It’s not a small upgrade of the flagship Nikon D6 in-depth evaluation
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Among the many unknown factors and sudden variables brought about by the outbreak in 2020, the introduction of camera products in 2020 will generally occur In addition to the lagging situation, the product line planning, model product positioning and usage scenarios have also changed. According to the regular rhythm, the four-year Olympic year is the time point for brands to fully launch flagship fuselage products, which involves the time cycle of research and development and pre-stocking. However, Nikon still released the full-frame digital SLR camera D6 on February 12, 2020 Beijing time as scheduled, which is responsible for the “Olympic Year”.
From Nikon D series “single digit” product model Look, Nikon D6 is a flagship model dedicated to meeting the shooting needs of professional sports photographers and photojournalists. From the release of the Nikon D1 series in 1999 to the latest D6, the sixth-generation products have gone through more than 20 years of time, and continue to inherit the essence of Nikon F mount. The light it emits is the most dazzling one in the Nikon D series. ; The heavy responsibility shouldered and carried has also proved its powerful function. Compared with the previous generation products, Nikon D6 has brought significant upgrades in terms of details, feel and performance of data parameters.
The most significant upgrade is in focusing: Nikon D6 is equipped with a new Multi-CAM37000 autofocus sensor module for TTL phase detection. All focus points in the new 105-point autofocus system of this model are Use cross-type sensor), and all focus points are optional, to achieve a powerful autofocus performance.
The Nikon D6 also guarantees the flagship level in other parameters. It is equipped with a 21.33 million pixel full-frame sensor, which has the same data as the sensor used in the D5, and the sensitivity is still ISO100-102400. , Can be expanded to a staggering ISO 3.28 million; shutter speed is 1/8000-30 seconds, and the maximum continuous shooting is about 14 frames per second. In terms of storage, D6 has also been upgraded to CFexpress or XQD dual card slots, taking a new step in storage efficiency.
Nikon D6 and D5 parameter comparison table
According to the release, the price of the Nikon D6 single body is 44,800.00 RMB. Due to the impact of the new coronavirus epidemic, the sale of the Nikon D6 will be postponed. In May 2020, the specific date will be announced after it is confirmed. In addition, even if the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee announced the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on March 24, 2020, as a flagship product, apart from regretting that they could not capture the cutting edge in this year’s Olympics, its powerful The ability can still cover a variety of shooting needs.
Introduction to the overall appearance of
As the successor to the Nikon D5, D6 continues the design elements and concepts of D5 in many aspects, and strengthens some operating functions and feel. The more intuitive change is the line and shape of the warship’s bow. Compared with the D5, there are two more lines with shoulders, and the whole is taller. In other respects, the D6 still maintains an integrated body with a built-in vertical handle, allowing the best feel for manipulation and holding. It is also thickened at the vertical handles, making the handheld grip not inferior to conventional grips.
Nikon D6 packaging
Nikon D6 packaging Content list
Nikon Front of D6 fuselage
Nikon D6’s warship head design
As a flagship product, function and control are naturally the top priority, whether it is the arrangement of buttons and pulses or The habit of use has completely continued the habit of Nikon users as always. The main shooting modes and regular parameter adjustments can be adjusted in the right position in combination with the buttons and the impeller.
Nikon D6 gold The FX symbol symbolizes the identity of the full frame
Nikon D6 top and rear of the fuselage
On the back button design, Nikon D6 and D5 are almost the same, only in Fn3 There is an extra microphone mark at the button. Occupying the back of the Nikon D6 is a 3.2-inch 2.359 million-pixel touchable screen with excellent display and touch effects.
occupies Nikon D6 On the back is a 3.2-inch 2.359 million-pixel touch screen
Nikon D6 changes the shoulder screen and back screen to light blue light, and is equipped with button lighting, which is very convenient for night operation
Nikon D6 body The size is about 160x163x92mm, the body weighs about 1,450 grams, with battery and 2 CFexpress memory cards, but does not include the body cover and accessory shoe; only the camera body weighs about 1,270 grams.
Below I will show the Nikon D6 camera in detail. Nikon’s most eye-catching design element is the triangular “red ribbon” design at the handle. However, the “red ribbon” of the Nikon D6 does not seem to be much different from the D5. Unlike the previous generations of D3, D4, and D5, there are more obvious differences, which makes people less talk about topics.
Nikon D6 handle “Red Ribbon” design at the office
The flash sync and shutter release jack on the front of the Nikon D6 maintain a consistent design
Nikon D6’s shutter button design
Starting from Nikon D5, Nikon moved the ISO button from the left shoulder of the fuselage to the rear of the shutter. Make common ISO adjustment operations more convenient. The right button is still the familiar classic “shamrock” button layout mode dial, including Mode shooting mode switching, BKT bracketing and metering mode selection. The bottom dial can control the high and low speed continuous shooting mode, silent shooting, countdown shooting and other functions.
Nikon D6 classic “Clover” button layout mode dial
is still the focus mode switch lever and focus mode selection button at the bottom of the lens mount
The Nikon D6 adopts an integrated handle design, so the battery compartment is located at the bottom of the handle and needs to be opened by rotating
Nikon uses a brand new EN-EL18C battery, which supports USB charging, with MH-26a battery charger
For performance reasons, Nikon D6 uses a brand new EN-EL18C battery, which is also compatible with EN- EL18b/EN-EL18a/EN-EL18 batteries, but battery life performance will be slightly different. Paired with D6 is a professional MH-26a battery charger, which can calibrate the battery and charge two batteries in sequence.
Nikon D6 in A shoulder-attached screen is set on the back
As a flagship product, Nikon has always maintained the design of a shoulder-attached screen on the back, which can quickly display photo formats, white balance, and more Parameters. The biggest change in the body design of the D6 is the use of dual CFexpress slots. Although the cost of the card has increased a lot, the storage efficiency has also been greatly improved, thereby achieving 14 frames per second continuous shooting, and Make continuous buffer shooting more “free”.
Nikon D6 adopted Dual CFexpress slots
The F mount on the Nikon D6 body has a huge and complete lens group
The F mount on the Nikon D6 body is huge and complete The lens group continues Nikon’s legend of using F mount since 1959. The aperture lever on the top proves that Nikon D6 can still use classic manual lenses such as AI and AIS. The focus motor drive lever at the bottom of the bayonet means that AF series lenses without a lens motor can be used.
Nikon D6 vertical A thicker decorative leather is designed at the row of handles
Nikon D6 body mount list
In terms of interfaces, Nikon D6 supports USBType-C interface, Type C HDMI interface, audio The output and input interfaces, as well as the RJ-45 standard network cable port, and the WT-6 wireless transmission device interface are very rich. And built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, easy to transmit picture data.
Wireless Wi-Fi function introduction
Nowadays wireless Wi-Fi function is already standard configuration of most mainstream camera products. You can transfer photos directly from the camera with the assistance of mobile phone app To mobile phones, providing convenience for social sharing. And because Nikon D5 is not equipped with Wi-Fi function, transmission can only be realized through an external module, which is undoubtedly complicated for ordinary users and will be an additional cost. Nikon D6 has made corresponding upgrades in this regard, making the user experience easier and more convenient. Here I have also experienced Nikon’s wireless Wi-Fi transmission.
Nikon D6 design Select the “Connect to Smart Device” option in the menu
After entering the “Settings Menu” of Nikon D6, find the “Connect to Smart Device” option and enter the option Then you can find the Wi-Fi link option, choose to establish a Wi-Fi link to get the Wi-Fi name and password, and you can link in the wireless option of the phone. To cooperate with the camera, you need to download the Nikon WirelessMobileUtility software in the mobile phone in advance.
Nikon WirelessMobileUtility software
After the wireless connection between the phone and the camera is successful, you can open the Nikon WirelessMobileUtility software. In the software, the camera can be used for real-time view shooting, and pictures can also be downloaded and browsed. The operation is very convenient. In the options for downloading photos, you can also choose different photo sizes, and at the same time mark files in NEF format, you can choose according to different needs.
Nikon WirelessMobileUtility software Interface
Live view Shooting and photo playback interface
Photo download quality selection and download file status
You can also use Nikon’s latest SnapBridge software. The operation and linking methods are similar to those of Nikon’s WirelessMobileUtility software. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi dual mode link, and photos can be automatically uploaded to the Nikon Imaging Gallery.
Nikon SnapBridge software
In addition to the built-in Wi-Fi function, Nikon D6 also has an external network cable interface and a dedicated data transmission module interface. The corresponding model name is WT-6, which supports IEEE80.211ac/n/a The /g/b format is an indispensable accessory for news and sports reporters. The longest communication distance is about 200 meters.
Nikon WT- 6Wireless module
Nikon WT-6 wireless module
After connecting to the WT-6, it can be used with the WirelessTransmitterUtility software to realize data transmission, and the camera can be remotely controlled via the CameraControlPro2 software on the computer side.
Focus system detailed explanation actual combat
Nikon D6 is a sports-grade flagship model, so it must have an inherent advantage in the focus system. Compared with the previous generation, the Nikon D6 has a more reliable autofocus system and has set a new benchmark for its own autofocus performance. 105 optional cross-type focus points cover the autofocus range with a high density of about 1.6 times, even if the subject is moving chaotically and under low light conditions, it can provide more reliable performance, and users can adjust the focus point without adjusting the composition Align where needed. It should be noted here that the 105 optional cross-type focus points of the Nikon D6 cannot support all NIKKOR lenses. The specifics will be shown in the cross-focus table below.
Nikon D6 has 105 double cross focus points, Nikon has also developed a new type of dedicated autofocus processor, can distinguish the target focus area from the surrounding environment, even if the subject is moving, it can be about 14 Reliable and continuous focusing during continuous shooting at frames per second, and the focus can be firmly locked when shooting high-speed moving objects.
The focus system mentioned earlier is more of a written concept, then we will demonstrate the powerful Nikon D6 through actual combat. The focusing system combines the real shooting performance with a continuous shooting speed of 14 frames per second.
Motorcycle high speed Continuous shooting
When shooting a high-speed motorcycle, the Nikon D6 firmly locks the focus on the motorcycle rider. Even if the rider quickly passes by, There was no loss of focus during the shooting, and each photo was very clear. It can be said that as long as the focus is locked on the subject during continuous shooting, the photos during the entire process of pressing the shutter are all clear.
Focal length: 500mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/800s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 500mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO Sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 500mm aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/500s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
The performance is also very good, the wild birds are uncontrollable, so it is easy to make it difficult to capture the target object in the selected focus point during the shooting process. But the Nikon D6 has a rich focus group and focus settings, there is no pressure when taking this type of photo.
Sensitivity real shot
In terms of sensitivity, the Nikon D6 is the same as the previous generation D5. The native sensitivity is up to ISO102400, and can be expanded to Hi5, reaching an amazing ISO3280000 . As a flagship SLR camera that needs more and is more often hand-held shooting at a sensitivity much higher than that of conventional SLRs and mirrorless cameras, users will naturally have more stringent requirements for the high-sensitivity image quality of Nikon D6. We shoot The above ISO RAW to JPEG format photos, 100% enlarged screenshots for comparison, to show the performance of this “monster” high-sensitivity machine.
Sensitivity test interception location hint
Nikon D6 sensitivity test
will be a bit difficult in ordinary models ISO3200, ISO6400 and even ISO12800, Nikon D6 performance is very calm, even at the ultra-high sensitivity of ISO25600, the details in the picture are still rich, although there is a certain amount of noise, but it has a very high usability. After reaching ISO51200, the number of noise points can obviously be further increased, but the picture is still usable. Even at the highest native sensitivity of ISO102400, the picture still has a certain usability.
Real shot of latitude
The latitude of the camera’s photosensitive element is a very important concern for photography enthusiasts for a product, so Nikon D6 as a flagship digital SLR camera , We are also very concerned about the performance of this camera in tolerance, so we also shot Nikon D6 RAW format files after overexposure and underexposure 1-5, and used AdobeCameraRAW to adjust the exposure and convert it to JPEG format photos. 100% zoom in the screenshot for comparison.
Underexposure pull back scene
overexposure pull back the scene
From the screenshot above, after the Nikon D6 is pulled back in 3rd gear under exposure, there is only a certain amount of noise in the dark details, but overall it is still very acceptable, under exposure 4 After the file is pulled back, the noise further increases, and there is a slight color break. In terms of overexposure, after 3 stops of overexposure and then back to the exposure, the details of the highlights are lost and the color cast appears. In general, the Nikon D6 provides relatively sufficient post-processing space in the range of 3 under exposure and 2 over exposure.
Ecological proofs real shot
Thanks to the strong focus and continuous shooting capabilities of Nikon D6, I chose birds as my first subject , Holding the two longest lenses in my hand: 500mmf/5.6EPFEDVR, 180-400mmf/4ETC1.4FLEDVR. Since 180-400mmf/4ETC1.4FLEDVR has a built-in 1.4* extender, it can extend the longest focal length to 560mm, but for bird sports, this focal length is still slightly cramped, so this group of samples has a later stage Cut, and slightly late.
Focal length: 500mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/500s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 560mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/1000s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 500mm aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/800s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 500mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 500mm aperture: f/ 5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 560mm aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/640s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: automatic
Focal length: 560mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/800s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Through actual shooting, I was impressed by the powerful focusing performance of Nikon D6, and in actual shooting, it can be The focus area is changed in real time, so using this machine to shoot bird movements, it is completely impeccable for the high-speed response, accurate and fast continuous autofocus system.
More sample real shots
In addition to shooting ecological birds, I still used Nikon D6 to shoot many subjects. The following samples are all mildly processed samples.
Focal length: 500mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/800s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 32mm aperture: f/11.0 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/60s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: automatic
Focal length: 70mm aperture: f/14.0 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/100s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 500mm Aperture: f/7.1 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 500mm aperture: f/7.1 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/400s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 500mm aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/800s exposure compensation: 0EV white balance: automatic
focal length: 500mm aperture: f/7.1 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/640s exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Automatic
In addition, we also invited photographers to shoot professional motorcycle races. The Nikon D6 has excellent protection performance and super high Continuous shooting and image quality performance are very trustworthy.
Focal length: 500mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 125 Exposure time: 1/800s Exposure compensation: 0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 95mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/2500s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Automatic
Focal length: 200mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/2500s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 200mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/2000s Exposure compensation: 0.3EV White balance : Automatic
focal length ：140mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/2000s Exposure compensation: -0.3EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 160mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 250 exposure time: 1/3200s exposure compensation: 0.3EV white balance: manual
The Nikon D6, which was supposed to play a powerful role in the 2020 Olympics, can only shine in the Olympics next year due to the special epidemic this year, but this does not affect the strength of the Nikon D6, the performance monster itself. . Previously, many people said that the upgrade of Nikon D6 to D5 is actually not big, but in my opinion, the upgrade of Nikon D6’s focus system is quite obvious, which can be said to be better and more practical.
In addition, the addition of wireless transmission is also a big highlight of Nikon D6 this time. The average sports photographer will choose the two methods of wired LAN or wireless communication for transmission speed. The wired transmission speed of D6 is D5 is 15% faster; while wireless communication solutions include short-distance transmission and long-distance transmission. In layman’s terms, images are transmitted to smart devices through Nixiang SnapBridge. Short-distance does not require additional accessories. Nikon D6 directly supports Bluetooth and wireless, you can quickly go everywhere, but long-distance you need to buy WT6 separately, the farthest can be up to 200 meters.
Finally, what I want to say is that the essence of flagship design is the refinement of the previous generation product rather than a substantial improvement. Obviously Nikon D6 is such a product, I think you do use flagship For camera needs, Nikon D6 is indeed a good choice.
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