Nikon D6 rumoured to have in-body image stabilisation and be released in early 2020

Jul 5, 2019

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Nikon D6 rumoured to have in-body image stabilisation and be released in early 2020

Jul 5, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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This will be an interesting move for Nikon if it turns out to be true, but the word is that the Nikon D6 is going to have in-body image stabilisation. Nikon Rumors first reported on this potential future feature back in April, but now they say that they’ve received a few more specs and interesting bits of information.

According to their latest information…

  • A potential announcement is to come in early 2020
  • Nikon D6 prototypes are already being tested
  • The D6 might have been announced sooner, but adding IBIS delayed it
  • The D6 will not be a “hybrid” camera. It will be a DSLR with some “mirrorless features” (like IBIS and better video)
  • It will have dual CFexpress memory card slots
  • 100% optical 0.76-0.78x viewfinder
  • New dual Expeed processors
  • Improved autofocus over the D5 (which is already pretty excellent)
  • Built-in WiFi (Yay!)
  • A 3.2-million dot touch screen LCD with “full touch” capabilities (presumably this is something like multitouch?)
  • Better silent shooting modes

IBIS in a Nikon DSLR is something of a surprise, but also not really. When other companies such as Pentax and Olympus started adding stabilised sensors into their cameras, Nikon was one of the companies hailing the benefits of stabilisation in the lens rather than the body. The lens has more latitude to move than the sensor, resulting in theoretically better stabilisation. But sensor stabilisation has a whole set of benefits of its own, too.

And the two systems are not mutually exclusive. It’s possible to have a camera that utilises both, as proven by a number of companies, in a hybrid system. And even Nikon’s own Z mirrorless cameras have hybrid stabilisation which combines both the sensor and the lens systems. So, perhaps it’s not that much of a surprise that Nikon may finally be adding it to their DSLRs. Or, at least, their highest end DSLR.

Perhaps this means that Nikon is also considering implementing some kind of “high resolution” mode similar to that found in other cameras to create a much larger composite image from multiple photos.

As far as an actual date for that “early 2020” estimate, it’s been suggested that it might be January 6th. The Nikon D4 was announced on January 6th, 2012. The widely held belief is that the Nikon D5 was announced on January 6th, 2016, although, the Nikon UK website says January 5th, 2016. So, I guess we’ll see.

IBIS in the D6 could be interesting. What do you want to see in the D6?

[via Nikon Rumors]

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7 responses to “Nikon D6 rumoured to have in-body image stabilisation and be released in early 2020”

  1. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
    Roy Bridgewood

    Everyone wants IBIS but me
    I photograph cars and often that means panning. The last thing I want is a camera that cannot determine the difference between a pan and a pass

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Can your Panasonics not tell the difference?

      1. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
        Roy Bridgewood

        No. It judders.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          That’s a bummer. No way to turn it off? Or does that not fix it?

          1. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
            Roy Bridgewood

            Ibis with floating sensor (usually electromagnetic servos means the sensor can not be locked it can be compensated for but not resolved

    2. Frank Nazario Avatar
      Frank Nazario

      I agree with you on that… for your specific work… it could be detrimental. but there are plenty of samples from sony that do not affect at all… you should do a bit more research.

  2. Frank Nazario Avatar
    Frank Nazario

    ok … so im now on the fence, again… D850 or continue saving and go for the D6… Humm, Decisions decisions… if this monster camera is anything better than a D5 it’s D6 for me if it goes hi-res (please, 24megapixels plus) ill sell my car and extra gear to get my hands on one.

    I know this thing is going to be close to a heart attack in price…let alone availability.