The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

   Nikon D6 is a new generation of flagship SLR cameras released on February 12 this year. As the ultimate weapon for professional users, Nikon D6 does not actually bring too bright parameters this time, but this is still the current Nikon system The most powerful camera. The biggest upgrade of this camera comes from the focus system. The new 105-point focus system can be called the most powerful camera focus system. Today we will bring a detailed test of the Nikon D6. If you love sports photography, or like shooting wild animals, this camera is definitely a professional weapon.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

1. Overview

   Nikon D6 is the latest generation of flagship SLR camera. The original mission of this camera is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It is an out-and-out sports camera. Compared with the more radical 1D X Mark III next door, the Nikon D6 does not have a too radical design. Many performances actually continue the design of the Nikon D5, but the body adopts a brand new focusing system, which has received a huge upgrade in focusing performance. , And the camera’s network transmission and control performance has been further improved.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

For the camera, this time the number of focus points has dropped from 153 to 105, but 105 points are all cross-focus points, and all are optional. The overall area of ​​the focus area has not changed, but the actual coverage area of ​​the focus point has increased by 60%. From the actual experience, the Nikon D6 is the best camera with the best focusing speed.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

This generation of Nikon D6 did not adopt an overly aggressive design, and many performances continued the technical indicators of the Nikon D5. The camera still uses a 20.82 million pixel full-frame sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-102400 and can be expanded to 3.28 million, which is the same as the Nikon D5. Judging from the current standards, the high-sensitivity performance of this camera is quite excellent, and it can be said that it is one of the best high-sensitivity cameras.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

For the Nikon D5, I gave a high score of 8.8. The advantages of this camera are focus and high image quality, as well as excellent body control performance; the disadvantage is that the camera’s live view focus is weak, and the video system No upgrade.

  Second, body design

   Nikon D6, in fact, the body layout is basically the same as the D5. The camera adopts a full-size body design with a body weight of 1450g, which is a professional Class sports camera.

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   The button layout of Nikon D6 is the same as that of D5, which can be fast for old users The hands-on operation is seamless. The camera itself uses a durable magnesium-aluminum alloy body with excellent protection and can cope with various harsh environments. The body has a complete vertical shooting handle, which can also provide excellent control experience in vertical shooting mode.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

In terms of fuselage buttons, Nikon D6 buttons are mainly concentrated on the left side, and the right side is designed with card slots, convenient buttons, and focus levers. The Nikon D6 is a full-size body with a complete vertical shooting handle and a secondary LCD screen for easy viewing of parameters. In the key layout, the design and sequence of D6 and D5 are the same.

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  Nikon D6 has a rich camera interface , Can be adapted to different external components. The camera uses dual CFexpress B-type card slots, which can not only use CFexpress cards, but also compatible with XQD cards.

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   Nikon D6 uses EN-EL18c The battery has ample battery life, a single charge can take more than 3580 photos, continuous shooting can take more than 8,670 photos, or continuous video recording for 105 minutes.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

3. Picture quality test

   Let’s take a look at the picture quality test of Nikon D6. The Nikon D6, like the D5, can be expanded to a maximum sensitivity of 3.28 million. In actual tests, the high-sensitivity performance of the Nikon D6 is very similar to that of the Nikon D5, so the image quality of the two cameras is actually not much different. Let’s first look at the high-sensitivity test of the Nikon D6. The first is ISO 100-ISO 12800.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

The following is the sensitivity test of ISO 25600-32768000.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

In fact, the available sensitivity range of the Nikon D6 is ISO 100-25600, and the image quality will drop significantly if it exceeds 25600. However, if we consider JPG to export images directly, we still have a certain sense of high usability at ISO 102400. But beyond ISO 409600, the high-sensitivity performance of this camera is completely unusable.

   In actual shooting, if the light is low, we can use ISO 102400 in emergency situations. The picture quality of Nikon D6 is actually still good. For example, the following two pictures are taken at ISO 102400.

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   Let’s take a look at the Nikon D6 Tolerance performance. Let’s first look at the tolerance performance under ISO 100.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

The latitude performance of Nikon D6 is similar to that of D5. In order to pursue high noise control, D6 sacrifices some latitude performance. Compared with other Nikon models, D6’s latitude is not good. At ISO 100, it is brightened by 4 There is already more obvious noise in the file, and when the 5 files are brightened, the picture starts to appear color cast.

   Overall, the Nikon D6 is a pursuit of high image quality, but has given up a lot of latitude in performance. As the saying goes, high sense and tolerance are incompatible. This trade-off is understandable. After all, for sports photography, high sense performance is much more important than tolerance.

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   From the actual picture quality comparison, Nikon D6 and D5 are not There are too many differences, but Nikon D6 uses the latest Expeed 6 processor. The processor performance is slightly improved, the high-sensitivity JPG algorithm is improved, and the white balance accuracy of Nikon D6 is indeed much better than D5.

  4. Motion capture test

   The focus performance of Nikon D6 is the main improvement of the camera. First of all, the focus system of this camera is 105-point focus. From the point of view of the focus area coverage, it is consistent with the D5’s 153 points, but the D6’s focus point is all cross-type focus points, and it is a triple focus sensor, so the actual D6 The focus point coverage area is 60% larger than that of the D5.

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   Nikon D6’s 105 points are all The focus point can be selected, while only 55 of the 153 points of the Nikon D5 can be selected, and the number of cross-type focus points is only 99. So from the point of view of the focus system, Nikon D6 is actually much ahead of Nikon D5.

  From the point of view of focusing ability, the center focus point of Nikon D6 can achieve -4.5EV low-light focusing, which is the lowest illumination low-light focusing of the optical viewfinder focusing module in the current SLR system. The remaining focus points can achieve -4EV focusing, so in extremely low light environments, Nikon D6 can still maintain high-efficiency focusing.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

In addition, D6 has added face recognition under the optical viewfinder, which can firmly lock the upper body and face of the person to achieve focus when focusing. D6 also preferentially selects the focus point according to the position of the subject’s eyes, so that in portrait photography, you can make it easier The subject’s eyes remain in focus.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

In continuous focusing, the Nikon D6 can maintain stable high-speed tracking, steadily locking the face of the person to focus. When shooting birds, the Nikon D6’s tracking effect is also very good.

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   Another point of Nikon D6 dynamic capture The ability is also quite powerful. When shooting high-speed moving objects, it can ensure a stable tracking effect, even if you encounter obstacles, you can quickly find the focus point.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

In addition, the Nikon D6 also has a very, very sensitive response when focusing on low contrast and small objects. It is a flagship SLR that can really refer to where to play.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

For this camera, it is no exaggeration to say that it can be regarded as the most powerful professional camera. In the continuous shooting speed, the Nikon D6 is the same as the D5, the highest continuous shooting speed is 14fps, but the 14fps of the D5 is in the state of the reflector raised, that is, it does not support continuous focus tracking. If you want to achieve continuous focus tracking and continuous shooting speed, only 12fps, while the D6’s 14fps continuous shooting is in focus tracking state.

   But here is one thing to note, when the Nikon D5 uses an XQD card, it can reach 200 continuous shooting in RAW format, while D6 can only achieve 200 continuous shooting in JGP format. In fact, the RAW format continuous shooting of the Nikon D6 is about 130 shots when tested with the highest speed XQD card.

   The focus performance of Nikon D6 also has some shortcomings. Nikon D6 did not upgrade the focus system under live view, did not add phase focus under live view, and also does not support eye focus, only supports face detection. From this point of view, the real-time view focus of the Nikon D6 is a bit inconsistent with this era.

   Nikon D6 also has no upgrade and its video performance. The video performance of the Nikon D6 is almost the same as that of the D5, and it is also 4K 30P video shooting, and does not support internal or external recording N-Log and 10bit. Moreover, when 4K video is shot, it is not full angle of view, and has angle of view cropped. To put it bluntly, D5 is still a point-to-point sampling mode in the center area.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

Five, network transmission performance

   Another key point of Nikon D6 upgrade is network transmission performance. First of all, this camera can record JPG photos of two sizes at the same time, which is convenient for different work purposes, thus greatly saving post-processing time.

   In addition, the camera has a faster network transmission speed, and after using the Nixiang SnapBridge version 2.6 APP, it also allows direct transmission of RAW images to mobile devices.

   Since Nikon D6 can record two sizes of JPG, we can use small size JPG for camera playback, which is convenient for quick search, and directly use the “i” key to jump to the large size JPG of the same file during transmission. Transfer, and can delete two identical photos at the same time when deleting, which further improves work efficiency.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

For sports reporters, the Nikon D6 can greatly reduce working hours and improve work efficiency. But for mass consumers, these functions may be rarely used.

  6. Summary and samples

   Overall, the Nikon D6 is a sports camera with excellent performance. Compared with the D5, the Nikon D6 has not many upgrades, but the focusing system brings a better shooting experience and greatly improves work efficiency, which is what sports reporters need.

The focus is significantly upgraded, the new generation flagship sports machine Nikon D6 review

For Nikon, it has not upgraded the live view focus and video shooting. Perhaps Nikon thinks that for sports reporters, taking good photos is the most important thing. This is very similar to the upgrade mode of Sony A9 II, which is different from Canon’s. 1D X Mark III.

   Anyway, Nikon D6 can provide high-quality image performance and excellent focusing experience. Although this year’s Olympics have been postponed to 2021, as a camera born for the Olympics, we still look forward to the Nikon D6 being able to bring us more wonderful photos in the Olympics next year.

   Finally, take a look at the real shot samples of Nikon D6.

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