Nikon Corp. announced the release of the previously announced Nikon D6 FX-format DSLR, as well as ultra-wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S, and the high-power zoom NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR lenses. The D6 is equipped with a newly developed, densely packed 105-point AF system with which all focus points utilize cross-type sensors and all can be selected. The new focus point layout and the use of a triple-sensor arrangement for each focus point achieve AF coverage that is approximately 1.6x denser than that of the D5, which was released in March, 2016.
The D6 also new functions that enable faster transmission of decisive photos, including one that allows photographers to transmit their winning images first with a flick operation using the camera monitor that moves the current image to the top of the waiting list, and another that enables simultaneous recording of two JPEG images with different size and quality settings — a smaller one suited to transmission and a larger one for editing. What’s more, the D6 supports the same 1000BASE-T Ethernet standard as the D5, with an approximate 15% increase in its transmission speed. The D6 also have built-in Wi-Fi capability and a GPS function.
The D6 has an effective pixel count of 20.8 megapixels, and is equipped with a Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 image-processing engine that contribute to a broad range of standard ISO sensitivities — ISO 100 to 102400. Sharpness and clarity are preserved and noise is effectively reduced, even at high sensitivities. Auto white balance stability and precision have been increased for clearer, more natural colors with no color cast in skin tones. The D6 also supports recording of 4K UHD video.
Also new from Nikon are the ultra-wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S, and the high-power zoom NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR lenses. The NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S is part of the S-Line, a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses adhering to a new benchmark in optical performance, creating new definitions of design principles and quality control, the company said.
The release of the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S brings the number of fast f/1.8 NIKKOR Z lenses to five, achieving coverage of the ultra-wide-angle 20 mm to medium telephoto 85 mm range of focal lengths.
The NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is an 8.3x high-power telephoto zoom lens covering the wide-angle 24 mm to telephoto 200 mm range of focal lengths, and packs outstanding resolution into a lightweight package weighing approximately 570 g.