- 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.
- - 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.
- 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 ;-)
- 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]
- 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 ;-)
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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 ;-)
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
- Virtual horizon
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.
- 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
29th It seems there is a D3000 on its way [LT]
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
- New D400 EXPEED II
- HD movie function with stereo
- Tiltable display with continuous AF
- 16-18 MP sensor
- Some new DX lenses
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
- 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
- 2.7" tilt and swivel LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
- Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking
- Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
- 4 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
- Expeed image processing engine
- Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
- Connector for optional GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
- New battery with increased capacity
- 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback
- Nikon 'D5000 Microsite'
- Hands on preview at DPR
- Comparison shots from various cameras IR
- German info PS
- Sample images DPR
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]
- CMOS (iso 100-6400, 7 fps)
- Video: HD video with 24 fps
- Cards: CF\UDMA
- 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 :-)
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)
- 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
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
- 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)
||Sharpening: Auto, 7 levels
Contrast: Auto, 5 levels, Custom tone curve
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 5 levels
Hue: 5 levels
||sRGB (Standard and Vivid modes)
Adobe RGB (Neutral mode)
||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
||B-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
Superimposed focus brackets
On-demand grid lines
||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
|Flash Sync Mode
||Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
||-3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
||Tags images with camera orientation
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..
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? ;-)
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