The Nikon D6 was released in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, to equip Nikon Professional Shooter the best opportunity to capture the greatest sporting event in the world. Built for seasoned sports photographers, wedding photographers and photo-journalists, the D6 packs superior performance and technology into rugged, weather sealed confidence-inspiring package that leaves nothing to chance.
Uncompromising Image Quality
At the heart of the camera is Nikon’s 20.8 Megapixel FX format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. This tried and tested combination delivers razor sharp detail with vibrant true-to-life colours and excellent tonal contrast.
14 FPS Burst Mode with AF and AE
As you would expect from a camera that is built for speed, the D6 shoots up to a blisteringly fast 14 frames per second with full time autofocus and autoexposure calculations. For situations where discretion is required, the live view mode can shoot silently at up to 10.5fps.
105-point All Cross-Type Autofocus
Autofocus comes from an updated 105-point all cross-type array that offers unparalleled precision, and tracking performance. The updated design offers 1.6x more coverage than its predecessor and features 17 Custom Group-AF patterns to cater to your specific subject or shooting scenario.
Conquer Low-light Scenarios
With a native ISO sensitivity that starts at a clean base of 100 and reaches 102400 with further expandability to Hi 5 (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent), you’ll be able to capture clean photographs and footage in the darkest of situations, beyond the limit of the naked eye. A next-generation intelligent AF system enables focus acquisition in extremely dim environments with -4.5 EV AF sensitivity at the centre point and -4 EV for other points.
Illuminated Buttons for Dark Situations
To match the incredible high ISO performance of this camera, illuminated LCD and buttons are used on the top and rear of the camera, making it simple to operate even when shooting in pitch-black environments.
Dual CFexpress and XQD Compatible Card Slots
The D6 features the latest dual slot design which is compatible with both CFexpress and XQD card types. Delivering the most reliable data throughput and performance, the slots can be configured for overflow, backup, RAW+JPEG and includes the ability to copy files from one card to another in-camera.
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity
Built-in WiFi & Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity in conjunction with the Nikon SnapBridge app delivers instant sharing with clients and editors. Wi-Fi also allows the camera to be operated remotely, allowing you to position the camera in a dangerous or hard to reach location while you shoot from the safety of the sidelines.
1000BASE-T Ethernet Port
For studio and office use, the D6 is equipped with the latest 1000BASE-T ethernet port, allowing the camera to connect to FTP servers and on-location NAS systems for ultra-fast FTP transfers.
A must for professional wildlife and photojournalists, the camera features a built-in GPS module that will record accurate location, date and time information that can be embedded into the EXIF metadata of your image files for future reference.
Uncompressed 4K via HDMI
Equipped with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video, the camera is up to the task if video content is required for the job. The D6 records 30p/25p/24p videos with uncompressed HDMI output to an external monitor and recorder if required.
Kensington Anti-Theft Lock Compatible
The D6 also features a pro-grade Kensington Security Slot. Ideal for peace of mind when mounting your camera in remote shooting locations, it adds an extra layer of security to keep your camera safe and prevent it from being stolen.
A redesigned handgrip has been contoured to fit with most users for comfortable all-day usage. The vertical battery grip makes it easy to take photographs in portrait orientation, and the AF-On and AF joystick controls are replicated on both the vertical and horizontal grip for ease of use and continuity.
Designed with the professional in mind, the Nikon D6 DSLR camera utilises magnesium alloy chassis for an extremely tough and durable camera. The shutter is rated to 400,000 cycles and its weather and dust seals empower you to shoot in harsh weather and environmental conditions with confidence.
Manufacturer Code: VBA570AA
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Image sensor format
Image sensor type
35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Image size (pixels)
[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area: (L) 5568 x 3712 ( 20.7 million) (M) 4176 x 2784 ( 11.6 million) (S) 2784 x 1856 ( 5.2 million) [1.2 x (30 x 20)] selected for image area: (L) 4640 x 3088 ( 14.3 million) (M) 3472 x 2312 ( 8.0 million) (S) 2320 x 1544 ( 3.6 million) [DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area: (L) 3648 x 2432 ( 8.9 million) (M) 2736 x 1824 ( 5.0 million) (S) 1824 x 1216 ( 2.2 million) [5:4 (30 x 24)] selected for image area: (L) 4640 x 3712 ( 17.2 million) (M) 3472 x 2784 ( 9.7 million) (S) 2320 x 1856 ( 4.3 million) [1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area: (L) 3712 x 3712 ( 13.8 million) (M) 2784 x 2784 ( 7.8 million) (S) 1856 x 1856 ( 3.4 million) [16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area: (L) 5568 x 3128 ( 17.4 million) (M) 4176 x 2344 ( 9.8 million) (S) 2784 x 1560 ( 4.3 million) Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 1920 x 1080: 1920 x 1080 Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 1280 x 720: 1280 x 720
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) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
2 CFexpress (Type B) cards or 2 XQD 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
FX: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x: Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX: Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical 5:4: Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical 1:1: Approx. 95% horizontal and 100% vertical 16:9: Approx. 100% horizontal and 96% vertical
Approx. 0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m(*1))
17 mm (-1.0m(*1); from centre surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-3 to +1 m(*1)
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark X screen (with AF-area brackets; framing grid can be displayed)
Yes Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Instant return, electronically controlled
Types G, E, and D (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) Other AF NIKKOR lenses (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF) AI-P NIKKOR lenses DX lenses (using [DX (24 x 16)] image area) Non-CPU AI lenses (modes A and M only) 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.
1/8000 to 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV, extendable to 900 s in mode M), Bulb; Time; X250
Flash sync speed
X= 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower Auto FP high-speed sync supported
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Approximate frame advance rate
Up to 14 fps CL: 1 to 10 fps CH: 10 to 14 fps Q: 1 to 5 fps
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Viewfinder photography: TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels Live view: TTL exposure metering performed by image sensor
Matrix: 3D colour matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); colour matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); colour matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Centre-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in centre 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) Spot: Meters circle approximately 4 mm in diameter (about 1.5% of frame) centred on selected focus point (on centre 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
Matrix or centre-weighted metering: -3 to +20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV Highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV * Figures are for ISO 100 and f/1.4 lens at 20 °C/68 °F
Exposure meter coupling
P (programmed auto with flexible program); S (shutter-priority auto); A (aperture-priority auto); M (manual)
–5 to +5 EV; -3 to +3 EV when filming movies (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV)
Luminosity locked at detected value
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 102400 (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 3280000 equivalent) above ISO 102400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2, Extra high +1, High, Normal, Low, and Off
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
-4.5 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
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 (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
105 focus points (number available for selection in viewfinder photography can be chosen from 105, 27, and 15)
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 can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF-S) or by pressing the centre of the sub-selector
TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, centre-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Front-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, red-eye reduction with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
–3 to +1 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV)
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
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, modelling illumination, FV lock, Colour Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF (viewfinder photography), unified flash control
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose colour temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), present manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), all with fine-tuning
Exposure and/or flash, white balance, and ADL
Photo live view, Movie live view
TTL metering using camera image sensor
Matrix, centre-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p 1920 x 1080 crop: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p * 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 3840 x 2160, when quality is fixed at high
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM (for movies recorded in MOV format), AAC (for movies recorded in MP4 format)
Audio recording device
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Mode M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 102400; choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3280000 equivalent) above ISO 102400; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) available with selectable upper limit Modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) with selectable upper limit
Can be selected from Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes
8 -cm ( 3.2 –in.)
Approx. 2359 k-dot (XGA) TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, 11-level manual brightness adjustment, and colour balance control
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating, auto image rotation, index marking, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display
Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output connector
Type C HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal
Built-in (can be used with MC-30A/MC-36A remote cords and other optional accessories)
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.
Wi-Fi Africa, Asia (except China, Japan, Korea), Middle East, Oceania
• IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) 2.4 GHz band: 2.9 dBm Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2 Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth: 1.3 dBm Bluetooth Low Energy: -0.2 dB
Range (line of sight)
Approximately 10 m (32 ft) * Without interference. Range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles.
Supported GNS systems
GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), QZSS (Japan)
Latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)
Camera clock can be set to time acquired via GNSS
15 s, 30 s, 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.
Maximum log recording time
6, 12, or 24 hours
One 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.
EH-6c AC adapter; requires EP-6 power connector (available separately)
1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 160 x 163 x 92 mm
Approx. 1450g with battery and two CFexpress memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1270g (camera body only)
Temperature: 0°C to 40°C Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
*Subject to change by manufacturer without notice.