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D5 and general Nikon Rumours
23rd New firmware 'C' V1.01 for the D4S (Nikon EU) - Minor fixes
3rd Thom Hogan has written an excellent article about questions faced by Nikon, and his suggested answers. [TH]
27th How about 4k video in the upcoming D4s ? [NR]
7th Yes, A D4S is mentioned, in one of the most content free press releases I've seen for a while:
Nikon Corporation is preparing for the release of its next-generation flagship model, and has announced the development of the Nikon D4S HD-SLR. The camera will be on display, before its official release, at the Nikon booth (#14916, Central Hall) at the 2014 International CES show from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As Nikon's new flagship model, the D4S will offer advances over the Nikon D4 HD-SLR camera, including enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine. The new HD-SLR will also feature more advanced autofocusing performance, further solidifying it as the choice for professional sports, nature and event photographers as well as photojournalists.
The D4S represents a concentration of Nikon's advanced camera development technologies and legacy as a leader in imaging. The D4S will further expand the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best possible performance and image quality in challenging environments. The Nikon D4S will build upon the success of the acclaimed Nikon D4, a camera highly regarded for its speed, unrivaled low-light ability and amazing image quality that made it the choice of professionals and advanced amateurs around the world.
Further details regarding the Nikon D4S, including announcement date, availability and suggested retail price will be announced at a later date.
6th Will we get a 'development announcement' for what follows the D4 at this week's CES show? [DCI - Google xlt]
The suggestion is: 'pre-announce now' - 'announce in February' - 'deliver March'
As far as I can tell 'pre-announcements' are only ever thought up in marketing departments - if true, then we may also see what the tactic is aimed at over the next new weeks...
27th We're told (thanks) that it's a D4s that's coming - much more of an update than entirely new model.
26th Seemingly, Nikon has stopped selling the D4 [NR] through their exchange program - something on its way soon?
19th At NR they report: "A new D4-like body is rumored to be already in production in Sendai. The Df production was apparently halted for two months, so they can "push" this new product before the Olympics".
There's a suggestion that Canon are looking at something in the same market segment next year [1DXs page]
3rd Sony seem to have developed a 54MP full frame sensor - looks as if yeilds are still too low to see it for a while, but it would make for an interesting D800 followup or D4x [SAR]
All the big sites have only had one to play with briefly, so expect a lot of discussion about it [DPR first impressions]
In particular I note this in the DPR conclusions:
"As such, although I hate to say it: from a cold, hard practical point of view, I can't shake the feeling that the Df is a little bit... silly. Hardcore Nikon fans will point to the support for 50 year-old non-Ai lenses, which is valid, but I suspect that the constituency of photographers for whom this is a real selling point is vanishingly small. Of course, I could be wrong. Naturally, there will be some photographers who will see the Df purely in terms of a lower-cost shell for the D4's very capable sensor, and might not care about the design."
16 MP FX CMOS sensor (same as D4)
ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 - 204,800)
Max 5.5 fps
39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (as D610)
3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen
Physical shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation dials
Compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount lenses (including pre-Ai standard)
Single SD card
EN-EL14a battery (~1400 exp.)
3rd We're sent some specs for the DF (thanks) - real ones should appear fairly soon...
16.2MP FX CMOS Sensor, 5.5 FPS
Operating software similar to D610
Can work with non-Ai lenses - inc. interlock lever
EN-EL14 battery (as per D5300)
1st An invite for a Nikon press event on the 5th appears in Thailand [TC]
No more tech info on the DF, although some new videos show much more of the camera. It looks very much how I remember film cameras looked back in the days of film ;-)
Perhaps Canon will make a digital version of the A1 or F1 (probably not, they seem to have liked 'curvy' design for too long)
25th Suggestions that an upcoming Sony SLT will feature a new 32MP sensor an 8-14FPS [SAR] It's not clear if this is APS-C (~72MP on FF)
Favourite for the D400 is still 24MP, but info has been sparse of late.
10th Along with upcoming D400 suggestions, the info about a D4 based DSLR (from February) is still circulating (now late 2013/early 2014)
2nd Firmware updates for Nikon D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D7000 and D3200 [NR]
21st The D7100 is announced. Launch info and hands on review at DPR
24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, no low pass filter
ISO 100-6400 standard, 25600 expanded
Max 6 fps continuous shooting in DX mode, 7fps in 1.3X crop mode
51 point AF system, 15 sensors cross type
2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
Spot white balance in live view mode
1080 60i/30p video recording, built-in stereo mic, mic jack and audio monitoring jack
Pentaprism with 100% coverage and 0.94X magnification
3.2", 1.2m-dot LCD screen (640 x 480 X RGBW)
Front and rear IR receivers
Equivalent water and dust resistance to D800/D300S
Quite a jump in some areas, but overall probably not a huge leap - where does this leave space for a D400 in the lineup?
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: Canon 70D for March, 700D for June, EOS Me for July, 7D Mk2 for August and an EOS 3D: Nikon D7100 in March, D400 in June and a D4X in October. September is slated for the Nikon 2 - presumably another mirrorless...
ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent)
Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting
39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points
3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen
1080p30 full HD video mode with stereo sound recording
Headphone jack for audio monitoring in movie mode
Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
Single-axis electronic level in viewfinder, duel-axis (pitch and roll) in live view
Dimensions: 141mm x 113mm x 82mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.2 in).
Weight: 760 g (1.6 lbs) (camera body only, no battery - not sure why this figure would interest anyone outside of the markting department)
D600 versus D7000
D600 versus D800
24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (compared to 16.2MP DX-format CMOS)
Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting (compared to 6fps)
3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen (compared to 3in)
D800-style combined movie/still live view mode button
Headphone jack for audio monitoring in movie mode
Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (compared to 36.3MP CMOS)
10.5MP DX-format crop mode (compared to 15.3MP)
39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (compared to 51-points, with 15 cross-type)
No AF micro-adjust function (D800 allows micro-adjustment in +/-20-step increments)
Autofocus sensitivity down to -1EV (compared to -2EV)
Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting in FX mode (compared to 4fps in FX mode)
2,016-pixel RGB TTL exposure metering sensor (compared to 91,000 pixels)
2x SD slots (compared to CF+SD)
No 'Power Aperture' aperture control during movie shooting (offered by D800 using Fn + Preview buttons)
Shutter rated to 150,000 cycles (compared to 200,000 cycles)
Magnesium-alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate (D800 is full mag-alloy except flash housing)
USB 2.0 interface (compared to USB 3.0)
9th The D600 is expected to be announced this coming week [NR]
5th A top LCD layout for the D600 is suggested [NR]
2nd An Italian dealer puts the D600 in an advert [1k1]
14th D600 looks real enough in some pictures at [NR]
26th We hear that as a result of various patent cross licensing deals between Canon and Nikon, there may be a Nikon body with EF lens mount [main rumours page]
From the land of wishlists and unfortunately not that likely, IMHO
11th At NR they seem very keen on a D600 - before Photokina
26th Some very vague D600 rumours are doing the rounds - not much other than cheaper, less MP, full frame and this year.
Once again, Thom Hogan makes some telling observations on the direction and state of Nikon's business [TH 25th Apr] and I have to agree with his summing up of the competition ;-)
"The good news for Nikon is that no other camera maker has figured it out, either. Sony has decided that EVFs are your only choice. Canon decided that all still users were actually closet video shooters in disguise. Fujifilm seems to think that lots of performance issues can be overlooked if they just make everything look like old rangefinders from the 1960's. But really, Nikon, is that all you aspire to be: better than an inept group of other players?"
25th Important battery safety advisory for EN-EL15 batteries. The Nikon EN-EL15 battery is used in the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1 cameras.
18th The D3200 is due tomorrow 24 MP sensor, 11 AF points, 4 fps, ISO range: 100-6400, with max of 12800.
This is likely the same sensor that will be tweaked for the long awaited D400.
16.2 MP, 11 fps
100-102,400 native ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800
CF + XQD
Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
Integrated Ethernet in the camera
Face detection/recognition function that will be working in the viewfinder
Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
Improved 51 AF points
AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0
Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8
No sign of whether it too replaces Nikon's previous D3X (like 1Dx/1Ds3) - I suspect not
17th Some ruminations appear [NR] - looks as if no-one knows much :-)
12th After all the 36MP D800 hoopla, rumours about Nikon announcements have gone very quiet. There is talk of upcoming events early in December, but no details as yet [NR]
On a lighter note... I was catching up on some forum threads, when an 'interchangeable sensor for D4' comment appeared [LL] - well, the poster seemed pretty sure ;-)
2nd No sign of any DSLR related announcements from Nikon, and Thom Hogan paints a fairly dismal picture [TH] of just what natural disasters have done to Nikon's production this year. If the '36MP D800' ever was a real announcement, it's likely to have been put back to next year, along with the (always IMHO) more likely D4.
17th Have upcoming Nikon announcements been delayed by events in Thailand [NR]
13th There is a Nikon sponsored event in Adelaide 23-26 October ...called 'The Event'
As part of this, it's believed that Nikon are putting quite some effort into keeping details of what's coming up as secret.
12th Interesting Nikon lens patents over the last few months [MP]
3rd From the 'land of wishful thinking', there's a suggestion of a 36MP D800 on the 26th [1k1]
29th Some Nikon patent sightings [PB] - Anti dust and secondary mirror features - just the sort of things to appear in a D4?
23rd No FF Nikon DSLRs in October, according to a Swedish Nikon exec.
21st The V1 and J1 appear with a new CX sensor (10 MP 13.2 x 8.8mm)
More than a few DSLR users mutter - where's my D4? (or D400 or D800)
20th Expectation of a Nikon (mirrorless) announcement is stoked by the curiously named iamcomings.com website [NR]
8th A nikon DSLR announcement is due - but it seems to be only a D3100 in red [NR]
25th DSLR announcement date guesss get pushed back into September [NR]
Thom Hogan seems fairly sure that any D4 won't ship until early next year, so there is no rush for an announcement.
23rd A press release surfaces for two Nikon compact cameras [NR]
22nd A suggestion that all there will be from Nikon are some Coolpix cameras [NR].
Just like the assorted Canon 'rumours', what once was a range of DSLRs and mirrorless seems to have been downgraded somewhat.
September seems to be favoured now...
I note that Thom Hogan still suggests a DSLR announcement [TH]
16th With a Nikon event set for the 24th (next week) there are suggestions that the new Nikon 'mirrorless' is the only camera due then [NR]
So, when's the D4?
2nd The Nikon leak rate increases, with Nikon Rumors agreeing [NR] with Thom Hogan's changes.
"The D700 replacement will be available in Fall 2011 and the D3s replacement will be available at the beginning of 2012. Both will be produced in Malaysia. The D700 successor will have 24 MP, the D3s successor will have 18MP. Both cameras will have new AF-system and many new 'astonishing' feature."
1st Thom Hogan modifies his predictions, upgrading the likelihood of a D800 (FF/'FX') to come out with a D4 this month [TH]. D4x is pushed to late next year.
26th Nikon press events are scheduled for 24th August.
Full frame 18MP CMOS sensor (8 MP when cropped to APS-C)
Usable ISO 51200
11fps (20fps with live view, 30fps with APS-C crop)
Flexible LCD monitor
51 point all-cross AF point
28th Second half of August is still a strong suggestion for D4/D400 [NR]
More Sony talk [SR] ups expectations that Sony are still serious about aiming at the higher end pro market
19th Sony are rumoured to be bringing out an A920 at 32MP in August [PR] and it's being suggested as a potential sensor for a new Nikon. See also [SR]
32MP would be a big jump for a D3s -> D4, whilst not very big for D3x -> D4
8th Having been out working for a few days I missed the gigantic 'everything you ever wanted' D4 (et al.) post on NR
I've not seen susch a comprehensive wishlist posted for some time and am quite happy to go along with the NR opinion of total fiction ;-)
More realistic would be the comments I'm hearing of from some Nikon reps suggesting to pro users that they might like to hold off on D3s replacements for a while if they can.
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.
23rd A number of hard to find items (US) are appearing in the Nikon Store Outlet refurb section [TH], whilst there are reports that the current D700 microsite has vanished [NR]
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...
There is also a suggestion of an actual release cancellation (S4100) at NR
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)
3rd I note suggestions that the Nikon D4 will be pushed back to 2012 [1k1] and the D800 later this year.
Video capable No focus motor
Looking for Nikon stuff? - Type in a camera or lens name and see if what you want is currently on eBay...
27th Summer announcement and a removable sensor for the D800 - lots of different things at NR
13th From Japan we hear (thanks) that the D4 will push 4 key improvements for pro users.
- Improved high ISO
- Improved AF
- Much improved metering
- Further flash system integration.
No details other than they hoped I would consider it (?!?) as a 'working pro photographer'.
7th A slew of compact cameras, but no DSLRs from Nikon at CP+ [NR] They are suggesting that FX camera announcements will be a summer event.
28th We hear (thanks) that the D4 is slated for an early Q2 announcement (April?). D4 at 'around' 20MP (FX 'FF' and HD vid). The same technology will appear in the (DX) ~18MP D400.
The D700 replacement (D900), with similar video to the D4 will come along later (this year or next)
The D4 should actually be released by the end of the Summer.
As a follow on from what we were told this morning (above), a working pro photographer let us know that they had received 'hints' from a Nikon office to wait until August, when they enquired after buying several D3s cameras. Next year's Olympics was also suggested as the next time for a new Nikon for the pro user.
25th The D300s gets the not-available treatment [NR]
24th Seems that Nikon may be making an announcement in late August [NR]
20th Everyone's expecting quite a lot of higher end announcements from Nikon this year, but so far the rumours have been pretty quiet. March seems to be a popular estimate for some news [NR] with both mirrorless and a D800 mentioned.
15th The widely trailed Nikon D7000 appears [DPR preview] and looks to be rather more than a D90 follow-on (in the way the 7D was more than a 50D follow on) - $1500 (£1300)
16.2MP CMOS sensor
1080p HD video recording with mic jack for external microphone
ISO 100-6400 (plus H1 and H2 equivalent to ISO 12,800/25,600)
39-point AF system with 3D tracking
2016 pixel metering sensor
Scene Recognition System aids metering + focus accuracy
Twin SD card slots
3.0 inch 921k dot LCD screen
New Live View/movie shooting switch
Full-time AF in Live View/movie modes
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
Lockable shooting mode dial
Electronic virtual horizon
Shutter tested to 150K actuations
A new metering sensor makes its appearance, and I'm sure the forums are already discussing what this means for the D300S follow on (D400? - NR)
29th Whilst we always take rumours from dealers with a pinch of salt, we're told (big UK dealer) that the 1Ds4 could be announced as soon as next Thursday... The same source said that the Nikon D4 is also now on their system and to expect it shortly - the 'expected' Nikon announcement is the D90 replacement and most have the D4 slated for 2011. Suggestion for Nikon announcements are 8th/15th [NR]
The D3 was announced in August 2007 and D3s in October 2009, which is probably why most comments I've read put the D4 next year.
22nd Some speculation as to who is designing/making Nikon Sensors for the latest cameras [NR] whilst Thom Hogan has some interesting thoughts about Nikon sensors and future developments (such as a 38MP D4x)
21st D3100 as expected [DPR] and suggestions that the D90 replacement is the only other DSLR on its way [NR]
This suggests that there will be no new FX (35mm FF) format cameras this year - but then some specs for the D800 appear [DR] 16MP, 9 FPS
Full HD 1920x1080p (24, 25, 30, 50, 60fps) with Stereo sound & AF
Perhaps -after- the D4 appears next year?
After all the recent Sony FF sensor stuff, there are renewed questions about who designs/makes Nikon sensors [SAR]
14th Looks as if it's the D3100 getting announced next week [NR]
14MP, HD Video, ISO 100-12800
Also new lenses:
Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300/4,5-5,6 G ED VR (ca. 420 €)
Nikkor AF-S 85/1,4 G with Nano coating (ca. 1650 €)
Nikkor AF-S 24-120/4 G ED VR with Nano coating (ca. 1220 €)
Nikkor AF-S 28-300/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
17th Pretty good hints that the D700 is not for replacement this year [NR]
25th Thom Hogan has some pointed comments [TH] about how (and why) Nikon service handles 'gray' imports so differently in the US and Europe when it comes to repairs and warranties.
Nikon US rebate scheme looks to be getting an extension [NR]
17th Nikon web sites are down for maintenance today [NR] - maybe something new, but nothing in the larger DSLR area is expected.
5th A photographer moving to Nikon kit is told pretty emphatically that the D700 replacement won't be this year [NR]. Some time around March 2011 seems a pretty popular choice.
10th A suggestion [1k1] that the D700 replacement is a 2011 product, although it's asked elsewhere [NR], what would Nikon show at Photokina? D90 mk2 and EviL ;-)
26th Although we don't get sent nearly as many Nikon rumours as for Canon, it's worth noting that both have run a bit thin this year. Not just here - it would seem that it's a thin news year so far for many of the plethora of 'productnamehererumors.com' sites that have sprung up over the last couple of years ;-)
The D700 refresh/replacement is still imminent, but as to when? Dates do keep passing by - our only comment received this year was a rather too vague 'July' - see some more thoughts at [NR]
17th DPR reviews the D3s, and at the same time DxO produce some sensor specs.
No sightings of any D4 like cameras at the winter olympics yet ;-)
Since it's what I currently use, I tend to note more Canon related items on these pages - however, do note that I view the 'ra ra ra' fans for either company with equal disdain and amusement :-)
Before the world economy had its little 'issues' we were waiting for Nikon UK to send us a load of kit to try out, unfortunately this appears to have fallen off their radar (they contacted us BTW), but if the word seeps back - we'd still be interested ;-)
As widely expected a D300s and D3000 are announced. Specs etc at DPR.
D300s differences vs. D300
720p HD video, including autofocus while recording
SD card slot in addition to existing CF slot
Faster continuous shooting (7fps, vs. 6fps)
Socket for external microphone
Live View and Info buttons
Discrete 'OK' button in multi controller
Interactive settings display screen
Auto and Extra High Active D-Lighting options
Quiet drive mode
14th After the wishlist, comes a well considered roadmap from Thom Hogan [TH] it even receives a positive reaction on DPR
9th Either a very big leak, or someone has far too much spare time ;-)
Nikon D3000, 12.3MP, 7 AF points, ISO 200-3200 extendable to 6400, 3.5fps, Video unknown
Nikon D300s, 12.3MP, 7fps, HD video (1080p .mov h.264, 24fps), CF and SD cards slots, 920,000 pixel LCD screen
D700x, 24.5MP, 5fps, HD video (1080p .mov h.264, 24fps)
AF-S Nikkor 24 to 135 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4G
AF-S Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4G
Nikon D4, 15.7MP (more sensitive and with less noise), Up to 16fps with “double exposure”, ISO 200-12800 (plus extended range), 61-point AF, 1080p video at 30fps, CLS control (although no flash is mentioned)
Nikon D400, 13.8MP (more sensitive and with less noise), 8fps, Up to 12fps with “double exposure”, ISO 200-6400 (plus extended range), 61-point AF, 1080p video at 24fps
Nikon D4x, 30.2MP, ISO 100 - 6400, 6fps, 1080p video at 30fps
Quite a wish list ;-)
June 30th Picture vanishes at LT site, but is at NR
Some features of the excellent D3 do look a little behind the times, and as such a D3 update is suggested by many in the Autumn [NR].
A few more MP and a dust removal system seem quite likely. D3s and D3h seem popular names, based on previous models.
This is not a Photokina year, so there are less constraints on announcement timing.
We had a flurry of interest from Nikon last year, asking us to try their kit. Despite repeatedly saying 'Yes Please', nothing ever materialised :-( This is a pity, since I'd love to do a comparison with some of the top notch lenses now coming to market.
My suspicion, is that this particular UK promotional programme was wound back as the downturn hit. As I've said when asked by both Canon and Nikon reps, we've made our equipment choices in the past based on what was available at the time...
20th Nikon Press conferences scheduled July 30th and August 4th? [NR]
No-one expecting any single digit 'D' release, as far as I can see
13th The D300S looks to be taken as a given by many.
A possible sreen shot at [NR] There is a suggestion of a histogram zoom option, which could be very useful for tricky lighting and some HDR work.
3rd Looks as if the D300 upgrade is due pretty soon, with assorted Nikon web site alterations suggesting a 'D300s' name [NR]
May 21st D4 and Nikon MF threads seem to have dried up on many forums, now that the D3x is available and suitably beyond the means of many who post... [DPR]
D400 stories seem to be on the increase, including comments that the D300 is soon to be discontinued.
Display: 3 inch display with resolution 922 000, with dynamic adjustment
Body: magnesium body with weather protection
Price: priced around $2000
"Nikon D400: An ideal compromise.
The D400 DSLR is a great compromise between price and quality. The new camera is meant to replace the last year’s popular D300, a camera which can be fully appreciated not only by amateurs, but also many professionals.
The D400 specifications fully meet the requirements for modern mid-range priced cameras.
A 14.3 Megapixel CMOS matrix is used in this camera, with an ISO range of 100 to 6400 and a 7 frame-per-second capability. An interesting feature of this new camera is the ability to shoot video at 1080p and 24fps. All of this makes the D400 not only a great picture camera, but also not too bad of a video camera.
For media storage, CF/UDMA cards are used.
The camera is equipped with a liquid crystal display with a diagonal of 3.5in and a resolution of 922,000 pixels.
The LCD is able to dynamically adjust the brightness and color following a change in ambient lighting, thus providing an accurate representation.
The safety of the optical and electronic components is assured through the use of a magnesium alloy frame. Rubber gaskets are used for each button to prevent moisture from entering the case.
The estimated price will be around $2000, which is a great price for what this camera has to offer."
2009 January 8th Nikon prices are set to rise in the UK next week (12th) [NR]
26th A collection of Nikon (and other) camera predictions from a Korean site.
The info (seems more a wish list ;-) even includes an FX sensor in a D40/60 body... Oh, and a 30MP D4 by the end of the year :-)
Looks to be a good follow up to the D300, but note it was an anonymous post (we may never mention names but much like NR we give credence to people who are happy to give theirs)
New 14.8 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor effective 14.3 megapixel
Self-cleaning sensor unit (low-pass filter vibration)
ISO 100 - 6400 (with boost up to ISO 25600 and down to ISO 50)
14-bit A/D conversion
Movie capture at up to 1080p 24 fps with stereo sound
Nikon EXPEED Plus image processor 30% faster than previous EXPEED image processor
Super fast operation (power-up 13 ms, shutter lag 40 ms, black-out 90 ms)
Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 200,000 exposure durability
Multi-CAM3500DX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
Auto-focus tracking by colour (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) now available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)
Vignetting control in-camera
Automatic chromatic aberration correction
Custom image parameters now support brightness as well as contrast
Seven frames per second continuous shooting (nine frames per second with battery pack)
3.0" 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast-detect AF, face detection
'Active D-Lighting' (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
Detailed ‘Control Panel’ type display on LCD monitor, changes colour in darkness
Buttons sealed against moisture
Same ultra-fast startup and shutter lag as D700
Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
Picture Control image parameter presets
UDMA compatible single CF card slot
Virtual horizon indicates if camera is level (like an aircraft cockpit display)
Extensive in-camera retouching
HDMI HD video output
Magnesium alloy body with connections and buttons sealed against moisture
7th 24MP D800 for August?
Meanwhile, it's worth noting that the tinfoil hat brigade are now becoming firmly convinced that the D3x was actually ready last year, and that the D3 sensor is really a 24MP one. Follow the trail at DPR
I was sent evidence supporting this, but unfortunately woke up before I could update the site... :-)
Back in this Universe I note that TH suggests 2011 for the D4:
"..What we'll see in 2010 is the 's' models. Given where things are, these might be video and Live View improvements."
Looks like this may become a long page ;-)
2nd After all the info we've been sent, we thought we ought to keep Nikon info on a page of its own :-)
The most likely update is to the D3, but we'll include anything for what a lot of people think might be an MX format
Will there be an 'MF' camera from Nikon? The oft mentioned MX format? Well, there is a collection of comments and thoughts on what a 'DM1' MX format camera might mean over at Nikon Guides
"...semi-modular professional camera with a 36 x 48mm 50 megapixel sensor, ISO 25-800 sensitivity, and files so huge that the smallest memory card you'll want to consider will be a 233X UDMA-enabled 32GB card that can barely squeeze 100 aboard images. Your $9995 will get you a camera with built-in GPS and WAN capability, and a 4.3-inch TFT LCD. "
Certainly, such a camera would stick a boot quite nicely into the somewhat 'refined' digital MF market. I'm sure many digital MF dealers (or the few remaining manufacturers) would not welcome Nikon barging into their market ;-)
1st D3x announced
24.5 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor with high signal-to-noise ratio, wide dynamic range and 12-channel readout.
ISO 100 – 1600: extendable up to 6400 (equivalent) and down to ISO 50 (equivalent).
5fps consecutive shooting (7fps in DX Crop mode)
EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb tonal gradation.
Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the camera’s metering and AF sensors for precise exposures and sharply defined images.
Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system. Individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling customization of image parameters before capture and offer complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in various colour modes.
920,000-dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle.
Live View with Autofocus enables composition of images using the LCD monitor. Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod.
Two Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX crop mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.
Quick response: approx. 40 ms shutter-lag and 55 ms viewfinder black-out.
Highly accurate, durable Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit: Standard rating of 300, 000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 sec and flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
Active D-Lighting enables superior high-contrast images by automatically applying tone compensation at the moment of capture.
Dual CF card slots: configurable for parallel (simultaneous) or serial (consecutive) recording.
HDMI video output interface enables connection to high-definition video systems.
Intuitive ergonomics with optimized button placement for fast and comfortable handling.
Durable magnesium alloy body built to withstand the rigors of the harshest of environments.
Wireless LAN and Ethernet support via optional Wireless Transmitter WT-4.
9 fps, 11 fps DX w/o focus
5 fps, 7 fps DX
LO1, 200-6400, HI1, HI2
LO1, 100-1600, HI1, HI2
35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
25.72 million total pixels
24.5 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
6048 x 4032 [L]
4544 x 3024 [M]
3024 x 2016 [S]
3968 x 2640 [L]
2976 x 1976 [M]
1984 x 1320 [S]
5056 x 4032 [L]
3792 x 3024 [M]
2528 x 2016 [S]
NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
NEF + JPEG
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
No field of view crop (full-frame)
When using DX lenses / DX mode 1.5x FOV crop
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) image size
AF NIKKOR other than type G or D: All functions supported except 3D Colour Matrix Metering II
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Colour Matrix Metering II
Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder 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 * IX NIKKOR lenses cannot be used * Excluding lenses for F3AF
51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
AF Area Mode
Single point AF
Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)]
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
External Speedlite only
Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
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 8, 15, or 20 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (default 12 mm)
Spot: Meters approx. 4 mm dia. circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
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
CPU and AI
Locked using AE-L/AF-L button
• 2 to 9 frames
1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Default: ISO 200 - 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Boost: 100 - 12800 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps, HI2 = ISO 25600
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
Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modeling flash
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)
3.0 " TFT LCD
922,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 Colours)
170° viewing angle
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
Continuous Low [CL]: 1 - 9 fps
Continuous High [CH]: 9 fps (9 - 11 fps with DX format)
JPEG Large/Normal: 64 shots (at 9 fps)
RAW: no data yet
2 to 20 sec custom
•TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-800, 600 or 400
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
Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
Auto image rotation
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
48 custom functions
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
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
FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
Dual Compact Flash Type I or II
UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
Included dual battery charger MH-22
Optional AC adapter EH-6
160 x 157 x 88 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in)
Weight (no batt)
1220 g (2.11 lb)
2008 November 19th The 24MP speculation mounts [DPR] and for MX too (see also our MF info page)
17th D3x on the 1st of December? [DPR] 24MP and a weak AA filter?
12th Thom Hogan has made his (Mostly Nikon) pronouncements for 2009 which includes a D3 followup idea:
Something not called a D3x: probably announced in late 2008, but certainly announced in early 2009 and shipped by the March timeframe.
D3-type body, new Nikon FX high resolution sensor
At least 24mp
If this is indeed in the D3 body as I expect, then I will also predict a D700-type body version of it about a year afterwards; Nikon likes using sensors in more than one body
His article is (as ever) always worth a read
2008 June 8th There have been enough D3X comments that we thought we'd put a few on a page of their own...
The most credible source for a lot of info is Thom Hogan, who is widely regarded fro his Nikon info. He summed up a DPR comment with: "Thus, I'm predicting that by Christmas the Nikon DSLR lineup will look like this: D60, D90, D300, D3, D3x, and possibly the D10 or whatever the lower-speced FX body is called."
Thom is also not afraid of making predictions, so for a good discussion of what's expected and what he got right last year, see his 2008 predictions..
"Today told that while the resolution of the new top Nikon is a closely guarded secret, a strong hint was dropped in that it will offer an additional 12mpg crop. This sounds as though it will exceed the resolution of the 1DS MKIII - possibly 28mpg or 32mpg - at full resolution..."
We're told that this underwater housing for the D3, originally included a mention of the D3 and D3X but now it doesn't...
"Poway, CA. December 3, 2007 - Delkin Devices, Inc. today expanded the outer limits of CompactFlash card storage capacity and speed for digital cameras by announcing its 16GB UDMA enabled CompactFlash PRO card. This latest addition to Delkin’s Compact Flash PRO line boosts screaming fast read/write speeds—up to 305x (45MB/sec sustained transfer speed capability). Now photographers using UDMA enabled cameras such as the Canon 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300 and Nikon D3X have a memory card that can maximize the full benefits of their camera investment."
However as is pointed out by those with more critical rumour checking skills, there is no D3 on the list, so just a typo? ;-)