The decisive force: Nikon’s new flagship SLR D6 review

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   For fans of Nikon SLR photography, the flagship SLR, which is updated every four years, is a demonstration of Nikon’s comprehensive technical strength. In 2020, Nikon launched their new FX format digital SLR flagship camera D6 as scheduled. This is a new flagship model that has greatly improved the previous generation model Nikon D5 to achieve a powerful autofocus performance to meet the shooting needs of professional sports photographers and news photographers.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6

   Nikon D6 is equipped with a brand new Multi-CAM 37000 autofocus sensor module, with 105 focus points, all focus points use cross-type sensors, and all focus points are optional. In addition, the grouped area autofocus option that has been popular with users has been further developed in D6, it supports 17 custom settings, users can choose from them according to the scene or the way the target object moves. At the same time, D6 uses a newly developed autofocus engine that supports continuous shooting at a speed of approximately 14 frames per second.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6

   D6 uses a Nikon FX format CMOS and EXPEED 6 image processor with approximately 20.82 million effective pixels, with an ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 102400. On the premise of preserving image sharpness and clarity, it also effectively reduces noise. The stability and accuracy of the automatic white balance have been improved, and clearer and natural colors can be obtained without skin color cast. D6 also supports recording 4K Ultra HD video.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6

   Nikon D6 is also equipped with a variety of functions to achieve a more efficient post-shooting workflow. D6 allows photographers to first transfer their captured images to the top of the current list by touching the operation menu of the camera’s display screen, and then transfer them through touch operations. Two JPEG images with different size and quality settings can be recorded simultaneously. In addition, D6 supports the same 1000BASE-T Ethernet standard as D5, and its transmission speed is increased by about 15%. D6 also provides built-in 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz Wi-Fi wireless transmission functions.

   Nikon D6 main parameters:

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Overall Appearance design

  As the flagship of Nikon SLR cameras, the D6 maintains and continues the body design style of the previous generation D5, with only minor adjustments. Due to these changes, the D6 has a slight increase in body size and weight compared to the D5. The body size is about 160 x 163 x 92mm and the weight is about 1270g.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Nikon D6 machine Body front

   The front design of the D6 is consistent with the D5. The only difference is that the camera model is changed to D6. Using the D5 design in this way is also an affirmation of its design. For the original D5 users, it can also seamlessly transition to the use of D6.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Nikon D6 machine Back of the body

   The button layout on the back of the D6 is also the same as the D5. Equipped with a 3.2-inch, 2.359 million-pixel main display, the display effect is fine and clear, and it can be operated on a full touch screen. The same button layout as the D5 provides photographers with a familiar operating experience.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Nikon D6 machine The top of the body

   The configuration of the buttons on the top of the body is the same as that of the D5, and the changes made to the three buttons near the shutter of the D5 are also retained. The three buttons are arranged in an arc around the shutter button, which can save the user’s right index finger to operate these buttons in a small area, which is more convenient to use.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Nikon D6 machine Bottom of the body

   There is nothing to say about the bottom. The large area of ​​non-slip rubber ensures the stability of the camera. The D6’s tripod screw hole adopts a double screw hole structure, which can be used with some tripods to obtain better stability.

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   Both sides of Nikon D6

   Like previous generations, a large number of interfaces of D6 are designed On the left side of the fuselage. The right side is used as the handle area, and the surface of the imitation leather material makes the camera more comfortable and firm to hold in the hand.

   Body design details

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 sensor

  D6 is equipped with approximately 20.82 million effective pixels Nikon FX format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 image processor, ISO sensitivity range is ISO 100 to 102400 . On the premise of preserving image sharpness and clarity, it also effectively reduces noise. The stability and accuracy of the automatic white balance have been improved, and clearer and natural colors can be obtained, without skin color cast.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 viewfinder

   The optical viewfinder of D6 is bright and comfortable. Because the main reflector and the components of the viewfinder optical system are coated, the viewfinder of D6 can obtain nearly 100% frame coverage and natural The color tone is easy to see clearly, and it can provide a natural and non-fatigue view under various light sources even in long-term shooting. Approximately 0.72 times magnification makes it easy to check the viewfinder image and viewfinder information at the same time. And D6’s new B-type bright matte viewfinder screen can provide smoother blur and more accurate focus confirmation. The detachable viewfinder eyepiece has a fluorine coating to prevent dust and water droplets from entering. In terms of focusing system, the D6 surpasses the highly reliable D5 and sets a new benchmark for autofocus performance. The newly designed Multi-CAM 37000 autofocus sensor module has 105 focus points, so users can focus the focus points where they want without adjusting the composition.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Nikon D6 machine Top control panel

  The information on the shoulder screen allows users to understand the current parameter settings of the camera at a glance. In addition to the exposure compensation button around the shutter button, the ISO button has also been moved over, allowing users to complete exposure-related control operations with only their right hand.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 machine Back control panel

   Another camera main parameter control display panel on the back of the camera is unique to Nikon models. Like the top control panel, it has an LED lighting function to improve the visibility of the camera controller.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 vertical Shooting handle

   The vertical shooting handle of the D6 continues the deep groove design of the D5, and has a larger space for the middle finger. At the same time, the imitation leather surface material can hold the camera more comfortably and firmly in the hand.

Introduction to    body interface

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 front interface

   The upper right ports on the front of the D6 body are the Selfie indicator light, the flash sync terminal and the ten-pin remote control terminal.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Nikon D6 machine Interface on the left side of the body

   There are also a large number of ports on the left side of the fuselage. From top to bottom, they are the peripheral device interface, Type-C USB connector, HDMI interface, external microphone interface, headphone interface, and Ethernet interface. It is worth mentioning that the USB interface of D6 finally adopts Type-C interface. At the same time, in terms of data transmission, D6 also has 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz Wi-Fi wireless transmission functions, providing users with multiple options.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Nikon D6 storage Card slot

   Nikon D6 uses a dual card slot design as usual, but unlike D5, D6 has only one card slot version and supports B-type CFexpress and XQD memory cards.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 battery

   Nikon D6 uses an EN-EL18c lithium ion battery pack as a power source. Compared with the D5 with long battery life, D6 optimizes its internal power supply circuit and adopts key components such as the EXPEED 6 image processor to reduce energy consumption as much as possible, so that its overall battery life performance can be raised to the next level. In single release mode It can shoot about 3580 shots per charge, or about 8670 shots in continuous release mode, and record about 105 minutes of video.

  Continuous shooting test

  As the flagship product launched in the Olympic year, the continuous shooting performance of the Nikon D6 is naturally a point that most people value more. The Cici D6 has a multi-faceted design and has about 14 frames per second continuous shooting with auto focus and automatic exposure tracking functions. The camera can capture up to about 200 JPEG fine images at this speed.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 with Take proofs

   In addition, press and hold the shutter release button in the video live view mode, D6 can shoot about 2 million pixel images at about 60 frames per second, or about 8 million pixels at about 30 frames per second Pixel image. It can show subtle differences in key actions for online news reports.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  About 60 frames Shooting about 2 million pixel images per second

   Sensitivity Test

   Nikon D6 is equipped with an FX format CMOS of approximately 20.82 million effective pixels, with the new EXPEED 6 image processor The native sensitivity has reached ISO100-102400, and can be extended to Hi 5. Let’s take a look at the actual sensitivity performance. When shooting, we turned off the noise reduction in the camera.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Schematic diagram of interception area

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6 photosensitive Degree test table

   It can be seen from the test picture that the Nikon D6 can maintain a relatively clean picture within ISO 1600, and the details are basically clearly visible. When it rises to ISO 3200, there will be a small amount of noise visible to the human eye. But the picture is acceptable, and the details are kept intact. Until ISO 6400 began to increase noise, details began to be lost. In actual applications, IS0 6400 is basically available. Starting from ISO 12800, it can still be used in extreme environments. Although there is a lot of loss of detail, at least the picture can be taken.

   Samples appreciation

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Focal length: 500mm ISO: 800 Aperture: F5.6 Shutter: 1/1250s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Focal length: 500mm ISO: 4000 Aperture: F5.6 Shutter: 1/6400s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Focal length: 500mm ISO: 2500 Aperture: F5.6 Shutter: 1/1250s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   lens: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR focal length: 500mm ISO: 5000 aperture: F5.6 shutter: 1/1250s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Focal length: 500mm ISO: 3600 Aperture: F5.6 Shutter: 1/640s

  More proofs

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Lens: AF- S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Focal length: 62mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F2.8 Shutter: 1/1600s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Focal length: 24mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F2.8 Shutter: 1/1600s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Focal length: 48mm ISO: 450 Aperture: F2.8 Shutter: 1/50s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Focal length: 70mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F2 .8 Shutter: 1/80s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Focal length: 70mm ISO: 125 Aperture: F2.8 Shutter: 1/80s

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

   Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Focal length: 24mm ISO: 100 Aperture: F2.8 Shutter: 1/640s

  Editorial summary

   As Nikon’s new flagship and a four-year Olympic machine, D6 has been significantly improved on the basis of D5 in all aspects. For example, the high-density autofocus system with 105 cross-focusing points has increased the continuous shooting to about 14 frames per second, and can simultaneously record two JPEG images with different image sizes and image quality settings, with 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz Wi -Fi wireless transmission function, support dual CFexpress and XQD memory cards, battery life performance has also been improved again. It can be seen that through the upgrade, the Nikon D6, especially the improvement in details, allows users to have a better experience and a faster and easier workflow, especially for professional sports photographers and news photographers. Nikon’s strongest SLR still deserves its name.

The decisive force: Nikon's new flagship SLR D6 review

  Nikon D6

  Advantage:

  Approximately 20.82 million effective pixels FX format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 image processor

   The standard sensitivity can reach ISO 102400, which can be extended to ISO 3280000

   high-density autofocus system, 105 focus points are cross-type

   about 14 frames per second continuous shooting

   supports 4K Ultra HD 30p /25p/24p video function

   can simultaneously record two JPEG images with different image size and image quality settings

   has 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz Wi-Fi wireless transmission functions

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