Back view of the Nikon D6
Back view of the Nikon D6

Nikon this week announced a new pro DSLR, the D6. Technically, the D6 was announced last September, but we were told nothing about the camera. Now we know the specs.

Let’s take a look:

Overview

The D6 retains the prior model’s 20.8 megapixel full-frame sensor. However, it does sport a new Expeed 6 processor. The processor gives the camera a maximum burst rate of 14fps with full AF/AE tracking, or 10.5 fps in “silent mode” using the electronic shutter. Additionally, if you want to save a still from a video, you can take a still by pressing down the shutter during Movie Mode, shooting up to 60fps in Full HD (2MP), or 30fps in 4K UHD (8MP).

Back view of the Nikon D6
Back view of the Nikon D6

As for the ISO, the camera’s native ISO runs from 100 to 102,400.

Improved autofocus

The D6 comes with an improved autofocus system. While Nikon has lowered the number of points from 153 to 105, Nikon has made all the points cross-type and selectable. Nikon claims this will make the autofocus coverage 1.6 times “denser” than the D5. Furthermore, the company claims the center point can focus down to -4.5EV. The others work at -4EV.

Group AF now supports up to 17 custom focus point arrangements. Users can pre-set those points depending on the subject they’re shooting.

Workflow enhancements

To make things easier for the pros that pick up the D6, Nikon has included 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi, a USB-C port and dual CFExpress card slots. There are also shooting functions allowing you to assign a combination of settings to a single button. JPEG functions additionally give you the option to simultaneously record two JPEG images at different size and quality settings.

Top view of the Nikon D6
Top view of the Nikon D6

Durability

Nikon has made the D6 with a magnesium alloy body, and it is “extensively weather-sealed.”

Pricing and availability

The Nikon D6 will be sold for $6,500 for the body only. You can pre-order now. To learn more about the camera, you can go to the Nikon USA website.

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