The Nikon D6 professional-grade DSLR offers the most powerful AF system in the company's history, along with great low-light performance, advanced 4K UHD multimedia capabilities, and a mechanical shutter frame rate boosted to 14fps.
The camera has a newly developed, densely packed 105-point AF system in which all the focus points use 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 centre 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.
It includes a new EXPEED 6 engine, new dedicated AF engine, and 14fps2 mechanical shutter with full AF and AE. It can also shoot completely silent for sensitive situations, capturing full resolution at 10.5 fps. For faster frame rates, the D6 can take 2MP images at approximately 60 fps and 8MP images at 30 fps in Live View mode.
The D6 leverages a 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS sensor. The ISO ranges from 100 to 102,400, which helps to preserve sharpness and subtle details in challenging light. Additionally, ISO is expandable up to 3.2 million.
Recall shooting functions create combinations of settings that can be assigned to a specific button. It includes 14 customizable buttons, assignable to any of 46 unique function choices and a new intuitive menu system.
The D6 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 Wi-Fi or traditional wireless transfer using the WT-6 Wireless Transmitter (optional).
Priority Image Transfer gives the ability to move an important image to the front of the queue, 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. Dual CFexpress slots offer 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, convenient for separating images that will be transmitted from those that will be edited.
A new interval timer mode retains the best resolution and enables in-camera time-lapse movie file recording so you can create 16:9 4K Ultra HD video.
With a magnesium alloy camera body and extensively weather-sealed design, the D6 can be used in harsh shooting conditions. It offers a long-lasting battery life and employs a USB-Type C connector for faster direct-to-PC file transfer rates than the D5.
The D6 can be used with Nikon's selection of F-Mount NIKKOR telephoto lenses, as well as Nikon's line of Speedlights.
The new Nikon D6 will be available in Spring 2020 for an MSRP of $8,999.95.