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Decisive power. Faster workflow. Absolute reliability.
Like every Nikon flagship camera that has come before it, the D6 holds nothing back. Featuring Nikon's most powerful AF system to date for capturing every heart-pounding, pivotal moment, the D6 is an uncompromising workhorse that lives up to every professional demand in any environment. And because every second counts in the field, the D6 is loaded with new time-saving workflow enhancements and advanced customization options. The moments that define us, that show what we’re capable of, the ones that live on, are waiting to be captured with a Nikon D6 DSLR.
- FX Format
- 20.8 Megapixels
- 14 FPS Continuous Shooting
- 100-102,400 ISO Expandable to 3,280,000
- 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p
Turbo-charged by EXPEED 6
The D6 is powered by Nikon’s fastest, most comprehensive image processing engine to date, EXPEED 6. It’s the brains behind the camera’s stunning photo and video quality, AF power, low-light performance, noise suppression, distortion control, image clarity, colour reproduction and more.
Fast and Reliable | 14 fps Continuous Shooting
For capturing the most electrifying of moments during high speed sports and action, the D6 can shoot a remarkable 14 fps for up to 200 continuous shots at JPEG fine quality*.
Its beautifully clear optical viewfinder allows real-time confirmation of the composition while its highly dependable mechanical shutter eliminates any concern of banding or flickering at high speeds—crucial under professional environments where every moment matters.
* When using E-type lenses, in CH mode and at shutter speed 1/250 second or faster.
Silent when discretion counts
When camera noise can be a potential distraction, switching to Live View allows you to get every shot utilizing the D6's full 20.8MP at up to 10.5fps in complete silence.*
*AF is locked on the first frame while AE tracks. Rolling shutter distortion may occur.
Advanced scene recognition for intelligent exposure.
Working in harmony with the D6’s dedicated AF and EXPEED 6 image-processing engines, a 180K-pixel Advanced Scene Recognition System identifies various aspects of the scene and makes fine adjustments to ensure complete accuracy in auto exposure, autofocus, auto white balance and more.
The extremely robust and durable D6 is constructed with incredibly strong, yet remarkably lightweight magnesium alloy to stand up to the toughest professional demands while maintaining high electromagnetic-shielding and heat-emission performance. The shutter unit has been tested for 400,000 cycles.
Pro-grade weather sealing.
Extensive sealing of joined sections ensures Nikon's most comprehensive resistance to dust and water droplets, designed to keep out the elements so photographers can continue to shoot with the utmost confidence.
Easily change camera settings in the dark with top and rear LCD control panels and buttons that illuminate with the flick of a lever.
The most well-connected Nikon flagship camera ever.
Transfer photos and videos, even RAW images, wirelessly to a smart device via the SnapBridge app over the D6's built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth.
Wired LAN supports the highly acclaimed 1000BASE-T standard with 15% faster transfer speeds than the D5.
In studio, wireless LAN connections can be obtained with either the built-in dual band 2.4/5 GHz transmitter or with the faster, more reliable WT-6A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (optional).
Standardized metadata editing.
The D6 uses standard IPTC metadata, now compatible with XML, so popular, industry standard image-browsing software like Photo Mechanic® can be used to confirm and edit metadata.
The ultimate shape shifter
On fast-paced assignments, being ready for every critically decisive moment is paramount.
With so many ways to customize settings and shortcuts, the D6 truly adapts to every workflow.
Optimized for creativity
Long exposures made easy. No remote necessary.
The unique possibilities of long exposure shooting opens up an incredible creative avenue to explore. With the D6, exposures longer than 30 seconds can be set right in the camera* without the need for a remote timer. In M mode, exposures longer than 30 seconds are selectable up to 900 seconds (60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 480, 600, 720, 900 are available).
*When activated in the custom settings menu.
Style-defining creative filters.
The D6 includes 20 unique Creative Picture Controls, all of which can be previewed in real-time and applied to both photos and videos. Spend more time in the field focusing on being creative and less time post-processing.
Multiple ways to create multiple exposures.
With the D6, surreal, expressive multiple exposure photography can be created traditionally while shooting consecutive photos or by combining any photo previously shot with the camera using the retouch menu.
Dependable, all-day shooting
A full range of F mount pro lenses
Renowned NIKKOR F lenses are praised by top professionals for their superior clarity and sharpness and are available for most every application—from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto. With astonishing image rendition for indoor events and low-light scenes, NIKKOR's lineup of fast super-telephoto lenses are indispensable for sports and wildlife photographers.
Kensington Anti-Theft Lock compatible
The D6 features a pro-grade Kensington® Security Slot to keep your camera safe and prevent theft in remote shooting situations.
Global support for NPS professionals
Nikon Professional Services (NPS) offers dependable service and dedicated support to pros that make their living from the images they capture with Nikon products. NPS keeps its members shooting with certainty, ease and a feeling of security that comes with dedicated support.
± WI-FI COMPATIBILITY
This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system.
The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
What's IncludedD6 DSLR Camera Body
EN-EL18c Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
MH-26a Battery Charger
HDMI and USB Cable Clip
UC-E24 USB Cable
AN-DC22 Camera Strap
DK-27 Eyepiece Adapter
DK-17F Fluorine-Coated Finder Eyepiece
BF-1B Body Cap
BS-3 Accessory Shoe Cover
BL-6 Battery Chamber Cover
|Type||Single-lens reflex digital camera|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)|
|Picture Angle||Nikon FX format|
|Effective Pixels (Megapixels)||20.8 million|
|Sensor Size||35.9 mm x 23.9 mm|
|Image Sensor Format||FX (Full-Frame)|
|Image Sensor Type||CMOS|
|Total Pixels||21.33 million|
|Dust-Reduction System||Image sensor cleaning
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
|Dust-Off Reference Photo||Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)|
|Image Area (pixels)||FX-format
(L) 5,568 x 3,712
(M) 4,176 x 2,784
(S) 2,784 x 1,856
(L) 3,648 x 2,432
(M) 2,736 x 1,824
(S) 1,824 x 1,216
1:2 format (30 x 20)
(L) 4,640 x 3,088
(M) 3,472 x 2,312
(S) 2,320 x 1,544
5:4 format (30 x 24)
(L) 4,640 x 3,712
(M) 3,472 x 2,784
(S) 2,320 x 1,856
1:1 format (24 x 24)
(L) 3,712 x 3,712
(M) 2,784 x 2,784
(S) 1,856 x 1,856
16:9 format (36 x 20)
(L) 5,568 x 3,128 (17.4 million)
(M) 4,176 x 2,344 (9.8 million)
(S) 2,784 x 1,560 (4.3 million)
Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3,840 x 2,160: 3,840 x 2,160 Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1,920 x 1,080: 1,920 x 1,080 Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1,280 x 720: 1,280 x 720
|File Format Still Images||JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (size priority); Optimal quality compression available
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
|Storage Media||CFexpress (Type B)
XQD Type Memory
|Card Slot||2 CFexpress (Type B) cards or 2 XQD memory type cards
The card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage, for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG copies of photos taken at image quality settings of NEF (RAW) + JPEG, or to store separate copies of JPEG photos at different sizes and compression ratios; pictures can be copied between cards
|File System||Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
EXIF 2.31 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
|Viewfinder||Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||FX (36x24): 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1.2x (30x20): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
DX (24x16): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
5:4 (30x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1:1 (24x24): 95% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
16:9 (36x20): 100% horizontal and 96% vertical (Approx.)
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1) (Approx.)|
|Viewfinder Eyepoint||17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹) from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens|
|Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment||-3 to + 1m¯¹|
|Focusing Screen||Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark X screen with Af area brackets; framing grid can be displayed|
|Reflex Mirror||Quick-return type|
|Mirror Lock Up||Yes|
|Lens Aperture||Instant-return type
|Depth-of-Field Control||Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)|
|Compatible Lenses||AI-P NIKKOR lenses
DX lenses (using [DX 24 x 16] image area)
Non-CPU AI lenses (modes A and M only)
Other AF NIKKOR lenses (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF)
Types G, E, and D (some restrictions apply to PC lenses)
During viewfinder photography, the electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster. With lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points.
|Shutter Type||Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter
Electronic front-curtain shutter
|Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV, extendable to 900 sec. in mode M; Bulb; Time; X250|
|Fastest Shutter Speed||1/8000 sec.|
|Slowest Shutter Speed||900 sec.|
|Flash Sync Speed||Up to 1/250 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 sec. or slower
Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
|Bulb Shutter Setting||Yes|
|Shutter Release Modes||Continuous low-speed [CL] mode
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Quiet Shutter Release
Single-frame [S] mode
|Continuous Shooting Options||CL: Up to 1-10 frames per second
CH: Up to 10-14 frames per second
Quiet Continuous Mode: Up to 1-5 frames per second
|Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution||14 frames per second|
|Self-Timer||2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec.
Timer duration electronically controlled
|Exposure Metering System||TTL exposure metering using 180,000-pixel RGB sensor
Live view: TTL exposure metering performed by image sensor
|Metering Method||Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame; Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU and AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5- 4.5E ED lenses use 12-mm circle)
Matrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering III (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
Spot: Meters circle approximately 4 mm in diameter (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU or AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens is used)
Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses
|Metering Range||-3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
0 to 20 EV (highlight-weighted metering)
Figures are for ISO 100 and f/1.4 lens at 20 °C/68 °F
|Exposure Meter Coupling||Combined CPU and AI|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
|Exposure Compensation||±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV|
|Exposure Lock||Luminosity locked at detected value|
Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon)
Selected Picture Control can be modified
Storage for custom Picture Controls
|ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100 - 102,400
Choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV
Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
|Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity||100|
|Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity||102,400|
|Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity||Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)|
|Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity||Hi-5 (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent)|
|Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options||Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available|
|Long Exposure Noise Reduction||Yes|
|High ISO Noise Reduction||Yes|
|Active D-Lighting||Can be selected from:
|Single-Point AF Mode||105 focus points (number available for selection in viewfinder photography can be chosen from 105, 27, and 15)|
|Dynamic AF Mode||Yes|
|Auto-Area AF Mode||Yes|
|Autofocus System Type||Viewfinder photography: TTL phase-detection; 105 focus points, all of which are cross-type sensors and 15 of which support f/8; detection performed by Multi-CAM 37K autofocus sensor module; autofocus fine-tuning supported
Live view: Contrast-detect AF available at all points in frame; focus point selected by camera when face detection or subject-tracking is used
|Detection Range||-4.5 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)|
|Lens Servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status full-time AF (AF-F; available only during live view and movie recording)
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
|AF-Area Mode||Viewfinder photography: Single-point AF; 9, 25, 49, or 105-point dynamic-area AF; 3D-tracking; group-area AF; group-area AF (C1); group-area AF (C2); auto-area AF
Live view: face-detection AF, wide-area AF, normal area AF, subject-tracking AF
Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF-S) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
|Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points||105|
|Autofocus Fine Tune||Yes|
|Top FP High Speed Sync||Up to 1/8000|
|Flash Control||TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering|
|Flash Sync Modes||Front-curtain sync (normal)
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
|Flash Compensation||-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV|
|Flash-ready Indicator||Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output|
|Accessory Shoe||ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock|
|Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)||i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF (viewfinder photography), unified flash control|
|Flash Sync Terminal||ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread|
|White Balance||Auto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K to 10000K)
Fluorescent (7 types)
Natural Light Auto
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
All except choose color temperature with fine-tuning
|White Balance Bracketing||Yes|
|Live View Shooting||Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
|Live View Lens Servo||Single, continuous, full-time AF|
|Live View AF-Area Mode||Face-priority AF
|Live View Autofocus||Contrast detection|
|Movie Metering||TTL exposure metering using main image sensor|
|Movie Maximum Recording Time||105 minutes
Based on CIPA Standards
|Movie File Format||MOV
|Movie Video Compression||H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding|
|Movie Audio Recording Format||Linear PCM
|Movie||4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Quality selection available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160 when quality is fixed at (high)
|Movie Audio||Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable|
|Monitor Size||3.2 in. diagonal|
|Monitor Resolution||2,359,000 Dots|
|Monitor Type||TFT touch-sensitive LCD|
|Monitor Angle of View||170-degree wide-viewing angle|
|Monitor Adjustments||Brightness, 11 levels
Brightness adjustment and color balance control
|Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator||Yes|
|Playback Functions||Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
IPTC information embedding and display
Playback with Playback Zoom
Playback Zoom Cropping
|In-Camera Image Editing||Yes|
|Voice Memo Function||Yes|
|Interface||Type C USB (Super speed USB), type C HDMI, Stereo mini-pin audio input (microphone), Stereo mini-pin output (headphones), Ten pin remote port|
|Wi-Fi Functionality||Standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac (Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a (other countries in the Americas)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Africa, Asia, and Oceania)
Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5825 MHz (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico)
2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5805 MHz (other countries in the Americas)
2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5745–5805 MHz (Georgia)
2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5320 MHz (other European countries)
Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 6.8 dBm
5 GHz band: 6.3 dBm (Georgia)
5 GHz band: 9.3d Bm (other countries)
Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
|Ethernet Connector||RJ-45 connector
Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T)
Data rates*: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect
Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTOMDIX)
*Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ.
|Peripheral Connector||For WT-6|
|Smart Device App Connectivity||SnapBridge|
Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2
Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz
Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz
Maximum output power (EIRP):
Bluetooth: 1.3 dBm
Bluetooth Low Energy: -0.2 dBm
|GPS||Receiving frequency: 1575.42 MHz (C/A code)
Geodesics: WGS 84
|Supported GNS Systems||GPS (USA)
|Data Acquired||Latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)|
|Clock Synchronization||Camera clock can be set to time acquired via GNSS|
|Log Interval||15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.|
|Maximum Log Recording Time||6, 12, or 24 hours|
|Save/Load Camera Settings||Yes|
|Total Custom Settings||69|
|Supported Languages||The languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.|
|Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings||Yes|
|World Time Setting||Yes|
|Battery / Batteries||EN-EL18c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL18b/EN-EL18a/EN-EL18 batteries can also be used. Note, however, that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge with an EN-EL18 than with an EN-EL18c/EN-EL18b/EN-EL18a.
|Battery Life (shots per charge)||3,580 shots (CIPA)
Movies: Approx. 105 minutes of HD footage
Battery enables up to approx. 3,580 shots per charge in single-frame release mode* or approx. 8,670 shots in continuous-release mode
*Based on CIPA Standards
**Under Nikon’s own test conditions
|AC Adapter||EH-6c AC Adapter; requires EP-6 Power Connector (available separately)|
|Battery Charger||MH-26a Quick Charger|
|Tripod Socket||1/4 in. (ISO 1222)|
|Operating Environment||Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 160 x 163 x 92 mm (6.3 x 6.5 x 3.7")|
|Weight||Approx. 1,270 g (44.8 oz.)
* camera body only
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