The speed monster DSLR by Nikon, the D6 specs have been revealed finally, after months of speculation by the industry people. With this revelation, it is a Yay or Nay for serious upgrader?
The final specs announcement is timely, both for the upcoming CP+ Show in later this month at Yokohama and the summer Olympics. The Nikon D6 is not your everyday leisure camera, it is meant as a workhorse for the serious professional, especially those looking for high precision and durability camera for making their contents count with no room for mistakes. It is also a counter-call for recently announced Canon EOS 1DX III. Will the Nikon D6 specs good enough for the user to go for an upgrade? The fast facts at a glance:-
- 105-field AF & Auto-Area AF
- 14 fps with full AF/AE or 10.5 fps with AE tracking in Silent Photography mode.
- 20.8 MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- EXPEED 6 image processor
- ISO 50–3,280,000
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, LAN supports 1000BASE-T
- Dual card slots accept XQD and CFexpress cards
- 3.2 ” touch-sensitive monitor
The D6 sets a new benchmark for AF performance with its newly designed Multi-CAM 37K autofocus sensor module which features a set of 105 focus points with all cross-type, all selectable range to allows users to focus where they want without adjusting their composition. The use of a triple-sensor arrangement for each focus point and the new focus point layout reduce non-AF-sensitive areas and achieve approximately 1.6× higher-density AF coverage compared to the D5, enabling even more accurate subject focus. The center focus point works down to -4.5 EV and the others to -4 EV, making autofocus possible even in dark impossible for the naken eyes to detect.
AF performance is improved even further by enhancement in the Advanced Scene Recognition System, which works together with the D6’s dedicated AF and EXPEED 6 image-processing engines. Face and upper body information, defocus information and motion detection information improve the camera’s ability to maintain focus on laterally moving subjects in 3D-tracking and auto-area AF modes. In a first for optical viewfinder shooting, the D6 also prioritizes focus point selection based on the positions of the subject’s eyes. This makes it easier to keep the subject’s eye in focus for portrait opportunities.
High Speed Shooting
The D6 shoots approximately 14-fps high-speed continuous shooting capability with AF and AE tracking. It can maintain this amazing speed for up to 200 frames of JPEG fine, while allowing real-time confirmation of the scene through its clear optical viewfinder with approx. 0.72× magnification. The newly designed mirror bounce reduction mechanism suppresses vibration of the viewfinder image and offers a stable and sharp view when shooting sports scenes at 14 fps.
If you choose to use silent photography function in live view mode, it allows you to capture sequences at full resolution in complete silence at approx. 10.5fps. It is also useful for reducing wear on the shutter mechanism during interval-timer and time-lapse photography.
The D6 is able to shoot up to 60 fps with 2-megapixel images, as well as 8-megapixel images at approx. 30 fps by keeping the shutter-release button pressed in movie live view mode, this function is great for use in online news reports.
The D6’s EXPEED 6 image-processing engine reproduces clear skin tones without any colour overcast. A newly incorporated “time sequence analysis algorithm” helps the camera’s auto white balance achieve more precise and stable white balance results by presuming the current shooting scene based on chronologically accumulated information. You can expect more stable auto white balance performance in a variety of scenarios, whether it’s for sports or portraits.
While maintaining 20.8 effective megapixels and a highest standard ISO sensitivity of 102400, its EXPEED 6 image-processing engine delivers even better image quality, with noise effectively suppressed throughout the wide ISO range.
In addition to the 2.4 GHz band, which tends to be unstable due to radio interference from other electronic devices, the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi lets you transfer images to your computer or a router nearby using the 5 GHz band, ensuring reliable transmission. It also enables you to transfer images to your smart devices using SnapBridge. The optional WT-6/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter is useful for sending images to editors, as it allows transfers over distances of up to approx. 200 m with the IEEE 802.11ac standard. Meanwhile, you can keep shooting and editing while the images are transmitted. With its built-in LAN port using the same reliable 1000BASE-T standard, it achieves 15% quicker transmission with the wired transmission.
The dual card slots, XQD and CFexpress cards, it’s now possible to record images simultaneously in two different JPEG sizes or quality options onto separate cards. You can send images at the smaller size for faster delivery while retaining large JPEGs for subsequent editing.
The review will be coming soon when we got hold of the D6. For a host of other Nikon related news and review are found here. Local price is not available at writing time while stock is expected to hit the shelves around April this year, and meanwhile, please visit Nikon Malaysia for more information.
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