Nikon has announced their new flagship DSLR, the D6. With headlining features like the most powerful AF system in Nikon's history and a 20.8-megapixel full frame sensor capable of boosting to 3.2 million ISO, Nikon is promising to deliver a camera "purpose-built and inspired by the valuable feedback of professional users."
The camera is set to feature a newly developed 105-point AF system, consisting entirely of cross-type sensors. All the points are user selectable. The new layout enables 1.6x denser AF coverage than that of the D5. The D6 also features an expanded focus detection range, intended to "increase the detection area for single point AF and dynamic area AF" — essentially allowing the camera to focus on a subject that is slightly outside the actual focus point. To complement the high-ISO performance, the center point works down to -4.5 EV, with the other points supporting -4 EV.
Other performance improvements include:
- 14 fps mechanical shutter with full AF and AE support
- Completely silent shooting at full resolution and 10.5 fps
- Reduced resolution (2 mp images) at 60 fps and 8 mp images at 30 fps
- Built in GPS
- Dual CFexpress 6 slots with support for simultaneous recording of two different JPEG sizes and qualities
Along with the D6, Nikon also announced two new lenses for the Z series of mirrorless cameras. The 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR and 20mm f/1.8 S have both been announced, further expanding the Z mount lineup of lenses.
The 24-200mm offers a classic "all-in-one" experience, with a 8.3x zoom ratio, covering the wide to telephoto range. Weighing in at 20 ounces, this lens is a lightweight and versatile option, while supposedly "maintaining the high-end optical quality of a NIKKOR Z lens." Interestingly, the lens includes VR support, unlike many other Z lenses. A minimum focus distance of only .7 m at 200mm enables a maximum reproduction ratio of .28x.
The 20mm f/1.8 "was designed for those who want expansive imagery with increased detail, sharpness, and shallow depth of field." Combining a wide focal length with a fast aperture, this lens is a natural fit for "astrophotography or capturing vast landscapes in challenging light". The lens comes with a nine-blade aperture, weather-sealing, three ED lens elements, and Nikon's Nano Crystal Coating. It features a multi-focusing system for enhanced performance even at close focusing distances.
The D6 will be available in April 2020 for a suggested retail price of $6,499.95. It can be preordered via B&H. The 20mm f/1.8 is available for preorder at a SRP of $1,049.95 and is available for preorder at B&H. The 24-200mm has an SRP of $899.95 and is also available for preorder now.