Nikon D6 Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Nikon D6 Delayed Due to Coronavirus

In a statement released today by Nikon, it has been revealed that the COVID-19 Coronavirus is having a knock-on effect on camera production. Due to the virus, Nikon is experiencing delays in receiving parts from a third party, and that has meant a delay to their upcoming flagship DSLR, the D6.

The Nikon D6, announced back in February 2020, was scheduled for release in March 2020, but has now been pushed back until May 2020 at an estimated date:

As a result of delays in the procurement of parts and components from a third-party cooperating company due to measures implemented in response to the spread of COVID-19, the release of the new Nikon D6 digital SLR camera, originally planned for March 2020, will be delayed. We sincerely apologize to our customers and all those concerned for any inconvenience this may cause.

Nikon D6 camera and lens side view

The Nikon D6 is now set to ship in May 2020, rather than the estimated March 2020 Nikon had originally planned for, due to the outbreak of coronavirus impacting product supply.

Though the flagship DSLR is now scheduled for May 2020, there's been no definitive confirmation of a release date as of yet. Nikon is still waiting for parts to complete the production run:

We are now planning to release the Nikon D6 in May 2020 and will announce the new release date once it has been determined.

The Nikon D6 is set to deliver some eye-boggling specs, which will lead Nikon's DSLR lineup at a princely sum of $6,500. Some of the key highlights are:

  • 14 fps mechanical shutter with full autofocus and autoexposure support
  • Completely silent, full-resolution shooting up to 10.5 fps
  • 105-point AF system
  • 3.2 million ISO boost
  • Dual CFexpress 6 slots with support for simultaneous recording of two different JPEG sizes and qualities

How does the delay impact you as a photographer? Will you even be going for this DSLR, or are you heading over to mirrorless? Let us know below!

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16 Comments

Umit Pala's picture

eye-boggling specs :) at this price point ($6,500) nikon has to do more. The only mind-boggling thing is the price

Spy Black's picture

Fortunately you're not missing anything...

Alex Herbert's picture

Well, as the Olympics is going to be cancelled anyway is there really any need for this camera? As "the Olympics" seemed to be the only justification anyone could give for it existing.

Andrey Lutsenko's picture

You say that the Olympics will be cancelled like you have some insider knowledge. So far nobody of importance has talked about it being cancelled or even postponed.

Fritz Asuro's picture

People who buy such cameras are interested in its ruggedness and reliability. So Olympics is not the only thing that justifies a purchase of a Nikon D6.

Alex Herbert's picture

I was mostly joking, but the main justification I was seeing on here for a new high spec DSLR was "but Olympics..."

Alex Blaikie's picture

Eye-bogglingly bad specs, that is!

Alex Yakimov's picture

To put things into perspective regarding the virus. Hopefully D6 will be soon.

Spy Black's picture

Better safe than sorry for a virus that is spreading rapidly around the globe.

Alex Yakimov's picture

unless you are over 60y.o. (in that case there is a real risk) lets get real, mate. seasonal flu causes *19 times more deaths a day.
ps better calm and understanding

Spy Black's picture

We're way beyond trying to deny the severity of this situation. It's present ratio to seasonal flu is meaningless.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Are we, mate? I am not going to argue with you. It seem that you give an emotional response. I hear you, it could be scary. Don't worry, mate. Read the data or lets discuss the implications.

Spy Black's picture

Yes, we are, and it's got nothing to do with emotions, or anything other than the pandemic that it is.

Alex Herbert's picture

I love the 'seasonal flu' angle. I wonder if people said the same about AIDS.

Alex Yakimov's picture

For better understanding of viral progression Johns Hopkins made this site:
https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd4029942...

P.S. thanks to mathphotographer from youtube
https://youtu.be/dGfmkFBx6p8