The Nikon D6 Could Be Announced in February With These Specifications

The Nikon D6 Could Be Announced in February With These Specifications

Nikon made something of a non-announcement when it announced its forthcoming flagship DSLR back in September, but we might suddenly be a bit closer to knowing the specifications, and it might be arriving a bit sooner than we expected.

Nikon Rumors is suggesting that Nikon may be announcing the D6 in the middle of February and has published a list of possible specifications. The flagship DSLR geared towards press and sports photographers is thought to feature an improved version of the IBIS that is currently deployed in the Z 6 and Z 7 and various mirrorless elements, such as silent shooting and improved video.

The 24-megapixel sensor will shoot 4K 60p video and have improved dynamic range, as well as raw video that may even record internally. It seems quite likely that Nikon will be moving to dual CFExpress card slots, and the rear display will be a 3.2-million-dot touchscreen.

For those wondering if this might be the last DSLR that Nikon releases, there’s a good chance that an updated D750 could still be in the pipeline, and an upgrade to the D850 might also be a possibility.

As you’d expect, what many will be waiting to hear is how well this stacks up against the forthcoming Canon 1D X Mark III that will shoot 16 frames per second with its mechanical shutter and 20 frames per second using the electronic shutter. The D5 shoots 12 frames per second, and the D6’s burst speed is noticeably absent from the rumored specs currently being reported.

Will you be upgrading? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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10 Comments

Spy Black's picture

What's not clear about video is if it records full or cropped. Chances are it will be full with that sensor tho.

Stuart Carver's picture

To be fair, anybody looking at video specs for this camera is borderline clinically insane.

Stuart Carver's picture

I just think it serves a specific purpose a camera like that, and that specific purpose doesn’t involve shooting video.

Warren Willson's picture

Stuart you would be right UNLESS the video is of sufficient quality for capturing high quality stills. Then it makes senses for a sports photographer to capture an entire sequence rather than relying on eyeball and reaction times. Yes you can do that in burst mode but still may not get that perfect shot. It allows a wider margin for error I would think.

Stuart Carver's picture

Yeah thats a fair comment and definitely a useful tool.. i was talking more about these people who are constantly wanting all our stills cameras to morph into Video tools, im a Fuji user and i wish people on the internet would stop crying about IBIS etc and leave the XT line to be a stills camera haha, but perhaps thats just me being selfish.

Deleted Account's picture

Could.

Let’s leave the Nikon rumours site parked where it is huh.
Everyone knows where to find it.

Robert Montgomery's picture

I think I'll order a pro pack of film for the F4S I upgraded too in 1986. Good luck figuring out how to finance that thing.

The only real important spec of these cameras is AF tracking. The D5 has been drawing circles about the Canon since it was released, I’d be surprised if Canon had managed to catch up. Besides, my a9II is now close to the D5, better in some ways, worst in others.

Canon is IMOH at risk to loose relevance in the sport’s SLR area. The only thing saving them is the existing investment in super teles. But as new talents join the bandwagon the Sony’s and Nikon’s are likely to take precedence thanks to higher success ratio in high stress situations. # frames per sec is a lot less important than sticky AF.

Warren Willson's picture

What interests me is the rumoured move to dual CFExpress slots. Does that mean XQD and SD can’t handle the proposed speeds? At least the newest cards are backwards compatible with XQD, but leading edge can sometimes be “bleeding edge” and I don’t think Sports Pros want to lose any action due to technical failures. Yes dual slots run in mirror backup mode can lower that risk. I guess they just want to nail the Canon coffin shut on performance and keep Sony at bay. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Spy Black's picture

XQD was a stillborn format that has evolved into the industry accepted format CFe. With a few exceptions, the cards are identical.

While UHS-II can handle the majority of throughput (witness the A9), XQD/CFe is obviously faster. When and if SDxpress cards are available they too will be able to handle the throughput XQD/CFe enjoy now. I suspect Sony may be the first manufacturer to support SDxpress.