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Nikon D6 vs Nikon D5 – Comparison

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Here is the Nikon D6 vs Nikon D5 – Comparison. You can check the details of these flagship DSLR cameras with full-frame image sensors.

The D6 is Nikon’s first professional DSLR not to offer support for Compact Flash media. Unlike the D5, the D6 will ship with dual XQD / CFExpress card slots. When it comes to the sensor resolution Nikon D6 uses the same 20.8MP sensor as the D5, but it’s now coupled with a new Expeed 6 processor and offers up to 14fps burst shooting with electromagnetic lenses. With the help of live view, the D6 can shoot silently at up to 10.5fps at full resolution. The native ISO range covers values of 100 to 102,400, with an expansion range up to 3.2 million.

The biggest change between the Nikon D6 vs Nikon D5 is the all-new autofocus system.Even the number of points has gone down from 153 to 105, now all of those points are selectable and cross-type. The result is AF coverage that is ‘1.6x denser than that of the D5.’  In terms of video, the D6 continues to offer 4K/30p recording, but now comes with focus peaking and an option for MP4 recording.

Nikon D6 Camera Body $6,499.95 USD at Amazon | Adorama | B&HPhoto

More details can be found at Nikon D6 Price, Specs, Release Date Announced

Nikon D6 vs Nikon D5 – Specifications Comparison

Read our detailed specificationscomparison of the Nikon D6 vs Nikon D5 to find out their advantages and decide which one to buy.

Nikon D6 Nikon D5
$6,497 $5,497
Lens Mount
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)
20.8 million 20.8 million
Sensor Size
35.9 mmx23.9 mm 35.9 mmx23.9 mm
Image Sensor Format
FX
FX
File Format Still Images
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (size priority); Optimal quality compression available
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with Fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)
TIFF (RGB)
Storage Media
CFexpress (Type B)
XQD Type Memory
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
Card Slot
2 CFexpress (Type B) cards or 2 XQD memory type cards
The card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage, for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG copies of photos taken at image quality settings of NEF (RAW) + JPEG, or to store separate copies of JPEG photos at different sizes and compression ratios; pictures can be copied between cards
2 XQD memory type cards or
2 CompactFlash© (CF) cards
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
FX (36×24):100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1.2x (30×20):97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
DX (24×16):97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
5:4 (30×24):97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1:1 (24×24):95% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
16:9 (36×20):100% horizontal and 96% vertical (Approx.)
FX (36×24):100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1.2x (30×20):97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
DX (24×16):97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
5:4 (30×24):97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
Viewfinder Magnification
0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1) (Approx.) 0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1) (Approx.)
Viewfinder Eyepoint
17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹) from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens
17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹)
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed
900 sec. 30 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution
14 frames per second
12 frames per second
14 frames per second with mirror up
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing
Yes
2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Picture Control
Auto
Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon)
Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
Vivid
Selected Picture Control can be modified
Storage for custom Picture Controls
Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
Vivid
User-customizable Settings
ISO Sensitivity
ISO100 –102,400Choose from step sizes of 1/3, 1/2, and 1 EVCan also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
ISO100 –102,400Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Dynamic AF Mode
Yes
Number of AF points: 25, 72 and 153 (3D-tracking)
Auto-Area AF Mode
Yes
Yes
Focus Modes
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area AF
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area AF
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
105 153
Flash Bracketing
Yes
2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Top FP High Speed Sync
Up to1/8000 Up to1/8000
Flash Sync Modes
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF (viewfinder photography), unified flash control
CLS Supported
White Balance
Auto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K to 10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Natural Light Auto
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
Shade
All except choose color temperature with fine-tuning
Auto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K to 10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
Shade
White Balance Bracketing
Yes
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Live View Shooting
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode with available Silent Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Movie
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Quality selection available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160 when quality is fixed at (high)
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps
4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
High quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160
Movie Audio
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Monitor Size
3.2 in. diagonal 3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
2,359,000 Dots 2,359,000 Dots
Monitor Type
TFT touch-sensitive LCD
Wide Viewing Angle Touch TFT-LCD (Touch for playback only)
Playback Functions
Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Index Marking
IPTC information embedding and display
Location Display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Photo Slideshow
Picture Rating
Playback with Playback Zoom
Playback Zoom Cropping
Voice Memo
Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
GPS data display
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Voice Memo
In-Camera Image Editing
Yes
Color Balance
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
GPS
Receiving frequency: 1575.42 MHz (C/A code)
Geodesics: WGS 84
GP-1A GPS unit
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL18c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL18b/EN-EL18a/EN-EL18 batteries can also be used. Note, however, that fewer pictures can be taken on a single charge with an EN-EL18 than with an EN-EL18c/EN-EL18b/EN-EL18a.
EN-EL18a Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
3,580 shots (CIPA)

Battery enables up to approx. 3,580 shots per charge in single-frame release mode* or approx. 8,670 shots in continuous-release mode**
*Based on CIPA Standards
**Under Nikon’s own test conditions


Movies:
Approx. 105 minutes of HD footage

3,780 shots (CIPA)
Movies:
Approx. 110 minutes of HD footage
AC Adapter
EH-6c AC Adapter; requires EP-6 Power Connector (available separately)
EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
6.3 in.160 mm x 6.5 in.163 mm x 3.7 in.92 mm 6.3 in.160 mm x 6.3 in.158.5 mm x 3.7 in.92 mm
Approx. Weight
44.8 oz.1,270 g

camera body only
49.6 oz.1,405 g

with battery and two XQD memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover
49.9 oz. (1,415 g)
with battery and two CompactFlash memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover

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