Last Updated on 02/12/2020 by Joy Celine Asto
The new flagship Nikon D6 DSLR promises the most powerful AF in Nikon’s history, while the two new NIKKOR Z lenses are lightweight and versatile options for mirrorless photographers and filmmakers.
Today is a big day for photographers who are looking to upgrade their Nikon DSLR or expand their NIKKOR Z lens options. Nikon just dropped the Nikon D6, a new professional DSLR that promises to provide extreme reliability and ultimate performance to cater to the needs of professionals and press agencies. Launched alongside it are two new NIKKOR Z lenses: the affordable and versatile 24-200mm f4 – 6.3 VR and the ultra-wide, lightweight prime lens 20mm f1.8 S.
Nikon D6: The Most Powerful AF Yet for Nikon
The Nikon D6 boasts of a 20.8 Megapixel FX-Format CMOS sensor and a new EXPEED 6 engine to offer the most powerful AF system in the company’s history. The new flagship DSLR also comes with crucial improvements to suit today’s demanding workflow and faster file transfer capabilities. It also promises to provide unparalleled low-light performance, advanced 4K UHD capabilities, and an improved mechanical shutter frame rate of 14fps.
The newly-developed powerful AF system is made possible by a 105-point AF system with all focus points selectable and utilizing cross-type sensors. This new focus point layout and triple-sensor arrangement for each focus point, the D6 has an AF coverage that is around 1.6x denser compared to the D5. The new flagship DSLR is also equipped with an expanded focus detention range that works with a wider detection area for single-point AF and dynamic area AF. With this feature, it will be easier to get focused subjects even when they are slightly out of the focus point.
Other noteworthy features that complement and support this powerful AF system include an evolved Group AF mode with support for 17 custom arrangements, superior low-light AF performance, and an ISO range of 100 to 102,400 that still preserves sharpness and subtle details despite challenging lighting conditions.
The D6 also prides itself on being the most customizable Nikon DSLR to date with its selection of features that enable photographers to speed up their workflow during and after shooting. These include a new intuitive menu system with 14 customizable buttons that can be assigned to any of the 46 unique functions, recall shooting functions, dual CFexpress slots with blazing-fast read/write times, JPEG functions, Priority Image Transfer, Built-in GPS, excellent connectivity.
More Versatile NIKKOR Z Glass to Choose From
Nikon also announce two new additions to the growing NIKKOR Z Full Frame lens family: the versatile NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f4 – 6.3 VR and the ultra-wide NIKKOR Z 20mm f1.8 S. The former boasts of a broad zoom range that make it a powerful and versatile glass for both travel and everyday photography. The latter expands the extremely fast f1.8 NIKKOR Z lenses to cover a wider field of view, making it an ideal lens for both pros and enthusiasts who shoot a lot of landscapes, architecture, and even night sky snaps.
The 24-200mm f4 – 6.3 VR provides a wide-to-telephoto focal range in a lightweight 20 oz design with dust and drip resistance, and can reach up to 300mm when paired with a DX-format camera body. With these features, it’s a perfect companion for capturing superb images of scenic adventures. Meanwhile, the 20mm f1.8 S expands the high-performance S-series NIKKOR Z lenses and allows for a wider coverage with increased detail, sharpness, and depth of field. It’s also equipped with weather sealing to keep dust and moisture at bay.
Both of these new NIKKOR Z additions also promise to be flexible for both photography and filmmaking, making them top-notch tools for multimedia content creators. The NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f4 – 6.3 VR promises smooth subject tracking that allows sharp focus while zooming in video mode, as well as additional 5 stops of built-in optical vibration reduction for superb stabilization when paired with the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7. The NIKKOR Z 20mm f1.8 S is also equipped for cinematic captures with a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF and suppressed focus breathing.
Availability for the new Nikon D6 and the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f4 – 6.3 VR is set for April 2020 with SRP of $6,499.95 (body only) and $899.95 respectively. The NIKKOR Z 20mm f1.8 S will be available in March 2020 with SRP of $1,049.95. Visit www.nikonusa.com for more details.