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Details of Nikon's latest big camera

Right on cue, the D5 continues Nikon's flagship camera timetable with 2 year steps.

So, a D5s should bet a distinct bet for 2018 - any Nikon rumours will now appear on the D6 page.

This page will be updated with D5 news and info as we find it

Reviews

D5 information

2016 June

  • 24th A useful set of feature updates come with the new D5 firmware [TH]
  • 20th A firmware update is on its way giving improved video recording length options [NR]

May

  • 22nd A few more reviews appearing from a wider range of places.
  • An interesting one from Ross Harvey, shows what it can do (and reminds me why I could never do wedding photography) [NR]

January

  • 22nd A forthcoming firmware update may raise 4k recording to 30 mins [NR]
    • Why no-one thought that 3 mins would not be a bit of an 'issue' is not explained
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  • 17th A few reviews and articles starting to appear, but only pre-release/'hands-on' at the moment.
  • 12th Great photos and a D5 camera review to go along with them [OL]
  • 8th An interesting internal Nikon document describes many D5 features
  • [NR]
  • 6th D5 is announced...
  • Spot the marketing angle with this headline from the press release

CONQUER THE DARK: THE NEW NIKON D5 DSLR SHATTERS EXPECTATIONS FOR THRILLING NEW LEVELS OF LOW-LIGHT PERFORMANCE, IMAGE QUALITY AND SPEED

  • An all new AF system is a key feature, but it would still seem that the idea of AF at the edges of the frame is not for full frame.
  • af sensor layout
  • As with any new camera page I'll add links to reviews and the like that I find interesting.

Specifcations

Price
MSRP $6499
Body type
Body type Large SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution 5588 x 3712
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels 21 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor EXPEED 5
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100-102400 (expandable to 50-3280000)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (6 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (NEF, 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, uncompressed)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp No
Number of focus points 153
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 2,359,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.72×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Single-frame
  • Continuous low
  • Continuous high
  • Mirror-up
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe and flash sync port)
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame
  • Continuous low
  • Continuous high
  • Mirror-up
  • Quiet shutter
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 14.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p/25p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes 1.5X crop mode with DX lenses
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes Requires WT-5A or WT-6A
Remote control Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL18a lithium-ion battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 1415 g (3.12 lb / 49.91 oz)
Dimensions 160 x 459 x 92 mm (6.3 x 18.07 x 3.62″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1A

Press info

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 5, 2016) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest in the acclaimed series of flagship FX-format professional DSLR cameras, the Nikon D5. Far surpassing mere evolution, the D5 boasts a myriad of powerful new imaging innovations, including a Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, an all-new 153-point AF system, 4K UHD video capture and EXPEED 5 image processing to give photographers the best balance of performance, precision and low-light ability. Nikon has also announced additional products, including the WT-6A Wireless Transmitter and the exciting new SB-5000 Speedlight, Nikon’s first radio frequency (RF) controlled flash.

D5 rear view

“The D5 doesn’t simply get the shot that others might miss– it helps get the shot that others just simply cannot,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With these new products, it becomes evident that photographers who choose Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses are equipped with an unrivaled system to surpass even the most demanding imaging expectations.”

The Nikon D5 once again redefines what a DSLR is capable of capturing, and is engineered with the ideal balance of resolution, low-light ability, system speed and processing power. The resulting camera body is truly worthy of the flagship moniker, giving professional photographers and multimedia content creators an indispensable tool to make their creative vision a reality with superior image quality. The D5 introduces many technological firsts for Nikon and offers many new features that share a common goal: to get the shot, no matter what.

New Features Include:

Astounding Low-Light Performance - The Nikon D5 offers an unprecedented native ISO range, from 100 to 102,400, reinforcing the D-series reputation as the leader of low-light image capture. A veritable new world of shooting opportunities awaits, as advancements in noise reduction and processing help capture low-noise images with fantastic fidelity that were previously impossible. The D5 tames the shadows, whether shooting a newlywed couple’s candle-lit first dance or sports with minimal lighting. The D5 also realizes unprecedented image quality in the high-sensitivity range between ISO 3200 and 12800 — the range favored by sports photographers. In addition, the D5 affords the ability to use higher shutter speeds with minimal illumination, letting photographers capture stunning images that are sharper, clearer and more colorful than ever before. As an added benefit, the next generation autofocus system performs in near darkness, acquiring focus in as little as EV-4 illumination. For extreme low-light ability, the ISO range is expandable from 50 (Lo-1) to a staggering ISO 3,280,000 (Hi-5), offering near-night vision capability that’s well beyond the visibility of the human eye. This extreme sensitivity is a benefit to photojournalists as well as for surveillance and security applications, letting users get shots others cannot see without a flash. This vast ISO range is also available to those capturing 4K UHD video, opening up new possibilities for multimedia and spot-news capture.

Exhilarating Image Quality - The Nikon D5 delivers on the promise of stunning image quality with the adoption of a new, Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor. The camera is designed to achieve the optimized balance between the large full-frame sensor size, resolution and the new EXPEED 5 image processing engine. Users can be confident that images will have enhanced sharpness and clarity, faithful skin tones and the unequaled dynamic range that Nikon pros have come to love. EXPEED 5 also helps to enhance noise reduction, letting photographers take full advantage of the D5’s immense ISO range. When paired with legendary NIKKOR optics, the D5 is truly a tool to help photographers capture the sharpest images possible with astounding clarity and radiant colors.

Powerful Performance – Nikon’s EXPEED 5 engine also serves to dramatically enhance camera performance, delivering low noise, high-speed image processing and offers the additional processing power needed for 4K UHD video. For professional sports and wildlife photographers, the D5 is capable of capturing images at 12 frames-per-second (fps) with full AE and AF, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is caught in crystal clarity and absolute sharpness. Users can also shoot at up to 14 fps with fixed focus and exposure and the mirror locked up, ideal for remote capture. Because the action won’t take a break, the extended buffer lets users shoot for up to 200 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW/NEF files + JPG fine*. The new processor is also 25% more efficient with up to 3780 shots per charge.

Fast Acquisition, with Precision – An exciting addition to the D5 is an all-new AF system with Nikon’s first dedicated AF processor. The Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module offers superior AF performance with 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type sensors - triple the AF points from Nikon’s previous flagship, the D4S. Of these 153 points, 55 AF points/35 cross-type points are selectable by photographers to quickly and easily frame any shot. The system is configurable in 153, 72 and 25-point coverage when used with Continuous AF, allowing for stellar AF tracking performance of even the most rapidly moving subjects throughout the frame. Fifteen of the AF points are also functional up to f/8, further aiding those who require extreme telephoto capabilities, including wildlife photographers. This all-new AF system is coupled with a new 180K pixel RGB metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System, helping to achieve optimally balanced exposures and accurate white balance in even the most challenging light.

Rugged Reliability and Unsurpassed Usability – Downtime is never an option, so professionals need a camera that is going to be reliable and augment a demanding workflow. The Nikon D5 delivers with rugged construction and robust weather sealing, coupled with a familiar yet enhanced Nikon interface. A new 3.2” 2359K dot XGA LCD adds touchscreen functionality, allowing the user to easily pinch, zoom, swipe and scrub in playback, and also enter text faster than ever before. Being the champion of low-light, it is only natural that additional buttons and dials illuminate for enhanced visibility, while two additional Function buttons have been added for increased customization. The camera also features a Quick Release Mode setting for rapid access to release mode settings. Additionally, a new shutter and mirror sequencing mechanism nearly eliminates blackout time and mirror slap for bright, consistent views during high-speed shooting– realizing truly confident tracking of fast, erratically moving subjects that were previously difficult to achieve. The D5’s shutter itself is tested to 400K actuations for maximum durability. When paired with the WR-R10 wireless remote controller (transceiver) and WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter, the D5 is also able to interface with Nikon’s newest Speedlight, the RF controlled SB-5000, for new possibilities in lighting control. **

Rapid and Flexible Workflow - Further enhancing speed, the D5 is able to utilize the superior read and write speed of XQD memory cards, which are up to 35% faster than CF cards. To appeal to a wide variety of photographers, the D5 will be available in two versions; with either dual XQD card slots or with dual CF card capability. For maximum efficiency the camera is also capable of shooting smaller RAW Size S or M file types (12-bit, uncompressed), for greater flexibility when transferring batches of files from the field, while retaining image integrity. Photographers can also use the built in 1000 Base-T 400MBps Ethernet connection for image transfer, with speeds up to 1.5x faster than D4S.

Multimedia Powerhouse with 4K/UHD Video - The Nikon D5 is the first Nikon DSLR capable of capturing 4K UHD video (3840x2160 at 30p), letting users create stunning ultra-high definition video with beautiful clarity and color. Multimedia content creators can also use the D5 to create 4K time-lapse videos in-camera using the Time-lapse Movie function, and can create 8-megapixel still images from frame grabs. A great addition to any production environment, the D5 includes all of the most popular pro-level features of the Nikon D810, including Full HD 1080p video at a variety of frame rates, uncompressed HDMI out, simultaneous live view and headphone/microphone connections. Additionally, the D5 adds a feature to smooth exposure transitions using the Auto ISO function as well as exposure compensation to create natural-looking exposure transitions in video.
New Radio Controlled SB-5000 Speedlight: Lighting with No Limits

The Nikon D5 is optimized to work with the newest flagship Speedlight, the SB-5000, illuminating new possibilities in creative lighting. A first for Nikon, the flash operates via radio frequency and will operate without a direct line of sight for a range of up to approx. 98 feet (30 meters). This new-found flexibility lets photographers place lights in different rooms, around corners and work seamlessly in bright ambient light with maximum efficiency. When paired with the WR-R10 and the D5 or the D500, this Speedlight can control up to six groups (A-F) or 18 Speedlights for truly advanced wireless lighting. It is also possible to perform Advanced Wireless Lighting using either radio-controlled (up to three groups) and/or optical-controlled units (up to three groups) by simply attaching a conventional, optical-control Nikon Speedlight or the SU-800 Commander (as a master or commander unit) and a WR-R10 (as a commander) onto the D5.

The new smaller SB-5000 Speedlight also has a radically new design that includes its own internal cooling system, which prevents overheating of the flash panel from consecutive firings. As a result, the SB-5000 can fire consecutively for longer than conventional models, without flash cool-down time between bursts, and can fire up to 120 continuous shots at 5 second intervals. Controls have also been streamlined and refined, with the addition of an “i” button for access to frequently used settings. The design also integrates versatile bounce ability, with the flash head capable of tilting down to -7° or up to 90°, and rotate horizontally 180° to the left and right.

New WT-6A Wireless Transmitter

Nikon has also announced the WT-6A Wireless Transmitter for use with the D5. An ideal solution for professional image transfer, the WT-6A can transfer with speeds of up to 130 mbps wirelessly and supports the fast IEEE802.11ac standard. The connectivity distance has been extended to approximately 656 ft. and can be used to transfer images to an FTP server or to a computer. When in HTTP mode, the unit can be used to operate camera controls, begin Live View shooting or start/stop HD video recording.

Price and Availability:

The Nikon D5 DSLR will be available in March for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $6,499.95***. The Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight will be available in March for the SRP of $599.95. The WT-6A Wireless Transmitter will also be available in March, with the SRP of $749.95. For more information on these new Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently announced the production of 95 million NIKKOR lenses in 2015, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and Flickr.

*When using approved XQD cards.
**Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10 and WR Adapter WR-A10 (both available separately) required. WR-R10 firmware must be updated to enable support for radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (see Nikon's website).
***SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Pre release news and rumours

2016 January

  • 5th A more detailed set of D5 Specs [DCI Google xlt]
  • I note that there is a version of the body with Dual CF cards and one with dual XQD slots
    • Two D5 body types: D5 XQD-type and D5 CF-Type
      20.82 MP CMOS sensor
      EXPEED 5.4K processing engine
      153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, 15 points work at F/8
      Continuous shooting (continuous shooting up to 200 frames in 14bit lossless compression RAW): 12 fps in the AF / AE tracking
      Continuous shooting speed up to 14 fps (AE / AF fixed)
      Max normal ISO: 102,400
      Extended sensitivity Hi5: ISO 3,280,000
      3.2-inch 2.36 million dots LCD touchscreen
      Memory: card slots: D5 (XQD-Type) is 2x XQD, D5 (CF-Type): 2x CF
      Shutter speed: 30 seconds to 1/8,000 sec
      Finder coverage: 100% (FX), magnification: 0.72x
      USB3.0 Micro-B terminal
      Battery: EN-EL18a
      Weight (battery and media included) D5 (XQD-Type): 1405g. D5 (CF-Type): 1415g
      Shipping March, 2016
  • 4th An early mention of the D5 briefly appears on Nikon's New Zealand's Facebook page [NR]
  • With the imminent arrival of the D5, Nikon rumours for 2016 onwards are moved to the Nikon D6 page

2015 December

  • 24th More cold water for the SamNik rumour [PR]
  • 21st Two, as ever, thorough overviews from Thom Hogan - one looks at what's coming up from Nikon [TH] (and others) and another gives the (still running) Nikon buys Samsung camera rumour a deserved kicking [TH]
  • 15th D5 more pics, and it's 20/21MP [NR with lots more pics]
  • rear view of D5
  • 12th First pics of the D5 - could be announced this month [NR]
  • 11th Focus points for the D5? - now up to 153 [NR] ...and 102k ISO too
  • 7th Nikon also pours cold water on the 'Nikon buys Samsung camera biz' notion [NR]
  • 3rd Has Nikon acquired samsung's camera business - I think not... see more on the Mirrorless rumour page
  • 2nd A new lens patent has within it the suggestion that Nikon is looking at a full frame mirrorless camera
  • A patent for a mirrorless, full frame 19mm tilt/shift lens appears (lenses page) with just 22mm back focus distance.
  • There was a patent for a rather uninspiring 28-80mm f / 3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens from Nikon last year, so they have form in this area.
    • Of course, if you really want to stretch things, it's just an ultrawide lens for a mirrorless medium format camera...
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    26th New firmware for the D4S and D750 [NR]
  • 18th In a slightly puzzling announcement Nikon say that they are working on a D5 and other items:
  • "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."
    • The Wireless unit is new, but I have to wonder who in Nikon felt the need to make such an announcement and why - perhaps of note is the lack of mention of a D400 or 'pro' APS-C DSLR?

October

  • 30th D810 firmware update [NR]
    • An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.
      • Note: Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.
    • Fixed the following issues:
      • Incorrect distances were shown in the camera playback info display for photographs taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual (GN) mode.
        The brightness of the live view photography display would not change when a command dial was rotated to adjust exposure compensation with On (Auto reset) selected for b Metering/exposure > b4 Easy exposure compensation > Easy exposure compensation in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
        Although the preview button would stop the lens down to maximum aperture when assigned the Preview role, the maximum aperture indicator would not appear in the monitor.
        In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
        About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
        The shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity displayed in the monitor during movie live view would differ from values in the final movie file.
        Volume could sometimes not be adjusted if movies were played with indicators hidden during full-frame playback (None (image only)).
        Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
        Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the SHOOTING MENU.
        If On was selected for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography, every frame after the first would be overexposed.
        File numbers were not assigned in the proper sequence.
        In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > Location data > Position display.
        In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > AF fine-tune > List saved values display.
    • Some help text has been changed.

September

  • 29th The D5 now seems expected in early 2016.
    • Since it's now 'late 2015' and there is no sign of it...
    • As you can see below, not much else has changed since June's guestimate
  • Are we close enough for specs [NR] to have a bit more chance of accuracy?
    • 20MP FX sensor
    • New focusing module with larger coverage and 107 or 173 autofocus points
    • Native high ISO of 102,400
    • 15 fps
    • Body design similar to the D4s
    • 4K video 60/30fps
    • Full HD slow motion

June

  • 26th Some Nikon related lens patents including a phone adapter type device [NR]
  • 22nd In a bout of D5 speculation [NR] there are suggestions of a very high (102k) unexpanded ISO and 4k video
    • New 20MP FX sensor
    • 4k video
    • 173 autofocus points
    • Native high ISO of 102,400
    • 15 fps
    • Body design similar to the D4s
    • Announcement expected in late 2015 or in early 2016.
  • One interesting point is the potential non-Sony/Nikon sensor
  • 11th Comments from Thom Hogan reflecting on cameras coming from Nikon - no signs of a D300s replacement at the moment.

April

  • 21st The D750 gets a firmware update 'camera operation is now more reliable'

March

  • 25th Thom Hogan wonders about the missing D300s replacement [TH] and how it fits in the top end of Nikon's lineup.
  • Maybe a D500 to go with an upcoming D5 later this year?

February

  • 10th A wider spectral sensitivity 'Astro' version of the D810 is announced [DPR]
  • "The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.
  • In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810’s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio."
  • 5th D5 later this year at 20MP? [NR]
  • New 20MP FX sensor
    173 autofocus points
    Same processor as the D4s
    Body design similar to the D4s
    Currently scheduled to be announced in the second half of 2015

January

  • 9th A new scheme is coming offering advanced firmware upgrades for Nikon FX cameras [NR]
    • How this differs from just making firmware updates available, as currently, remains to be seen. Of course it could could eventually be a mechanism to charge for some updates, or just as another way to maintain contact with camera users.
    • If it works, expect everyone else to jump on the bandwagon ;-)
  • 1st Nikon acknowledge the reflection issue with some D750 cameras. See the discussion and more info at [TH]

2014 December

  • 24th Nikon interview about what's coming [DCW - Google xlt]
  • High MP and an answer to the Canon 7D2

October

  • 5th We were told of rumours circulating at Photokina that both Canon and Sony were close to introducing stacked (multilayer) pixel sensors in products next year (see main rumour page).
  • There has been a steady stream of patents over the years, but no sign of such sensors other than from Foveon/Sigma.
  • The Sony comment actually specified Sony/Nikon, reflecting their close arrangements with sensor design, but there was no information as to what level product, such sensors might first appear.
    • Foveon never caught on the way it was first hyped - any new technology has a lot of bayer sensor design experience to overtake...

September

  • 12th Nikon announce the D750 [DPR] - looks as if a D400 is unlikely
    • New 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
      EXPEED 4 Image Processor (similar to D810 and D4S)
      Built-in Wi-Fi
      Nikon’s first FX-format D-SLR with a tilting LCD display (3.2 in. 1,229K dot)
    • Pro 51-point AF System
    • Group Area AF - Lock in subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination
      6.5 frames per second (fps) burst rate at full resolution
      Same level of video functionality as the Nikon D810
      Full HD 1920×1080 resolution at 60/30/24p
      Power Aperture for smooth transitions and other advanced video features
      Record to dual SD memory card slots or output via HDMI
      Optional MB-D16 battery pack provides extended battery life and vertical grip

August

  • 19th It seems that there will be a D750 FF 'sports' camera from Nikon [NR] in time for Photokina.
  • 12th Whither the D300S successor? Nikon's camera for Photokina is FF and 'Sports/action' [NR]
  • 8th It seems that a new FF DSLR (mid range) is expected from Nikon -24MP ... but still no D300S replacement [NR]
  • Whilst there was a brief 'Nikon Medium Format' flurry of chat last week, there seems to be nothing in it - see the Medium Format Rumours page for more, including the last time it appeared a few years ago.

July

  • 15th The new Nikon Capture NX-D (version 1.0.0) image editing software is now officially released. [NR]

June

  • 26th The D810 is announced [DPR]
  • 25th D810 should be announced tomorrow.
  • 17th The revised version of the D800 will be the D810 and announced towards the end of June.
  • 8th Expect a D800 mid-life boost to be announced on the 26th
  • 6th We seem to be getting close to press announcements in the next few weeks.
  • The D800S is the favourite at NR

May

  • 20th Suggestions that the D800 will be updated to a D800S later this year [NR]
  • 13th New firmware for the D800/800E - quite a few changes - see D800 page for details.

April

  • 23rd New firmware 'C' V1.01 for the D4S (Nikon EU) - Minor fixes.

March

  • 26th An 's' update for the D800 is suggested [NR]
  • Look for similar updates as in the D4/D4s step.
  • 11th D4s high ISO/low light comparison with D4, D3s, D800E and D600 [NR]
  • 6th Suggestions that there won't be a D4x, but a revamped D800 'S' model [NR]

February

  • 26th Join the dots.
    • A class action lawsuit in California gets the green light, covering D600 Oil/Dust issues.
    • Nikon announces technical service advisory with a free cleaning and free shutter replacement for all D600 owners
  • The offer was initially in the US, but is worldwide [USA link].
  • 25th D4S announced, same size sensor, with various aspects of performance boosted:
    • 'Newly designed' 16 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
    • Expeed 4 processing
    • ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 - 409,600 equiv)
    • 51-point autofocus system (same as D4)
    • Group Area AF allows for more accurate subject tracking with less 'distraction'
    • 11 fps continuous shooting with continuous AE/AF
    • New 'small' Raw size (approx. 8 megapixel)
    • 1080/60p video for up to 10 mins at 42Mbps or 20 mins at 24Mbps
    • Smoother transitions when shooting interval or time-lapse stills/movies
    • CompactFlash and XQD card slots
    • Gigabit Ethernet port, in addition to support for WT-5A wireless transmitter
    • EN-EL18a battery provides 3020 shots per charge (CIPA)
  • There are many sites with overviews and brief 'tests' [IR & DPR]
  • 19th The D4S is expected to be announced next week [NR]
  • 18th Two interviews with senior Nikon people at CP+ are published [IR & DPR]
  • 5th More details about the forthcoming D4s [NR]
  • Announcement next week, for March/April delivery.
  • 3rd Thom Hogan has written an excellent article about questions faced by Nikon, and his suggested answers. [TH]

January

  • 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.
  • D4s camera
  • 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...

2013 December

  • 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]

November

  • 5th Well, the DF is announced (Obligatory B&H link ;-)
  • 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)

October

  • 29th DF due for relaease on November the 5th
  • 25th Called the 'Nikon DF' [NR]
  • 24th The Nikon 'retro DSLR' looks increasingly real, with video trailers [PB]
  • Are there enough old Nikon users out there? (used lens prices have already shot up)
  • It will be interesting to see how it is positioned against the new D610
  • 23rd The 'new camera' is suggested as a digital 'FM' and coming in two weeks...
  • 22nd The new Nikon 'Hybrid' camera rumour draws increasingly detailed specs. Timeframe is between a week and 'months', with 6th Nov suggested.
  • The latest suggestion is that it won't have video... [NR]
  • 21st New Nikon FF mirrorless? What started as a full frame mirrorless rumour develops into something else.
  • Subsequent info points to an SLR looking like an old Nikon FM2 SLR [NR]
    • I'd note that we are rather late in the camera announcement season for a major announcement. Perhaps more a rumour aimed at reassuring the faithful and those who used such kit in the distant past ;-)
  • 17th The D5300 is announced [DPR]
    • At 24MP its features push towards the D7100 capabilities
    • 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, without OLPF
    • EXPEED 4 processing
    • ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded
    • 5 fps continuous shooting
    • 39 point AF system, 9 sensors cross type
    • 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
    • 1080p60 video recording, built-in stereo mic
    • 1.04M dot 3.2" vari-angle LCD monitor
  • A quick comparison with the 700D...
  •   Nikon D5300 Canon 700D
    Sensor resolution (type) 24MP CMOS (no OLPF) 18MP 'Hybrid CMOS'
    Autofocus System 39 AF points (9 cross-type) 9 AF points (all cross-type)
    ISO sensitivity 100-6400 (max 25,600 equiv) 100-12800 (max 25,600 equiv)
    Display size / resolution 3.2in, 1.04M-dot vari-angle 3in, 921k-dot vari-angle (touch-sensitive)
    FPS
    5 fps
    Video Mode 1080 60p/30p 1080 30p
    Battery life (CIPA) 600 shots 440 shots
    Dimensions 125 x 98 x76 mm 133 x 100 x 79 mm
    Weight (without battery) 408 g (16.9 oz) 580 g (20.4 oz)
  • 8th The D610 replaces the D600
  • 6 fps maximum frame rate instead of 5.5 (51 JPEG Fine down from 57 on the D600)
  • 3 fps Quiet Continuous shooting mode
  • Improved auto white balance algorithm
  • Lower US$2000 suggested retail price
  • - not unreasonably, Thom Hogan asks why? [TH]

August

July

  • 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)

April

  • 2nd Firmware updates for Nikon D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D7000 and D3200 [NR]

February

  • 21st The D7100 is announced. Launch info and hands on review at DPR
    • 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, no low pass filter
    • EXPEED 3
    • 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...
  • A scan of the page is on the main rumours page
  • 15th It seems there is likely to be a new Nikon lens rebate program in the US before long.
  • 4th Some D4X rumours appear [NR]
  • Body as per Nikon D4
  • 36 MP sensor without AA filter
  • 6 fps (11 fps max)
  • Video improvements
  • Price a few hundred dollars above the D4
  • Announcement Q3 2013

January

  • 1st - This magazine scan appears on the Chinese Xitec forum (see also Canon version)
  • I believe it's from the Japanese 'Impress' magazine.
  • Gives their percentage chance estimates for new Nikon cameras
  • new nikon cameras for 2013
    • Nikon D7200 probability is very high and it will arrive in 2013 with 39 point AF system and ISO range expandable up to 25600.
    • Nikon D9000 - the rumored specification says newly developed sensor, 10fps continuous shooting speed and 51 point AF system.
    • Nikon V3 will arrive in 2013
    • Nikon D4x is also expected to come on 2013.

2012 November

  • 7th The D5200 is launched:
  • CMOS sensor 24.1 MP
  • EXPEED3
  • RBG sensor split 2016
  • 39 AF points (multi-CAM4800DX)
  • 920 000 dot LCD monitor 3.0-inch Vari-Angle
  • 5 fps max
  • Video – full HD (1920 × 1080i)
  • Shutter speed 1/4000-30 seconds
  • Equivalent to ISO25600 ISO100-6400
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
  • EN-EL14 battery
  • Weight (including battery and media) 555g approximately
  • Release due for December

October

  • 30th D5200 is expected for November 6th [NR]

September

  • 13th The D600 appears, but at $2100, perhaps not quite the 'cheap full frame' some wished for [preview at DPR] Nikon D600: Key Specs
    • 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (10.5MP DX-format crop mode)
    • 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
  • 9th The D600 is expected to be announced this coming week [NR]

August

  • 5th A top LCD layout for the D600 is suggested [NR]
  • 2nd An Italian dealer puts the D600 in an advert [1k1]

June

  • 14th D600 looks real enough in some pictures at [NR]

May

  • 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

April

  • 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.

March

  • 29th Expect to see a 24MP D3200 for April [NR]

February

  • 7th D800 release.
  • Video interview with Nikon at CES [MP]

January

  • 6th The D4 is announced Full details
  • D800 is likely next up, but what about the D4x? The D3x appeared a year after the D3 (see timeline below)
  • 4th Seems that a D4 article was accidentally released, for long enough to confirm the specs and $6000 price tag.
  • Available February it seems [NR]

2011 December

  • 28th Press conferences confirmed for the 6th
  • 20th January the 6th is suggested for the D4 [NR] whilst the ISO range is revised to 100-12800 native [NR]
  • 19th Thom Hogan suggests we're getting the D4 and D800 early next year, but with announcements possibly January and February [TH]
  • 17th How abou a D4 shipping by the end of January? NR suggests an almost unheard of delivery schedule, given the camera hasn't even been announced yet.
  • 12th Some D4 specs at NR
    • 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
      Improved video
      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

November

  • 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.

October

  • 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]

September

  • 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]

2011 August

  • 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.
  • 24th Some compacts from Nikon [DPR]
  • 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.

July

  • 26th Nikon press events are scheduled for 24th August.
  • 25th 22nd/23rd of August? - more signs [NR]
  • 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.
  • Sony sensors at 24 and 36MP ? [SAR]
  • 3rd In expectation of new cameras and to show the relative ages of different models, I've added a Nikon Timeline below, and on the main rumour page.

June

  • 29th When I had a Canon 60D for a while, I was struck by how useful the flip out screen was for some jobs. A Japanese magazine has drawings of what they suggest is the D4 and I see such a screen.
    • If it's for real, expect to hear a lot of anguish and wailing about it on forums - much along the 'I don't need live-view' comments a few years ago.
  • Some specs too [NR]:
    • 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
      Built-in WiFi
      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.

2011 May

  • 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.
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Flagship FX_Res.                     D3X                                  
FX_Speed                   D3 D3S D4 D4S D5
DX_Res.   D1 D1X D2X D2XS                          
DX_Speed     D1H D2H D2HS                          
High FX                     D700 D800(E) D810      
                                  Df      
DX       D100 D200 D300 D300S D500
Mid FX                                   D750      
                              D600 D610      
DX           D70 D70S D80 D90 D7000 D7100 D7200      
Better               D50        
D5000
D5100
D5200
D5300
D5500
     
Entry                
D40
D40X
D60
D3000
D3100
D3200
D3300
     

Video capable 4k No focus motor

February

  • 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.

2011 January

  • 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.

2010 November

  • 5th Thom Hogan makes his annual predictions [TH] for next year in digital cameras.
  • D4 for Aug, D400 for Aug or later, D800 March? Lots more, and plausible as ever ;-)

October

  • 14th Suggestion of a D800 book, seen at several Amazon stores for Feb 2011 [1k1]
  • TH comments on D400/800/4 rumours [TH Oct 6th]

September

  • 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
      Built-in intervalometer
      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)

August

  • 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

July

  • 17th Pretty good hints that the D700 is not for replacement this year [NR]

June

  • 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.

April

  • 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 ;-)

March

  • 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]

February

  • 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 ;-)

January

  • 27th I notice that Thom Hogan has updated his 2010 predictions
    • BTW these are always well worth a read.
  • Of interest to full frame afficionados are his suggestions for:
    • D900 - poss 24MP version of D700 (March)
    • D3xs - sensor updates from D900 (Aug)
    • D700s - sensor updates and D3s features (Nov)
  • The D4 and D400 are still slated for a 2011 release - both expected to incluse a much revised AF system.

2009 October

  • 14th D3s announced
  • 13th Lots of D3s info starting to appear - best place to see what's what is NR where I note a report from a French magazine suggesting
  • Anti-dust system.
  • The max ISO is 12,800 with new Hi3 mode at 102,400
  • 9 fps (FX), 11 fps (DX)
  • Video @ 720p 24 fps.
  • Quiet mode.
  • Expect lots of info by tomorrow morning :-)
  • 12th Latest D3s specs are at NR
  • 9th Lots of Nikon events on the 14th, so expect to get D3x details early next week.
  • 8th A Nikon press event on the 14th in Denmark [zoom] Article mentions rumours of video and up to 15fps
  • 6th A D4 early next year? One 1D3 owner moving to a D3 (yes it happens ;-) was told by (someone at) Nikon that the D4 would appear early next year.
  • However, with a widely anticipated [NR] D3s by later this month, it would be surprising for the D4 to arrive so soon...

2009 September

  • 27th Back from a brief holiday, I thought I ought to check the state of D700x/D3s rumours...
  • The D3s seems to have taken the lead [PPH] expecting something in October.
  • More info [NR] now puts this almost as a given (15th?), although specs seem a little difficult to pin down.
  • Nikon D3s with ISO 200-12800 (D3 was with ISO 200-6400).
  • New ISO range HI-3 at 102,400 ISO.
  • 12.1 mp FX sensor (same as the D3, but tweaked).
  • D-movie with 24 fps.
  • 14fps
  • 8th The D700x noises are getting louder, so I'm expecting to see something by November - even if it's a D700s (D700+video)
  • See NR for a good roundup of rumours
  • 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 ;-)

July 30th

As widely expected a D300s and D3000 are announced. Specs etc at DPR.

D300s differences vs. D300

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 ;-)

At NR, we have a purported Nikon product roadmap.

For 2009

New lenses:

For 2010.

Quite a wish list ;-)

June 30th Picture vanishes at LT site, but is at NR

29th It seems there is a D3000 on its way [LT]

26th

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.

Via [NR] ...some suggestions

April 14th It is indeed the D5000

Most obvious feature is the articulating screen, which I guess we can expect to see in the more DSLRs now.

Headline specs are

More info

12th An announcement next week?

Nikon Europe web sites seem to be down - probably for the announcement on the 14th.

Lots of suggestions what it might be at [NR]

6th Pictures of a supposed new Nikon DSLR with an articulating back have emerged [EG]

More related pics (D5000?) at [NR]

1st A Nikon press conference on the 14th [KB] [NR]

March 28th Some specific Nikon web site areas for the D40 and D300 have vanished. In the past this has been a prelude to new models.

No solid rumours of replacements at the moment, but you can read the tealeaves at NR

January 13th Prices going up, due to currency fluctuations

In the UK the D3X is up by £500 and D3 by £200

Latest UK price list [PDF]

D400 appears in a Russian magazine [NR]

Approx translation

  • "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]

2008 December

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 :-)

D400 and others - more info on the general rumours page

11th A set of specs for a D400 on NR

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)

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

This from our Canon MF info:

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

Key Features

  D3 D3x
Sensor 12mp FX 24.5mp FX
Frame rate 9 fps, 11 fps DX w/o focus 5 fps, 7 fps DX
ISO settings LO1, 200-6400, HI1, HI2 LO1, 100-1600, HI1, HI2

D3x Specifications

Release specs.

Sensor 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
FX format
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
25.72 million total pixels
24.5 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Price $7999
€7728
£5499
Image processor Nikon EXPEED
Image sizes
(FX format)
6048 x 4032 [L]
4544 x 3024 [M]
3024 x 2016 [S]
Image sizes
(DX format)

3968 x 2640 [L]
2976 x 1976 [M]
1984 x 1320 [S]

Image sizes
(5:4 format)

5056 x 4032 [L]
3792 x 3024 [M]
2528 x 2016 [S]

File formats NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
NEF + JPEG
TIFF
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Lens mount 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
Usable lenses

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

Auto Focus 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
Multi-CAM 3500FX
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)]
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 External Speedlite only
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 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)

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 - 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

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
Bulb
DOF Preview Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modeling 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
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
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 (-3 to +1m-1)
Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0m-1)
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Frame coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification approx 0.7x 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 (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 Colours)
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]: 1 - 9 fps
Continuous High [CH]: 9 fps (9 - 11 fps with DX format)
Liveview [LV]
Self-Timer (programmable)
Mirror-up mode
Continuous buffer JPEG Large/Normal: 64 shots (at 9 fps)
RAW: no data yet
Self-timer 2 to 20 sec custom
Flash control

•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

Flash Sync Mode Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
Slow Sync
Rear-curtain Sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Orientation sensor Tags images with camera orientation
Playback mode Full frame
Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
One-touch zoom
Slideshow
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 Dual 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-EL4a/EL4
Included dual battery charger MH-22
Optional AC adapter EH-6
Dimensions 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:

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..

There is also a supposed YT video.

Even more in the land of speculation there's the likes of...

28 or even 32MB?? In a DPR thread we get:

  • "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...

It seems that in a Delkin Press release back in December there was mention of the D3X

  • "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? ;-)

Other (real :-) info and stuff on this site