Hey, remember Nikon? The company is still kicking and doesn’t want you forgetting it puts out a solid product. Ok, some of those products are disappearing. Goodbye KeyMission series. We barely knew you. And then there’s the DPReview report of up to five DSLR cameras on the chopping block.
But not the Nikon D6. The company’s flagship DSLR is getting a refresh, and the announcement should come as soon as September 4. Busy times for camera press. Canon and Sony’s APS-C announcements. Panasonic getting around to pricing the S1H. GoPro’s Hero8. And whatever magic Insta360 pulled off in its latest product.
One thing is for certain. Photographers can’t exactly say there’s no choice in the market. Ok, maybe not for 4K60p, but way to go Fuji. You keep doing you, and we will wait on the S1H release and who knows, the unicorn that is the Sony a7s III could appear right over the horizon.
When is the Nikon D6 Release Date?
Don’t let the September 4 date fool you. This smacks of an announcement over a launch but figure sometime in mid-Autumn. We will get more clarity when the presentation drops.
Why is the Nikon D6 Releasing? Because Nikon needs a winner. The D5 was a runaway hit, and until there’s a legitimate professional Z-series camera with native lenses, the D6 fills a void which grows ever larger as the Tokyo Olympics approach.
Nikon can get the D6 on the market taking full advantage of the F-mount and keep working on what the professional mirrorless camera (perhaps the Z9). The release could also include a few borrowed components typically found in mirrorless bodies.
What are the Latest Nikon D6 Rumors
Unlike Canon and Sony, Nikon has been holding its cards close. It’s a double-edged sword, but I like the fact that we are in for a few surprises. It beats seeing the brochures days in advance. Not naming names, but Canon…
Here are the latest rumors on specs and availability:
Sensor stabilization (IBIS?)
Dual CFExpress memory card slots
.76-78x 100% viewfinder
New Expeed dual processors
Better/improved AF than the current D5
3.2 million dot touch screen, with full touch capabilities
Excellent/improved silent shooting modes
It’s about what you’d expect in an upgrade. The IBIS sensor stabilization is intriguing and could revitalize the DSLR market. Expectations are the autofocus system will be cutting edge, and rumors have prototypes already in the hands of select photographers.
What about the Nikon D500? You remember the dual announcement too. The Nikon D500 is still an amazing APS-C camera, but it doesn’t look promising we will see a side-by-side event with replacements for both announced. All signs have Nikon rushing to complete a Z-series APS-C mirrorless camera. Still, it would be one hell of a coup if Nikon managed to surprise everyone with what would be a baby D6.
It’s not much to go on, but it’s nice to see Nikon coming off the sidelines and joining the rest of the camera companies in releasing new products. The company’s move to chop products is a welcome one and should shore up finances as companies shift towards shipment value over shipment volume in CIPA numbers.