APPROX. 1.6× HIGHER-DENSITY AF COVERAGE WITH 105 SELECTABLE CROSS-TYPE FOCUS POINTS FOR MORE RELIABLE PERFORMANCE EVEN WITH COMPLICATED SUBJECT MOVEMENTS AND IN DIFFICULT LIGHTING
Surpassing the phenomenal dependability of the D5, the D6 sets a new benchmark for AF performance. Its newly designed Multi-CAM 37K autofocus sensor module features 105 focus points, all cross-type, all selectable, which allows users to focus where they want without adjusting their composition. The use of a triple-sensor arrangement for each focus point and the new focus point layout reduce non-AF-sensitive areas, and achieve approximately 1.6× higher-density AF coverage compared to the D5, enabling even more accurate subject acquisition. Moreover, the center focus point works down to -4.5 EV and the others to -4 EV, making autofocus possible even in dark situations or with low-contrast subjects.
17 CUSTOM GROUP-AREA AF MODE VARIATIONS HELP ACHIEVE INTENDED FOCUS RESULTS IN VARIOUS SHOOTING SITUATIONS
Professional sports photographers often have a specific composition in mind when capturing the decisive moments in each game or race. The D5’s group-area AF HL and VL modes are known to excel in such scenes. In addition to the conventional cross arrangement, the D6 further expands the group-area AF layout variations with 17 custom arrangements, which you can select according to your intended composition and obstacles in the frame. For instance, if you want to shoot a table tennis player across the net, you can use custom group-area AF 11 × 3 or 15 × 3 to keep focusing on the player moving laterally. In critical situations, this becomes a powerful tool for sports shooters.
DEDICATED NEW AF ENGINE PROCESSES APPROX. 1.6× MORE DEFOCUS INFORMATION SIMULTANEOUSLY FOR ENHANCED AF TRACKING OF MOVING SUBJECTS
The D6’s autofocus improvements don’t stop at the new AF module. Its dedicated AF engine has also been newly developed. By simultaneously calculating approx. 1.6× more defocus information compared to the D5, the D6 is able to distinguish the intended area of focus from its surroundings and reliably maintain focus on it, even as it moves, during approx. 14-fps high-speed continuous shooting. The benefit is especially clear when AF lock-on strength is increased. For example, even in scenes where a runner’s hand or a table tennis racket obscures the focused face, you can keep your focus on the intended subject.
ADVANCED SCENE RECOGNITION SYSTEM IMPROVED TO FURTHER ENHANCE AF PERFORMANCE
AF performance is enhanced even further by improvements in the Advanced Scene Recognition System, which works together with the D6’s dedicated AF and EXPEED 6 image-processing engines. Face and upper body information, defocus information and motion detection information improve the camera’s ability to maintain focus on laterally moving subjects in 3D-tracking and auto-area AF modes. In a first for optical viewfinder shooting, the D6 also prioritizes focus point selection based on the positions of the subject’s eyes. This makes it easier to keep the subject’s eye in focus for portrait opportunities.
“WIDE” FOCUS POINT OPTION ENABLES FOCUSING AS INTENDED IN SUDDEN, UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS
Photographers sometimes encounter situations where an opportunity arises so suddenly that it’s hard to capture the intended subject within the chosen focus points. The D6’s “wide” option expands the detection area for single-point AF and dynamic-area AF, making it easier to achieve focus on a subject even if it is slightly outside the focus point. This feature is particularly useful when assigned to one of the function buttons, allowing it to be accessed quickly as required.
ABILITY TO SET AF STARTING POINT EXPANDS THE POTENTIAL OF AUTO-AREA AF
The D5’s auto-area AF mode was designed to give professional sports photographers greater freedom over composition, and this ability is further enhanced with the D6. For example, in a scene where you expect a downhill skier or skateboarder to jump from a blind position, you can set the AF starting point onto a ridge to focus on the athlete as he/she comes suddenly into view, avoiding obstacles in the foreground. This allows photographers to concentrate more on framing.
IMPROVED AF FINE-TUNING ALLOWS HIGHLY PRECISE FOCUSING THROUGHOUT THE WIDE-ANGLE TO TELEPHOTO RANGE WITH ZOOM LENSES
The D6’s AF fine-tune function now enables you to make subtle adjustments at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends of zoom lenses, assuring higher AF precision throughout the zoom range, whether adjusting manually or automatically. Also, with the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR, AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, the camera can remember unique AF fine-tuning values optimized for individual lenses. This permits users who have multiple lenses of the same kind to fine-tune differently.
– Type: Single-lens reflex digital camera
– Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
– Image sensor format: FX
– Image sensor type: CMOS
– Sensor size: 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
– Total pixels: 21.33 million
– Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
– File system: DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31
– Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
– Magnification: Approximately 0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m(*1))
– Eyepoint: 17 mm (-1.0m(*1); from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
– Diopter adjustment: -3 to +1 m(*1)
– Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark X screen (with AF-area brackets; framing grid can be displayed)
– Reflex mirror: Quick return
– Depth-of-field preview: Yes
– Lens aperture: Instant return, electronically controlled
– Type: Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
– Speed: 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
– Exposure compensation: –5 to +5 EV; -3 to +3 EV when filming movies (choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EV)
– Exposure lock: Luminosity locked at detected value
– Battery: EN-EL18
Far more than just a camera, the Nikon D6 is a technical marvel that will deliver triumphant results in any condition imaginable.