot difference for most folks. LiveView on the 1DX III sounds great, but may not be used that much anyway. So the only remaining difference are the video features.

But on the other hand, with how much bad press Canon gets, it's nice to see team red mentioned in a positive light for once, lol.
The trolls are having field days on all the photo forums. Just about every new model from every manufacturer is being panned. But, in practice they are all damned good.
 
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