The Nikon D6 is the latest victim of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and has been officially delayed until May 2020 from its planned release this month.
Nikon first announced the news in a post titled "Apology and announcement of postponement of the release of the digital SLR camera 'D6'" on its Japanese press website, before it was reflected globally.
"Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs. As a result of delays in the procurement of parts and components from a third-party cooperating company due to measures implemented in response to the spread of COVID-19, the release of the new Nikon D6 digital SLR camera, originally planned for March 2020, will be delayed. We sincerely apologize to our customers and all those concerned for any inconvenience this may cause.
We are now planning to release the Nikon D6 in May 2020 and will announce the new release date once it has been determined. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and do our utmost to deliver this new camera as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter."
Nikon's new flagship is the first high-profile camera to be officially affected by the coronavirus, although we've known for some time that the outbreak has wreaked havoc on production facilities across Asia. Many manufacturers have had to temporarily suspend production, including Canon closing five factories, with iPhone 11 and iPhone SE 2 manufacture being severely impacted, and warnings that global image sensor supply chain could be disrupted.
With the situation showing no signs of slowing down, unfortunately it's impossible to believe that other upcoming camera releases won't be similarly impacted by the global crisis…