Nikon D6 specs leaked: Dual CFExpress cards, 4K video and improved AF

Nikon D6 specs leaked: Dual CFExpress cards, 4K video and improved AF
(Image credit: Nikon)

With rumors that the Nikon D6, the Canon EOS-1 DX Mk III and the Canon EOS Rs will all appear early next year, it appears that 2020 is off to a bumper start already. The development of the Nikon D6 was announced back in September, but details have been scarce since that point, with little officially released from Nikon.

However, an updated list of potential Nikon D6 specifications have been released - and the details certainly look like they'll grab the attention of professional photographers waiting for their next Nikon body. 

Rumor website Nikon Rumors has revealed that the Nikon D6 will apparently be released in mid-February - potentially even 12 February. The in-body image stabilization system (IBIS) from the Nikon Z7 will have experienced some improvements for its inclusion in the D6, and the D6 will also "have more features and customization options for various aspects of the camera and settings".

Nikon Rumors advises that companion applications will also see improvements, but these will most likely launch after the camera release. Canon has described its 1D X Mark III as a 'hybrid' camera, with some mirrorless functions – and the Nikon D6 will push this boat out even further, most obviously with the IBIS, along with better video and that all important silent shooting.

This graphic from Nikon Rumors shows the differences between the D5 and D6

This graphic from Nikon Rumors shows the differences between the D5 and D6 (Image credit: Nikon Rumors)

One of the most interesting features likely to catch landscape photographers' attention is the expanded manual exposure times. The majority of cameras will only expose up to 30secs. If you want to have a shutter speed longer than that, then you'll need to invest in a remote shutter release. However, the Nikon D6 will apparently be able to shoot up to 120secs, which is an entire two minutes of exposure time! 

Other intriguing specs include a 24MP sensor, 4K 60p video, and improved dynamic range. There should also be an improved AF system, but we should expect the amount of AF points to remain the same. The Nikon D6 will have dual CFExpress card slots and new Expeed dual processors. 

There will also be a 3.2 million dot touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and an improved silent shooting mode.

All in all, the Nikon D6 looks like it's going to be one impressive piece of kit, and we can't wait to see more details officially released. In the mean time, we'll be keeping our ears to the ground and listening out for any new scintillating details…

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.