Where is the new flagship upgrade? Detailed explanation of the four major upgrade points of Nikon D6
The Nikon D6 has been officially released. From the perspective of performance improvement, the biggest upgrade of the D6 is the focus system. The D5’s 153 points have been upgraded to 105 full cross focus points, and the coverage area has also increased by 60%. The focus system has been added with eye recognition focusing function. D6 still uses the high-sensitivity route of D5, with a native sensitivity of 102,400 and an extended sensitivity of up to 3,280,000. In addition, D6 has also greatly upgraded the image transmission performance.
Obviously, from the parameter list, the Nikon D6 may disappoint many fans. The continuous shooting speed is 14fps, the live view focusing system does not seem to be improved, and the video still stays at the 4K 30P level. In all respects, the Nikon D6 The upgrade is a bit like the upgrade of Sony A9II and Sony A9, which optimizes a lot of content, but does not bring too many breakthrough changes. Compared to the next-door Canon 1D X Mark III, D6 as a whole, there are not too many bright spots.
However, the author still understands Nikon’s upgrade method very well. As a flagship camera, it has one core purpose: to deal with large-scale sports events. For professional sports photographers, the bells and whistles are actually useless. Sports events require only four cameras: good enough picture quality, especially high-sensitivity picture quality, focusing and continuous shooting performance, body reliability, and network Transmission performance.
1. In terms of picture quality
Nikon D6 is still a 20.82 million pixel full-frame sensor. From the pixel point of view, D5 is exactly the same. So the foundation of this camera is probably derived from the D5. One of the highlights of D5 is its ultra-high sensitivity. The sensitivity range of D6 is also the native sensitivity ISO 100-102400, and the extended sensitivity can reach ISO 3280000. However, the processor of D6 is upgraded to EXPEED6, which is believed to be in high sensitivity performance. It will definitely do better than D5.
The high-sensitivity performance of Nikon D5 is obvious to all. It still has a high photo availability under ISO 102400, which is very important for shooting sports events. Higher sensitivity can provide faster shutter speeds, making snapshots It becomes easier.
From the perspective of low light performance, from Nikon D5 to D6, Nikon flagship models still have great advantages in high-sensitivity performance.
Another point, Nikon D6 has also improved skin tone performance and white balance determination
However, Nikon D6 still does not bring surprises in video shooting, it is still 4K 30P video shooting capabilities , And it is expected that the same as the D5, still has screen cropping. However, in terms of video shooting, the Nikon D6 can simultaneously take photos when shooting videos, up to 50 shots, which is really good.
Second, focus and continuous shooting performance
The key upgrade content of the Nikon D6 is the focus of the body. But this time, the number of Nikon’s focus points did not rise but fell, from D5’s 153-point focus to 105-point focus.
The Nikon D5 uses a 153-point focusing system, model Multi-CAM 20000, while the D6 uses a Multi-CAM 37000 focusing system model with a focus point of 105 points. At first glance, there are fewer focus points, but the actual available focus points for D5 are 55 points and 99 cross focus points. This time, all 105 focus points of D6 are optional focus points, and all of them are cross focus points. .
It is worth noting that the D6’s cross focus point has a triple image sensor arrangement, which further improves the focus sensitivity.
In addition, D6’s focus coverage area is 1.6 times that of D5, so it can provide a wider focus range. If you use the DX format, Nikon D6 should be able to cover the entire screen area.
One more thing, the D6’s focus system, the center point focus sensitivity is -4.5EV, while the other focus points are -4EV. Compared with D5, D5’s central focus point is -4EV, and the rest of the focus points are -3EV, so Nikon D6 has a better focusing effect in low light.
The focus of Nikon D6 is not only that. The Multi-CAM 37000 focus module interacts with the EXPEED 6 processor to provide face and upper body information, defocus information and motion detection information, which is not only helpful when focusing Improve the focus speed, and realize the eye recognition focus under the optical viewfinder, which is important for portrait shooting.
The Nikon D6 is very maddeningly equipped with 17 focus area modes, which can provide photographers with a very rich shooting options, which is very worthy of recognition.
However, although the Nikon D6 has a significant improvement in focusing under the optical viewfinder, the camera does not use a hybrid focusing system in real-time view. It is still a traditional contrast detection focusing, which is very regrettable.
As for the continuous shooting speed of the camera, although the Nikon D6 is better than the D5, it can achieve 14fps follow-focus continuous shooting under the optical viewfinder, while the D5 is 12fps. The continuous shooting life is officially only claimed to be 200 The continuous shooting of a JPG does not give specific continuous shooting data of RAW files.
In real-time view, the camera can take 2 million pixel pictures at 60fps and 8 million pixel pictures at 30fps. To put it bluntly, it is recording photos in video shooting mode, which is not new.
The electronic shutter continuous shooting speed of the Nikon D6 is 10.5fps, which is silent continuous shooting. However, Nikon’s electronic shutter continuous shooting speed is actually slower than the mechanical shutter continuous shooting, which is really confusing.
3. Body reliability
There is nothing doubtful about the reliability of the Nikon D6 body. This series has always been The most important subject in the sports arena.
From the perspective of the body, the Nikon D6 still uses a metal body. Its top cover, back cover, bottom cover, and front and rear bodies are all made of light and strong magnesium alloy, and they are sealed to deal with various harsh conditions. the weather. It is worth mentioning that the shutter speed of the Nikon D6, like the D780, can be directly shot for 900s in the camera, but for a sports camera, the value of long exposure is not great. If you use it to shoot stars, it is more useful.
In addition, the camera has added a Kensington lock slot, which is a professional camera anti-theft lock device, which is very suitable for remote control of the camera and anti-theft treatment at the press conference.
In addition, in terms of battery life of the camera, the power system of the Nikon D6 is the same as that of the D5, with a single battery life of 3580 shots, and 8670 shots if continuous shooting is used.
4. Network and transmission performance
Network transmission performance is very important for flagship SLRs.
Nikon D6 also has a great improvement in network performance upgrade. First of all, the fuselage can use the faster 1000BASE-T, and wireless communication through the built-in Wi-Fi and WT-6 wireless transmitter, the fuselage also joins 5G WiFI, thereby improving the transmission efficiency. Moreover, the new machine enhances the transmission efficiency through the mobile phone APP SnapBridge, and supports the transmission of RAW files to the mobile phone.
At the same time, Nikon D6 also optimized many transmission and storage settings. For example, you can record two sizes of JPG pictures at the same time, and you can specify the playing card slot and jump between the images recorded at the same time, and you can also use a flick operation to quickly select and send images. These settings have improved the photographer’s playback and transmission efficiency when shooting on-site.
For professional photographers, Nikon D6 is still a very good flagship body. Although the parameter index, this camera does not look dazzling. But for sports photographers, the overall camera system is considered, so from the point of view of Nikon system, D6 still has a very high level of professionalism. Although D6 did not upgrade the real-time view focusing system, nor did it upgrade the video performance, but in terms of core functions, D6 still has a significant improvement compared to D5. This is still one of the most powerful cameras in 2020.
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