Nikon D6

Nikon D6 front
  • 21MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Bump to 3280000)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1270g - 160 x 163 x 92mm
  • Released February 2020
  • Succeeded the Nikon D5
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon D6 summary

Nikon D6 is Nikon's Pro DSLR camera initially launched on February of 2020. The camera has got a 21MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5568 x 3712.

Nikon released this camera in an effort to update the earlier Nikon D5 (Read Full Comparison)

The D6 stands at #1 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and over-all #63 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should check out our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D6 family

The Nikon D6 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can view all past and newer models alongside key specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D621MPFull frame14.0 fps2020
Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D6 vs D5
21MPFull frame14.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D4s front thumbnailNikon D4s
D6 vs D4s
16MPFull frame11.0 fps2014
Nikon-D4 front thumbnailNikon D4
D6 vs D4
16MPFull frame11.0 fps2012
Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
D6 vs D3S
12MPFull frame11.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D6 vs D3X
25MPFull frame5.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D6 vs D3
12MPFull frame11.0 fps2008

Nikon D6 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Nikon D6 based on features which are normally considered crucial in a camera.

2 card slots
built-in touchscreen
builtin Top LCD display
comes with external mic support
comes with HDMI out
comes with headphone support
features touch focus
focusing manually
great battery pack (3,580 CIPA)
great high ISO (102,400)
great minimum ISO (100)
has bluetooth
high resolution screen (2,359 thousand dots)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count good (21 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
offers tracking autofocus
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports phase detect AF
supports RAW files
weather proof
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no articulating screen
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Nikon D6 Sensor details

The Nikon D6 features the Expeed 6 chip. The size of the sensor in the Nikon D6 is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor can capture 5568 x 3712 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9.

Photography Glossary

The CMOS sensor boasts 21 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 102400. This ISO can also be widened electronically to 50 - 3280000. RAW files are supported therefore you have wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the D6's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The D6 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D6 dimensions

Nikon D6 weighs around 2.80 lbs (1,270g / 44.80 oz) and features exterior proportions of 160mm x 163mm x 92mm (6.3" x 6.4" x 3.6"). The weight of typical Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g so the Nikon D6 is very much the same in comparison with its rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon D6 beside a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Nikon D6 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the D6.

Nikon D6 topview buttons dials

Nikon D6 Lens specs

The D6 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to pick from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the D6.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-16-80mm-F2.8-4E-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR16-80mmf/2.8-4.0 480g
Sigma-50-150mm-F2.8-EX-DC-APO-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM50-150mmf/2.8 1350g
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Tamron-SP-45mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD45mmf/1.8 520g
Tamron-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC18-200mmf/3.5-5.6 400g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-500mm-f4D-ED-IF-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f4D ED-IF II500mmf/4.0 3800g
Sigma-17-70mm-F2.8-4-DC-MACRO-OS-HSM-C-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C17-70mmf/2.8-4.0 465g
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Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2.8-25-Nikon-F-FX lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 2,82525mmf/2.8 480g
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Nikon D6 Connectivity

The D6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and usually change settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Nikon D6 Video specs

The max video quality in the Nikon D6 is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p provides a fantastic quality for video recording. You can easily crop to 1080p in order to get clearer results. Be mindful of the huge file sizes and make sure you get good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does include both headphone and mic support making it extremely useful while recording audio.

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Nikon D6 Weather Sealing

Nikon D6 features weather proofing making it a great candidate to use during tricky places. This is especially valuable in case you are uncertain about the conditions you might encounter during outdoor photography.

Nikon D6 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D6 has got a 3.2 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 2,359 thousand dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you can easily shift focus points as well as adjust settings using your fingertips. The D6 also comes with a Top LCD display so you're able to instantly see camera settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon D6 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.72x

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be very valuable.

Nikon D6 Shutter specs

Nikon D6 continuous shooting rate is 14.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Nikon D6 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon D6 has got external flash support but comes without built-in flash.

Nikon D6 Autofocusing specs

Nikon D6 has got both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & exact when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it useful for taking photos of people.

It has got 105 focus points to pick from. Nikon D6 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving things. Nikon D6 has the ability to use manual focus if required during low light or you need to have more precise focus control.

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Nikon D6 Battery life

The battery pack in the Nikon D6 is designed to last for 3580 pictures with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than standard ın comparison with its class. The usual Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X comes with the maximum (4400) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Pro DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
D6 vs D3X
4400 yesnono
Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
D6 vs D3
4300 yesnono
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Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
D6 vs D3S
4200 yesnono
Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
D6 vs D5
3780 yesnono
Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D63580 yesnoyes

Nikon D6 for varying forms of photography

The following chart gives a outline of the Nikon D6 for varying forms of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon D6 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon D6 has a rating of 84 which is very high, and means the camera is a awesome pick for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (21MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats

Nikon D6 Street photography info

Having a above average points tally of 62, the Nikon D6 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
includes focus via touch
weather proof
above average ISO range (102,400)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D6 Sports photography features

A awesome sports photography rating of 80 suggests the Nikon D6 is a brilliant pick for taking photos of sports. A camera needs great focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (21 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather proof
great battery pack (3,580 shots)
supports phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D6 Travel photography features

Portability is really important when buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon D6 gets a above average 68 as a travel camera which is a good pick to purchase for your vacations.

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great battery (3,580 shots)
weather sealing
has bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
decent MP (21 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen

Nikon D6 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D6 at it's wonderful grade of 80 for a landscape camera is a awesome option compared to it's rivals.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
good resolution (21MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good high ISO (102,400)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (3,580 per charge)
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D6 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera should offer a moving screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D6 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar rating of 30.

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supports face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external mic socket
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D6 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the D6, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Pro DSLR.

The line chart below shows you an overview of the D6 versus it's top ranked rivals shown above.

These are various other cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D6
Physical type
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Expeed 6
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
21 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5568 x 3712
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Nikon F
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3.2 inches
Resolution of display
2,359 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
14.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Normal, redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, rear-curtain sync, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1270g (2.80 lb)
Physical dimensions
160 x 163 x 92mm (6.3" x 6.4" x 3.6")
Battery life
3580 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Dual XQD/CFexpress slots
Card slots
Price at release