Power to the image
From hard news to international sports, the D6 answers the demands of professionals who need the ultimate combination of speed and accuracy. With Nikon’s most powerful AF system yet and fast, real-time image transfer, this full-frame DSLR will deliver incredible shots of defining moments. Without fail.
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Create and deliver without constraint
All that experience and planning—it all comes together when the camera you’re using can respond to any eventuality. Withstand any extreme. With its new AF engine, EXPEED 6 processing, tough body, and fast in-camera connections, the Nikon D6 DSLR lets you deliver flawless images from anywhere. You can’t control the action, the lighting, or the environment. But you can control the Nikon D6.
Tenacious focusing performance
How do you cover it all? A dedicated AF engine that’s faster than ever before. An arrangement of 105 all-selectable cross-type sensors with 1.6x higher density coverage than the D5. Group-Area AF with more custom settings for unparalleled tracking. An improved scene recognition system for next-level subject acquisition. The Nikon D6 gives you more ways to anticipate and catch the action than ever before.
Nail the winning shot
An increased range of selectable Group-Area AF patterns let you optimize your AF setup for any job. Avoid fixed obstacles, such as tennis nets, in your line of sight and nail more clean shots of the action.
Prioritise the eyes
The D6 is the first DSLR to let you prioritise focusing on your subject’s eyes when using Auto-Area AF or 3D tracking. Combined with the broader, high-density coverage, you’ll catch that look of determination.
Anticipate the action
With the D6, you can define the focus starting point when shooting in Auto-Area AF. Information from all 105 focus points is used to acquire and track your subject: you’re free to concentrate on the framing.
Excel in any light
Tracking is phenomenally precise, even under the toughest lighting conditions imaginable. AF sensitivity down to -4.5 EV at the central focus point, and -4 EV at all other points, lets you follow the action into the night.
Follow the action in real time, even when shooting at high frame rates with a long lens. The 0.72x optical viewfinder with OLED elements lets you attain pin-sharp subject confirmation, with no delay.
Roll and pitch indicators display in the viewfinder.
Unpredictability is nothing when you can adapt to any situation quickly and seamlessly. Pre-programed recall settings now include those for white balance, AF patterns, and AF lock-on.
Versatile card slots
You can simultaneously record JPEG+ and JPEG images to the dual slots, which accept CFexpress or XQD cards. Easily allocate small or medium JPEGs to the secondary card slot ready for faster image transfer.
Faster transfers, streamlined workflows
Incorporating feedback from the field, the D6 makes it quick and simple to send images on the spot. Fast in-camera Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections let you get the best images out there. Immediately. And you can check, select, and prioritise key shots via the sharp and precise touch-sensitive monitor. Transfer speeds are fastest in the field, and don’t slow down while you’re shooting.
Select, confirm, transfer
More ways to select images for transfer give you the edge when every second counts. Use the primary card slot to confirm focus in the larger JPEG+ image, then switch to the second card slot to transfer small or medium JPEGs quickly. Unwanted images can be deleted from both slots simultaneously.
Upload images to social media right from trackside. When connected via Bluetooth, the camera can transfer images to a smart device with the SnapBridge app installed. The smart device can also be used as a simple remote.
Connect to a computer via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi. Or use the compatible WT-6 Wireless Transmitter to connect to a wireless network over a distance of up to 200 m. The WT-6 supports wireless LAN IEEE802.11ac, and can be used as a remote receiver in HTTP mode.
BEST SPEED IN THE FIELD
Connect a network cable to the camera and transfer images directly to a PC or FTP server at blazing speeds. The camera’s wired LAN supports 1000BASE-T standard and achieves approx. 15 % faster communication than the acclaimed D5.
Adapt to any venue
Higher-resolution displays offer improved visibility and readability. Ergonomic improvements free up space and keep key ports easily accessible, even when shooting with a wireless transmitter attached.
The D6 is also compatible with trusted Kensington locks, so you can keep your cameras secure when working with multiple set-ups.
Take on any environment
From extremes of temperature and humidity, to the camera knocking against the tele-lens while you carry your gear. The D6 retains the robust body that made the D5 such a firm favourite among pros. When you’re shooting in a situation in which the last thing you want to worry about is your camera—you don’t have to.
A system to count on
When you go where the news is, you want to be sure your system won’t let you down. Onsite or at a service centre, Nikon Professional Services is there to support you with technical advice, repairs, and even loan equipment. From major sporting events to big cultural moments.
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
FX, CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Image size (pixels)
[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area: (L)5568 x 3712 (20.7 million), (M)4176 x 2784 (11.6 million), (S)2784 x 1856 (5.2 million), [1.2 x (30 x 20)] selected for image area: (L)4640 x 3088 (14.3 million), (M)3472 x 2312 (8.0 million), (S)2320 x 1544 (3.6 million), [DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area: (L)3648 x 2432 (8.9 million), (M)2736 x 1824 (5.0 million), (S)1824 x 1216 (2.2 million), [5:4 (30 x 24)] selected for image area: (L)4640 x 3712 (17.2 million), (M)3472 x 2784 (9.7 million), (S)2320 x 1856 (4.3 million), [1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area: (L)3712 x 3712 (13.8 million), (M)2784 x 2784 (7.8 million), (S)1856 x 1856 (3.4 million), [16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area: (L)5568 x 3128 (17.4 million), (M)4176 x 2344 (9.8 million), (S)2784 x 1560 (4.3 million), Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160, Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 1920 x 1080: 1920 x 1080, Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 1280 x 720: 1280 x 720
Storage file formats
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), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
CFexpress (Type B) and XQD memory cards
Dual card slot
2 CFexpress (Type B) cards or 2 XQD cards, The card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage, for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG copies of photos taken at image quality settings of NEF (RAW) + JPEG, or to store separate copies of JPEG photos at different sizes and compression ratios; pictures can be copied between cards
DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
FX: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.2x: Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, DX: Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, 5:4: Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1:1: Approx. 95% horizontal and 100% vertical, 16:9: Approx. 100% horizontal and 96% vertical
Approx. 0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-¹)
17 mm (-1.0 m-¹; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-3 to +1 m-¹
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark X screen (with AF-area brackets; framing grid can be displayed)
Yes, Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Instant return, electronically controlled
Types G, E, and D (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), Other AF NIKKOR lenses (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF), AI-P NIKKOR lenses DX lenses (using [DX (24 x 16)] image area), Non-CPU AI lenses (modes A and M only). 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.
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
1/8000 to 30 s (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV, extendable to 900 s in mode M); Bulb; Time; X250
Flash sync speed
X = 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower Auto FP high-speed sync supported
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rate
Up to 14 fps, CL: 1 to 10 fps, CH: 10 to 14 fps, Q: 1 to 5 fps
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Viewfinder photography: TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels, Live view: TTL exposure metering performed by image sensor
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 Center-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) 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
Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: -3 to +20 EV, Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV, Highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
P (programmed auto with flexible program); S (shutter-priority auto); A (aperture-priority auto); M (manual)
–5 to +5EV; -3 to +3 EV when filming movies (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV)
Luminosity locked at detected value
ISO 100 to 102400 (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 3280000 equivalent) above ISO 102400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2, Extra high +1, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Viewfinder 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
-4.5 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
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 (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
105 focus points (number available for selection in viewfinder photography can be chosen from 105, 27, and 15)
Viewfinder 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
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF-S) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels: i-TTL flash control; 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
Front-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, red-eye reduction with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
–3 to +1 EV (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV)
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System
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
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing
Exposure and/or flash, white balance, and ADL
Live View – Modes
Photo live view, Movie live view
Movie – metering
TTL metering using camera image sensor
Movie – metering method
Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Movie – frame size (pixels) and frame rate
3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p, 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p, 1920 x 1080 crop: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p¹; Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Movie – file format
Movie – video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie – audio recording format
Linear PCM (for movies recorded in MOV format), AAC (for movies recorded in MP4 format)
Movie – audio recording device
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
Movie – ISO sensitivity
Mode M: Manual selection (ISO 100 to 102400; choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3280000 equivalent) above ISO 102400; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) available with selectable upper limit, Modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) with selectable upper limit
Movie – Active D-Lighting
Can be selected from Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Movie – Other options
Time-lapse movie recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes
8-cm (3.2–in.), Approx. 2359k-dot (XGA), TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, 11-level manual brightness adjustment, and color balance control
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating, auto image rotation, index marking, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display
Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Type C HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
RJ-45 connector Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), Data rates²: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect, Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTOMDIX)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac, 2412 to 2462 MHz (channel 11) and 5180 to 5320 MHz, 2.4 GHz band: 6.8 dBm 5 GHz band: 9.3 dBm, Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2, Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth: 1.3 dBm, Bluetooth Low Energy: -0.2 dB, Range (line of sight): Approximately 10 m (32 ft)³
One EN-EL18c rechargeable Li-ion battery⁴
EH-6c AC adapter; requires EP-6 power connector (available separately)
1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 160 x 163 x 92 mm (6.3 x 6.5 x 3.7 in.)
Approx. 1450g (3 lb. 3.2 oz.), with battery and two CFexpress memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1270 g/2 lb. 12.8 oz. (camera body only)
Operating environment – temperature
0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)
Operating environment – humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
BF-1B Body Cap, BS-3 Accessory Shoe Cover, EN-EL18c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with Terminal Cover, MH-26a Battery Charger with Power Cable and Two Contact Protectors (shape of power cable depends on country or region of sale), HDMI/USB Cable Clip, UC-E24 USB Cable, AN-DC22 Strap
¹ Quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160, when quality is fixed at high.
² Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ.
³ Without interference. Range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles.
⁴ 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.
Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines.
All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery.
The sample images displayed on the camera and the images and illustrations in the manuals are for expository purposes only.
Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in these specifications at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that these specifications may contain.
D6 – VBA570AE