Nikon D6 – Underwhelming?

Earlier today Nikon finally announced the full specs of its new DSLR flagship first officially revealed in 2019 and it seems to be a fairly incremental update with relatively few changes – this brought on quite a few photographers and reviewers to post their comments and above you can see Tony Northrop’s analysis (keep in mind that nighter he nor any independent reviewer outside of Nikon got a hold of the camera yet so take this for what it is).

So what does the D6 bring to the table over the existing D5? well, not too much honestly – here are the main points:

  • A new and faster Expeed processor (the sensor, on the other hand, is still the same 20MP you can find on the D5).
  • A new AF system for stills – you have fewer AF points (105 vs. 153) but more palatable ones and those are also all cross-type points (triple crossed).
  • Better connectivity (including 1Gbs LAN and 5GHz wireless external option).
  • GPS, BT and time sync options.
  • Dual CFExpress cards (up to 200 JPEG buffer).
  • USB charging.
  • Stills shooting while shooting video (the camera can shoot up to 4K 30p).
  • Up to 14 fps in stills (vs. 12fps in the D5).
  • Silent shooting at 10.5 fps.
  • Some software improvements.
  • Price: $6500 starting April 2020.

Matt Granger and his thoughts about the Nikon D6

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There seem to be a lot that Nikon just didn’t push with this flagship camera despite the 4 years that passed since the D5 – that includes no changes to the sensor, no IBIS, no real improvements to the video (just look at what the Canon 1D-X III offers when it comes to video), no real improvments in the rear monitor, no increase in AF coverage, no advanced AI features, and no independent internet connectivity.

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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