• FX Format
• 20.8 Megapixels
• 14 FPS Continuous Shooting
• 100-102,400 ISO Expandable to 3,280,000
• 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p
Decisive power. Faster workflow. Absolute reliability.
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 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.
The most powerful AF in Nikon's history.
The D6 breaks new ground in AF performance, outclassing the highly acclaimed AF system of its predecessor, the D5. A new high density, 105-point fully selectable, all cross-type sensor AF system, allows photographers to set focus almost anywhere in the frame without recomposing. A reimagined focus point layout reduces non-AF-sensitive areas with a triple sensor arrangement for each individual focus point resulting in 1.6x more AF coverage*, even with moving subjects in high speed shooting modes.
Precision focusing with 17 custom Group Area AF choices.
For reliable subject acquisition around distracting foreground objects like a net, player or other obstacle, sports photographers will find the D6's 17 selectable group Area AF patterns indispensable.
Image quality that shines in any light.
The stellar combination of the D6's high-resolution 20.8MP FX-format CMOS sensor and state-of-the-art EXPEED 6 image-processing engine enables class-leading ISO's up to 102,400 (expandable to ISO 3,280,000) for glorious image quality in the widest range of lighting conditions and shooting scenarios. The profound levels of sensitivity and resolution achieved by the D6 greatly reduce low light noise and improve AF detection over the D5.
Turbo-charged by EXPEED 6.
The D6 is powered by Nikon’s fastest, most comprehensive image processing engine to date, EXPEED 6. It’s the brains behind the camera’s stunning photo and video quality, AF power, low-light performance, noise suppression, distortion control, image clarity, color reproduction and more.
Fast and reliable 14 fps continuous shooting.
For capturing the most electrifying of moments during high speed sports and action, the D6 can shoot a remarkable 14 fps for up to 200 continuous shots at JPEG fine quality*. Its beautifully clear optical viewfinder allows real-time confirmation of the composition while its highly dependable mechanical shutter eliminates any concern of banding or flickering at high speeds—crucial under professional environments where every moment matters.
Astounding 60 fps stills in video mode.
While the D6's remarkable 14 fps speed may be more than enough for most action photography, the D6 is capable of shooting at an astonishing 60fps for digital applications where resolution may not be as critical. In movie live view mode, holding the shutter-release down can produce 2-megapixel images at approximately 60fps* or 8-megapixel images at approximately 30fps** for revealing minute differences during critical moments of action.
Silent when discretion counts.
When camera noise can be a potential distraction, switching to Live View allows you to get every shot utilizing the D6's full 20.8MP at up to 10.5fps in complete silence.*
Advanced scene recognition for intelligent exposure.
Working in harmony with the D6’s dedicated AF and EXPEED 6 image-processing engines, a 180K-pixel Advanced Scene Recognition System identifies various aspects of the scene and makes fine adjustments to ensure complete accuracy in auto exposure, autofocus, auto white balance and more.
A full range of F mount pro lenses.
Renowned NIKKOR F lenses are praised by top professionals for their superior clarity and sharpness and are available for most every application—from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto. With astonishing image rendition for indoor events and low-light scenes, NIKKOR's lineup of fast super-telephoto lenses are indispensable for sports and wildlife photographers.
The extremely robust and durable D6 is constructed with incredibly strong, yet remarkably lightweight magnesium alloy to stand up to the toughest professional demands while maintaining high electromagnetic-shielding and heat-emission performance. The shutter unit has been tested for 400,000 cycles.
Pro-grade weather sealing.
Extensive sealing of joined sections ensures Nikon's most comprehensive resistance to dust and water droplets, designed to keep out the elements so photographers can continue to shoot with the utmost confidence.
Easily change camera settings in the dark with top and rear LCD control panels and buttons that illuminate with the flick of a lever.
The ultimate shape shifter.
On fast-paced assignments, being ready for every critically decisive moment is paramount. With so many ways to customize settings and shortcuts, the D6 truly adapts to every workflow.
Instant access to presets.
With recallable shooting functions, sports photographers can effortlessly switch between preset camera settings— great for events like track and field where dynamic-area AF may work best for some events while auto-area AF may be better for others.
The D6 has a total of 14 buttons that can be personalized with up to 46 different functions for quick, intuitive access to your favorite settings.
Intuitive i menu.
The i button provides a shortcut to a wide selection of frequently used camera settings for speedy adjustments. The i menu can be customized to show the settings you use most—streamlining your workflow.
Save time by saving menu settings.
Conveniently store and label up to four custom shooting combinations from the Custom Settings Menu and up to four from the Photo Shooting Menu for quick access in the i menu—a major time saver for rapidly-changing shooting environments.
High-resolution monitor with full touch control.
Outfitted with a beautiful 2360k-dot high-resolution, fully touch-operable 3.2-inch LCD, interfacing with the D6 is as intuitive as using a smartphone.
Button-free image annotation, transfer and more.
Inspired by pro feedback, images can be conveniently sent, protected or rated, voice memos can be added and images can be prioritized to skip the queue during large transfers by simply flicking upward or downward in full screen playback—especially useful when using the WT-6/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter.
Dual CFexpress card slots.
The D6's dual, future-proof card slots are compatible with both CFexpress and XQD cards. Set them up for overflow, backup, separating RAW+JPEG or JPEG photos of different sizes. Files can be copied between cards or played back from either card.
Clear, lag-free optical viewfinder.
The brilliant optical viewfinder in the D6 was designed for clear, real-time visibility with a natural, stress-free viewing experience under various lighting conditions, even during long hours of shooting.
When knowing the exact location a photo or video was taken is beneficial—nature and landscapes, astrophotography, photojournalism—the D6 can automatically record accurate location and time data and store it along with the image file.
The most well-connected Nikon flagship camera ever.
Transfer photos and videos, even RAW images, wirelessly to a smart device via the SnapBridge app over the D6's built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth. Wired LAN supports the highly acclaimed 1000BASE-T standard with 15% faster transfer speeds than the D5. In the studio, wireless LAN connections can be obtained with either the built-in dual band 2.4/5 GHz transmitter or with the faster, more reliable WT-6A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (optional).
Standardized metadata editing.
The D6 uses standard IPTC metadata, now compatible with XML, so popular, industry standard image-browsing software like Photo Mechanic® can be used to confirm and edit metadata.
|TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera|
|Lens MountNikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)|
|Collapse Image Sensor|
|Picture AngleNikon FX format|
|Effective Pixels (Megapixels)20.8 million|
|Sensor Size35.9 mm x 23.9 mm|
|Image Sensor FormatFX|
|Image Sensor TypeCMOS|
|Total Pixels21.33 million|
|Dust-Reduction SystemImage sensor cleaning|
|Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)|
|Dust-Off Reference PhotoImage 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|
|(L) 3,648 x 2,432|
|(M) 2,736 x 1,824|
|(S) 1,824 x 1,216|
|1:2 format (30 x 20)|
|(L) 4,640 x 3,088|
|(M) 3,472 x 2,312|
|(S) 2,320 x 1,544|
|5:4 format (30 x 24)|
|(L) 4,640 x 3,712|
|(M) 3,472 x 2,784|
|(S) 2,320 x 1,856|
|1:1 format (24 x 24)|
|(L) 3,712 x 3,712|
|(M) 2,784 x 2,784|
|(S) 1,856 x 1,856|
|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|
|Collapse 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|
|Storage MediaCFexpress (Type B)|
|XQD Type Memory|
|Card Slot2 CFexpress (Type B) cards or 2 XQD memory type 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|
|File SystemCompliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0|
|EXIF 2.31 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)|
|ViewfinderEye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Frame CoverageFX (36x24): 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)|
|1.2x (30x20): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)|
|DX (24x16): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)|
|5:4 (30x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)|
|1:1 (24x24): 95% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)|
|16:9 (36x20): 100% horizontal and 96% vertical (Approx.)|
|Viewfinder Magnification0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1) (Approx.)|
|Viewfinder Eyepoint17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹) from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens|
|Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment-3 to + 1m¯¹|
|Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark X screen with Af area brackets; framing grid can be displayed|
|Reflex MirrorQuick-return type|
|Mirror Lock UpYes|
|Lens ApertureInstant-return type|
|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)|
|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|
|Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV, extendable to 900 sec. in mode M; Bulb; Time; X250|
|Fastest Shutter Speed1/8000 sec.|
|Slowest Shutter Speed900 sec.|
|Flash Sync SpeedUp to 1/250 sec.|
|Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 sec. or slower|
|Auto FP High-Speed sync supported|
|Bulb Shutter SettingYes|
|Shutter Release ModesContinuous low-speed [CL] mode|
|Continuous high-speed [CH] mode|
|Mirror-up [Mup] mode|
|Quiet Shutter Release|
|Single-frame [S] mode|
|Continuous Shooting OptionsCL: Up to 1-10 frames per second|
|CH: Up to 10-14 frames per second|
|Quiet Continuous Mode: Up to 1-5 frames per second|
|Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution14 frames per second|
|Self-Timer2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec.|
|Timer duration electronically controlled|
|Exposure Metering SystemTTL exposure metering using 180,000-pixel RGB sensor|
|Live view: TTL exposure metering performed by image sensor|
|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|
|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|
|Exposure Meter CouplingCombined CPU and AI|
|Exposure ModesAperture-Priority Auto (A)|
|Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)|
|Shutter-Priority Auto (S)|
|Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV|
|Exposure LockLuminosity locked at detected value|
|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|
|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|
|Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity100|
|Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity102,400|
|Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)|
|Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-5 (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent)|
|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|
|Long Exposure Noise ReductionYes|
|High ISO Noise ReductionYes|
|Active D-LightingCan be selected from:|
|Single-Point AF Mode105 focus points (number available for selection in viewfinder photography can be chosen from 105, 27, and 15)|
|Dynamic AF ModeYes|
|Auto-Area AF ModeYes|
|Autofocus System TypeViewfinder 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|
|Detection Range-4.5 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)|
|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|
|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|
|Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF/AF-S) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector|
|Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points105|
|Autofocus Fine TuneYes|
|Top FP High Speed SyncUp to 1/8000|
|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 with slow sync|
|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|
|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|
|Collapse White Balance|
|White BalanceAuto (3 types)|
|Choose color temperature (2500K to 10000K)|
|Fluorescent (7 types)|
|Natural Light Auto|
|Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)|
|All except choose color temperature with fine-tuning|
|White Balance BracketingYes|
|Collapse Live View|
|Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode|
|Movie Live View Mode|
|Live View Lens ServoSingle, continuous, full-time AF|
|Live View AF-Area ModeFace-priority AF|
|Live View AutofocusContrast detection|
|Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor|
|Movie Maximum Recording Time105 minutes|
|Based on CIPA Standards|
|Movie File FormatMOV|
|Movie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding|
|Movie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCM|
|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)|
|Movie AudioBuilt-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable|
|Monitor Size3.2 in. diagonal|
|Monitor Resolution2,359,000 Dots|
|Monitor TypeTFT touch-sensitive LCD|
|Monitor Angle of View170-degree wide-viewing angle|
|Monitor AdjustmentsBrightness, 11 levels|
|Brightness adjustment and color balance control|
|Virtual Horizon Camera IndicatorYes|
|Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation|
|Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)|
|IPTC information embedding and display|
|Playback with Playback Zoom|
|Playback Zoom Cropping|
|In-Camera Image EditingYes|
|Voice Memo FunctionYes|
|InterfaceType C USB (Super speed USB), type C HDMI, Stereo mini-pin audio input (microphone), Stereo mini-pin output (headphones), Ten pin remote port|
|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|
|Ethernet ConnectorRJ-45 connector|
|Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T)|
|Data rates*: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect|
|Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTOMDIX)|
|*Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ.|
|Peripheral ConnectorFor WT-6|
|Smart Device App ConnectivitySnapBridge|
|Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2|
|Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz|
|Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz|
|Maximum output power (EIRP):|
|Bluetooth: 1.3 dBm|
|Bluetooth Low Energy: -0.2 dBm|
|GPSReceiving frequency: 1575.42 MHz (C/A code)|
|Geodesics: WGS 84|
|Supported GNS SystemsGPS (USA)|
|Data AcquiredLatitude, longitude, altitude, UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)|
|Clock SynchronizationCamera clock can be set to time acquired via GNSS|
|Log Interval15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.|
|Maximum Log Recording Time6, 12, or 24 hours|
|Save/Load Camera SettingsYes|
|Total Custom Settings69|
|Supported LanguagesThe languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.|
|Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time SettingsYes|
|World Time SettingYes|
|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 (CIPA)|
|Movies: 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|
|AC AdapterEH-6c AC Adapter; requires EP-6 Power Connector (available separately)|
|Battery ChargerMH-26a Quick Charger|
|Tripod Socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)|
|Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)6.3 in. (160 mm) x 6.5 in. (163 mm) x 3.7 in. (92 mm)|
|Approx. Weight44.8 oz. (1,270 g)|
|camera body only|
|Operating EnvironmentTemperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)|