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A D400 from NikonThe Nikon D400 (D9300?)

Rumours about the replacement for the D300s

The D300 was announced in August 2007 and the D300s in July 2009

The age of the camera suggested a replacement for 2011, but nothing appeared in 2012...

Nikon still hasn't produced any good prime lenses specifically for its DX (crop) format, and with Dxxxx cameras moving up in specifications, some have wondered if there is a place at the top level for Nikon's DX range?

If nothing tuns up by the end of 2015, then many may wonder about Nikon's support for the concept of pro-level DX cameras.

See the full Nikon DSLR Timeline below for approximate ages of different cameras.

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2015 November

  • 18th No D400 anytime soon? Nikon have decided (and it's not unreasonable to wonder why?) to announce that they are working on a D5 and other items.
  • It's not like most people who might be in the market for a D5 were thinking there wouldn't be a follow up to the D4 or that Nikon were about to go mirrorless in their pro lineup...
    • "Development of Digital SLR Camera Nikon D5
    • November 18, 2015, TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models.
    • The new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000, which will be positioned at the top of Nikon's Speedlight lineup, are also being developed.
    • Through the combination of this next-generation professional camera offering an even higher level of performance, these advanced accessories and the rich lineup of existing NIKKOR lenses, Nikon is pursuing further possibilities for imaging expression."

2015 September

  • 16th What starts as a vague "D400 might appear in early 2016 with the D5" comment [NR] is being rapidly conflated around the web into a full blown release schedule.
  • Expect someone to invent some specs before long ;-)


  • 31st Several sites mentioning a 24MP D400 - but none give sources, so it just looks like assorted rehashes of the info from the 26th.
    • Expect the numbers to resurface again next week ;-)
  • 26th A forum suggestion of a 24MP D400 for September [Fx] - (thanks for link)
  • 11th Comments from Thom Hogan reflecting on cameras coming from Nikon - no signs of a D300s replacement at the moment.
    • Rumours in Nikon land seem to have gone rather quiet of late - Thom's comments could hint why


  • 21st Thom Hogan looks at what we might see as a D300s replacement later this year [TH]


  • 25th Thom Hogan pulls together some threads and wonders just when we will see a replacement and what Nikon is up to [TH] Maybe a D500 to go with the upcoming D5
  • 2nd The D7200 is announced, with a move from 24.1 to 24.2MP, improved AF and a bigger buffer [DPR]
    • This is most definitely not the D400 you were looking for...
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  • 19th A D7200 is expected before mid-March [NR], but still isn't looking to be a Canon 7D2 match (specs still lacking though), although a Japanese website had a suggestion that Nikon would indeed launch a pro level 7D2 competitor... at some time.
    • I note that this sounds not unlike what we were hearing a year ago...

2014 December

  • 12th No signs of a high end crop camera from Nikon, with a D5500 for January and a D7xxx later [NR]


  • 17th Has a D400 been photographed in use? Real or Fake? [NR]


  • 6th The D300S is moved to the retired category [TH]


  • 3rd A high end D9300 crop sensor camera is mentioned [NR] - the suggestion is that four digit model mumbers will signify a crop (DX) sensor.


  • 26th Once again, in some Canon 7Dmk2 information we were sent, we hear that neither Canon or Nikon are in a rush to update and that Canon is aiming for the 7D2 to sit above this year's possible D7200 (considered more likely than any D400).
    • I'd note that this was a Nikon reference in some Canon info we were sent, that hardly falls into the rock solid category, so usual caveats apply!
  • Nikon wouldn't comment in any of their CP+ interviews, whilst Canon continues with their '7D follow up - sounds a reasonable idea' response.

2013 August

  • 7th Nikon announce a new 18-140mm DX lens. TH suggests that this could mean the D400 (or even a D7100S) is likely


  • 10th After a flurry of 7D mk2 rumours, I'd wondered if there was D400 info coming up...
  • At NR, there is a suggestion of an August/September announcement (with some new lenses).


  • 31st Suggestions of a September announcement for a 24MP D400 - maybe pushed back to the start of 2014 if the 7D2 isn't appearing [PL]


  • 25th Nikon Europe says that the D7100 is not a D300S replacement.
  • 21st Nikon announces the D7100 - 24.1MP 6/7fps.
  • An update over the D7000, any D400 later in the year needs a bigger jump in specs than we've seen in the lengthy D7000-7100 interval.
  • It's worth noting that Nikon Europe describes the D7100 as the company's 'flagship DX model'
  • 20th At Pentax forums [PF], there's a supposed copy of a page from Japanese magazine “Camera Japan”, there's a slew of 'predictions' for 2013: Nikon D7100 in March, D400 in June and a D4X in October. September is slated for the Nikon 2 - presumably another mirrorless...
  • A scan of the page is on the main rumours page

2012 December

  • 28th As Thom Hogan points out [TH], only the D3200 is 'current' in the DX range.
  • Nikon's DX range may outsell FX by quite a margin, but you'd never know it from the emphasis given to FX in 2012 (lenses too).
  • We've the CES show is from January 8th to the 11th this year, with in PMA running at the same time, so I'd expect something a bit more than a few compacts and a few Nikon CX trinkets.


  • 13th With the launch of the full frame D600, it raises the question of whether Nikon wants to quietly drop the 'high end' DX? and encourage people to move 'up' to FX?


  • 18th With a 24MP D3200 due tomorrow, how much longer till the D400 appears?


  • 8th D800 looks good, but what about DX?


  • 26th The D700 and D300S are marked as 'discontinued' [Nikon via NR]
    • How about a triple launch for Nikon - D3200/400/800 ;-)

2011 August

  • 25th Nikon announced some compacts in yesterday's announcements, so DSLR expectations have been moved back to September.
  • In the UK, there is a D300s offer running to the end of October - buy one and get a free 750G external drive.
  • 1st Thom Hogan modifies his predictions, upgrading the likelihood of a D800 (FF/'FX') to come out with a D4 this month [TH].
  • The D300s replacement is moved to next February.


  • 19th Two FX cameras by the end of August? - via a Nikon rep [NR]
  • 11th A German camera store has Nikon event in Germany in September [NR]
  • More speculation from Thom Hogan [TH] puts a D4 and D400, announced in August, as what people will see.


  • 28th Second half of August is still a strong suggestion for D4/D400 [NR]


  • 30th Some $250 Nikon instant rebates in the US [NR] - only a few lenses and DX bodies...
  • 26th Nikon have said their launch schedule is unaffected [NR] and a major Nikon announcement is supposedly due for the end of August.
  • 11th We're hearing (thanks) of Nikon reps downplaying any new product announcements. Whilst not referring to any particular camera, the suggestion was:
  • '...if you need a new camera, buy one, don't think something new will be available any time soon'
  • This matches up with shortages of pro level cameras we're hearing of from many Nikon and Canon sources - of course finding one in stock is another matter...
  • 4th There are suggestions that an August announcement is still expected [NR] - also, the D300s is getting a bit long in the tooth, announced in July 2009 (D300 Jan 2008)
Nikon DSLR timeline
Sensor 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
- - - - - - - - - - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Flagship FX_Res.                     D3X                          
FX_Speed                   D3 D3S D4 D4S      
DX_Res.   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                        
DX_Speed     D1H D2H D2HS                        
High FX                     D700 D800(E) D810
DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S      
Mid FX                                   D750
                              D600 D610      
DX           D70 D70S D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200
Better               D50        

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The D300S brings HD movie capability, a faster frame advance rate of 7fps and dual CF and SD memory card slots. Built upon the D300, the D300S incorporates the same DX-format 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, professional 51-point autofocus system and EXPEED image processing in a discrete compact body.

More @ DPR


2008 October 28th

Firmware update: D300 firmware v1.10 can be downloaded.

Modifications enabled with upgrade of A and B firmware from Ver. 1.03 to Ver. 1.10

For further information regarding the new firmware, download the supplemental document for the new firmware, D300_FirmUp_(11)En.pdf.

More info from Nikon -(D300 Nikon PR and D3 Nikon PR)

Nikon D300 Key Features

Nikon D300 specifications
Price (body only) US: $ 1799 UK: £ 1299 EU: € 1980
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor * 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
DX format
RGB colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
13.1 million total pixels
12.3 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor * Nikon EXPEED
A/D conversion * 14 bit
Image sizes * 4288 x 2848 [L; 12.2 MP]
3216 x 2136 [M; 6.9 MP]
2144 x 1424 [S; 3.1 MP]
File formats NEF (12-bit or 14-bit *, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
NEF compression Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80% *
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60%
Lens mount Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
1.5x field of view crop
Usable lenses DX AF NIKKOR: All functions possible
D-/G-type AF NIKKOR (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses): All functions possible (excluding PC Micro- NIKKOR)
AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-colour Matrix Metering II possible
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-colour Matrix Metering II possible
Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; colour Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data /td>
Dust reduction * Self-cleaning sensor unit ('Clean image sensor') *
Image dust-off data acquisition (Capture NX required)
Auto Focus 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) *
Multi-CAM 3500DX *
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
Lens Servo Single Servo AF [S]
Continuous Servo AF [C]
Manual focus [M]
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in [S] or [C] AF
Focus Point * Single point from 51 or 11 focus points
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
AF Area Mode * Single point AF
Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)]
Automatic-area AF
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF assist Yes, lamp
Exposure modes Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
Manual [M]
Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
3D colour Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); colour matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); colour matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used)
Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering range 3D colour Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
Meter coupling CPU and AI
Exposure lock Locked using AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure bracketing

• 2 to 9 frames
1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps *

Exposure compen. +/-5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Sensitivity *

Default: ISO 200 - 3200 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Boost: 100 - 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps

Shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec (up to 1/320 sec with reduced GN *)
DOF Preview Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modelling flash
White balance Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
Presets (seven) with fine tuning *
Manual presets (four)
colour temperature in Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K, 31 steps)
White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
Picture Control * Standard
Image parameters * Sharpening: Auto, 7 levels
Contrast: Auto, 5 levels, Custom tone curve
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 5 levels
Hue: 5 levels
colour space sRGB (Standard and Vivid modes)
Adobe RGB (Neutral mode)
Viewfinder Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
Built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1m-1)
Eyepoint: 19.5 mm (at -1.0m-1)
Frame coverage 100% *
Viewfinder magnification approx 0.94x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Focusing screen B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
Superimposed focus brackets
On-demand grid lines
LCD monitor * 3.0 " TFT LCD
922,000 pixels
170° viewing angle
Brightness adjustment
LCD Liveview *

Handheld mode: TLL phase-difference AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area

Shooting modes Single frame
Continuous Low [CL]
Continuous High [CH]
Liveview [LV]
Self-Timer (programmable)
Mirror-up mode
Continuous shooting * With built-in battery: up to 6 fps
With AC adapter or MB-D10 pack and batteries other than EN-EL3e: up to 8 fps
Continuous buffer JPEG Large/Normal: 100 shots (at 6 fps)
RAW: no data yet
Self-timer 2 to 20 sec custom
Flash control

TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor.
Built-in Speedlight, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800

Flash Sync Mode Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
Slow Sync
Rear-curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number (ISO 200, m) approx 17 (manual 18)
Guide number (ISO 100, m) approx 12 (manual 13)
Flash Accessory Shoe

ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided

Flash Sync Terminal ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps *
Creative Lighting System With Speedlights such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash colour Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock
Orientation sensor Tags images with camera orientation
Playback mode Full frame
Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
One-touch zoom
RGB histogram
Shooting data
Highlight point
Auto image rotation
Languages * Chinese (Simplified and Traditional),Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Custom functions 48 custom functions
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type A connector) *
Remote control 10-pin terminal
PC Sync flash terminal
10-pin terminal GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
Remote control: via 10-pin terminal
Communications FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
Storage Compact Flash Type I or II
UDMA *, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
Power Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e (7.4 V, 1500 mAh)
Included battery charger MH-18a
Optional AC adapter EH-5a
Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip *
Vertical grip * Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries
Battery monitoring The LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL3e battery:
Remaining charge (%)
No. of shots taken since last charge
Battery life (5 stages)
Dimensions 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in)
Weight (no batt) 825 g (1.82 lb)
Box contents Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D100, Strap AN-D300, LCD monitor cover BM-8, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-23, Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional accessories Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10, Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M, AC Adapter EH-5a, Capture NX Software, Camera Control Pro 2

* New or changed compared to the D200

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