Recently, DSLRs have taken the second position to mirrorless cameras even as lots of people thought they could not be given more attention by camera makers. Also, Canon has already put the speculations made by people to rest by announcing the EOS 1D X Mark III in January, after releasing an enthusiast-level EOS 90D in August last year. If we were to make do with rumors, that’s not going to be the last.
Nikon just released the D780 and rapidly followed it up with its expert sport shooter, and the timing for the release couldn’t have been better. In the year 2019, Nikon marked the 20th anniversary of the Nikon single-digit D series, which was released in 1999 with the Nikon D1. Currently, the Nikon company possesses the most improved and advanced digital SLR to date.
With the 2020 Olympic Games around the corner, it’s no doubt that we’re certainly going to see the expertise, sports-focused DSLR flagships from Canon and Nikon face-off, just like it happened years back.
Nikon D6 – Release Date and Price
Just like its forerunner, the Nikon D5, and the new Canon counterpart, the Nikon D6 is going to be expensive. The shipping will start in April 2020, having a massive price tag of $6,500 / £6,299 / AU$9,999. This Price tag puts Nikon D6 almost on the same level as its main competition, which is the just-released Canon 1D X Mark III, which is also striving for the camera bags of sports photographer experts.
Nikon D6 – Design
The Nikon company tried its best to provide a small picture of the D6 during its development announcement in September last year. Although it was presumed as a mock-up rather than a final rendering, people already knew that it would physically look like D5.
The chassis is still that same quintessential chunky design to incorporate a big battery and also successfully accommodate the dual shooting layout for the vertical and horizontal capture.
The magnesium alloy body is completely weather-sealed, making it as strong and rugged as the professionals who make use of it”. Everyone knows that Nikon will undoubtedly keep to an identical form factor as the D5’sD5’s for the D6. And also, expecting professionals to get used to a rapidly new way of working is a significant task on its own.
The square shape of the D5 enables it to incorporate a battery grip for extended battery life. We hope that the D6 will move its mirrorless competitions out of the water for longevity by doing the same thing.
Nikon D6 has a new 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto lens that looks set to be a bit of a beast. The Nikon D6 will be big enough to balance well with such lenses, which are most common with sports and wildlife shooters.
Nikon D6 Specifications
It has a 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor, that weighs under a pound, and also has a flip-down rear display for selfie photos and vlogging. To not mistakenly tamper with the camera settings, there’s a Selfie Mode that deactivates most controls whenever the screen is down.
If you put it onto a gimbal, the screen will be blocked when it’s flipped. That’sThat’s not too good for vlogging, so Nikon is creating its handle for the Z50. The Z50 has an input for the mic, but there’s no headphone jack among its ports.
The camera secures an electronic viewfinder (2.36 million dots) and 3.2-inch rear LCD, and the grip is comfortable even for those with large hands. The benefits of the Z mount (like the shorter flange distance) is to carry over to a crop sensor for improvement in image quality.
The camera has the ability for an 11-fps continuous shooting (with autofocus and exposure) and has about a 209-point phase-detect autofocus system, which covers about 87% of the frame horizontally and 85% vertically.
When in low-light mode, it can focus at -4 EV, which is better than other rivals. The standard ISO range is 100 up to 51,200. But there’s a built-in pop-up flash in the camera, Nikon’sNikon’s eye-detection autofocus is also added, and you can alternate between diverse eyes if there are numerous people in the frame.
With it, you can get a 4K video recording at up to 30-fps with a complete sensor readout, and there’s also a 120-fps slow-mode in 1080p. Recorded videos can be shared from the camera to your smartphone wirelessly, which is a first of its kind for Nikon cameras.
A time-lapse mode is also available in the camera, and Nikon also includes numerous picture control modes that you can customize to your liking to reduce the need for post-processing before uploading your shots to Instagram. Apart from having a smaller sensor, the other thing that is different about this new Nikon D6 is the top-notch in-body image stabilization.
The new lenses provide a reduction in vibration (i.e.image stabilization), but the IBIS in Nikon’sNikon’s pricier mirrorless camera enables for some brilliant and tack-sharp shots. Apart from the engineering challenges faced in incorporating that stabilization into the camera’s smaller body, it also would have increased the Price of the camera.
Nikon D6 possesses a magnesium alloy construction and a high level of weather resistance that cannot be compared to other Nikon cameras. It has a UHS-I SD card slot and the camera making use of a Micro-B connector other than the USB-C. It also has an all-new battery, which is the EN-EL25.
Although it has lots of similar design traits like that of the Z6 and Z7, Nikon is very much on point for bringing the D6 as an answer to the recent crop-sensor mirrorless cameras from Sony and Fujifilm.
The 16-50mm kit lens looks exceptionally compact and lightweight.
What other cameras Nikon make
It might be aspiring to assume that every single camera Nikon has collated a patent for what will be a freely substitutable lens camera, either mirrorless or DSLR. It is probably that we might also see one or two compact AKA point-and-shoot cameras.
Notwithstanding, for the last 5 years, the market for compact cameras has greatly diminished, there is certainly still a market for the beginner-level compact cameras, and the high-end compact cameras.
We would like to see Nikon develop at least one DX-sensor size compact, fixed-lens camera, or at least one 1″ type (2.7x) sensor camera. Lots of people were unhappy and disappointed when the Nikon DL line was permanently shelved.
We hoped to see Nikon compete absolutely with the Sony RX100-sized cameras. It’sIt’s so exciting to be aware of the notion of having an 18-50mm similar compact camera.
The recent release of the 500mm makes it understandable that Nikon is still fully backing its tremendous and extraordinary F-mount system of lenses and DSLRs. The Z mirrorless system is intended to be complementary and should be at home in a bag right next to a D850. By taking this stand, Nikon aspires to offer photographers with the right tools they need and want and choosing between pro DSLR and pro mirrorless.
Currently, Nikon has indeed taken a massive step ahead with the release of the Z Series mirrorless and also did something astonishing with the 500mm PF lens. With everything you’ve learned here, I hope you will be excited to get the NikonD6 cameras.