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The D6 is a 20.8 MP Flagship DSLR for professional photographers who need the ultimate camera to perform their job in the field or studio
Like every Nikon flagship camera that has come before it, the D6 holds nothing back. Featuring Nikon's most powerful AF system to date for capturing every heart-pounding, pivotal moment, the D6 is an uncompromising workhorse DSLR that lives up to every professional demand in any environment. And because every second counts in the field, the D6 is loaded with new time-saving workflow enhancements and advanced customization options. The moments that define us, that show what we’re capable of, the ones that live on, are waiting to be captured with a Nikon D6 DSLR.
Display SKUVBA572BA
TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens MountNikon F Mount
Mount TypeNikon F Mount
Picture AngleFull-frame/FX-format
Image Sensor
Sensor Size35.9 x 23.9 mm
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Pixels21.33 million
Dust-Reduction SystemImage sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
Image Area (pixels)FX-format (L) 5,568 x 3,712 (M) 4,176 x 2,784 (S) 2,784 x 1,856 DX-format (L) 3,648 x 2,432 (M) 2,736 x 1,824 (S) 1,824 x 1,216 Image Area 1:2 format (30 x 20) (L) 4,640 x 3,088 (M) 3,472 x 2,312 (S) 2,320 x 1,544 Image Area 5:4 format (30 x 24) (L) 4,640 x 3,712 (M) 3,472 x 2,784 (S) 2,320 x 1,856 Image Area 1:1 format (24 x 24) (L) 3,712 x 3,712 (M) 2,784 x 2,784 (S) 1,856 x 1,856 Image Area 16:9 format (36 x 20) (L) 5,568 x 3,128 (17.4 million) (M) 4,176 x 2,344 (9.8 million) (S) 2,784 x 1,560 (4.3 million) Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3,840 x 2,160: 3,840 x 2,160 Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1,920 x 1,080: 1,920 x 1,080 Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1,280 x 720: 1,280 x 720
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)20.8 million
File System
File Format Still ImagesJPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (size priority); Optimal quality compression available 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) NEF (RAW) + JPEG: single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
Picture ControlAuto Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon) Flat Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Standard Vivid Selected Picture Control can be modified Storage for custom Picture Controls
File SystemCompliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 EXIF 2.31 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
Storage MediaCFexpress (Type B) XQD Type Memory
Card SlotDual Slots
ViewfinderEye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***n/a
Depth-of-Field ControlPressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens ApertureInstant return type Electronically controlled
Reflex MirrorQuick-return type
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark X screen with Af area brackets; framing grid can be displayed
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment−3 to +1m−1
Viewfinder Eyepoint17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹) from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, −1.0 m−1)
Viewfinder Frame CoverageFX (36x24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24x16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical 1:1 (24x24): Approx. 95% horizontal and 100% vertical 16:9 (36x20): Approx. 100% horizontal and 96% vertical
Compatible LensesAI-P NIKKOR lenses DX lenses (using [DX 24 x 16] image area) Non-CPU AI lenses (modes A and M only) Other AF NIKKOR lenses (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF) Types G, E, and D (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) 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.
Shutter TypeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter Electronic front-curtain shutter Electronic shutter
Frame Advance Raten/a
Shutter Release ModesContinuous low-speed [CL] mode Continuous high-speed [CH] mode Mirror-up [Mup] mode Quiet Shutter Release Self-timer mode Single-frame [S] mode
Flash Sync SpeedUp to 1/250 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 sec. or slower Auto FP high-speed sync supported
Continuous Shooting OptionsCL: 1-10 frames per second CH: 10-14 frames per second Quiet Continuous Mode: 1-5 frames per second
Self-timer2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed900 sec
Fastest Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution14 fps
Exposure MeteringTTL exposure metering using 180,000-pixel RGB sensor Live view: TTL exposure metering performed by image sensor
Exposure ModesProgrammed Auto with flexible Program (P) Shutter-Priority Auto (S) Aperture-Priority Auto (A) Manual (M)
Automatic Exposure Scene Modesn/a
Scene Modesn/a
Shooting Modesn/a
Digital Vari-Program Modesn/a
Exposure Meter CouplingCombined CPU and AI
Metering Range-3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) 0 to 20 EV (highlight-weighted metering) Figures are for ISO 100 and f/1.4 lens at 20 °C/68 °F
Metering MethodCenter-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center 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) Matrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering III (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Spot: Meters circle approximately 4 mm in diameter (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center 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
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure BracketingYes
Exposure LockLuminosity locked at detected value
Active D-LightingCan be selected from: Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsCan 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 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-5 (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent)
Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
ISO SensitivityISO 100-102,400 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 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Single-Point AF Mode105 focus points (number available for selection in viewfinder photography can be chosen from 105, 27, and 15)
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity102400
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity100
Focus / Autofocus
Built-in Flash Distancen/a
Autofocus Fine TuneYes
Focus Modesn/a
AF-Area ModeViewfinder 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
Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): 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 (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Image Sensor FormatFull-frame/FX-format
Detection Range -4.5 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Autofocus SystemViewfinder 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
Flash Sync Speedn/a
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points105
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash-ready IndicatorLights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory ShoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
X-Sync SpeedX=1/250 sec
Top FP High Speed Sync1/8000 sec
Flash ControlTTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Sync ModesFront-curtain sync (normal) Red-Eye reduction Slow sync Red-Eye reduction with slow sync Rear-curtain sync Off
White Balance
White Balance"Auto (3 types) Choose color temperature (2500K to 10000K) Cloudy Direct Sunlight Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Natural Light Auto Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view) Shade All except choose color temperature with fine-tuning"
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF (viewfinder photography), unified flash control
Flash Sync TerminalISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White Balance BracketingYes
Monitor TypeTFT touch-sensitive LCD
Monitor Resolutionapprox. 2359k-dot
Monitor Size8.1 cm (3.2-in)
Movie4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 60 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 50 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 30 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 25 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 24 fps HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps 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 3,840 x 2,160 when quality is fixed at (high)
Live View Scene Auto Selectorn/a
Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode Movie Live View Mode
Movie AudioBuilt-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
Movie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCM, AAC
Movie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie File FormatMOV, MP4
Movie Maximum Recording Time105 minutes Based on CIPA Standards
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame raten/a
Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Live View AutofocusContrast detection
Live View AF-Area ModeFace-priority AF Wide-area AF Normal-area AF Subject-tracking AF
Live View Lens ServoSingle, continuous, full-time AF
Monitor Angle of View170 ° wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments11 levels Brightness adjustment and color balance control
Voice Memo FunctionYes
In-Camera Image EditingYes
InterfaceType C USB (Super speed USB), type C HDMI, Stereo mini-pin audio input (microphone), Stereo mini-pin output (headphones), Ten pin remote port
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) Highlights Histogram Display Index Marking IPTC information embedding and display Location Display Movie Playback Movie Slideshow Photo Information Photo Slideshow Picture Rating Playback with Playback Zoom Playback Zoom Cropping Voice Memo
Wi-Fi FunctionalityStandards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac (Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Mexico) IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a (other countries in the Americas) IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Africa, Asia, and Oceania) Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5825 MHz (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico) 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5805 MHz (other countries in the Americas) 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5745–5805 MHz (Georgia) 2412–2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180–5320 MHz (other European countries) Maximum output power (EIRP): 2.4 GHz band: 6.8 dBm 5 GHz band: 6.3 dBm (Georgia) 5 GHz band: 9.3d Bm (other countries) Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
GPSReceiving frequency: 1575.42 MHz (C/A code) Geodesics: WGS 84
Supported GNS Systems GPS (USA) GLONASS (Russia) QZSS (Japan)
Data Acquired Latitude, longitude, altitude, UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)
Clock Synchronization Camera clock can be set to time acquired via GNSS
Track LogsNMEA-compliant
Log Interval 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min., 5 min
Maximum Log Recording Time 6, 12, or 24 hours
Log Deletion Supported
Total Custom Settings69
Supported LanguagesThe languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.
Battery / BatteriesEN-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.
Battery Life (shots per charge)3,580 shots per charge Approx. 105 minutes of HD footage Battery enables up to approx. 3,580 shots per charge in single-frame release mode*, or approx. 8,670 shots in continuous-release mode** *Based on CIPA Standards **Under Nikon’s own test conditions
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time SettingsYes
World Time SettingYes
Weight (g) (body only)*1Approx. 1,270g (44.8 oz.) camera body only
EnvironmentTemperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
Length x height x width (mm) (body only)*Approx. 160 x 163 x 92 mm (6.3 x 6.5 x 3.7 in.)
Tripod Socket0.64cm (1/4.) (ISO 1222)
Battery ChargerMH-26a Quick Charger
AC AdapterEH-6c AC Adapter; requires EP-6 Power Connector (available separately)
Animal Eye AF0
NIKKOR F Lens Specs
Built-in FlashNo

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