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.
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!